GAWA Annual International Watercolor Online Contest - 2019 is organized by Global
Association of Watercolor Artists (GAWA). It's a great opportunity to showcase your artistic talent on an international level without the restrictions of specific size, theme or style. By participating in this prestigious juried contest you can win fabulous cash awards without the need of physically shipping your painting for the contest and online exhibition.
Please see below the detailed guidelines to participate in this contest.
There is no specific theme for this contest. An artist is free to select any subject of his/her choice.
A non-refundable entry fee of US$15 has to be paid for submitting one image. An artist can submit up to 3 additional images by paying US$10 for each additional image.
The painting cannot be a copy of another artwork, or partially based on another artist’s artwork or in anyway an infringement of copyright law. Painting based on reference image of another photographer will be accepted only if permission is granted by the photographer in written prior to making of the painting OR if the reference photograph is within the public domain. GAWA reserves the rights to reject entries that appear to be in direct violation of the copyright law.
Please note : If an artist breaches copyright law, they will be ineligible to participate in any contest or exhibitions conducted by GAWA for a period of 5 years.
All paintings must be done using transparent watercolor (90%) and should be painted in a transparent manner. The usage of gouache should not exceed 10%. Acrylic, egg-tempera, coffee, tea, fruit juice or any other medium is not permitted in this contest. Paintings done on paper, watercolor canvas, aquaboard, gesso coated paper, silk and yupo are all acceptable for the contest. Paintings done on any other substrate will not be accepted for the contest.
Please note : Paintings done digitally with the help of computer will not be accepted for the contest.
There is no size restriction on the painting. However, the file size of each submitted image of the painting should not exceed 3MB. Minimum of 1800 pixels on the longer side. Make sure that the image only shows the painting. Image must show complete painting and must show the signature of the artist over the painting. No digital enhancement is allowed. Image must be correctly oriented (vertical or horizontal)
Images submitted for the jury that are blurry, low resolution, poorly cropped, display a background/frame/mat, or wrongly oriented will not be accepted.
Please note : Images not following the above guidelines and quality specifications will be rejected without any refund.
The name of the image should be Firstname_Lastname_Title of painting. The extension of the images submitted for the contest must be .jpg, or .gif
For e.g. George_Smith_The blue valley.jpg
GAWA International Watercolor Online Contest - 2018 was the very first event organized by Global Association of Watercolor Artists (GAWA). In all, 226 shortlisted artists from 41 countries participated in this juried event with 523 images of their watercolor paintings. Check out the contest results in this video or click the button to visit the contest exhibition.