Showdown: The Painted World

Welcome to Showdown, an online competition that gives artists from all over the world a chance to showcase their work and have it be judged by internationally acclaimed artists and curators.

Prizes

1st Place

Winner receives USD $1000

2nd Place

Runner-up receives USD $500
The shortlisted artists will be featured in a special exhibition.

First Round: Curated + Community Voting


The first round consists of two parts: the community vote and the curated vote. Anyone with a valid Saatchi Art account is able to participate in the community vote. All valid entries will be randomly displayed an equal number of times during the community vote and each work will be voted on a scale of 1 (lowest) to 5 (highest). A total of 300 submissions will progress to the next round including:

  • 50 works with highest average community votes
  • 250 submissions selected by our professional Saatchi Art team

Second Round: Juried Voting


A jury, selected by Saatchi Art and led by Rebecca Wilson, Chief Curator at Saatchi Art, will review the 300 semi-finalists. Of those 300:

  • 30 submissions selected by our professional jury will move on to the final round

Final Round: Judge


A judge selected by Saatchi Art will select the winner and runner-up of our The Painted World.

  • Winner receives USD $1000
  • Runner-up receives USD $500
  • The shortlisted artists will be featured in a special exhibition.
  • Artist is responsible for exhibition shipping costs, where applicable.
  • Art must be in the style or category specified to be eligible.
  • Art must not have been submitted to a previous Showdown or any other Saatchi Art competition.
  • Must be an original work currently for sale on the Saatchi Art website.
  • The top ten original works must be exclusively for sale on Saatchi Art for 6 months following the end of the competition.

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