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 creating exposure for your artwork and increasing your art network. Here are some tips for you to ensure the best chances of winning a prize or award in an art competition.

  1. Check the conditions
    Make sure to check what the rules and regulation are of the competition organisation. What are the jurors looking for.
    Stick to the regulations and condititions to avoid disapointment. For example, what size artwork can you submit, what medium is required, how many pieces can you send in, what is the deadline.

    2. Artist Statement
    Having a good Artist Statement is 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.  

    3. Create a Schedule
    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. Using a schedule will help you finish on time.

    4. Make good Photographs of your art work
    Make sure that you take good and clear photographs of your work. Take your images outside on an overcast day, either early in the morning or late in the afternoon. Be careful of shadows casting a dark shape over your artwork.
    For some top tips on photographing your art work take a look here.

    5. Networking
    Jurors are often well known in the art world and can. Stay connected with them, it’s always good to have influencial artist friends and acquaintances in your network of contacts.

    6. Don’t get discouraged
    Don’t get discouraged if you don’t win anything this time round. Perhaps ask the jurors for feedback and see where you could improve on your artwork. Accept their comments and get ready for next years art competition.

    7. Increase 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.

Take the plunge
If you would like to enter an art competition, take a look in our Art Competitions 2023 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 2022