Artists of the Year 2020

Closing date: 01/08/2020

Whether you’re an amateur or professional, young or mature, there are categories for every level of painter in the SAA Artists of the Year 2020 competition!

Last year, the competition featured some truly amazing entries.  We like to think this is because it’s accessible to everyone, no matter what your level of expertise, your medium of choice or subject.

With thousands of pounds of prize money up for grabs, take your painting to the next level and enter today!


Various cash prizes, art materials and other goodies are awarded for category and status winners.  Find out more about prizes here


Open to anyone

Artists of the Year 2020

How to Enter

  • Decide which category and status you’re entering and paint your picture
  • Upload a good quality photograph of your painting
  • Give it an eye-catching title
  • Tell us a bit about yourself and your work
Enter online

Simply click on ‘Enter Challenge’ at the top of this page and follow the instructions from there.


To get the best out of the competition, take a look at the competition rules below before you enter:

  • The closing date for entries is 31st July 2020
  • All entrants, including the chosen finalists, will be notified by 31st August 2020
  • Selected finalists’ original paintings must be available to be with the SAA from the time of notification, until late December.
  • Selected winning finalists will be exhibited at SAA HQ, displayed on the SAA website, in Paint magazine as well as any other relevant SAA publications.
  • There’s no limit to the number of entries you can make
  • All entries and artwork must be submitted as good quality photographs or colour photographs (no larger than A3)
  • Original paintings cannot be accepted for the initial stages
  • No responsibility will be taken for any initial entries and no initial entries will be returned – please keep a copy for your records
  • All artwork must be recent (no earlier than 2018) unpublished work of the submitting artist
  • Please indicate if the work of another artist has been used as a source for your entry
  • Please upload one single image per submission
  • Entrants must determine their own status from Professional, Amateur, Beginner (painting for less than 2 years at time of entry), Young (17 to 25 at time of entry) and Junior (16 or under at time of entry).
  • Download an entry form to enter by post (please follow the instructions on the form)