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Ivory and Lead Online Art Competition
Ivory and Lead Online Art Competition

Ivory and Lead Online Art Competition



Ivory and Lead is an online art competition awarding cash prizes to artists working in traditional 2D media. We believe in the value of art creation. That's why paintings, drawings, and sketches are eligible for prizes, including a grand prize of $1000. Contests run bi-monthly (every 2 months) and winners are announced one month following contest-end.


All original work completed in oil, acrylic, watercolor, pastel, gouache, conté, charcoal, graphite, encaustic, and ink as well as various types of etching like lithography and scratchboard is eligible for entry. Original work comprises work created from your own copyrighted photography or original composition. Work previously entered in competitions or sold is still eligible for entry. Check out the rules below for further information.


There is a one-time registration fee of $25 and a fee of $15 per entry, handled through

Help in photographing your work and properly sizing your images can be found at:

For best results, make sure your image is 1920 pixels @72 dpi on the longest side.  Images should be in JPEG format, sRGB color space. If you need help entering your images or are unable to, please contact or call 949-287-8645.


Jurors are announced before each bi-monthly competition and are chosen based on their knowledge and experience of 2D fine art. In the event of a juror cancellation, entrants will be alerted to a substitute via the Ivory and Lead website.



  • 1st Place Overall- $1000
  • 2nd Place Overall- $500
  • 3rd Place Overall- $250
  • Best Oil-$100
  • work completed in oil
  • Best Acrylic- $100
  • work completed  in acrylic
  • Best Watercolor- $100
  • work completed in watercolor or gouache
  • Best Pastel- $100
  • work completed in pastel
  • Best Drawing or Sketch- $100
  • work completed on paper
  • Best Landscape-$100
  • subject matter including natural elements: landscape, seascape, cityscape
  • Best Still Life- $100
  • subject matter including arranged and inanimate objects
  • Best Figure or Portrait- $100
  • subject matter including the human form
  • Best Abstract- $100
  • subject matter including abstract subjects
  • Best Newcomer-$100
  • work completed by an artist working for 5 years or less
  • *Awards to international entrants will be paid through Paypal



  1. By entering, you attest that the work submitted is your own original work.
  2. Only 2D paintings, drawings, and etchings are eligible; this is not currently a competition for digital art or photography.
  3. By entering, you agree to have your work published on
  4. Your signature must be clearly visible in the photographed artwork.
  5. To be eligible for a contest cycle, you must enter your images before 12:00 am EST of the deadline date. Entries submitted after will automatically be entered into the subsequent contest cycle.
  6. Work that has been submitted to other contests and shows and/or sold is still eligible for entry.
  7. Work that has won awards in the Ivory and Lead Artist Competition cannot be resubmitted in the winning category.
  8. There is no entry number limitation (you may submit as many entries as you like).
  9. Entries deemed inappropriate will not be accepted.
  10. To be eligible, you must register and submit your images through
  11. Awards will be paid through Paypal to winners outside of the contiguous US.
  12. In the event of a change in juror, notification will be provided via
  13. Contest will run bi-monthly, except in the case of insufficient entry. In case of insufficient entry, the contest deadline may be moved to ensure payment of prize awards.
  14. If the contest deadline is moved, entrants will be notified via
  15. By entering, you agree to indemnify and hold harmless Ivory and Lead, LLC.

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