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The Sunday Times Watercolour Competition

Now in its 28th year, The Sunday Times Watercolour Competition is the largest and most prestigious watercolour competition in the UK. Hugely popular with artists, gallery visitors and readers of The Sunday Times, the competition aims to celebrate and reward excellence and originality in the medium of watercolour.


Entry is by an online entry process.  Entry fee is £15 per work.  Artists may enter up to 4 works only.

Closing deadline for online submission is 5pm, Monday 15 June 2015. The panel of judges will initially review entries through a digital submission process. Following this, approximately 250 shortlisted artists will then be invited to deliver their actual works on Friday 3 July 2015, from 10 - 5pm, to the Federation of British Artists (FBA), 17 Carlton House Terrace, London SW1Y 5BD, for final judging.

Only works shortlisted from the initial digital submission will be received for final judging. These works will only be accepted at the submission point with fully completed entry forms and labels, which will be emailed to artists following the initial selection. Please note that notification of all results will be sent by email only.


The judges will be looking for work that makes the most imaginative or otherwise impressive use of a water based medium. The judges decision will be final and binding and no correspondence will be entered into. The 2015 judges are: 
Sara Dudman Artist
Desmond Shawe-Taylor CVO Surveyor of the Queen’s Pictures
Josh Spero Editor, Spear’s Magazine and Art Critic, Tatler
Lucy Willis Artist
Louis Wise Critic & Writer, The Sunday Times 


The following prizes will be awarded during the exhibition. They will also be announced in The Sunday Times Magazine and on The Sunday Times website:

First Prize - £10,000
Second Prize - £6,000
Smith & Williamson Cityscape Prize - £1,500