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  1. All entries are to be pastel (soft).  Works may be on any surface including canvas, and mixed media is acceptable with at least 75% pastel on top.

  2. Entries must be the original work of the entrant, which precludes works completed in workshops or under tutelage, and/or copied from any source other than that belonging to the entrant. Source material to be available if requested, particularly as this is an on-line competition judged on photos. Entries must have been completed in the last two years and must not have previously won an award with the PSA or have been exhibited at a PSA event.

  3. Maximum Size of finished painting: 550mm x 750mm (excluding frame). This is our first on-line competition and we are keeping the size limits the same as would have been for the regular Annual Awards, in order to be fair to those who may already have work prepared. We will review the physical size limits in the coming year.

  4. Maximum of 3 entries/member – in different categories.  Non-PSA Members maximum 1 entry.  All PSA members must be financial as at 6th July 2020. Please NOTE – your membership for Financial Year 2021 will be due before the due date for entries, you must be a financial member for Financial Year 2021 as at/from 6th July.

  5. Categories for Annual 2020:        People/Animals    Scapes     Still Life.

  6.  All paintings can be traditional or contemporary in style.

  7.   Prizes in each category:     1st         $1000         2nd       $500           3rd        $300.

  8. The Pastellist of the Year ($500) is only for PSA members and will be chosen from the three 1st Place awards in each category.

  9. Alexandra Award entries are invited for PSA members only who have never won a first prize award in any competition (PSA or other) with a pastel painting. Such members may enter one work in the Alexandra Award and two more works across the three categories in the Annual Awards. (3 paintings in total).  Theme -  “My Favourite Colour”       Prizes               1st  $600       2nd  $300       3rd  $100

  10. ART SPECTRUM Peoples’ Choice Award ($200 worth of AS Products). Chosen by members of the public during the six-week on-line exhibition and announced with all other winners on 24th August.

  11. Members Entry fee of $20 for each painting (max 3).  Non-Members $30 (one only).

  12. All works are to be for sale and there is a 30% commission on sales. Please NOTE – clients will email the PSA of their intent via the website. The artist will be contacted by the PSA and put in touch with the client and the sale will go through the treasurer of the PSA. All details including framed/unframed and freight/delivery to be handled by the artist. By signing the Entry Form you consent to being contacted by the PSA with any prospective buyer.

  13. Media reproduction of entries is allowed only for promotional purposes by PSA and everything else is under copyright.

  14. The website will be live 1st of May for uploading of images only. You will be unable to see any of the entries until the event becomes public.

  15. All entries artworks signatures will be digitally blocked out for judging only.

  16. All Entry forms to be completed with payment of entry fees by Midnight Australian EST Monday 6th July 2020.   NO LATE ENTRIES ACCEPTED

  17. All works will be seen by the judge. The judge’s decisions are final.

  18. All proceeds from sales and prizes will be paid by direct deposit into your nominated bank account within a month after the exhibition closes.

Please Note - Any entry submitted on-line, particularly if noted for an award, is to be available for actual real time viewing if required. This requirement also pertains to reference material for such entries. Digital enhancement techniques only permitted applied to the images are the use of the tools - rotating and cropping of the image. Any other digital enhancements are strictly forbidden.  We are trusting in the integrity of entrants as to the accuracy of the photo submitted, and be aware that you are signing an agreement to all Conditions as set out in this document.

Because the judging will be from on-line images, it is strongly suggested that you consider having professional photos taken of your work, (of course before framing!) or that you obtain assistance from a PSA member who knows how to go about photographing works to their advantage, or view the advice in the PSA newsletter. An advantage of this new PSA on-line alternative is that you do not have to get your work framed! There are tips on how to photograph work on


Diary of Dates 2020 -

  • 1st May Uploading and submission of entries available

  • 6th July Entry form & fees in by midnight Australian Eastern Standard Time- entry only on line

  • 13th July -23rd August on-line exhibition  – ART SPECTRUM Peoples’ Choice votes taken during this time.

  • Monday 24th August is announcement of Awards 

  • Any concerns email PSA Exhibition Coordinator Tricia Reust at


Winning artworks will be published in the PSA Newsletter and be included in an article to be sent to the Australian Artist magazine.

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