Practical information

How does it work?

Painting of the year 2020 is a global election, open to all painters. Until 30 September 2020 everyone can register for this competition. You can do this by uploading a photo of your best painting(s) (maximum four) on this website (click here to 'Register').

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How to photograph your painting?

The better the picture of your painting, the better the impression it gives to the public and the jury. You don't necessarily have to have your work photographed by a professional photographer to get a good picture, although it can be very useful. Here are a few short tips to avoid the most important mistakes...

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Professional jury

From October 1st 2020, when registrations for the competition are closed, the professional jury will start its work. These are all people who in their daily work deal with different facets of (contemporary) painting.

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Here you will find the Conditions of participation for Painting of the year 2020. By participating you automatically agree to these terms and conditions.

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All participants in Painting of the Year 2020 stand a chance to win the grand prize of € 2020 and participation in a sales exhibition, but will also receive some presents.

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Between October 1st and November 30th the audience can vote for his/her favorite painting(s). In this way, the public determines the winner of the Audience Award.

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Winner of Painting of the Year 2020!!

'Anna' from Berardino Rubini is the winner of Painting of the Year 2020!

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Update sales exhibiton at EuropArtFair

The special sales exhibiton of the 20 best paintings of Painting of the Year 2020 at the EuropArtFair 2021 in Amsterdam has been postponed together with the art fair.

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Winner Audience Award

Julanne Barry wins the Audience Award of Painting of the Year 2020 with her painting 'Joy'.

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Special Catawiki auction

All 20 finalists will get the possibility not only to exhibit their work at the EuropArtFair in Amsterdam, but also...

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Social media

Painting of the Year also has a Facebook page and an Instagram account.

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Color of the Year 2020

How could Painting of the year NOT use the Color for the year for it's website?

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