Category: Competitions

Open Call | CGTrader’s Digital Art Competition 2018

Application deadline: 30 September 2018

CGTrader, the world’s largest database of 3D models and CG community has introduced the Digital Art Competition, which welcomes all CG artists (both 2D and 3D).

You can enter with up to three artworks each of the six categories. All submissions will also have the chance to achieve the Public Award.

The CGTrader Digital Art Competition offers artists exposure in our 1.2M+ user community and the opportunity to win prizes valued over $60,000.

There are no hard requirements, and artworks do not have to be created exclusively for the competition, so feel free to show everyone your best and favorite works.

For more details, visit the competition page:

Open Call | Cruthú Arts Festival 2018 Poster Competition

Application deadline: 31 March

Cruthú Arts Festival are now calling for entries to our 2018 Festival Poster Competition. After the success and popularity of the 2017 festival poster, the committee have decided to release an open call to artists to create our festival poster design for 2018.

Cruthú Arts Festival are looking for art pieces that capture the essence, diversity and spirit of the Cruthú Arts Festival.

They are offering a prize of €200 to the winning design.

Competition is open to all skill levels. Entrants 18+. Cruthú Festival reserve the right to add festival information and text to the selected design.

Please send entries to . Please indicate ‘Poster’ as subject.

Please ensure entries are submitted as a print ready file, maximum file size 25MB.

For further information and full terms and conditions, please see the festival website:

Open Call | Prix Ars Electronica – CyberArts

Application deadline: 3 March

Ars Electronica is accepting entries for 2018, for its annual International competition for CyberArts — the Prix Ars Electronica.

As the world’s most time-honored media arts competition, The Prix Ars Electronica is open to creatives from all around the world.

Winners are awarded the coveted Golden Nica statuette, prize money ranging up to 10,000 Euro per category and an opportunity to showcase their talents at the famed Ars Electronica Festival in Linz, Austria.

In 2018, Ars Electronica is accepting submissions for prize consideration in the following categories:

  • Computer Animation — works of 2D or 3D computer animation, digital short films and narratives, character animation, abstract CG animation, scientific visualizations, commercials, music videos, visual effects, CG for the creative manipulation or enhancement of live action scenes, real-time CG, game cutscenes, machinima, generative visuals, VR, projection mapping, game, Installation focused on new visualization/animation, theater projects, opera project etc.
  • Interactive Art + — installations, performances, audience participation, network projects, telepresence and -communication, virtual reality, augmented reality, innovative interfaces, robotics, software, apps…
  • Digital Communities — open to political, social, cultural and artistic projects, initiatives, groups, and scenes from all over the world that are effectively utilizing digital technology to further society and to promote social responsibility.
  • u19 – CREATE YOUR WORLD — completed works and projects, as well as detailed concepts or models in which the idea has been substantially developed in the direction of realization. The work itself could be, for instance, an artistic animated film, sound creation, website, app, scientific or social project, creative design, or innovative, futuristic idea. It’s freestyle, so anything goes.The 2018 awards presentation will take place during the Ars Electronica Festival 2018 in Linz, Austria, 6-10 September, 2018.

The Prix Ars Electronica competition is staged jointly by Ars Electronica Linz GmbH and Co KG in cooperation with the OK Center for Contemporary Art and Brucknerhaus Linz.

For more information and application details:

Open Call | Sky Arts Landscape Artist of the Year 2019

Application deadline: 11 May

Sky Arts Landscape Artist of the Year is now open for entries. Landscape Artist of the Year is a television competition shown on the Sky Arts channel which aims to find the best portrait painter every year. It is open to all artists – amateur, professional or hobbyists. Artists must be a resident in the UK, Gibraltar, Falkland Islands, Isle of Man, Channel Islands or Republic of Ireland for at least a year on 18th October 2017.

Landscape Artist of the Year offers you the chance to win a £10,000 commission for a British institution’s permanent collection and £500 of art materials from Cass Art. Landscape Artist of The Year will film at stunning locations around the UK.

To enter the competition, you must complete and submit an online application form and upload the following photographs:

a. One photograph of a landscape painting created by you
b. Photograph(s) of at least one and up to two further works of art by yourself – these needn’t be landscapes
c. One passport style photo of yourself

See Terms on website for more information on image sizes. Only one entry can be submitted per person. Entries on behalf of another person will not be accepted.

If You are chosen as a Shortlisted Artist or a Reserve Shortlisted Artist, You must be available for filming between 18th June 2018 and 27th July 2018. Sky Arts offer £50 to each heat participant to help with travel costs and other expenses.

