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Artists of the Year

SAA Artists of the Year competition is in it's 29th year. What we are most proud of is that our Artists Of The Year competition is accessible to even the most beginner artist due to our range of prizes and awards.
Gorilla Study by Martin Buffery

What is SAA Artists of the Year?

Are you an artist looking for an exciting opportunity to showcase your work? Look no further than the SAA Artists of the Year competition, now in its 29th year! With over 23,000 entries in the past five years alone, this competition welcomes artists of all levels - from beginners to professionals - to share their passion and accomplishments.

But that's not all - with a range of awards and prizes up for grabs, even as a beginner, you could win big! We want to inspire and celebrate artists at all levels and abilities, and with free entry for SAA members, there's no reason not to get involved. So why not tell your friends and join the fun?

Plus, this year's competition is being hosted on the 'Zealous' platform, making it easier than ever to enter. Simply create a free account, upload your high-quality images, and even save your entries as drafts or edit them after you've submitted - all up until the deadline. Don't miss your chance to shine - enter now!

Enter Artists of the Year 2023

The closing date is 31st May 2023.
It's free to enter for any member, regardless of age or experience.

View this year's winners

View all the winners from Artists of the Year 2022.

FAQs about entering AOY

  • This year, you'll need to create a free account with Zealous ( via the purple 'Sign Up' button at the top of the page.

    Once you have registered on their platform you can view the SAA Profile: and choose which challenge is most suitable for you - International, Professional, Amateur or Beginner.

    Once you've clicked the competition most suitable to you, there's a purple 'submit' button on the page, beneath the header and the SAA logo.

    Once you've clicked this you'll be guided through making your submission to the challenge: the first page contains the guidelines, there's a tick box at the bottom to confirm you have read and understood them before continuing, the second page is where you'd upload your image and enter some basic, pertinent details about your artwork, and the third page is for some further information.

    Remember, you can save your progress at any time and come back to it in order to complete it if you need to.

  • Log in to your SAA account on our website:

    Once you have logged in, click 'My Account' which can be found across the top of your browser window on desktop, or under the little 'person' icon along the top on mobile. Click 'My Account' once again from the drop down list.

    Once in your account dashboard click 'My membership', which is the rightmost button beneath the title heading o 'My Account' desktop. On mobile, it is the bottommost button in the list beneath the title heading.

    Your 5 or 6 digit membership number will be shown at the top of the off-white box beneath the heading 'My Membership'. 

  • If you're struggling with an aspect of the Zealous platform, there's help on hand - on the bottom righthand side of the page there's a white and purple round button. Clicking this will allow you access to the help page and the live chat function they have on their website.

    Alternatively you can go to for their comprehensive list of help guides and FAQs.

    At the bottom of this page is a purple strip which says "Couldn't find an answer?" - clicking this within working hours will allow you speak to a member of their staff by typing through a chat box.

  • There isn't really a hard and fast rule. The entrants self-categorise and we're not checking anybody's bank balances or when they purchased their first paint brush.

    As some general guidance we suggest a beginner has been painting 2 years or less.
    An amateur is someone who enjoys painting as a hobby, but doesn't make any serious money from it.
    A Professional is someone who earns more than 50% of their total income through their art or art related activities (ie, teaching)

  • You can submit up to 3 paintings to the competition.

    It's up to you if you want to just enter one, or use all three of your allocated submissions. 

About the SAA

At SAA, we live and breathe art.

We believe that every artist deserves the best possible support and resources, no matter where they are in their creative journey. Our online hub offers a wealth of tuition and inspiration from expert artists, as well as a Knowledge Hub where you can get all your art questions answered.

Since 1992, our mission has been to inform, encourage, and inspire artists of all levels. We constantly evolve to make sure our inspiration remains relevant in the ever-changing world of art.

If you're looking to challenge yourself and explore your talents, check out our portfolio of activities which includes competitions and challenges. We want to help our members and customers unleash their full creative potential. So come and join us at SAA, where we're all about Supporting All Artists.