What Is the Judging Criteria for Our Contest?

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We have often been asked what makes a winning piece of art.  In passing this question off to our judges, one of our middle school art judges replied with the following.

“All submissions have an equal opportunity for fair judging.  Our purpose is to encourage budding artists by publishing a variety of stimulating art pieces.  Being published gives the artist the recognition and encouragement toward a lifetime of creativity.”

The judging criteria for art pieces submitted into the CelebratingArt contests include, but are not restricted to, the following:

— Age appropriate skills mastered in:

elements of design – line, texture, color, shape/form, value and space
principles of design –  repetition, balance, emphasis, contrast and unity
understanding and use of medium chosen

— What kind of statement does a piece make?  Was it thought provoking?  Did it tell a story?  Is there an emotional impact?

— We look for levels of creativity, originality, self-expression, craftsmanship, and skill.

One other important factor is the photo submitted. Here are some keys to remember when submitting your work.  Overall, only the top 25% of art entered is accepted to be published.

1.    Take the date and time off the camera
2.    Make sure it is in focus
3.    Make sure it is a high resolution photo
4.    Make sure it is a graphic file type such as a jpg or tif
5.    Don’t use lined paper
6.    Take the photo straight on and not at an angle
7.    Take off the flash
8.    Clean out any background
9.    Crop the photo
10. Make sure it is properly rotated.

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