Embracing Our Differences 2024 Art Competition

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Embracing Our Differences juried competitionTheme: “enriching lives through diversity and inclusion

This may include, by way of suggestion only, any one or more of the following: appearance; racial differences; physical or mental impairment; language, religious or cultural differences; environmental stewardship; social economic status; sexual orientation or identity; gender identity, positive attitude; inclusiveness; acceptance; taunting, bullying and confrontation; human rights and equality; understanding and kindness; empowerment; Holocaust awareness/”Butterflies of Hope” or any other topic which you believe furthers our theme of “enriching lives through diversity and inclusion.” Do not feel limited by these suggestions. We strongly encourage new and fresh interpretations of our theme.


  • $2,000 for “Best-in-Show Adult”
  • $2,000 for “Best-in-Show Student”
  • $2,000 for “People’s Choice”
  • The 2024 exhibit will be on display mid-January through April at multiple locations in Southwest Florida.

Judging criteria: artistic excellence and originality in reflection of the theme

Image requirements: high-resolution (minimum 300 dpi) digital file (JPG, TIFF, PDF, PSD, EPS, GIF, PNG, or AI). Your digital art must measure exactly 12.8” (325.12 mm) wide by 8.8” (223.52 mm) high. Art must have a horizontal orientation.

There is no limit of images that you can enter. Online submission of digital photographs via the website or by post but not both.


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