Category: Competitions


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: bdaprize.bdarchitects.com


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: operanorth.co.uk/news/


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: worldphoto.org/sony-world-photography-awards


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: vam.ac.uk/b/villa-2018


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 connectcentre.ie/news/design-the-box-competition-details 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: embracingourdifferences.org


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: lurieunaward.com


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.

Prizes:
• 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

Website
Please visit http://www.derwent-artprize.com/ to learn more about the competition.