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Terms and Conditions

These are our main terms and conditions of entering our Artists of the Year competition. If you've any further enquiries please contact
  • The SAA Artists of the Year 2022 competition will run from 1st January 2022 to 31st May 2022. Entries submitted after midnight of 31st May 2022 will not be counted.
  • There is no limit to the number of entries you can make.
  • Entry to the SAA Artists of the Year competition is free for both members and non-members.
  • Entries can be made online here.
  • Winning entries must be sent to us by 26th August 2022 for photographing and exhibiting.
  • The exhibition will be held 30th September 2022 - 5th October 2022.
  • We are no longer asking for the original paintings to be sent in for the final judging, this is taking place virtually, based off the photographs you submit of your artwork. Therefore entries must be good quality photographs of your work.
  • Textile Art, sculptures, other 3D artworks are not accepted into this competition.
  • No responsibility will be taken for any initial entries and no initial entries will be returned – please keep a copy for your records.
  • All artwork must be recent (No earlier than 2020) unpublished work of the submitting artist.
  • If you have used another individual’s tuition, artwork or photography as source material for your painting, you must first seek their permission before entering. They should be specific in their response about whether you’re able to sell and/or exhibit the work. You should credit them accordingly “after a painting by…”, “after tuition from….”, “after a photograph by…”.
  • Online entries are acceptable in .jpeg, .jpg, .gif and .png formats. Ideally file sizes should be less than 1MB.
  • Please upload one single image per submission.
  • Entrants must determine their own status from Professional, Amateur, Beginner, Young and Junior. These guidelines may help:
    • Professional – someone who earns more than 50% of their income through their artwork, this may be selling at exhibition, taking on commissions or teaching art.
    • Amateur – A hobby artist who doesn’t fit into the other statuses.
    • Beginner – Has been painting for less than 2 years at the time of entry.
    • Young – Aged 17-25 at the time of entry.
    • Junior – Aged up to 16 at the time of entry.
  • Selected winning finalists will be exhibited at the Nottingham Society of Artists Gallery, Friar Lane, Nottingham; displayed on the SAA Website and printed in Paint magazine, as well as any other relevant SAA publications.
  • SAA may use your entry image for the purposes of advertising this and future AOY competitions, but not to recreate prints of your work.
  • SAA reserves the right to disqualify any work which is found to not be the genuine work of the submitting artist, at any point in the competition.
  • All entrants will receive notification of how their entries have fared by 4th July 2022. The People’s Choice vote will commence alongside this notification.
  • The People's Choice vote will run until 31st July 2022.
  • Winning finalists will receive notification by 1st August 2022 via the email address associated with their entry.
  • Requested paintings must be ready to hang when sent to the SAA, preferably with wire or cord.
  • Paintings sent into the SAA are at the cost of the artist, however paintings will be returned at the cost of the SAA.
  • Winning artists can choose whether their painting is for sale at the exhibition, if for sale please allow 25% plus VAT for SAA.

If you require any further information or clarification on these rules then don’t hesitate to contact us at