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Art Competition & Solo Exhibition | $1,700 Cash Prizes to 28 Winning Artists Each Month | $22,500 Annually




Art Show International, a leading voice in the art community and one of the world's fastest growing art galleries invites all visual artists to Art Competitions & Solo Exhibitions to get global recognition and win cash prizes. Every one of our 2020 and 2021 art competitions has been a resounding success. In the last month alone, $1,700 in cash prizes were given out to 28 talented artists. There were several other gifted artists who were also quite deserving of the prize money and could have as easily won the competition.

Art Show International is aware of artists' needs and preferences during these unprecedented times. We strive to distribute prize money equitably to help out a maximum number of artists in our community. Winners receive exceptional recognition in their fields. All cash prize awards are unrestricted and given with no strings attached. Two art competitions are held each month. Long term and permanent residency with our gallery is available where we represent you and your art and promote you in our newsletters and social media. We pride ourselves as having the best services for all visual artists. We will help you out in any way we can. Each month, 16 artists are awarded cash prizes in multiple categories.

Copyright Policy: Artists always retain all rights to their artworks.

Artists may submit all types of art media, including both 2D and 3D works, digital, painting, sculpture, photography, printmaking, fiber, graphic, mixed media, as well as experimental and installation works. All our competitions and exhibitions are juried and open to artists internationally. Winners will get widespread worldwide recognition.


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Artists can apply their own interpretation in representing the overall theme. Representational as well as abstract concepts related to these themes will be considered. Additional themes will be announced.


Each theme has the following three categories:

1. Painting

2. Photography & Digital

3. Sculpture & 3D Installation


Deadlines are usually every 15 days. Please refer to details on the website.

Prize summary: 
$1,700 cash prizes to 28 artists every month.
Prizes Details: 

Cash prizes over $22,500 annually will be given out to winners. The grant money will be unrestricted and may be used in any manner by the recipient artist. Depending on the number and quality of artworks applicable to each theme, the following prizes maybe considered for each competition:

First Prize Award (Overall) $150-$300

Runner-Up Prize Award (Overall) $150-$250

Merit Prize Award (Painting & Mixed Media) $100-$200

Merit Prize Award (Photography & Digital) $100-$200

Merit Prize Award (Sculpture & 3D Installation) $100-$200

Talent Prize Award $50-$100

Honorable Mention Award

Finalist Award

Every artist will receive an Award Certificate.


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ViewPoint Gallery 2019 International Photography Competition





Announcing ViewPoint Gallery's seventh international juried call for submissions. This is an opportunity to exhibit your work for one month at ViewPoint Gallery, the only gallery in Halifax devoted to inspiring, engaging, educating & promoting the art of photography. The competition is open to all subject matter from photographers located anywhere worldwide.

12 winning images will be selected from the digital entries. One winner will be exhibited monthly. These winning images will be professionally printed, framed, exhibited and offered for sale by ViewPoint Gallery starting in June, 2019. In addition, winners will have their work promoted on Viewpoint's website, newsletter and Facebook page. Deadline for entries is April 15, 2019. Entry fee is $25 US per 3 images. Early Bird entry fee is $20 US for entries received before March 15, 2019. Multiple entries allowed.

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$20 US per 3 images before March 15. $25 US per 3 images after March 15.
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January Juried 'Abstract' Art Competition








This competition is open to any abstract themed artistic medium that can be encapsulated in a singular picture/jpeg format. Open to creative interpretation, but a good guideline for this submission is, can your artwork be displayed on a conventional gallery wall or in a single gallery room? If your submission fits these two loose criteria, it is most likely welcome in this Abstract Competition. This first competition will be juried by a handful of anonymous, hand-picked International working artists and curators that will be disclosed when the winners are announced. I thought this would be a nice change of pace and will function to deter artists from trying to tailor their submission to any specific juror's artistic taste. Submit only the work that you like best!

Artworks will be judged based on creativity, interpretation, originality, quality of work, composition, and overall artistic ability.

