Art Competitions 2020

Entering art competitions can be a great way to broaden your horizon and get out of you comfort zone. Competitions set boundaries and will help you explore new avenues. It is also a great way to increase your exposure and traffic to your own website and receive more recognition.

We have selected art competitions for you, from all over the globe. You can enter online from wherever you are located. This list of art competitions is spread over the year, so when ever it suits you, you can join.

All competitions have put together their own guidelines on topics like eligibility, copyright, fees, payment, results, awards, materials, size of artwork and judges etc. Read each competition guidelines before you enter to make sure that you comply with all that is required.

1 Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours

Call for entries! The Royal Institute of Painters is looking for the best in modern day watercolour paintings. Artists must be over 18 from anywhere in the world and are invited to enter their artwork.  The winning artwork will be exhibited together with the members of the Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours in 2020.

Medium:
watercolour, acrylic, ink or gouache painted on paper.
Deadline: Friday 3 January 2020
Prizes:
The exhibition offers several prizes and awards
How to enter:
Follow this link for more information.

International Artists art competition – Landscapes

If drawing and painting landscapes is your thing, then make sure to enter this competition. The International Artist magazine organises competitions every other month. Artists from all over the globe can take part and win prizes.

Medium: drawing or painting in any two dimensional medium
Deadline: 8 January 2020
Prizes:
– First Prize Award Certificate plus 4 Page Editorial Spread in the American Art Collector magazine
– Second Prize Award Certificate plus 2 Page Editorial Spread in the American Art Collector magazine
– Third Prize Award Certificate plus 1 Page Editorial Spread in the American Art Collector magazine
– 10 Finalists each win a 1-YEAR subscription and an Official Award Certificate
– All Award Winners will be featured in the pages of International Artist Magazine
How to enter:
https://www.internationalartist.com/competitions

Royal Society Of Portrait Painters Award

This yearly reoccurring competition that inspirers artists who draw and paint portraits, either traditional or modern. They offer various cash prizes and art materials. To take part in this competition you must be over the age of 18. Your artwork will be exhibited in the Mall Galleries, London in May 2020.

Medium: Paintings, drawings and original prints
Deadline:
17th January 2020
Prizes:
Ondaatje Prize: £10,000 (most distinguished portrait in exhibition)
– The de Laszlo Foundation Award: : £3000 (best portrait by artist 35 and under)
– Prince of Wales Award: £2000 (for portrait drawing)
– RP Prize: £2000 (for best small portrait 15″ x 12″ max)
-Burke’s Peerage Foundation Award: £2000 (classically inspired portraiture)
– Contemporary Arts Trust Award: £1000 (most deserving artist)
– Smallwood Architects Prize: £1000 (architectural or interior features play important part)
How to enter
mallgalleries.org.uk

AcrylicWorks 8

For artists who work with acrylic paint, this can be a competition for you. If you have a unique style and paint in this medium, then make sure to join. The main medium must be acrylic, but this can be mixed with other mediums.

Medium: Acrylic paint
Deadline: January 31 – 2020
Prizes:
– One First Place Winner will receive $2,000 in cash
– One Second Place Winner will receive $1,000 in cash
– One Third Place Winner will receive $500 in cash
– 10 Honorable Mention Winners will receive A 1-year subscription to Artists Network TV, valued at $199.99
Subjects: variety of styles and subjects
How to enter:
https://www.artistsnetwork.com/art-competitions/acrylic-works/

Wildlife Artist of the Year

This competition was established in 2008 and has raised a lot of money for David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation and celebrates our planet’s wildlife. If you become a prize winner your work will be exhibited in the Mall Galleries in London in May 2020. You must be over 18 to enter your artwork.

