How to win an Art Competition

As you have heard, we have an exciting Online Art Competition with a very tempting prize! We love discovering new artists, and would want to give everyone the best possible chance to win. We therefore thought it might be helpful to give you a few tips when entering an art competition. Hope you find this helpful!

Be yourself. Make sure your work represents you. Present yourself the way you would like to be presented to the world. Genuinely innovative work or work which provides a ‘new look’ and a different way of creating art is like a breath of fresh air. There is a difference between being aware of what a competition is about and the sort of work it attracts, and copying what seems to be popular. Do not copy, make your work your own. You win by making good work that stands out. You win by showing the judges that you have a coherent, high quality body of work and you know how to present it. The contest organisers always want to be sure that they are promoting someone who is serious and professional. So prepare your submission accordingly. Winning a contest is not about an art degree, years of experience or sometimes even talent, but with how your originality shines through, and how people respond emotionally to your work. 

Provide accurate digital photos. One of the ways to cut costs for the contestants is to ask for initial submissions by digital image. The importance of good scanning or photography, colour balance and cropping images accurately, cannot be stressed enough. It is of the utmost importance to represent your artwork accurately. 

Don’t be scared. Take a chance, even if you are unsure, or have never entered a competition before. This will push you a bit further, and even out of your comfort zone, which might still be a very good thing for your art in the long run, even if you don’t win this time! Any level of art is welcome, but it still has to be your best work. To know which is your best work, you need to have some feedback from people who are equipped to comment and people you can trust. Show works which relate well in terms of topic and palette and the overall calibre of your work.  

Remember it is subjective. If you aren’t selected, don’t take it too personally. It just means that it just didn’t appeal to this particular panel in this particular year. I’ve seen artwork rejected from one competition win top awards in the next competition it gets submitted to. You win by being smart about what the organisers would like to see. Contest organisers want to be associated with a certain type of art.

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