PROSPECTUS - The Gateway International Painting Competition 2020-2021

Online Monthly and Annual Juried Painting Competition from August 1 to July 31 Each Year. Cash awards and certificates.

Since 2014, The Gateway International Painting Competition has served to promote artists through an online monthly and annual juried painting competition at www.PaintingContest.Org. Open to artists worldwide over 18 years old.* Cash prizes awarded each month to Best in Show winners in 3 categories: Representational Professional, Abstract Professional, and Novice/For the Love of Painting.

All traditional painting media is accepted including but not limited to oil, acrylic, watercolor, pastel, pencil, ink, and mixed media.

Up to 16 Best in Show and Finalist winners are announced the month following the close of the monthly competition, after the 20th day.  Additionally, Award Certificates are available for download and printing by each Finalist, anywhere in the world. Best in Show and Finalists from all months of the competition contend for annual Grand Awards. See the RULES HERE.

The forward goal of this painting competition is to raise funds to produce art kits for students with limited access to art supplies or art education. Your registration and entry fees contribute toward this goal. Learn more.


THREE CATEGORIES OF ENTRY (same rules and entry fees apply to all categories):

1. REPRESENTATIONAL, PROFESSIONAL: (realism, impressionism, etc.)

  • Up to 6 monthly Finalists, including ONE monthly Best in Show winner.

2. ABSTRACT, PROFESSIONAL: (abstract, expressionism, surrealism, other nonrepresentational, etc.)

  • Up to 6 monthly Finalists, including ONE monthly Best in Show winner.

3. NOVICE / FOR THE LOVE OF PAINTING: This category is for part-time, non-professional painters and can be any style of painting (representational to abstract). Anyone who is new to painting or returning to painting after a long absence may enter in this category. If you are represented and marketed by a fine art gallery, you should probably choose the "professional" categories. However, if you are exhibiting your paintings at a school or paint for enjoyment and exhibit and sell through a community art center, you may choose Novice/For The Love of Painting.

  • Up to 6 monthly Finalists, including ONE monthly Best in Show winner.





Paintings entered in the competition can be regular entries ($10) or special "Promoted" entries ($15). "PROMOTED" PAINTINGS RECEIVE PAID POSTS in SOCIAL MEDIA and resulting INCREASED VIEWS. We pay extra to advertise "Promoted" paintings in social media, targeting the painting to a new audience focused on artists and art collectors. On our website "Entries" link, you'll see that a "Promoted" painting has a small yellow star to the right of the thumbnail image, where you can also see the changing number of views. Additionally, "Promoted" paintings automatically appear on the home page of this website as soon as they post. Read more about "Promoted" paintings.

Please Note: the PaintingContest.Org Facebook page has over 10K followers.



MONTHLY BEST IN SHOW, EACH CATEGORY (based on total entries per month from all entering artists, PER CATEGORY): from 0 to 10 entries, free promoted entry only; 10 to 25 entries, $50 cash; 25 to 50 entries, $100 cash; from 50 to 100 entries: $250 cash; 100 to 200 entries, $500 cash; over 200 entries, $1000 cash.

* Cash prizes paid via immediately following announcement and confirmation of email to use for payment. Under 10 paintings entered in a category, then finalists receive free entry and Award Certificate with Judges' comments only. Regardless of number of monthly entries, all Best in Show and Finalist paintings are entered into the annual competition.


All Best in Show and Finalists receive one, free "Promoted" painting entry. This means the artist receives a free, entry to use in the future, an entry which is promoted by us in social media (such as Facebook/Instagram).


All Best in Show and Finalists receive an Award Certificate (downloadable, online ready for printing).


All Best in Show and Finalist winners from all 12 months of the competition are automatically entered into the annual competition. Winners receive Grand Awards in August.



One Year Membership — First time Annual Membership registration, $25.  Thereafter, $15/annual membership.

IMPORTANT: In addition to your one-year membership registration fee, each painting entry is AN ADDITIONAL $10 (or less with purchase of a discount entry plan). ENTER AS MANY PAINTINGS AS YOU WISH DURING THE TERM OF YOUR MEMBERSHIP.
* Note: each painting you enter appears on its own dedicated page, including an enlarged view, full details, direct contact to you and link your website.
Also, your membership year is separate from the actual competition year which begins in August... meaning, if you sign up in any other month than August, your membership is good for one full year... and you can enter the next competition without paying for your member registration again if you're still within your annual membership period.


Monthly Competitions: Opens at 12:01 am 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.




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.

The website, www.PaintingContest.Org, is a publication of Range Dog Publishing Inc which is fully owned, operated, and managed day-to-day by Victoria Oldham and Tim Ernster.

Victoria is a life-long professional artist, commercial sculptor, graphic and web designer, and publisher. Tim has had a 39+ year career as a senior manager in municipal government. He currently serves as the PaintingContest.Org business manager.


  • Publication of promoted paintings in paid social media.
  • Multiple painting entry plans at reduced rates.
  • Ability to sell your paintings and keep 100% of your sale. No commission! Choose from "Buy Now" and auction selling features if desired (promoted plans only).
  • Artwork stays on the website for the entire competition year.
  • All painting entries link to your website.


Please call us (Tim or Victoria) with any questions: 928-201-5082 or 928-282-4326.

Email us with questions, any time: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 We look forward to your participation and success!


 * Note: If the school, parent or guardian gives us permission in writing, persons younger than 18 years old may now participate.


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