Competitions

Rise to the artistic challenge - enter a competition today!

Entering a competition and sharing your work with others is immensely rewarding and something that allows you to challenge yourself and develop as an artist.

With monthly, annual and unique competitions available to enter, there's a whole host of different criteria to enjoy exploring and responding to. Not only that, you'll be in with the chance to win some fantastic prizes, and have your work featured in our online gallery and possibly in a forthcoming edition of Paint magazine.

Competition entry is FREE for all SAA members. Not yet a member? Join now and enjoy entering your work for free straight away!


Open Gardens (September 2018)

Open Gardens (September 2018)

Submit your entry for your chance to be featured in the Members' Gallery in a future copy of the PAINT Newsletter.

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Our Photo, Your Painting (May 2018)

Our Photo, Your Painting (May 2018)

We can't wait to see how you recreate your own version of Valerie Jean Pettifer's photo of this Poppy Field in Cambridgeshire.

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Front Cover Artist

Front Cover Artist

We invite you to submit entries for a future front cover of Paint Magazine.

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Dog Day Challenge

Dog Day Challenge

2018 is the Chinese Y ear of the Dog, so we've set you a canine challenge for the next 12 months! We look forward to seeing you put your artistic skills to the test, getting to grips with fur, paws, wet noses and waggy tails!

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Topsy Turvy

Topsy Turvy

Here's a quick little exercise for you to have some fun with and hone your observational skills at the same time.

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'Paint a Postcard'

'Paint a Postcard'

This competition runs monthly throughout the year and is open to all members. If you're a new member, be sure to mention it with your submission and your work may be featured in the PAINT Newsletter.

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Previous Competitions

View closed competitions for winners and all entries.

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Join the SAA

Join SAA

If you're looking for a sense of belonging and the stimulus to paint more and better every day, SAA membership is the place for you!


More info

How to enter

Click on any of the live competitions listed on the right for further information: how to enter, categories available, closing dates, submission rules, judging criteria and browse entries already submitted.