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    Judges selected for The Gateway International Painting Competition are career art professionals with established credentials, significant accomplishments and or awards, popular workshops and/or publications related to fine art painting. Judging includes expertise, evaluation, selection, and written reviews on each finalist painting.


    • Special publicity page with link to website at PaintingContest.Org;
    • Free painting entry "special" paid promotion in social media to be used at any time following serving as a judge;
    • Paid promotion of judge in social media (Facebook, Instagram).

    Special Rule #1 for Judges: If ARTIST A is awarded a cash award by a judge who is ARTIST B, and ARTIST A is later a judge, then ARTIST A may not award a cash prize to ARTIST B in any time period within 12 months.

    Special Rule #2 for Judges: In choosing a group of monthly finalist paintings, choose only one painting by any particular artist in a given month.

    In choosing one Best in Show finalist, Judge is encouraged to choose up to 3 potential Best in Show winners. PaintingContest.Org staff will check to ensure the Judge's final selection adheres to the rules of this competition (such as ensuring it is original artwork, no digital art or painted-over photos, age of the painting conforms to the rules, etc.) prior to announcement of winners.

    Paintings will be judged according to excellence in the following areas: color, values, composition, treatment of subject matter (mood), creativity/originality, and overall execution/presentation. Drawing competence is also considered when viewing representational works.


    • Best In Show: Cash prize in USD (US dollar) paid promptly to winner via PayPal or check.
    • All Finalists (including Best in Show) receive 1 free painting entry credit with special paid promotion in social media;
    • Gold-border certificate mailed to all finalists acknowledging finalist status.

    (If over 300 paintings entered that month, staff works with monthly judge to narrow.)

    ANNUAL GRAND PRIZE WINNERS (All finalist paintings compete for 1st, 2nd, 3rd)

    • Special recognition award;
    • Cash Award to 1st, 2nd, 3rd place;
    • Publicity campaign in social media.

    Tim Ernster, 928-201-5082, and Victoria Oldham, 928-282-4326


     Entry fees from PaintingContest.org contribute to our mission to discover and support youth and emerging artists living in places or countries without easy access to art supplies or art instruction. How? By funding the design and donation of art kits with a guided project and art supplies. Each kit includes a non-toxic watercolor paint set, watercolor brush, 140 lb. archival-quality watercolor paper, and instructional guide.  See a Sample Project HERE.

    Cash award to monthly Best in Show winner. All monthly finalists win a free promoted painting entry, are chosen and critiqued by a different professional artist judge each month, and compete for Grand Prizes awarded in August. Artists may offer to sell their paintings or print reproductions and keep 100% if sold.
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    Latest Artists Choice Reviews


    This painting is so fascinating and really does illustrate the concept of entropy from high energy to an final stage of existence. I think of elements like life forms and atomic particles spiraling into rest and final dissolution. But what mysterious force energized elements into life in the first place? I know the easy answer, but what about the difficult one?

    Interstellar DNA

    I love this painting because of the ideas it inspires. It is always mind blowing how the ultimate macrocosm embodies the microcosm, as well as the tiniest building blocks where laws of physics defy intuitive expectations. Things we think of as non living are shockingly intertwined with what we call living and the beginnings -- and ends -- of all elements in the universe are the same. There was a discovery reported on the other day about a very strong non-regular deep space burst. In the past these were resolved to be pulsars, quasars, etc, but this one is unknown. This painting makes me wonder about all these amazing things.


    This is so beautiful, everything about it is perfect. If a painting stays with me after I've viewed it is great in my view and this certainly does that, one of the best in July for sure.


    Love the composition and exaggerated color. Beautiful!


    You can definitely see the dappled sunlight effect on the rocks. The use of soft and hard edges and loose brushstrokes defines the objects and lets to viewer mentally fill in the detail.