Art Competitions

Professional artists will tell you that becoming a recognized artist takes a lot of hard work, determination, and a thick skin, but one of the quickest ways to get recognition for your work is entering it into art competitions. When looking for art competitions to enter, always choose the most established ones: like the art competitions we list here on Tomorro.

So how do you impress the judges in an art competition?

Before you enter your first piece of work into an art competition you need to figure out whether the competition matches your style. It would be a total waste of time to enter an impressionist competition if your work is neo-classical. Try to view previous entries, either online or at an exhibition, before submitting your own.

Once you’ve established that the competition is right for you, just be yourself. It may sound corny, but judges are always on the look-out for work that gives them a breath of fresh air. Try to submit something that is unique, innovative, and shows off your personality.

What are the chances of winning?

There is no doubt about the impact that being shortlisted in a well renowned art competition will have on your CV, not to mention your reputation. It’s even better when you take home first prize. Heaps of people know this, which is why major art competitions get so many entries. Remember that the more prestigious a competition is, the less chance your work has of winning. It’s important to bear in mind that popular competitions have a higher rejection rate.

Only submit eligible artwork. Carefully read the terms and conditions stated by the promoter to get a solid understanding of what they want before you submit your masterpiece. Plenty of people have made mistake of submitting perfectly good work that exceeds the size limits of the competition, only to have it disqualified.

What does the copyright agreement say?

Before entering an art competition, scrutinize the copyright agreement. Some competitions will state that the copyright belongs to the promoter once your work is submitted to them, meaning they could use your pride and joy in tacky advertising campaigns without paying you a cent. Usually they hide this in the small print, so bring out the magnifying glass if you have to.

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