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5 great competitions for artists

Have a creative side and want to show off some of your work? You might like to enter a competition. There are tons of great competitions out there for artists, from painting and drawing to writing and poetry. Read on to see some of the best competitions for artists.


Why should I enter?


If you haven’t thought about entering a competition before, here are some reasons you should:

  • Hone your skills – competitions are a great way to refine your skills and experience, as working to a deadline can be different to just doing something for yourself.
  • Get recognition – it’s always great to get feedback on your work, and even if you don’t win it’s always a chance to improve.
  • Win prizes – we had to mention this one. Whether it’s cash, mentoring opportunities, or the chance to exhibit your work, we can’t deny this is a great perk of competitions.


5 great competitions for artists


Now that you’re convinced, here are some of the best competitions we’ve found you might like to enter:

The Archibald Prize – this is Australia’s premier portrait painting competition, running for over 100 years. The winner receives a whopping $100,000 prize (plus smaller prizes available for the Packing Room Prize and People’s Choice). There’s also the Young Archie competition for those under the age of 18.

William and Winifred Bowness Photography Prize – a prestigious photography competition run by Monash Gallery of Art. The top prize includes $30,000 and the addition of your work into the MGA’s collection.

Telstra National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Awards – also known as NATSIAA, this is the country’s longest running and most prestigious Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Award. Artists share in a total of $190,000 in prize money for works in several categories.

ABR Elizabeth Jolley Short Story Prize – one of Australia’s leading prizes for original writing, worth $12,500.

We the Makers Sustainable Fashion Prize – open to emerging professional designers working in sustainable fashion, entries go in the running to win a top prize of $10,000.


Nothing here that suits you? Don’t forget you can find tons more competitions on our website here.


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