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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.
    >> Click here to learn how your entry fee supports artists without access to art supplies or art instruction.
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    Latest Reviews by Member Artists

    Well, one must read the description with this painting. The artist projects such an enthusiastic spirit and I am immediately caught up! This painting surely conveys the fantastical, a place inspired by dreams of other realms -- yet within this world, shrouded in the lore of history and days gone by.

    I wish there was more socially motivated art such as this one about beach erosion; the concept is well symbolized with falling angles and elements. There is color (life) above but a cold bareness below.

    Very colorful meeting of shapes conveys a happy feeling. Looks like a gathering of boats -- as if they are all talking.

    I love this scene because I'm reminded of a wild beach I visited just like this. It is so beautifully designed and detailed that I am instantly transported. The strong composition draws me up and into the painting, to the water and horizon beyond. It is a wonderful experience.

    Beautifully painted, introspective and thoughtful portrait painted in warm colors of autumn, perhaps symbolizing the rich harvest of one's life experiences. The gaze is one of recalling memories gathering them all to a present moment in time.