Artists of the Year 2022

Closing date: 31/05/2022

Artists of the Year (AOY) is the SAA’s most prestigious and inclusive competition, it’s open to absolutely everyone whether a member of the SAA or not.

From beginners to professionals, and still life to abstract art – there’s a chance for everyone to win AND it’s free to enter, so challenge yourself and show us what you’ve got!


Details of the prizes available will be updated soon.


Open to anyone

Artists of the Year 2022

How to Enter

  • Paint your picture OR choose a painting you’ve painted in the last 2 years
  • Take a high resolution picture of it in good lighting, with no shadows falling across it.
  • Give it a title
  • Measure the framed picture
  • To enter online: click ‘Enter Challenge’ above and follow the instructions
  • For details on sending postal entries, click here.
  • Encourage your friends and families to enter too!
Enter online

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


Entries must be your own work.

If you have used another artists’ painting, tuition or photograph as your inspiration, please ensure you have gained the appropriate authorisation to publish the image and be sure to credit them accordingly – for example ‘after a painting by…’ or ‘from a photograph of…’

Entries must have been painted within the last 2 years

Artist determines their own status (Junior, Young, Beginner, Amateur, Professional)

Winning entries must be available from August 2022 to November 2022, for the purposes of photography and the exhibition.

Only original artwork is accepted, prints or other recreations are inadmissible.

SAA may use your image for the purposes of advertising this and future AOY competitions.

To view the Terms and Conditions, click here.