Through this (and future) competitions, artists will be competing to win 1st, 2nd, 3rd and Honorable Mention levels of Cash Prizes and Certificates. Winners work and personal website link will also be displayed on the Past Competition Winners page for them to link to and reference. Your work will automatically be entered into a pool of artists to keep in mind for future exhibition opportunities with galleries and curators that I have a relationship with and will be developing relationships with. Competitions will be evolving and working up to providing specific competition winners, as well as artists from this pool, with Solo, Two-Person, and small Group Gallery Exhibition Opportunities in a handful of exciting new and established galleries in Los Angeles.

ENTRY DEADLINE: Please submit all images and payments by January 31st, 2019 to enter this competition.


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Aperture Portfolio Prize






About Aperture

Aperture, a not-for-profit foundation, connects the photo community and its audiences with the most inspiring work, the sharpest ideas, and with each other – in print, in person, and online.

Created in 1952 by photographers and writers as “common ground for the advancement of photography”, Aperture today is a Multiplatform publisher and center for the photo community. From our base in New York, we produce, publish, and present a program of photography projects, locally and internationally.

About Aperture Portfolio Prize

The purpose of the Aperture Portfolio Prize is to identify trends in contemporary photography and highlight artists whose work deserves greater recognition. When choosing the first prize winner and runners up, Aperture’s editorial and curatorial staff look for innovative bodies of work that haven’t been widely seen in major publications or exhibition venues.

What Winners Receive

The first prize winner will be published in Aperture magazine and will receive a $3,000 cash prize and exhibition in New York. The winner and up to four runners up will be featured in an online gallery on All finalists are announced in the foundation’s e-newsletter, which reaches fifty thousand subscribers across the globe, including curators, critics, and members of the photography community. The winner and runners up may also be presented the opportunity to participate in the Aperture Foundation limited edition print program.

Call Opens: December 6, 2018 and closes January 23, 2019

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Entrants must be Aperture Magazine subscribers.
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Sunny Art Prize



The Sunny Art Prize is the first program outside of museological institutions and programs designed for artists that envisions the decentralisation of the art world as a way to broaden the horizons of both artists and the communities they engage with. It is a yearly art competition in the UK organised by the Sunny Art Centre with a selection of thirty artists who will take part in international activities, including exhibitions and a residency.

One of the most inclusive and diverse open submission prizes in London, the Sunny Art Prize offers unique exposure for both emerging and established artists to an audience spanning two continents. Created around the Sunny Art Centre’s unparalleled links between London, Beijing, Guangzhou and Macau, the prize winners will not only enjoy a month-long residency in China, but also the opportunity to exhibit both in our central London gallery and in prestigious galleries in China. A £6,000 total cash prize will be split between the first three winning artists.


You can submit artworks that fall under the categories of sculpture, painting, drawing, original print, photography, ceramic, mixed media, installation, video art and/or moving image, digital art (including physical work which is computer generated, e.g. digital prints).


First Prize

  • £3,000
  • A public solo and group exhibition in London
  • A one-month residency in China (either in Beijing, Shanghai or Guangzhou)
  • A group show in China (either in Beijing, Shanghai or Guangzhou)

Second Prize

  • £2,000
  • A group exhibition in London
  • A one-month residency in China, (either in Beijing, Shanghai or Guangzhou)
  • A group show in China (either in Beijing, Shanghai or Guangzhou)

Third Prize

  • £1,000
  • A group exhibition in London
  • A one-month residency in China, (either in Beijing, Shanghai or Guangzhou)
  • A group show in China (either in Beijing, Shanghai or Guangzhou)

27 other artists will also exhibit their shortlisted works at the Sunny Art Centre, London. Out of these 27, 7 artists will exhibit their works at one of our partners’ galleries in China with the first 3 winners.



  • Be part of not only one show, but many exhibitions from London to China
  • Win from a cash prize to project your career forward
  • Learn and exchange culture through an international residency in Asia
  • Engage with audiences worldwide
  • Showcase your work on our online gallery
  • Be part of contemporary art history by being included in the Prize’s catalogue




We want artists to engage with real contemporary issues. Winners of previous editions did so with powerful statements that could be read from their work.

Check the complete catalogue with all the participating artists included in the 2018 edition and find out more about the stories they engaged with. Explore the work of a group of international artists aiming to raise awareness of themes including climate change, the current international debate regarding immigration and refugees, our perception of identity, and much more.



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