"Girl with an iPod" is Visitors’ Favorite Painting at BP Portrait Award Exhibition

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LONDON.- A large and striking portrait of the head of a girl wearing earphones with eyes downwards focusing on the music on her iPod is the favourite painting of visitors to this year’s BP Portrait Award exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery. Each year, the BP Visitor Choice competition offers visitors to the highly popular BP Portrait Award exhibition the opportunity to vote for their favourite portrait in the exhibition. This year, a record 25,980 votes were cast between 24 June and 5 September 2010, and the overall winner was iDeath by Michal Ožibko, which received 4,127 votes. The second most popular was Sentinel by Lyndsey Jameson (2,500 votes), and the third Le Grand Natan by Daniel Enkaoua (2,098 votes). The three had maintained these positions at the top of the table since voting started. For the first time this year, visitors were able to vote on a touchscreen positioned just outside the exhibition which