For more information and to apply online:

Open Call | Sky Arts Portrait Artist of the Year 2019

Application deadline: 16 March

Sky Arts Portrait Artist of the Year is now open for entries. Portrait Artist of the Year is a television competition shown on the Sky Arts channel which aims to find the best portrait painter every year. It is open to all artists – amateur, professional or hobbyists. Artists must be a resident in the UK, Gibraltar, Falkland Islands, Isle of Man, Channel Islands or Republic of Ireland for at least a year on 18th October 2017.

Portrait Artist of the Year offers artists the chance to win a £10,000 commission for a major British institution and £500 of art materials from Cass Art.

To enter the competition, you must complete and submit an online application form and upload the following photographs:

a. A photograph of a Self Portrait. This image should not include the frame.
b. A second photograph of an additional painting. This should also be a Portrait. This image should not include the frame or surroundings.
c. An optional third photograph of your work.
d. One passport style photograph of yourself.

PLEASE NOTE: Each photograph must be a JPEG file (no less than 800KB and no more than 1.5MB), and please ensure that it is well-lit, composed, and shows any detail such as brushstrokes and mark-making.

Only one entry can be submitted per person. Entries on behalf of another person will not be accepted.

If You are chosen as a Shortlisted Artist or a Reserve Shortlisted Artist, You must be available for filming between 23rd April – 4th May 2018. Sky Arts offer £50 to each heat participant to help with travel costs and other expenses.

For more information and to apply online:

The Alpine Fellowship 2018, Visual Arts Prize

Application deadline: 15 March

Awarded for the best visual arts response to ‘Childhood’ – the theme of the Alpine Fellowship Annual Symposium. The winner and two runners up are invited to attend the Venice symposium.

Winner receives £2000 and a further £1000 towards shipping and installing the winning piece.

Rules: Open to all nationalities, aged 18 and above. All visual media permitted including, but not limited to, painting, sculpture, digital, and installation. Limited to one entry per person.

Entries should include appropriate images or video and details of the work. Shortlisted entries will be notified by email. Judges have final decision and no correspondence is permitted.

Symposium: June 21st – 24th 2018
Entries to:

Open Call | ZEISS Photography Award 2018

The third edition of the ZEISS Photography Award recently opened for entries, with a new brief for 2018: “Seeing Beyond – Untold Stories”.

Photographers from around the world are invited to submit their best series of work to present a look beyond the ordinary and every day.

One winner and a shortlist of up to ten talented photographers will be announced. The winner will receive: 12,000 Euro worth of ZEISS lenses, 3,000 Euro travel expenses to complete a photography project of their choice in the location of their choice, a day at the ZEISS Headquarters in Germany including comprehensive lens training and a tour including the ZEISS museum, invitation to attend the exhibition of the winning work and more.

Winning images, as well as selected shortlisted photographers, will be shown alongside the Sony World Photography Awards Exhibition at Somerset House in London, from 20 April — 6 May, 2018.

“Untold Stories” is intended to be understood in its broadest sense – the work could explore a familiar theme told from a different perspective or it could address an issue that has previously had little attention. All forms of photography are welcome and judges are specifically looking for series of works that have a strong narrative. The ‘Untold Story’ that the photographer presents must be visually clear in the submitted images.

For more information and application details:

Open Call | STARTS Prize 2018

Deadline: March 2nd, 2018
STARTS Prize – Grand prize of the European Commission honoring Innovation in Technology, Industry and Society stimulated by the Arts.

On behalf of the European Commission, Ars Electronica in collaboration with BOZAR and Waag Society is issuing an open call for entries to a competition that will determine the third recipients of STARTS Prize, prestigious and—with two €20,000 prizes—highly endowed awards. Expressly encouraged are innovative projects at the interface of science, technology and art.
There are no entry fees.
Science, Technology and Arts (=STARTS) form a nexus with an extraordinarily high potential for creative innovation. And such innovation is considered to be precisely what’s called for if we’re to master the social, ecological and economic challenges that Europe will be facing in the near future. The role of artists thus is no longer seen to be just about propagating scientific and technological knowledge and skills among the general public but much more as a kind of catalyst that can inspire and trigger innovative processes. The artistic practice of creative exploration and experimental appropriation of new technologies has a wide reaching potential to contribute to the development of new products and new economic, social and business models. Accordingly, the STARTS Prize focuses on artistic works that influence or change the way we look at technology, and on innovative forms of collaboration between the ICT sector and the world of art and culture.

