From October 1st 2021, 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. First the professional jury will assess all entries (digitally) with a grade from 0 to 10. From the 50 nominees with the highest grades it will choose the 20 finalists, the top 10 and the winner of Painting of the Year 2021. The winner will be announced on December 1st or short thereafter via a personal message, the website, press release(s), newsletters and Facebook.