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Enter for the Embracing Our Differences Art Contest 2018. USD3,000 Prize


Embracing Our Differences invites you to participate in creating a world where differences are embraced and individuality is celebrated…through ARTS.

Application Deadline: 9th January 2018

Offered annually? Yes

Eligible Countries: All

To be taken at (country): Sarasota’s Island Park in Southwest Florida, USA.

About the Award: Art is a powerful tool to evoke social change. Without uttering a single word, artists can enlighten, educate and affect change around the world. Become a part of this exciting change through your visual art or creative writing submission to the annual Embracing Our Differences juried competition.

Only digital copies of your original art work will be accepted. Teachers may complete and sign submission forms on behalf of their students and, at their option, substitute their personal or school contact information for that of their students. Judging will take place in mid-February 2017 and those selected for inclusion in the exhibit will be notified by email by mid-March. Due to the volume of submissions, only artists with entries selected for display will be notified individually. All winning entries will be posted on the Embracing Our Differences website by late March.


Type: Contest

Eligibility: Artists, professionals, amateurs, students – everyone can participate. National and international submissions are encouraged.

All submissions must be an original concept and execution and not a copy or reproduction of the work of another. Final selections for inclusion in the exhibit will be made by a three-judge panel of professional artists, curators and art professionals based on artistic excellence and originality in reflection of our theme “enriching lives through diversity.” Judges will also consider:

  • How effective the art will read when enlarged to billboard size (16 feet (4.9 m) wide by 12.5 feet (3.8 m) high) and displayed outdoors.
  • Is the theme clear and easily understood?
  • Does the art explore the theme in an unusual or previously unexplored manner?
  • Will the art and its message prompt discussion?

Selection Criteria: 45 submissions will be selected for inclusion in the exhibit. The judges may select an additional three entries for “honorable mention.”  Final selections will be chosen based on artistic excellence and originality in the reflection of our theme “enriching lives through diversity.” 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; positive attitude; inclusiveness; acceptance; taunting, bullying and confrontation; human rights and equality; understanding and kindness; empowerment or any other topic which you believe furthers our theme of “enriching lives through diversity.” Do not feel limited by these suggestions. We strongly encourage new and fresh interpretations of our theme.


Value of Contest: A total of $3,000 (US) will be presented in the form of three separate awards – $1,000 each for “Best-in-Show Adult;” “Best-in-Show Student” and the “People’s Choice.” Both “Best-in-Show” awards will be granted by a three-judge panel of art professionals. The “People’s Choice” award will be determined by visitors to the exhibit.

How to Apply: It is important to go through the FAQ Section before applying.

Visit Contest Webpage for details

Award Provider: Embracing Our Differences Exhibition Group

Important Notes: You will receive full credit for your artistic creation. You also retain the rights to your work. However, by your submission, you irrevocably grant to Embracing Our Differences and its assigns a non-exclusive, royalty free, perpetual license to use, publish, translate and display your work and personal information, including your name and city/state/country of residence, for display, catalogs, posters, advertising, educational and merchandising/promotional materials.

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