For more information please visit:

Open Call | BDA Prize 2018, Charlottesville, USA

Application deadline: 22 February, midnight

Established to generate forward-looking ideas to better our community through design and dialogue, the BDA Prize explores current topics for Charlottesville annually.

In light of recent events and discussions regarding the role of public sculpture, memorials and monuments, the 2018 BDA Prize seeks designs that express the identity and values of Charlottesville’s diverse community.

The prize fund includes a total of $8,000 — of which $5,000 are reserved for the Grand Prize winner.

The site for this year’s competition is the west end of Charlottesville’s downtown pedestrian mall, one of the longest pedestrian malls in the United States, designed by the acclaimed landscape architect Lawrence Halprin in 1976.

Submissions should highlight the potential of public art, and the visual arts in general, and contribute to intellectual and reflective conversations in Charlottesville and beyond.

The BDA Prize is open to all. No professional qualification is required. Design proposals can be developed individually or by teams.

Prizes for 2018

  • One Grand Prize Award US $5,000
  • Two Finalist Prizes US $1,000 (x 2)
  • One Community Choice Award US $1,000

For more information and application details:

Open Call | DARE Art Prize 2018, Leeds, UK

Deadline for applications: 12 January

The pioneering DARE partnership between the University of Leeds and Opera North is seeking applications from creative practitioners in all media for the second DARE Art Prize. Launched last year, the £15,000 prize is aimed at challenging artists and scientists to work together on new approaches to the creative process. Shortlisted proposals for the inaugural Prize included a whale choir and an exploration of cosmic bubbles, and the winning entry from Berlin-based composer Samuel Hertz: an electro-acoustic chamber piece incorporating sounds below the level of human hearing. Samuel is currently working on his commission, due to be unveiled in April next year, with performers from Opera North and academics from the University of Leeds.

The winner – an innovative, ambitious, early-career artist who is motivated by the opportunity to work in partnership with leading scientific researchers at the University of Leeds – will be announced on 12 February.

The successful artist will be matched with a researcher who shares their vision and can bring knowledge, expertise and networks to support the creation of something new. There are no restrictions on the form of the outcome: depending on the interests of the collaborators and the direction that the work takes, it could be a piece of visual art, a dance performance, a poem, an interactive website or a cycle of new songs, but the project must be achievable within twelve months. It is expected that around £5,000 of the Award will be invested in the creation of new work.

For more information and application details:

Open Call | Sony World Photography Awards 2018

Application deadline: 9 January

The 2018 Sony World Photography Awards, one of the world’s leading photography competitions, are now open for entries.

The 11th edition of the Awards is marked by the introduction of two challenging new categories in the Professional competition, ‘Creative’ and ‘Discovery’, and an important new opportunity for award-winners to secure a grant to fund future photographic projects.

All category winners of the Professional, Open, Youth and Student Focus competitions will receive digital imaging equipment. In addition, cash prizes of $25,000 (USD) will be presented to the Photographer of the Year and $5,000 (USD) to the overall Open competition winner.

The annual Sony World Photography Awards Exhibition in London will include the works of all category winners plus many of the shortlisted Awards photographers. The Exhibition will then be toured internationally. The images will also be published in the annual Awards winners’ book and all shortlisted and winning photographers are given global exposure via dedicated marketing and press campaigns.

The Sony World Photography Awards comprise of four competitions:

Professional – 10 categories judged upon a body of work (5-10 images)
Open – best single images across 10 categories
Youth – young photographers aged 12-19 responding to a brief with a single image
Student Focus – for those studying photography

Created by the World Photography Organisation, the Sony World Photography Awards are an authoritative voice in the industry. Celebrating the finest contemporary photography from the past year, the Awards give vast exposure, visibility and opportunity to photographers worldwide on an annual basis.

For more information and to apply online:

Open Call | V&A Illustration Awards 2018

Application deadline: Monday 18 December, 5pm

The V&A Illustration Awards are held annually to highlight the best book and magazine illustration published in the UK. The awards have been running since 1972 and have included a student category since 2005. Each year, the winning books are added to the holdings of the National Art Library and can be accessed in the Library’s Reading Rooms.

Published illustration categories

Book Cover Design
Book Illustration
Editorial Illustration (newspapers and magazines)

The winner in each category receives £3,000 and a trophy. The judges will also select an overall winner to receive the 2018 Moira Gemmill Illustrator of the year prize and an additional £5,000. Winners may also be commissioned to produce publicity artwork for the Museum.

Student Illustration

The winner of the Student Illustrator of the Year Prize will receive £3,000 and a trophy. The Student Runner-Up will receive £2,000 and a trophy. The winning works will be shown at the V&A in a public display opening on 16 May 2018. Winners must be prepared to lend some or all of their original artwork for the display.

