The Fine Art Painting BA(Hons) student, starting her third year of studies next month (September), was one of a record 2,748 entries from 92 countries.
Her painting, of her grandparents and called ‘Just After Noon’, can be seen with the other 54 exhibitors at the National Portrait Gallery in London until 20 September. The exhibition will then go on tour to the Scottish National Portrait Gallery in Edinburgh (10 October to 28 February, 2016) and then to the Ulster Museum in Belfast in March.
Sophie, 21-year-old Londoner and now living in Brighton, said she was shocked when she heard of her success: “To be given the opportunity to exhibit my painting among such highly-regarded artists is humbling and exciting.
“Having visited the show on a number of occasions, I remember telling myself that one day I hoped I could see my own work at this exhibition.