Wednesday, 23 February 2011

The Great British Landscape - Watercolour competition

In the UK, most artists know about The Sunday Times Watercolour Competition. Now it would seem it has a new rival - in name if not in the size of the prize on offer.  But it's only open to non-professionals who paint the British landscape!

Lindisfarne Castle by Thomas Girtin 1797
watercolour on rough cartridge paper

The Sunday Telegraph Watercolour Competition

The Sunday Telegraph has decided to have a competition to mark the Watercolour exhibition at Tate Britain - see The Sunday Telegraph watercolour competition.

They have chosen The Great British Landscape as the theme for the competition - doubtless in honour of the many great watercolour artists from the past who have produced magnificant images of the British Landscape. 

However I predict there will be much umming in the land as people decide whether or not to categorise their work as amateur as this competition is categorically NOT open to professional artists.  Maybe think of it more like "non-professional" ie you don't make a living from your art........?

Here are the details of the competition and how to enter.......

Entry Conditions
  • Subject:  Paintings should be of the British landscape and be accompanied by a brief description. 
  • Who can enter: This competition is open to residents of the UK, Channel Islands, Isle of Man and Republic of Ireland aged 18 years or over.
  • Who can NOT enter:  professional artists, employees of Telegraph Media Group Limited and their families, or anyone else associated with this competition are not eligible to enter. 
  • Originality:  All submitted entries must be the work of the individual submitting them. It is the responsibility of each entrant to ensure their work does not infringe the copyright of any third party or any laws. Entrants must warrant that the photograph they are submitting is of their own work. 
  • Never ever seen before!  All submitted entries must not have been published elsewhere or have won a prize in any other art competition.
How to submit your entry

Only photographs of entrants’ watercolours will be accepted for the preliminary stage.
  • Images must be submitted with a brief description. 
  • Send to:  Photographs should be submitted either by email to or by post to Watercolour Competition, The Sunday Telegraph, 111 Buckingham Palace Road, London SW1W 0DT. 
  • Images by email:
    • Image files must be 300 dpi and be between 1MB and 2MB. Entries will not be returned. 
    • Entrants submitting by email should include their name address and telephone number in the email and include their name and post code in the file name. 
    • email:
  • Images by post:  
    • Entrants submitting by post should write their name, address and telephone number on the back of their photograph. 
    • send your photograph to: Watercolour Competition
      The Sunday Telegraph, 111 Buckingham Palace Road, London SW1W 0DT
  • Deadline for entries is midnight Wednesday March 23 2011
How the competition will be judged
  • A shortlist of ten entrants will be selected from all entries.   
  • One winner will be chosen from the shortlist. The winning entry will be that that is judged to be the most visually appealing and original.
  • All entries will be judged by Ian MacGregor, Editor of The Sunday Telegraph and one independent judge from the art world, whose details will be published during the competition.  There's no announcement as yet as to who's providing the artistic input to the judging process.
  • Shortlisted entrants will be contacted on April 6, 2011 and asked to submit their original work for the final round of judging.  So make sure your image is and accurate and good quality reproduction of the original
  • Original works will be returned and the cost of delivery and return will be reimbursed by the Promoter. 
How the winner will be published
  • The winner will be announced and their work published in The Sunday Telegraph on Sunday, April 24, 2011. 
  • Entrants will not receive remittance for such publication, though their work will be credited. 
  • The winner may be required to take part in publicity.

The winner will also receive a beautifully crafted mahogany box of Winsor & Newton art materials worth £445, courtesy of Cass Art. Ten runners-up will also receive £10 Cass gift vouchers.

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