Medium: Any medium excluding photography, film and digitally created images.
Deadline:            10th February 2020
Prizes:
First Prize: £10,000 (plus £7,000 portrait commission)
Runner Up: £1,000 (plus £7,000 portrait commission)
Category Winners: £500 (Earth’s Wild Beauty, Animal Behaviour, Into the Blue, Urban Wildlife, Vanishing Fast, Wings)
Website:             davidshepherd.org

Derwent Art Prize

The Derwent Art Prize is a competition for artists who work with pencil. Artist from around the world can send in their best pencil artwork. If you submit your artwork you may stand the chance of being selected to have your work displayed at the Mall Galleries in London. There is an award winning ceremony at the opening night of the exhibition, perhaps you will be there…

Medium: pencil or coloured pencil, water soluble pencil, pastel, graphite and charcoal.
Deadline:
17 February 2020
Subject: various subjects
Prizes:
– First Prize – £6,000
– Second Prize – £3,000
– Third Prize – £1,500
– People’s Choice Award – Exhibition £750
– Young Artist Award – For artists under 25 years £750
– Coloured Pencil Award for Excellence – £500

How to enter:
https://www.derwent-artprize.com/

International Artists art competition – Florals and Gardens

If drawing or painting plants and flowers is what you do best then make sure to enter this competition organised by the International Artist magazine. There is an art competition for artists all over the world in each issue of this magazine. They encourage talented artists of today to enter artwork with the theme florals and gardens.

Medium: drawing or painting in any two dimensional medium
Deadline: 11 March 2020
Prizes:
– First Prize Award Certificate plus 4 Page Editorial Spread in the American Art Collector magazine
– Second Prize Award Certificate plus 2 Page Editorial Spread in the American Art Collector magazine
– Third Prize Award Certificate plus 1 Page Editorial Spread in the American Art Collector magazine
– 10 Finalists each win a 1-YEAR subscription and an Official Award Certificate
– All Award Winners will be featured in the pages of International Artist Magazine
Subject: Florals and Gardens
How to enter:
https://www.internationalartist.com/competitions

Artists Magazine Annual Art Competition

Whether you draw in pencils, pastels or paint in watercolours or oil paints, this competition offers you a chance of winning cash prizes and publications in their magazine. Enter your artwork in one of their five categories. This competition is for students and professionals.

Medium: all mediums
Deadline: April 2, 2020
Prizes:
– 5 First Place Awards: $2,500 each
– 5 Second Place Awards: $1,250 each
– 5 Third Place Awards: $750 each
– 15 Honorable Mentions: $100 each
– Winners’ names and work will be featured in the Jan/Feb 2021 issue of Artists Magazine

STUDENT PRIZES (see eligibility requirements)
– 5 First Place Awards: free subscription to Artists Network TV for 1 year ($199 value)+ two free on-demand art courses
– 5 Second Place Awards: free subscription to Artists Network TV for 1 year ($199 value) + one free on-demand art course.
– 5 Third Place Awards: free subscription to Artists Network TV for 1 year ($199 value)
– Winners’ names and work will be featured in the December 2020 issue of Artists Magazine

Subjects:
Portrait/Figure
Still Life/Interior
Landscape
Abstract/Experimental
Animal/Wildlife

How to enter:
For all the relevant information on how to enter and participate use this link.
https://www.artistsnetwork.com/art-competitions/artists-magazine-annual/

International Artists art competition – Abstract and experimental

If your forté is abstract or experimental painting this is a competition for you. So long as you keep your artwork two dimensional you can enter your artwork. You can win award certificates and editorial spreads in the American Art Collector magazine or a year subscription to the International Artist Magazine.

Medium: drawing or painting in any two dimensional medium
Deadline: 13 May 2020
Prizes:
– First Prize Award Certificate plus 4 Page Editorial Spread in the American Art Collector magazine
– Second Prize Award Certificate plus 2 Page Editorial Spread in the American Art Collector magazine
– Third Prize Award Certificate plus 1 Page Editorial Spread in the American Art Collector magazine
– 10 Finalists each win a 1-YEAR subscription and an Official Award Certificate
– All Award Winners will be featured in the pages of International Artist Magazine
How to enter:
https://www.internationalartist.com/competitions

10 Strokes of Genius 12

Artists who draw in all kinds of styles using all kinds of subjects can enter the competition ‘Strokes of Genius’. It offers cash prizes, subscriptions and publication in a special edition magazine. Artists from all over the world are encouraged to take part.

