Prizes and Competitions

May competitions checked by Arts Law

30th April 2014

Brushes uploaded to Flickr by Sharon Drummond

Arts Law has reviewed and rated the terms and conditions of 15 competitions closing in May 2014.

5 Competitions received a very positive 4 / 5 stars for their terms and conditions. These competitions ask only winners or finalists to provide a licence to reproduce the work for specific purposes related to promoting the competition. If these competitions had limited the term of licence and clearly stated they would attribute the artists, 5 / 5 stars would have been awarded!


  • Jolley Prize – deadline 1 May 2014
  • John Fries Award 2014 -  deadline 5 May 2014
  • The Churchie – deadline 12 May 2014
  • Fremantle Arts Centre Print Award – deadline 23 May 2014
  • Windmill Trust Scholarship for NSW Regional Artists – deadline 30 May 2014

3 of the competitions received an encouraging 3.5 stars for fairness to artists. These competitions all deserved more than 3 stars for recognising the moral rights of creators by making a positive undertaking to attribute the artists. Each competition asks all entrants to provide a licence to reproduce the work for limited purpose. For a perfect score, additional stars would have been obtained if the licence had of been limited to finalists only and limited in duration.

  • Eureka Prize for Science Photography – deadline 2 May 2014
  • Kogarah Art Prize – deadline 12 May 2014
  • Outback Art Prize – deadline 16 May 2014

4 competitions received a commendable 3 / 5 stars for fairness. Under these terms and conditions, all entrants are asked to provide a licence to the competition organisers to reproduce their works for purposes associated with the prize. None of the competitions set a limit to the duration of the licences requested from the entrants. If these competitions had done so, and respectively limited their licences to finalists or winners, plus each undertook to attribute the artists, they would have all received 5 / 5 stars.


  • Lethbridge 10 000 Small Scale Art Award – deadline 2 May 2014
  • City of Albany Art Prize – deadline 19 May 2014
  • Sculptors QLD Annual Exhibition & Shillam Sculpture Prize – deadline 30 May 2014
  • My Rode Reel  - deadline 31 May 2014


2 competitions scored 2 / 5 stars for fairness to artists. These literary competitions ask for a very broad licence to reproduce the entry in any media in perpetuity. Arts Law considers it best practice for these competitions to limit reproduction to one publication only and if any further licence rights are required from the author they should be by subsequent negotiations. 


  • Written Portraits: A National Creative Writing Competition for Australian Teenagers – deadline 9 May 2014
  • Sports Fiction and Essay Contest – deadline 31 May 2014

Arts Law was unable to rate the John Shaw Neilson Acquisitive Art Prize. This is because the competition’s terms and conditions do not specifically mention the licensing of winners copyright or the protection of their moral rights. This suggests the competition hasn’t thought about the licence they require from entrants to reproduce their work for promotional purposes. They should call Arts Law for some assistance!


  • John Shaw Neilson Acquisitive Art Prize – deadline 9 May 2014


Further information

Please email us at [email protected] to tell us about any competitions or prizes you think we should check. 

See Arts Law's competition star rating system for further information or call Arts Law if you would like to receive best practice advice regarding your competition terms and conditions.

See more about Arts Law's campaign to improve competition terms and conditions in the Prizes and Competitions section.