The Carlsberg Foundation’s Portrait Award is presented to the winners of the Carlsberg Foundation's Portrait Competition, which is organised by The Museum of National History at Frederiksborg Castle.

The competition applies to artists in Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Finland, Greenland, The Faroe Islands, Iceland, and The Åland Islands. This year, Nordic artists will be joined by artists from a number of Eastern European countries. Artists from the Eastern European can register on

An international jury will select the winners of the competition as well as the artworks that will be included in the exhibition Portrait Now!

The selection of portraits for the exhibition will take place in two phases: A preselection will be made by the jury based on the photos uploaded by the artists upon registration. The preselected artwork will be handed in to the Museum of National History at Frederiksborg Castle, where the final selection for the exhibition Portrait Now 2019! will take place. The selected artists will be contacted directly regarding the hand-in of artwork.

The exhibition will be displayed at The Museum of National History at Frederiksborg Castle from May to August 2019. A catalogue of the exhibition will be published.

Guidelines for registration

‘The portrait’ is understood as a reproduction of a particular person. It need not be naturalistic, but should, however, seek to characterise the person as an individual. The artwork must be based on at least one face to face session with the portrayed. The medium used for this reproduction is at the discretion of the artist.

Each artist can submit one portrait to the competition. One portrait can comprise of a series of works if the series has one theme.


  • The combined size of two-dimensional artwork should not exceed 2.0 x 2.0 x 0.25 metres; for three-dimensional 1.0 x 1.0 x 1.75 metres.
  • Artwork exceeding 50 kg will not be accepted.
  • Portraits consisting of a series of works may not extend the limits for size and weight given above. When submitting the series of works, the photo of the portrait must be uploaded as one file.
  • Use plexi glass instead of regular glass in case of framing.
  • Artwork made from organic materials will not be considered.
  • Video works must be submitted either as a link in the comments field or sent on a USB-stick, and are limited to file formats that can be read by standard computer software.
  • Date of artwork creation pre-dating 1. January 2017 will not be considered.
  • Employees of the Danish Museum of National History at Frederiksborg Castle cannot enter the competition.

Online registration and upload of portrait

The deadline for submitting artwork to the competition is 6. January 2019, 23.59. An electronic photograph of the artwork must be uploaded. A low resolution photo is sufficient. Video installations are also registered online. The artist must send the video on a USB to the Museum or submit a direct link during registration.

Artwork ID-number

Upon completing the registration, the artwork is given an ID-number, which you will receive by email. The ID-number must be retained by the artist and will be used as a reference. In the selection process, the same ID number will follow the artwork as the artist’s name is kept anonymous to the jury members.

Guidelines for delivery and collection of competing artworks

Hand-in of the preselected portraits for Portrait Now! must take place from 21. January – 4. February 2019. It is important to check with the local responsible contact before handing in the portrait. Contact persons of each address can be found below.

The international jury will inspect the artworks at Frederiksborg Castle by the end of February 2019. All the artworks will be considered and assessed anonymously, and the jury will only refer to the ID-numbers.

Artworks can be delivered at the following addresses for transport to Frederiksborg Castle:

Modul Air Cargo.
Avedøreholmen 46,
2650 Hvidovre
Thomas Larsen
Phone: +45 36 95 43 00
Anette Knudsen
Phone: +45 36 95 43 05

SpeedEx ApS
Bøgekildevej 10
8361 Hasselager
Contact:  Carsten Wonge
Phone: +45 82 30 36 06

The Museum of National History
Frederiksborg Castle
3400 Hillerød
Contact: Hans Henrik Madsen
Phone: +45 28 13 54 15
(Only open for delivery on weekdays between 11.00-15.00)

Icetransport ehf
Selhella 9
221 Hafnarfjordur
Contact: Ragna Jónsdóttir
Phone: +354 4 120 120
Direct: +354 4 120 117

Susanne Hoffman
Månskärsvägen 10 A
141 75  Kungens Kurva
Phone: +46 86 81 49 60
Direct: +46 86 81 49 66
Mobile: +46 70 735 89 18

Norair Forwarding AS
c/o GF Logistik AS
Brages veg 8
2050 Jessheim
Contact: Tore Hansen
Phone: +47 33 48 79 00
Arrange hand-in with Norair Forwarding AS in advance
Contact: Egil Iversen
Phone: +47 63 94 39 60

ATC Global Solutions Oy Ab
Manttaalitie 8
01530 Vantaa
Contact: Anni Klami
Mobile +358(0)50-4627802
Office +358-(0)20-7856660
Fax +358-(0)20-7856661


Norlink hf
Brekkutún 3, PO Box 162
188 Hoyvík
Faroe Islands
Contact: Jóhann Simonsen
Phone: +298-308282
Mobile: +298 588288

Blue Water Greenland
Industrivej 22
GL3900 Nuuk
Contact: Morten Jakobsen
Phone : +299 348224
E-mail :

The artwork must be packed for transport. It is up to the artist to insure the artwork during transport, competition and exhibition.

All the artworks submitted in the different designated hand-in stations will be transported to The Museum of National History at Frederiksborg Castle in special transport. Avoid heavy crates if possible.

Transport expenses from the designated hand-in stations to Frederiksborg Castle and return will be covered by the museum. However, the artist must deliver and collect the artwork at the designated hand-in station where the artwork was handed in, in the first place.

Artwork can furthermore be sent in via mail to the address below. Mark the package with the designated ID-number and Att. ‘Portrait Now!’.

The Museum of National History
Frederiksborg Castle
DK – 3400 Hillerød

The artwork must be applied with visible ID-number. For paintings, graphic works etc. apply the ID-number on the back.

Videos submitted on CD/DVD must also be applied with ID-number. Please send 5 copies of the CD/DVD directly to The Museum of National History at Frederiksborg Castle. The material will not be returned.

The jury will select the winners of the competition as well as the artworks that will be included in the exhibition Portrait Now!
The exhibition will be displayed at Frederiksborg from May to August 2019. Artworks not included in the exhibition will be returned to the designated hand-in stations and must be collected by the artist by a later disclosed date. Artworks that are not collected may be sent to destruction if no agreement between the artist and The Museum of National History has been found!

Questions and further information
Contact the museum by e-mail at

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