“Nature” Online Art Contest

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"Nature" Online Art ContestWe call artists and photographers to submit their best artworks related to the world of nature (flora and fauna, landscapes, seascapes, skies, etc).

The Best of Show winning artwork will be displayed as the poster of the show.

All wining artists (Merit Award & Honorable Mention) will receive a digital award certificate.

You may submit 2 images per entry fee. Online submission of digital images via the website.

Image requirements: up to 2.0 MB in file sze; JPG format

Judging criteria:

– originality and quality of art

– demonstration of artistic ability

– interpretation of the theme

– creativity

– overall design

– usage of medium


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