Entry to the V&A Illustration Awards is free and takes place via the online entry form only.

You will need to register before submitting your entry. To do so, use the link in the ‘Submit an entry’ box on the right-hand side of the page and select the ‘Create new account’ tab. Once you have registered you can log in following the same link. If you have previously registered, but have forgotten your username or password, please re-register.

Please read the Terms and Conditions carefully:

Deadline Reminder | Design The Box Competition, Trinity College Dublin

Deadline: 4 December 2017
A competition to redesign the exterior of a new media studio at Trinity College Dublin.

Overview: The Box is a new media studio in Trinity College Dublin which seeks to empower refugees through the provision of media training workshops, the co-creation of video content, and the use of an online TV platform. It is managed by CONNECT in collaboration with ALTV.

The facilities at The Box are available to students, researchers and staff at Trinity College Dublin for use in their own creative pursuits. The Box also functions as a space for social and collaborative events such as informal meetings, workshops, film screenings and art exhibitions.

Competition: The Box consists of four standard shipping containers which are connected and fixed in place. The exterior appearance is currently plain and industrial, painted green and grey. We are seeking innovative design proposals from artists, designers, architects, craftspeople and others (individuals or groups), to enhance both the appearance and the user experience of The Box.
Students and professionals alike are welcome to submit proposals.

Prizes and budget: The prize for the winning design is €2,000. There is a maximum budget of €3,000 available for the execution of the winning design, including the cost of all materials. Any surplus funds will be reinvested in the workshop program.

Entrants are encouraged to re-imagine The Box’s exterior aesthetic. There is also scope to structurally extend the roof at the front of The Box, with a view to increasing the usable, sheltered space. Materials used should be readily available (timber, paint, etc.). Note: The winning designer/design team is responsible for sourcing materials and executing their design.

Please see for full details, resources and terms & conditions.

Open Call | Embracing Our Differences Competition 2018, Florida

Application deadline: 9 January

Embracing Our Differences invites you to participate in its exhibition competition for 2018 and in creating a world where differences are embraced and individuality is celebrated.

Artists, photographers, professionals, amateurs, students are all invited to submit their interpretation of the theme “enriching lives through diversity”.

In 2018, a total of $3,000 US will be awarded in the form of three separate awards — $1,000 each for “Best-in-Show Adult”, “Best-in-Show Student” and the “People’s Choice” award.

Embracing Our Differences’ annual international outdoor juried art exhibition features billboard-size images and is displayed during April and May each year in Island Park along Sarasota’s bayfront in Southwest Florida. nLast year, the competition received more than 10,761 individual entries from 115 countries and 48 states. A total of 90 winning works were selected.

Become a part of this exciting change through your visual art or creative writing submission to the 15th annual Embracing Our Differences juried competition.

For more information and application details:

Open Call | The United Nations / Ranan Lurie Political Cartoon Awards 2017

Application deadline: 15 November

Submitted entries should represent work done from the beginning of September 2016, to the 15th of October 2017, reflecting the importance of human dignity, mutual respect and friendship among nations, as well as economic consideration and environmental responsibilities towards each other.

The total prize money fund for 2017 is $18,000, of which $10,000 are reserved for the First prize. Plaques will also be awarded to the first three best cartoons and the ten honorable mentions.

Any professional individual is eligible to enter political cartoons printed in any publication published anywhere, in any language.

Winning cartoons are chosen for their high professional standards in art, political analysis of events, projection of events to come, humor, while also reflecting the spirit and principles of the U.N.

The United Nations have established this annual competition in 2005, after political cartoonist Ranan Lurie, to promote the highest standard of excellence in political cartoons.

For more information see:

Open Call | The Derwent Arts Prize

Deadline: 8 May 2018

Description: The contest is organised by the Derwent Cumberland Pencil Company.

Artists are invited to submit up to 6 images. The work entered must be created in pencil (including water-soluble, pastel, graphite, charcoal or coloured pencils). The work must not exceed 182cm in its greatest dimension. There is no minimum size limit. All entered work must have been completed within the last 3 years
Who may enter: The Prize is open to all British and international artists over the age of 18 years old on 1st June 2018.

Entry fees
The entry fee is £15 for the first work and £5 for additional works.

• First Prize: £6,000
• Second Prize: £3,500
• Third Prize: £1,000
• People’s Choice Award – Exhibition: £750
• Young Artist Award – For artists under 25 years: £500
• Coloured Pencil Award for Excellence: £500

Please visit to learn more about the competition.