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

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, colored pencil, encaustic, and ink as well as various types of etching like lithography and scratchboard are 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, including etching orscratchboard

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 by 11:59 pm 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. Contests 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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