On Artists: My Experience Explained

Tips on Winning Online Art Competitions

It is pertinent to submit quality images from one’s artwork when entering online art competition and submitted images have to focus on the art itself, and anything more than this is a distraction and distractions do not win art competitions.

The artist has to remember that online art competition jurors want to view an image of the art and the person has to make sure that the picture they submit is the artwork, and it goes without saying that an art competition submission has to be about the art itself and nothing more or nothing less. Unfortunately, many artists fail to do this, and they forget that a cluttered image has a very slim chance of being selected.

Frames may distract the viewer from the strength of the submitted pictures and it whereas it is not rare to find artwork that has a frame around it but from the juror’s point of view the frame takes away the power of the artwork because it clutters the image. Jurors also have a hard time deciding if the frame is part of the art itself and since most online art competitions request an image of the artwork and not a framed artwork then including a frame in the submission can create confusion.

Any designer can tell the artist for free that a poor framing option can take away the beauty of a strong work of art and this effect can still be seen in online art submissions, and the artist will not benefit from the extra distraction but if the person has to take an image of the framed work of art then they need to crop it.
Jurors want to see the artwork and not the studio view of the artwork and some artists take an image of their artwork propped against a studio table or on an easel and some even clutter image submissions with pictures of coffee mugs or cigarette packs and some of these objects are huge distractions.

Over the last couple of years some artists have made a habit of taking photos of their artwork while standing by them, images that have the thumbs and fingers of someone holding the artwork and pictures that show the shadow of the person taking the photo. Such images always end up being last on the list of selections despite how amazing they are because there is no need to be in a picture unless the online competition specifies that the person be it the picture and even fingers or thumbs do not have to be there. A known fact is that adding such extra features makes the art lose its appeal, and the artist stands to lose in the competition.