Watermedia Showcase


sponsored by Watercolor Artist

Showcase your talent by entering this exciting competition, brought to you by Watercolor Artist magazine. Award Winners and Honorable Mentions will be published in the April 2016 issue of Watercolor Artist.

EARLY-BIRD DEADLINE: JULY 1, 2015 (entries must be submitted online by 11:59 pm EST)


Winners will be notified by October 31, 2015


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Best of Show: $1,000

2nd Place: $500
3rd Place: $250
4th Place: $100


The competition is open to artists anywhere in the world. All works must be original. Compositions based on published material or other artists’ work are NOT considered original and are not eligible. Paintings executed in a workshop under another artist’s supervision or paintings based on another person’s photograph (even if copyright-free) are NOT eligible. Entries must be created primarily with water-based media (watercolor, acrylic, casein, gouache or egg tempera) on a surface created for watermedia (paper; illustration board; paper-mounted board; watercolor canvas; or clay-coated surfaces, such as Claybord and Aquabord). Mixed-media entries are accepted, but watermedia must be the dominant element. Employees of F+W, a Content and eCommerce Company, and their immediate families, are not eligible. Watercolor Artist reserves the right to reject work deemed unsuitable for publication or that does not meet above criteria. Work previously published at the time of submission to this contest in a national publication or receiving an award at a national-level exhibition is not eligible.

You must enter online. All entries must be submitted as digital files. There is no limit to the number of images you may enter.

Image requirements for entries: JPG files (Please try to keep the file size under 5 MB to ensure proper uploading). The viewing screen & thumbnail which you will see during the entry process is for general reference only and does not reflect the image quality that will be viewed by jurors. The file that you attach is exactly as it will appear to the jurors.

Note: All entrants should be prepared to be able to send a hi-resolution print-quality replacement file should their entry be among those selected as a winner. For publication in Watercolor Artist, these files should be 300 dpi when saved at approximately 8×10 inches (2400×3600 pixels), ideally, and 5×7 inches (1500×2100 pixels) at minimum.

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Fees and Payment: All early-bird entries (submitted on or before 11:59 pm EST, July 1) are $25 per image. Entries submitted after July 1 are $30 per image. We accept all major credit cards or you may pay with a check or money order. Make checks payable (in U.S. funds) to F+W Media, Inc. Entries received without payment will be disqualified. Entry fees are nonrefundable. One check may be used to cover multiple entries. Checks may take up to 30 days after the final deadline to be cashed.

Early-bird entries must be submitted online by 11:59 EST on July 1, 2015. Entries for the regular deadline must be submitted online by July 31, 2015.

Entries will be prejudged and then finalists will be chosen by the magazine staff. All properly prepared entries will be viewed and judged. The decision of the jurors is final.

All winners will be notified by October 31, 2015
. The results will not otherwise be made public until they are published in the April 2016 issue of Watercolor Artist.



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