Prizes and Competitions

Keeping an eye on prizes and competitions for artists!

Arts Law maintains an ongoing watch of terms and conditions in prizes and competitions for artists in Australia and overseas and gives those terms and conditions a rating out of 5 stars.

Entrants should always weigh up Arts Law’s ratings against the prize and possible profile-raising which may result from being a finalist or winner.

You can browse the prizes and competitions we have reviewed in an alphabetical list.

Arts Law considers all terms and conditions and also the value of the prize in reviewing a competition. An example of how Arts Law's 5 star rating system might be applied to a competition where the only terms giving rise to concern are those dealing with copyright and moral rights is as follows:

5 stars: copyright remains the property of the entrant; finalists/winners only grant a licence for a limited time for limited purposes; there is a positive undertaking to attribute the entrant for their work.

4 stars: copyright remains the property of the entrant; all entrants grant a licence for a limited time (5 years or less) for limited purposes; no agreement by entrants to infringement of their moral rights ("moral rights waiver").

3 stars: copyright remains the property of the entrant; all entrants grant a worldwide licence for an unlimited period of time for limited purposes; there is no waiver or limited waiver of moral rights.

2 stars: copyright remains the property of the entrant; all entrants grant a non-exclusive, worldwide licence for an unlimited period of time for unlimited purposes; moral rights waiver.

1 star: copyright remains the property of all entrants except for finalists who must grant an assignment of copyright or grant an exclusive, worldwide licence for an extended period of time for unlimited purposes; moral rights waiver.

No stars: all entrants grant an assignment of copyright or an exclusive, worldwide licence for an unlimited period of time for unlimited purposes; moral rights waiver.

Unrateable: unable to locate / must enter to receive competition terms

However, a star rating may be higher or lower depending on the other terms and conditions.

If a prize or competition would like Arts Law to review its terms for fairness to artists and provide best practice advice concerning amendments to those terms, please email [email protected] or call 02 9356 2566.

Please note: Arts Law amended the rating system in May 2015. The rating system above applies to prizes and competitions rated by Arts Law with deadlines from May 2015 and onwards. Competitions with deadlines before May 2015 were reviewed using our previous rating system.

Latest Competition Reviews

Review: 2019 Northern Territory Literary Awards

This month, Arts Law has reviewed the terms and conditions of the 2019 Northern Territory Literary Awards. This is an annual competition conducted by the Northern Territory Library (the “Library”), which consists of seven different awards.

The deadline for this competition is Monday 29 April 2019 and entries are open generally to residents of the Northern Territory (with the exception of the Library’s staff).

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My Rode Cast 2019 Competition Review

Arts Law has reviewed the terms and conditions of My RØDE Cast 2019, a competition being run out of New South Wales.

The deadline for this competition is 12 March 2019. It is an international competition (with the exception of certain listed countries).  

This is an inaugural competition for podcasters, where each entrant creates and submits an original 1–2 minute podcast for judging. The podcasts may be on any subject, in any creative format.

This competition is free to enter and offers several impressive prizes and an opportunity for exposure.

Arts Law has rated this competition 4 out of 5 stars.

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2019 Wangaratta Contemporary Textile Award

Arts Law has reviewed the terms and conditions of the Wangaratta Contemporary Textile Award 2019 run by the Wangaratta Art Gallery (the Gallery) in Victoria. 

The competition is currently open with a submission deadline of 1 March 2019, 5pm AEST. The competition is open to all Australian professional practicing artists working in textile media.

Arts Law has rated this competition 4.5 out of 5 stars.   

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Moran Contemporary Photographic Prize 2019

Arts Law has reviewed the terms and conditions of the Moran Contemporary Photographic Prize 2019 which is a national photography prize out of NSW organised by the Moran Arts Foundation (MAF).

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Review: Ravenswood Australian Women’s Art Prize 2019

Arts Law regularly reviews the terms and conditions of competitions and rates them out of five stars. Our review looks broadly at the terms and conditions of a competition. In particular, we look closely at how a competition deals with an entrant’s copyright and moral rights and consider this in light of the prize.  Entrants should always take into account the possible profile-raising which may result from being a finalist or winner.  

This month, Arts Law has reviewed the terms and conditions of the Ravenswood Australian Women’s Art Prize in New South Wales, Australia. 

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Portrait of a Senior Territorian Art Award 2018 Review

We have reviewed the terms and conditions of the Portrait of a Senior Territorian Art Award 2018 in the Northern Territory.

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City of Busselton Art Award 2018 Review

We have reviewed the terms and conditions of the City of Busselton Art Award 2018 in Western Australia.

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2018 Josephine Ulrick & Win Schubert Photography Award Review

We have reviewed the terms and conditions of the Josephine Ulrick & Win Schubert Photography Award out of Queensland.

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University of Canberra Vice Chancellor’s International Poetry Prize Review

We have reviewed the terms and conditions of the University of Canberra Vice-Chancellor’s International Poetry Prize in the Australian Capital Territory.

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2018 Artology Fanfare Competition Review

We have reviewed the terms and conditions of the Artology's 2018 Fanfare Competition in New South Wales.

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