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The Gateway International Painting Competition - Juried with Monthly and Annual Awards

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Event History

NOW IN ITS 6TH YEAR, this international online juried painting competition, exhibition and artist promotion was started by Victoria Oldham while living in Belize, Central America in the summer of 2014. It was there it began as a fundraiser for art kits aimed at students with no access to art supplies or art education. Painting competition launched as "The Gateway To Sedona Artist Competition," and later, "The Sedona Art Prize" Today, we are known as "The Gateway International Painting Competition." Anyone, anywhere on earth, can participate so long as they have Internet access and can upload a photo of their actual painting which was created using physical painting media such as oil, acrylic, watercolor, ink, pastel, pencil, or mixed media.

What Makes this event different?

In addition to monthly cash prizes awarded to three Best in Show winners from each category, monthly Best in Show and Finalist paintings receive an Award Certificate which includes a comment written by the monthly judge. Certificates are posted online and downloaded in PDF format.

Copyright Policy

Artists keep 100% rights to their work. Artists may offer paintings or print reproductions for sale directly from their entry pages at PaintingContest.Org and keep 100% of their sale (no commission ever!).

Image Usage Rights

Artists keep 100% rights to their work — always!

The Gateway International Painting Competition is an online monthly and annual juried painting competition at www.PaintingContest.Org. This competition is open to all artists worldwide who are over 18 years old. Up to 18 Finalists are selected each month from among 3 categories: up to 6 from Representational Professional, up to 6 from Abstract Professional, and up to 6 from Novice/For the Love of Painting. Cash prizes are awarded to the Best in Show winners from each of these 3 categories; Award Certificates and free promoted painting entries are awarded to all Best in Show and Finalist winners.

All traditional painting media is accepted including but not limited to oil, watercolor, acrylic, pastel, pencil, ink, and mixed media. Art professional judges provide a written critique for each Best in Show and Finalist painting.

Membership in the Gateway International Painting Competition is good for one year ($25 for new members, $15 for renewals). New artists can REGISTER HERE. Each painting entry is $10 per entry or $15 for special promotion in social media.

Monthly Finalists and Best in Show winners are announced any time after the 20th of the month following the month of the competition. This gives the judges time to make their selections and write their critiques. Finalists from all months of the competition contend for Annual Grand Prizes awarded in August. See the website for rules.  

The goal of this painting competition is fundraising (entry fees) to provide art kits for students who have limited access to art supplies and/or art education.  See the Prospectus here:

Monthly Competitions: Opens at 12:01 am the first day of each month and closes at 11:59 Arizona USA time on the last day of each month. Each painting is date stamped for the record of entry. All Finalist paintings from monthly competitions are entered into the annual competition, running from August 1st to July 31st.

For more information about this opportunity for Artists and to enter, please visit https://www.PaintingContest.Org.


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