Patchings Open Art Competition 2014

The Artist and Leisure Painter magazines announce the launch of the international 2014 Patchings Open Art Competition . Painters and artists working in two dimensions in all media are invited to submit their work for this prestigious art competition, one of the UK’s longest established and most inclusive.

There are two main categories:

• Leisure Painter – for beginners, hobby painters and less experienced amateur painters.

• The Artist – for professionals, semi-professionals, art students, art tutors and experienced amateur painters.

Only original work will be considered and paintings based on reference photographs must have been taken by the artist or used with the permission of the photographer. Photography, except where incorporated into collage, is not acceptable.

Selected works will be exhibited in two separate galleries at Patchings Art Centre from June 5 to July 20, 2014 . Successful entrants will be notified in late April about delivering their work between May 16 and May 28, 2014 to Patchings Art Centre, Nottinghamshire, UK.

The entry fee of £15 (approx. 23 USD) covers up to three entries of two-dimensional works in any media; only one work per entrant will be accepted for exhibition in the Leisure Painter category. Eligibility The competition is open to artists worldwide. Prize The Awards for the 2014 competition are:

• £1,500 The Artist Purchase Prize Award : Selected by guest judge Ken Howard OBE, RA for a work up to the value of £1,500

• £450 Anova Books Awards : Three prizes of practical art books to the value of £150 each

• £1,000 Atelier Interactive Awards : Four prizes of £250 worth of Atelier Interactive Artists’ Acrylics

• £750 Caran d’Ache/Jakar Awards : Three prizes of £250 worth of art materials

• £500 Clairefontaine Awards : Five prizes of £100 worth of paper

• £640 Daler-Rowney Awards : Five sets of materials to the total value of £640

• £750 Derwent Awards : Three prizes of £250 worth of art materials

• £500 Knuston Hall Award : Of a four-day residential Art Summer School at Knuston Hall in Northamptonshire

• £440 Leisure Painter Awards : Four one-day Leisure Painter workshops to the value of £110 each

• £400 Nature in Art Awards : Four £100 vouchers to be redeemed against Nature in Art’s workshops in Gloucestershire

• £400 Painters’Books Awards : Two prizes of David & Charles art books from Painters’Books to the value of £200 each

• £450 Patchings Award : Of a gift voucher worth £450 to be used at Patchings Art Centre in Nottinghamshire

• £500 ProArte Awards : Two prizes of £250 worth of brushes

• £1,000 Royal Talens Awards : Four prizes of £250 worth of art materials

• £600 St Cuthberts Mill Awards : Three prizes of £200 worth of watercolour paper

• £400 West Norfolk Arts Centre Awards : Of two, two-day non-residential painting courses at the West Norfolk Arts Centre in Norfolk, worth £200 each

• £750 Winsor & Newton Awards : Three prizes of £250 worth of art materials

• £400 Winston Oh Award : Of a painting course of your choice up to £400, provided by Winston Oh

CALL FOR ENTRIES: The Communication Arts Illustration Competition – Categories include Advertising, Editorial, Books, Motion/Animation and Self-Promotion.

Graphis Poster Annual 2015 Competition

Graphis publications feature the best in Design, Advertising, Photography and Illustration. Each of their Annuals represents the best internationally produced work in that discipline from the previous year.

Graphis, The International Journal of Visual Communication, was first published in 1944 by Walter Herdeg and Dr. Walter Amstutz in Zurich, Switzerland. Graphis presented the work of fine artists and illustrators, and gradually presented the formative years of graphic design as we know it today. Advertising and photography were also featured, and Walter selectively chose what he felt to be the best talent of the time. Walter was invited into the Alliance Graphique International in 1952 and, that same year, introduced the Graphis Annual. In 1964 , following a split from Dr. Walter Amstutz, Walter Herdeg officially became the sole publisher of Graphis. In 1966 , he introduced the Graphis Photo Annual, followed in 1973 by the Graphis Poster Annual. During Walter’s reign, Graphis became one of the classiest publications available, as a result of his impeccable care and good taste.

The Poster Annual Competition will result in a book presentation of the top Platinum & Gold award winning Posters from an extraordinary group of international designers. Each Poster is presented on a full page, and placed by category for easy comparative inspiration.

Image requirements: JPEG, resolution: 72 pixels/inch. If landscape, make the width: 960px or greater. If portrait, make the height: 680px or greater. File size maximum limit: 5Mb. Mode/Depth: RGB, 24-bits (8 bits per channel). Color Space: sRGB.

The Single entry fee is $100 and the Series entry fee (up to 7 images) is $250. When you buy a professional membership for $75, you get a 50% discount on the entry fee. Eligibility Professionals in the Graphic Design community from all over the world. Prize Platinum and Gold award winners are featured in the Graphis Annual Poster book and are awarded a Graphis certificate. Winners also receive 50% discounts on select published annuals and digital equivalents, and all entrants receive dedicated urls to their pieces in perpetuity.

Wildlife Photographer Of The Year 2014 Competition

Wildlife Photographer of the Year harnesses the power of photography to promote the discovery, understanding, and responsible enjoyment of the natural world. An image can alter the way we see, think and feel. Whether captured in the most remote wilderness or taken in the intimacy of your own backyard, a truly great image of Nature can change our world view.

For 50 years, this competition has championed honest and ethical wildlife photography, while pushing the boundaries of artistic freedom, technical skill and narrative excellence. It recognises, rewards and celebrates the work of both emerging talent and established professionals worldwide.

