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GAWA Annual International Watercolor Online Contest - 2019

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.


The Jury Team

GAWA Annual International Watercolor Online Contest - 2019 will be juried by the following eminent watercolor masters from different parts of the world.

Laurie Goldstein-Warren

Laurie Goldstein-Warren 

United States

Meeta Dani

Meeta Dani

India / Canada

Ona Kingdon

Ona Kingdon

Canada / United Kingdom

Richard Tiejun Chao

Richard Tiejun Chao

China / Australia

Download the contest submission guidelines by clicking the 'Download PDF' button.

Please read the contest submission guidelines document carefully before submitting your entry offline.
You can now submit your entries offline by mailing contest details to gawa.staff@gmail.com

Online submission is now Open. Click the button to submit your entry online now! 

Contest Highlights

  • The Awards - GAWA Annual International Watercolor Online Contest - 2019 has 15 cash prize awards of total US$4200.
  • It's Purely Online - For participating in this contest and exhibition, you will need to upload images of your watercolor paintings. Physical shipping of your original paintings is not required.
  • Open for All - For participating in this contest, you do not require GAWA membership. This contest is open for watercolor artists of all levels from any country around the world who are 18 years of age or older.

The Jury Process

The applications that follow all the guidelines of the contest will be accepted into the contest. Email notifications will be sent to all the artists whose applications are accepted. The accepted entries will be announced on social media thru our Facebook page only.
The jury process will involve multiple rounds of evaluation based on pre-decided selection criteria. For each round of evaluation, the selected images will be reviewed independently by each juror. The selection criteria will be different for each round and for each category of awards. Only the best 65 paintings will be declared as winners. The winning paintings will be exhibited online on GAWA website. All winning artists will be sent email notification of the result once the jury process is over. The contest result will be declared on our Facebook page, Instagram page and GAWA website.

Award Categories

GAWA Annual International Watercolor Online Contest - 2019 has 15 cash prize awards of total US$4200. In all 65 paintings will be declared as winners under the following categories. 

  1. Best of the show - US$800 + art materials + e-certificate
  2. Best of Category Awards - US$500 + e-certificate each
    • Best portrait / figurative
    • Best landscape / cityscape / seascape
    • Best wildlife
    • Best still-life
    • Best floral / botanical
  3. ‘Honorable Mention’ Awards - US$100 + art materials + e-certificate each
    • Best hyperrealistic painting
    • Best plein-air painting
    • Best abstract painting
    • Best miniature painting
    • Pushing the boundaries of watercolors
  4. GAWA Special Recognition Awards for Upcoming Artists - US$100 + e-certificate each
    • Most versatile upcoming artist of the year
    • Judges choice award for outstanding composition
    • Judges choice award for technical excellence
    • Judges choice award for originality of concept
  5. 50 e-certificate awards for ‘Among the best’ category

Contest Guidelines

Please know that by submitting into this contest you are giving your consent to agree and follow the below listed contest guidelines:

  • An artist participating in this contest must be 18 years or older.
  • Paintings submitted in this contest must not be an award winning painting, nationally or internationally.
  • Paintings submitted in this contest must be made on or after 1st Jan 2016.
  • No work previously exhibited with Global Association of Watercolor Artists may be submitted.
  • Each submitted image must be in JPG format, must not exceed 3MB and minimum of 1800 pixels on the longer side.
  • Applications submitted in offline mode via email must be in English.
  • An artist can submit upto 4 images of watercolor paintings in this contest.

Frequently Asked Questions

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 

Terms & Conditions

Please know that by submitting into this contest you are giving your consent to agree the following terms & conditions:

  • The juror’s decision will be final; entry into this exhibition marks your acceptance of their decision.
  • Once you have successfully submitted your application by paying the contest submission fee you cannot make changes to your application details.
  • Due to the volume of entries, GAWA will not provide individual feedback on submissions.
  • The images submitted by the winning artists may be used by GAWA organization to promote future events and contests through their website, or any other social media pages.
  • If successful at jury, only one image per artist will be included in the contest for the final exhibition.
  • Your submission process will be considered complete only after the contest submission fee is paid.
  • Once the results have been declared, GAWA will give e-certificates to the winning artists. GAWA will not send hard copy of the certificates to the winners.

Contest Schedule for
GAWA Annual International Watercolor Online Contest - 2019
(All timelines are in PST)

5th March : Offline Submissions Start
11th March: Online Submissions Start
31st May: Submissions deadline
5th June : Announcement of accepted entries for the contest
15th June : Announcement of the winners for the contest
7th July onwards : Exhibition of the best 65 entries on GAWA website

The contest is open for submissions now!!

Download the contest submission guidelines by clicking the 'Download PDF' button.

Please read the contest submission guidelines document carefully before submitting your entry offline.
You can now submit your entries offline by mailing contest details to gawa.staff@gmail.com

Online submission is now Open. Click the button to submit your entry online now!

GAWA International Watercolor Online Contest
- 2018 Result

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. 

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