Frequently Asked Questions

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Required material

Can I send a digital image of my artwork as an entry?
Yes. All entries, without exception, must be in digital format with the following specifications:

  • Each image must be at least 72 dpi and 200 KB.
  • The shortest side of the image must be at least 338 pixels.
  • All entries must be JPG format.
  • Each image should not exceed 5MB and should be smaller than 7500 x 7500 pixels.

How do I get a digital image of my artwork?
You can use professional photographs, or you can take digital photographs yourself. You may also scan work directly or from a photograph using a flatbed scanner.​

How important is the quality of the artwork photograph I send?
Image quality is very important. This is the only exposure to your work jurors will have, and a poor representation (such as a blurred image, or one affected by glare, dim lighting, or unnecessary background objects) may reduce your chances of being selected.

Should I include a résumé and statement with the entry?
No. To give everyone an equal chance, the competition is judged solely on the basis of the work itself. If you are selected, a biography/résumé and statement will then be needed for the exhibition promotion (invitation and catalog).

Is it acceptable to submit images of several artworks or should I submit multiple views of the same artwork?
You decide what you want to submit, either images of several pieces or multiple views of the same piece, both options are acceptable.

Should a watermark or copyright information be added to the artwork?
No, all images must be clear of any copyright information so the identity of all artists remain anonymous. In the interest of fairness, judges will not see names of the artists. Any images that do contain artists’ names or any other watermark/copyright information will be disqualified.

Entry Fee

How much does it cost to enter the competition?
There is a $45 entry fee for up to 5 images ($5 for each additional image). Note that once you have paid, your entry is complete, no additional changes or submissions can be made.​

Are entry fees refundable?
Entry fees are only refundable if you have paid by credit card and an error prevents you from submitting your entry.

What methods of payment do you accept?
PayPal and the following credit cards: MasterCard, Visa, Diners, American Express, Discover, JCB, and UnionPay are accepted.

Will artists represented by Agora Gallery have to pay the entry fee?
Yes. The competition is not juried by Agora Gallery, and participation in the competition is not included in Agora Gallery’s representation. All entrants must pay the entry fee.

Aside from the entry fee for the contest, will there be additional charges?
If an artist is selected for the collective exhibition award, they are responsible for all shipping charges to and from the exhibition space. Selected artists are responsible for all arrangements and costs connected to shipping to and from the exhibition space and to insure the work while it is in transit.

Guidelines and Eligibility

Is there an age requirement?
Yes. All entrants must be at least 18 years of age.

Can I enter if I don’t live in the United States?
Yes, the competition is open to artists anywhere in the world. All artists receive equal consideration.

Which media are not eligible for the competition?
Video art, film, performance art, jewelry, and crafts are not eligible.

What are the dimensional limitations of the actual artwork?

  • 2-Dimensional Work: Each piece can be no larger than 75 x 85 inches (192 x 218 centimeters). 
  • Diptych, Triptych: A work made up of multiple pieces can be up to 168 inches (427 centimeters) wide, as long as each part is no larger than 75 x 85 inches (192 x 218 centimeters).
  • 3-Dimensional Work: The maximum size for a work that is preassembled (arrives as one piece) is 72 x 72 x 24 inches (184 x 184 x 61 centimeters). The maximum size for work that is comprised of multiple parts to be assembled in the gallery is 72 x 72 x 36 inches (184 x 184 x 92 centimeters).

Can artwork that is not for sale be considered for the competition?
No. All submitted artwork must be available for sale.

Are numbered giclée prints accepted for the exhibition?
Giclée prints will only be accepted for digital and photography work.

Is there a time frame in which the work must have been produced?
There is no time frame in which work was created. The only parameters are that the work must be available during the competition exhibition dates and must be available for sale.

Is collaborative work accepted?
Collaborative work is accepted as long as collaboration does not exceed two people.

Is kinetic work accepted?
Kinetic work can be accepted. However MPEG or QuickTime files are not accepted; please send up to 3 JPG files of your work.

Is miniature sculpture accepted?
Miniature sculpture is accepted; however, if the work is chosen, the artist is responsible for the installation, with the work protected in a Plexiglas box during the exhibition.

How will I know if my entry has been successfully submitted?
You will receive an email confirmation of your entry. If you do not receive confirmation within 24 hours, please contact


Will the judging be based on the actual artwork, or will it be based on the images that are sent?
Judging will be done based only on image files in JPG format.

I was not selected in the last competition. Does that mean that my chance of being selected is lower than other artists?
Not at all. Jurors change between competitions, as do artists. Don’t forget: you can also submit different work each year.


How do I find out the results of the competition?
Results will be emailed to all participating artists and published online on June 27th, 2023.​

Where can I see the results of previous years’ competitions?
You can see the results of previous years’ competitions here.


If I am selected to receive a monetary award, how do I receive the cash prize?
You will have the option to receive the award as a check or wired funds.

Can selected artwork be replaced if sold prior to the exhibition?
Yes, but this is pending approval and only with work similar in style and medium to the selected piece.

Shipping/Insurance & Framing

How many monitors are available to artists who can not afford to ship the original artwork?
Three monitors will be available to artists who cannot send work to the exhibition space. Each monitor may present up to five images of the artist’s work. Monitors will be provided on a first come/first serve basis. Selected artists must inform us as soon as they receive the results.​

Am I responsible for shipping and customs?
All shipping and customs arrangements and costs are the responsibility of the selected artists. In addition it is highly recommend that all work is insured while being shipped.

If I am selected for the exhibition, do I need to frame or stretch my artwork?
If you are selected, your work must be framed or stretched. You are responsible for the cost if work arrives at the exhibition space unframed/unstretched. Framed work must be framed in a similar manner; frames do not have to be identical, but they must be very similar. Keep in mind that works are usually displayed one next to one another, and using different types of frames will distract the viewers. It is your responsibility to make sure that your artwork is adequately wired and ready to hang.

Sales / Commissions / Copyrights

What is the commission structure on work sold?
The exhibition space incorporates a 20/80 commission structure: the artist receives 80% of the list/retail price, and the exhibition space receives 20% of the list/retail price.

When can I expect payment for artwork sold during the competition exhibition?
You will be paid within 3 weeks after the organization receives full payment for the sold artwork.

If the artwork doesn’t sell, will it be returned to the artist?
Yes. The artwork is the property of the artist and will be returned at the end of the exhibition if not sold. The artist is responsible for paying for return shipping of each piece.

What should I do if someone submitted my images to you without my permission?
If you believe your work has been copied and posted on our website in a way that constitutes copyright infringement, please provide us with the following information:

  • An electronic or physical signature of the person authorized to act on behalf of the owner of the copyright interest
  • A description of the copyrighted work that you claim has been infringed
  • A description of where the allegedly infringed material is located on our website
  • Your address, telephone number, and email address
  • A written statement by you that you have a good faith belief that the disputed use is not authorized by the copyright owner or its agent
  • A written and signed statement by you, made under penalty of perjury, that the information in your notice to us is truthful and accurate and that you are the copyright owner or are authorized to act on behalf of the copyright owner.

Do the sponsors have a right to use my artwork image? Will they be used in any other way?
All participants must understand that any artwork image submitted to The Chelsea International Fine Art Competition will be used by us for promotional purposes only. Due credit will be given to the artists.

Please read the complete terms for more details.


Which art organizations are sponsoring the art competition?
For a complete list of our sponsors/partners, please visit our Partners page.

How can I become a sponsor/partner for the competition?
If you are interested in sponsoring the competition or being a partner, please contact us at

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