Medium: pencil, charcoal, Conté crayon, pen and ink, scratchboard, silverpoint, coloured pencil, pastel and even some wet paint mediums used in a linear or sketchy manner.
Deadline: June 1, 2020
Prizes:
– One First Place Winner will receive $2,000 in cash
– One Second Place Winner will receive $1,000 in cash
– One Third Place Winner will receive $500 in cash
– 10 Honorable Mention Winners will receive A 1-year subscription to Artists Network TV, valued at $199.99. In addition to the top winners, a number of featured winners will be selected to be published in a special edition magazine!
Subjects: variety of subjects
How to enter: https://www.artistsnetwork.com/art-competitions/strokes/

11 International Artists art competition – Seascapes, rivers and lakes

Seascapes, rivers and lakes are the main subject matter in this art competition. Where ever you live in the world, you can take part in this contest and stand a chance of winning award certificates and publications in the American Art Collector magazine.

Medium: drawing or painting in any two dimensional medium
Deadline: 8 July 2020
Prizes:
– First Prize Award Certificate plus 4 Page Editorial Spread in the American Art Collector magazine
– Second Prize Award Certificate plus 2 Page Editorial Spread in the American Art Collector magazine
– Third Prize Award Certificate plus 1 Page Editorial Spread in the American Art Collector magazine
– 10 Finalists each win a 1-YEAR subscription and an Official Award Certificate
– All Award Winners will be featured in the pages of International Artist Magazine
Subject: Seascapes, rivers and lakes
How to enter:
https://www.internationalartist.com/competitions

12 The Chelsea International Fine Art Competition

This art competition is for artists all around the globe. Whether you are a student or a professional artist you are encouraged to join in and take part. The Chelsea International Fine Art Competition is a good way to broaden your horizon and let the world see your artwork. With $70,000 of prizes this competition is not to be missed.

Medium: Painting, drawing, sculpture, photography, digital, printing, and mixed media are eligible.
Deadline: August 12, 2020.
Prizes:
-Five artists will be awarded a cash prize of $1,000 each.
– Five artists will be awarded one year of exposure on ARTmine.com.
– Honorable Mention
Ten artists will receive an Honorable Mention and an entry into the next Chelsea International Fine Art Competition
How to enter: https://nyartcompetitions.com/cifac/

13 International Artists art competition – Favourite subjects

Pick your favourite subject to enter the international artists art competition. It could be an animal, still life, landscape, architecture or whatever you like. This competition is for artists all around the world, so no matter where you live, you can join in and compete. You could win award certificates and a spread in the American Art Collector magazine or subscriptions.

Medium: drawing or painting in any two dimensional medium
Deadline: 9 September 2020
Prizes:
– First Prize Award Certificate plus 4 Page Editorial Spread in the American Art Collector magazine
– Second Prize Award Certificate plus 2 Page Editorial Spread in the American Art Collector magazine
– Third Prize Award Certificate plus 1 Page Editorial Spread in the American Art Collector magazine
– 10 Finalists each win a 1-YEAR subscription and an Official Award Certificate
– All Award Winners will be featured in the pages of International Artist Magazine
How to enter:
https://www.internationalartist.com/competitions

14 International Artists art competition – Still life

If your speciality is drawing or painting still life, then make sure to enter this art competition by the International Artist. Use any medium of your choice. A Delft Blue vase from Holland, Castanets from Spain or a Daffodil from Wales, where ever you are from in the world you can enter.

Medium: drawing or painting in any two dimensional medium
Deadline: 11 November 2020
Prizes:
– First Prize Award Certificate plus 4 Page Editorial Spread in the American Art Collector magazine
– Second Prize Award Certificate plus 2 Page Editorial Spread in the American Art Collector magazine
– Third Prize Award Certificate plus 1 Page Editorial Spread in the American Art Collector magazine
– 10 Finalists each win a 1-YEAR subscription and an Official Award Certificate
– All Award Winners will be featured in the pages of International Artist Magazine
How to enter:
https://www.internationalartist.com/competitions