There are ten adult categories:

• Mammals
• Birds
• Amphibians and Reptiles
• Invertebrates
• Plants and Fungi
• Underwater Species
• Earth’s Environments
• World in Our Hands
• Black and White
• Natural Design

And starting from this year there are four new Special Awards:

• TIMElapse – Breathe life into your still images by creating a moving sequence lasting between 45 and 90 seconds that tells a story, captures a dramatic moment, or simply illustrates something that matters to you.

• Wildlife Photojournalist of the Year – Explore the complex relationships between humans and the natural world through this categorie asking for images that depict positive or negative stories.

• Rising Star Portfolio Award – for young photographers aged 18 to 25.

• Wildlife Photographer of the Year Portfolio Award – for adult photographers aged 26 and over.

There are also three age groups categories for young entrants: 10 Years and Under / 11-14 Years / 15-17 Years .

Moreover, this year there is a new special interactive award: WILD-I – one submission per entrant of six still images and up to 150 words of text plus an optional 90 seconds of moving image.

Entrants are required to report on the natural world in a way that is both creative and honest. Images entered must not attempt to deceive the viewer or misrepresent the reality of nature. Entrants must not do anything to injure or distress any animals or destroy their habitat in an attempt to secure an image.

Entries must be in digital format but the original photograph does not need to have been taken on a digital camera. High quality scans of transparencies or negatives are also acceptable. Digital files must be submitted as JPEGs, saved at a high quality setting of at least 8, Adobe RGB (1998), and at 1920 pixels along the longest dimension. Ownership of the copyright in all images submitted to the Competition will remain with the copyright owner(s).

Entry fee for photographers 18 and over: £30 (approx. 50 USD). There is no entry fee for photographers 17 and under. Eligibility The competition is open to everyone worldwide. Prize Take centre stage at the glittering 50th Wildlife Photography of the Year Awards Ceremony held within the iconic surroundings of the Natural History Museum in London. See your image premiered in the breath-taking exhibition at the Museum before it is then toured worldwide reaching an audience of millions. Enjoy extensive media coverage and the public exposure of your image through the WPY online community and much more.

Wildlife Photographer of the Year Best Single Image : £10,000 (approx. 16,500 USD) and trophy.

Output International Student Award 2014

Works carried out by students usually disappear into drawers after presentation to a relatively small college audience. There the work remains invisible. The Output International Student Award wants to change that.

Any work, which has been produced as a student project, is eligible for submission. The work may not be older than one year. The project does not have to be published. Work related to any area of design and architecture, such as: graphic design / architecture / product design / typography / photography / illustration / typeface design / multimedia, moving image and television graphics / experience design is eligible for submission.

All works (except interactive/large videos) must be submitted in digital format. Images must be jpg-images (800×600 pixel max.; 72 dpi; RGB). You will retain the copyright as author of the original design for your own purposes.

The :output award is organized by the :output foundation – a non-profit organization based in Amsterdam. The goal of the :output foundation is to foster new talents in design and architecture, and to initiate innovation projects by connecting the fields of education, business, politics and culture.

There is an entry fee of 30 Euro (approx. 41 USD) per work. Eligibility Anyone worldwide who is currently studying communication design, product design, architecture, interaction design or film at a university or a college is eligible to participate.

Students who have graduated within the last 12 months may also submit final degree works. Prize From all entries an internationally renowned jury will select about 80 projects to be published in the :output yearbook as well as in Germany’s leading design magazine ’Form’.

Moreover, all projects submitted to the :output competition will be eligible for the :output Grand Prix . The winner of the :output Grand Prix will be chosen by the jury and will receive a scholarship of 3,000 Euro (approx. 4,100 USD).

Adobe Youth Voices Awards 2014

The Adobe Youth Voices Awards is a global, online competition that encourages youth to creatively express their vision for driving positive change in local communities. It’s an extension of Adobe Foundation’s philanthropic commitment and its global signature program, Adobe Youth Voices, which aims to ignite creative confidence in youth around the world by empowering them to find their voice and make it heard.

Adobe Youth Voices Awards believes that everyone has the power to be creative and make powerful media. These awards recognize ordinary young people from all walks of life for their extraordinary projects created to change our world for the better.

Now in its third year, the Adobe Youth Voices Awards invites youth to explore issues that are important to them, and to present potential solutions through photo essays, music videos, and other forms of visual storytelling.

The competition accepts media in seven categories:

• Documentary
• Narrative
• Animation
• Music Video
• Poetry
• Poster Campaign
• Photo Essay

Youth participants team up with adult educators and submit original, high-quality content for online viewing and voting. Finalist entries are judged by a diverse panel of professionals working in art, film, and other creative fields, and also by the general public through social media engagement.

Please note, the deadline to submit content produced from 2010-2013 is February 14, 2014 . For content produced in 2014, the submission deadline is April 18, 2014 .

There is no entry fee . Eligibility Youth ages 13-19 are eligible to participate by teaming up with adult educators who are from any school or youth organization worldwide. Educators can work in formal or informal educational settings (classroom, youth center, NGO, etc).

U.S. export regulations prohibit the export of goods and services to Cuba, Iran, North Korea, Sudan, and Syria. Therefore residents of these countries/regions are not eligible to participate. Prize Winning projects receive software, hardware, opportunities to advance creative ideas toward implementation, and other prizes. Additionally, their entries are featured at distinguished exhibitions, including international film festivals and other arts organization events.

Prizes will be awarded to youth artist(s), as well as the school/organization where the project was produced. Winning media content will receive broad recognition and exposure through wide multi-platform distribution of their work, including online, print magazine, film festivals, and DVD.

The announcement of Awards Winners will be made on June 18, 2014 .