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Artist of the Year 2018

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  • Description/Summary

    Open to everyone and irrespective of age, ability, medium or subject matter. You don't have to be a professional artist or have years of painting experience to enter - all you need is a passion for painting! In 2018 there are 46 prizes up for grabs so enter now! SAA members receive FREE unlimited entries, so if you haven't already joined the SAA, please click here or call 08458 770 775

    Vote for your favourite artwork by visiting here: https://www.saa.co.uk/info/artist-of-the-year-members-vote/

  • Prizes & awards

    Top Awards: Prizes of up to £1000 worth of art materials, and an engraved goblet, will also be awarded to the painting judged to be the best in the following sectors:

    • Professional - £1000
    • Amateur - £1000
    • Beginner, June Atherton Award (if you have been painting less than two years) - £500
    • Young (16 to 25 years old at the time of entry) - £500
    • Junior (up to 16 at the time of entry) - £500

    Category Awards: £25 worth of art materials will be awarded to the following category winners:

    • Best Portrait or Figure
    • Best Abstract or Experimental Art
    • Best Still Life
    • Best Flowers or Gardens
    • Best Landscape or Woodland Scene
    • Best Waterscape, Boats or Seascape
    • Best Animal or Wildlife
    • Best Digital Art

    AND! The brand new prize of a painting holiday for 2 along with £100 art materials. This will be our "Members' Choice Award" and is decided by our members, who will be choosing from the finalists! On show: Closing date for entries is 30th March 2018. All entrants from the competition, including the chosen finalists, will be notified by 20th April 2018. Selected finalists original paintings must be available to be with the SAA from the time of notification, until early September. Selected winning finalists will be exhibited at SAA HQ from June - August 2018, displayed on the SAA website, in PAINT magazine as well as any other relevant publications. There is no limit to the number of entries and all artwork must be recent (no earlier than 2016) unpublished work of the submitting artist. Please indicate if the work of another artist has been used as a source for your entry. If your entry is chosen your original work must be available for final judging.

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  • How to enter


    You can now enter online! Simply click on the 'Enter Competition' icon at the top of this page and follow the instructions from there.


    E-mail entries, are only open to SAA members and are acceptable in JPEG format no larger than 3MB per image. With only one picture per email.

    Please email to [email protected] with full details included in each covering e-mail. Mark the e-mail subject as AOY2018 with your status and painting subject. It should look like this in the email subject: 'AOY2018 Amateur Landscape or Woodland Scene'.

    Entrants must determine their own status from Professional, Amateur, Beginner (painting for less than 2 years at time of entry), Young (16 to 25 at time of entry) and Junior (up to 16 at time of entry).


    For postal entries, please supply all the information listed below and send your entries to SAA Artist of the Year 2018, PO Box 50, Newark, Notts, NG23 5GY, UK.

    Please do not enclose anything else with your entry.


    IMPORTANT Please ensure that each painting entry is clearly marked with:

    - Full Artist name

    - Full postal address

     - Telephone number

    - Membership Number. (if a member)

    - Your Status (e.g. Professional, Amateur, Beginner, Young, Junior)

    - Age (if under 25)

    - Title of painting

    - Medium (e.g. Watercolour, acrylic, etc)

    - Category (Animal or Wildlife, Portrait or Figure, etc)

     - Size including frame in centimetres (cm)


    Incomplete entries will be disqualified. All entries and artwork must be submitted as good quality photographs or colour photocopies (no larger than A3) as original paintings cannot be accepted. If you are not an SAA member please remember you get ONE FREE ENTRY and for subsequent entries you will need to enclose your payment (Non-members £7.50 per entry and a Special Students price of only £3.50 per entry, students may only enter as Young or Junior). No responsibility will be taken for any entries and no entry will be returned, please keep a copy for your records.

  • Rules

    Digital Art must be wholly original work and painted using digital applications (i.e. not a digitally altered photograph or similar).

    Entries must be your own work; if you have used another artists' painting, tuition or photograph as your inspiration, please ensure you have gained the appropriate authorisation to publish the image and be sure to credit them accordingly - for example 'after a painting by ....' or 'from a photograph of ....'

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