Is entry free?
Entry is completely free and you can enter as many images as you want.
Do I have to make a new image? -- or can I send an image I have already done?
We prefer you enter new images, or at least images that have not been published anywhere else.
A guideline is that you should have created the image in the past year.
What's the definition of digital art?
It's digital if you send it to us in a digital form. It's all about the
artistic merit, not how you made the image. It is OK to send a
digitally enhanced photograph or scan of a natural media painting.
Whatever the method used we will judge the image on its artistic merit.
What is art?
Art is something that makes a connection with the viewer (or
participant) and has an emotional reaction. If there is no emotional
impact then it's not art.
How do I make my art better?
Make a greater emotional impact. It's as simple as that. If people
are moved to great emotion by your image then it's a success and you and
your work will be remembered as making an artistic statement.
There are a lot of things you can do to make the emotional impact of
your images better. You need to think about the story behind the image.
Think about the audience and how they will relate to your story and
image. Once you know what the story and emotional connection you want is,
you have to do everything to enhance that. Make sure everything
supports your message -- composition, lighting, colors, setting, etc.
My image is very dark - will it print OK?
No, it won't. Some images don't get selected because they are very
dark, or rely on a lot of very dark detail. These sorts of images don't
reproduce well so are unlikely to be selected unless they are absolutely
What sort of images have the best chance of being published?
Images with great emotional impact and story. If your image is
dynamic, full of story and packs emotional impact then it's probably
great art. You have a winning image if people look at an image and out
loud say things like "wow", "its so cute", "hilarious", "awesome". You
may have good art if people say "eww", "yuk", "oh! that's horrible"...
but consider that people enjoy experiencing positive emotions a lot more
than negative emotions.
Everyone remembers being a child. Most of us remember laughing, having
fun and the relationships with family. Images about family and
relationships are familiar to everyone, these things are timeless and
universal. It gets harder when your images portray less familiar things, or things that rely on specific knowledge and events.