How does it work?

Painting of the Year 2021 is a global election, open to all painters. Until September 30th 2021 everyone can register for this competition. You can do this by uploading a photo of your best painting(s) (maximum four) on this website. 

Subject matter, technique and format

The subject, the technique and the size of the painting are completely free. So acrylic is allowed, as well as oil paint and also watercolor. As long as it is a painting in a wet technique (and not a drawing). Animals, landscapes, flowers, abstract, minimalistic, impressionistic, everything is allowed! Your painting can be square, horizontal or vertical, round or rectangular.



Everybody who loves painting can participate with as many paintings as he or she wants. Participating is very simple: you register by making an account. After that you log in and upload your paintings before September 30th.

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Professional jury

Between October 1st and 31st the professional jury will evaluate all entries by giving a grade (digital and anonymous). This results in 50 nominees with the highest average grade. These works are by 50 unique artists. The 50 nominees will be known on November 1st and they must submit their painting (on their own account) for assessment before November 15th. After receiving the paintings, the professional jury will assess the 50 nominated works and determine the 20 finalists, the top 10 and the winner. The winner of Painting of the year 2021 will be announced in December 2021.

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Public round

Between October 1st and November 30th the public can vote for their favorite entry(s) via the website. By voting, the public determines the winner of the Audience Award which will be announced on December 1st or short thereafter.

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The organization of Painting of the Year is working on a (sales)exhibition at the beginning of 2022 where all the 50 nominated works of art can be exhibited.
The 20 artworks of the finalists and the winner of the Audience Award will be exhibited at a Dutch art fair in 2022.

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At the beginning of December 2021 the top 10 of the finalists will be published on the website, social media and in a newsletter with all the 20 finalists and other participants.
The winner of Painting of the Year 2021 will be announced live in a Zoom or Teams meeting with the top 10 and afterwards by means of a press release to the general public, via the website and social media. 

For more information about the procedure, please see the Conditions of Participation.
More information about costs and prizes? Then click here.

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