Top tips on how to enter an Art Competition

Whether you are an emerging artist or have been painting for years, art competitions are a good way of circulating your work and name to the general public. This is an excellent way of creating  greater exposure and networking opportunities.

In these very uncertain times where Corona seems to dictate most things, online exhibitions are very popular and also necessary. These, can bring in their online state even more exposure, because of their global presence, instead of being isolated in one town. Your work needs to be seen to be known, and this is a good way to achieve it.

Naturally, entering a competition means that you are leaving your comfort zone. It also brings a lot of added pressure in the form of constantly improving your work and thinking up new ideas, complying with all the many rules and regulations that come into play and coping with the excess networking possibilities. Here are some tips for you to ensure the best chances of winning a prize in an art competition.

Self esteem
Joining an art competition can bring a feeling of acceptance, tension, excitement and exhilaration. Acceptance that you have been recognised as good enough. The tension that you get when you see your work being displayed. The excitement of being part of the event and meeting new and useful contacts. The exhilaration that you may get if you win an award or prize.

Check the conditions
Always pay great attention to what the jurors and art competition need and want. The size is important and eventually the medium used. How many works can be entered and does it have to be framed or not. The subject matter is also very important, it’s no good submitting a figure drawing if they need landscapes for example. Read the conditions carefully to avoid instant rejection.

Artist Statement
It’s a very important part of presenting yourself in the art world. You need a good Artist Statement to tell the world who you are and what kind of art you make and what motivates you. Here are some tips on how to write an unforgettable Artist Statement. 

Working towards a deadline can be stressful. Make a schedule for yourself so that you know how much time you have to complete your art work.

Photographing your art work
Make sure that you take good and clear photographs of your work. These usually turn out better if you photograph them outside in the shade. Make sure that there are no shadows on your picture. For some top tips on photographing your art work take a look here.

Jurors are often well known in the art world and can, if they see a good piece of art, even although it hasn’t won, help the artist further promote it. Stay connected with the jurors and add them to your network of contacts in the art world.

Don’t get discouraged
Don’t get discouraged if you don’t win anything this time round. Perhaps ask for feedback and get stuck in to the next art competition.

Take the plunge
If you would like to enter an art competition, take a look in our Art Competitions 2021 overview to see which competitions there are out there this year. From themes like, Landscapes, Animals, Still lives, Abstract art, Self portraits and much more. These organisations are looking for artists who use a variety of art materials such as watercolour, oil paint, gouache, acrylic, pencils, charcoal, inks and mixed media. We have selected art competitions that you can enter online, so no matter where you are in the world you can take part.

Art Competition overview 2021