Top 5 2012 Art, Photography and Design Competitions and Contests You Won’t Want to Miss

There are many benefits to entering an art, photography or design contest: You can gain exposure for your creative work and build up your resume or CV. And the cash prizes and bragging rights are nice bonuses! Keep reading for my top 5 picks for upcoming art, design and photography competitions.

Before you enter an art competition, check out these free tips for entering a painting in a competition and this webinar for photographing your art.

2012 Top Art Competitions and Contests

Strokes of Genius 5 Drawing CompetitionStrokes of Genius 5: The Best of Drawing

Here’s your chance to have your art featured in North Light Books’ hardbound showcase of the best in contemporary drawing. From quick contour sketches to carefully rendered drawings with a full range of values, North Light Books is looking for the best of the best in a variety of styles and subjects. The theme of Strokes of Genius 5 is Composition. The deadline is May 2, 2012.

The Artist's Magazine Annual CompetitionThe Artist’s Magazine Annual Competition

Winners will be featured and finalists’ names will be published in the December 2012 issue of The Artist’s Magazine. Nine finalists will be featured in the “Competition Spotlight” in The Artist’s Magazine , 12 finalists will be featured as “Artist of the Month” on our website and the works of twelve finalists will be offered on our website as desktop wallpaper. More than $25,000 in Cash Prizes! The deadline for entry is May 4, 2012.

Top 2012 Design Competitions and Contests

In-Howse Design Awards and CompetitionIn-Howse Design Awards and Competition

Corporate identity. Sales collateral. Point-of-purchase displays. Employee communication. Membership materials. The In-HOWse Design Awards recognize the best creative work produced by designers working in corporations, associations and organizations. This premiere awards program shines a spotlight on an under-represented segment of the design industry, giving in-house designers the kudos they deserve. Submissions are evaluated by business category to ensure that a broad range of design work is represented. The deadline for entry is May 1, 2012.

HOW 2012 Logo Design Competition and AwardsHOW Logo Design Competition and Awards

A logo is one of the most important aspects of any business, and most designers have spent a fair share of time creating effective logos for clients. HOW Logo Design Awards began in 2008 and has quickly erupted as a prestigious logo design contest that recognizes the best. This design awards is judged by an industry leader who is well-regarded for stunning logo designs. The deadline for entry is June 1, 2012.

Top 2012 Photography Competitions and Contests

Horticulture Magazine Garden Photo ContestHorticulture Magazine Garden Photo Contest

Great gardening goes hand in hand with great photography-that’s why Horticulture is pleased to introduce the new Garden Photography Awards to celebrate the best in garden photography. One grand-prize winner will be selected by renowned garden photographer Rob Cardillo; the winner will receive $1000 and the winner’s name and winning photograph will appear in an upcoming issue of Horticulture. The deadline for entry is August 31, 2012.

Keep creating and good luck!


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