The 67th Blake Prize
Entries close Monday November 15, 2021
The 67th Blake Prize is calling contemporary artists both nationally and internationally to enter works responding to themes of faith, spirituality, religion, hope, humanity, social justice, belief and non-belief. Finalists’ exhibition March 12 to May 22, 2022 at Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre NSW 2170. Visit the website for details;

Biblio Art Prize 2021
Entries close the end of October, 2021
The Biblio Art Prize is an art initiative hosted by Blarney Books & Art in Victoria. National and international artists from amateur to professional, young and old, are invited to enter. By submitting a one-off payment of $25, artists will be allocated with one book title. Each title is a pre-selected work of fiction by an Australian author. Participating artists will read their book for inspiration and respond with an artwork created in any medium. Book copies can be obtained from any source and do not need to be purchased from Blarney Books & Art. In 2021, the Biblio Art Prize is supporting Australian authors whose book sales have been impacted by COVID-19. Artworks will be selected in November for display in the Summer exhibition. There is a Grand Prize of $2,000, which will be awarded by independent judges to the winning work, as well as announcing a range of other prizes. Visit the website to find out how to enter and receive your book title;

Burwood Art Prize
The Burwood Art Prize has been postponed until early 2022, due to the impact of COVID-19 in Sydney
Entries have been extended and now close 5pm, Monday 1 November, 2021
This year’s Burwood Art Prize is accepting paintings and digital-still medium. Total Prize pool is $13,500 and includes Burwood Art Prize $10,000 (acquisitive), New and Emerging Artist $2,500 (acquisitive) and People’s Choice $1,000 (non-acquisitive). Entry is free. Refer to Council’s website for further details;

Ceramic Break Triennial Sculpture Prize
Entries close Sunday July 31, 2022
Ceramic Break Sculpture Park, which opened in 2003 features over 30 sculptures on display across three bushwalks and three dedicated art galleries. Ceramic Break Sculpture Park offers guests an art experience with a difference in rural NSW. The goal of the $12,000 Triennial Sculpture Prize is to diversify the park’s collection. Sculptors are invited to submit up to three entries for selection as finalists for the prize. Sculptures must be made of durable materials to ensure they can withstand the elements as long term outdoor exhibits. Ceramic Break Sculpture Park is located at Warialda NSW 2402. Enter online;

Darling Portrait Prize
Entries close 11.55pm (AEDT), Monday January 10, 2022
Entries are open for the 2022 Darling Portrait Prize, a national award, which celebrates Australian portrait painting, and honours the legacy of Mr L Gordon Darling AC CMG (1921-2015), who was instrumental in establishing the National Portrait Gallery of Australia. In 2022, the winner will receive $75,000 and be exhibited with the finalists at the National Portrait Gallery ACT, from June 24 to October 9, 2022. Paintings completed on or after July 1, 2019, are invited. Be sure to read the terms and conditions and eligibility criteria before applying;

Doug Moran National Portrait Prize
Entries close Wednesday September 29, 2021
The Doug Moran National Portrait Prize looks for both excellence and creativity in contemporary Australian portraiture by asking artists to interpret the look and personality of a chosen sitter. The winner of the prize will be awarded $150,000 and the winning artwork will be acquired into the Moran Arts Foundation Collection, owned and supported by the Moran Arts Foundation. All finalist works will be transported to the Moran Arts Foundation at the Foundation’s expense and will be included in the Doug Moran National Portrait Prize 2021 online catalogue. Visit the website for key dates, terms and conditions, fees and entry;

Experimental Print Prize
Entries close Sunday September 26, 2021
Castlemaine Art Museum invites Victorian artists using innovative approaches to traditional printmaking processes, such as intaglio, relief, planographic, digital processes, and photography (if within the printmaking process), to enter the non-acquisitive Experimental Print Prize. The $18,000 prize pool will be awarded across three prizes: $10,000, $5,000, and $3,000 for an emerging artist. The exhibition of finalists will be on view at the Museum from November 13 to February 28, 2022;

Glover Prize 2022
Entries close 6pm (AEST), Friday January 28, 2022
The John Glover Art Prize (Glover Prize) has become one of Australia’s most significant awards for landscape painting. The annual acquisitive prize, which is open to national and international artists, is awarded to a work judged the best contemporary landscape painting of Tasmania. The winner will receive $50,000 and a bronze maquette of colonial artist John Glover designed by Peter Corlett and valued at $5,000. All other finalist entries will be in the running for the non-acquisitive People’s Choice Award of $3,000, Children’s Choice Award of $500 and the Hanger’s Choice Award of $500. The exhibition of finalists’ paintings will be open to the public from March 12 to 20, 2022, at the historic Falls Park Pavilion in Evandale, Tasmania. Details and entry available online;

Little Darlings Youth Portrait Prize
Entries close Friday October 8, 2021
The Little Darlings Youth Portrait Prize invites budding young artists from Kindergarten to Year 12 to respond to the theme ‘identity’, with a portrait created through painting, drawing, photography and print or a combination of some or all of these mediums. Three winners will be chosen from each category by a panel of judges, including National Portrait Gallery Director Karen Quinlan AM. Twelve winning artworks will be framed and on display in the National Portrait Gallery alongside the Darling Portrait Prize exhibition in 2022.

Lloyd Rees Memorial Youth Art Award
Entries close 5pm (AEST), Friday October 8, 2021
The biennial Lloyd Rees Memorial Youth Art Award is a national prize established in 1981 to promote and support talented young emerging artists in Australia, initiated by the Lane Cove community in honour of its long-term resident Dr Lloyd Rees. Entries are open to 18-29 year old artists Australia-wide in the mediums of painting, drawing and printmaking. For full terms and conditions and to apply visit the website;

M16 Artspace Drawing Prize
Entries close 11.59pm, Sunday October 24, 2021
Entries are open for the M16 Artspace Drawing Prize 2021. The M16 Drawing Prize invites drawings in either traditional drawing media and techniques, or non-traditional works that extend the understanding of what drawing may be within contemporary art practice. Main Prize $10,000, People’s Choice Award $1,000, Delta Cleaning Services Award $500, Local Artist Award receives a $500 Braddon Framing Store voucher plus $390 Megalo Class voucher. The exhibition of finalists will be on display at M16 Artspace in Canberra ACT from November 25 to December 10. Visit the website for terms and conditions, fees, and entry portal;

Maldon Portrait Prize 2022 – I Be Human
Entries close Tuesday, January 4, 2022
Entries are currently open for the Maldon Portrait Prize 2022 – I Be Human. Prizes: $5,000 Painting, Drawing and Mixed Media and a $500 People’s choice award for the Online winner – February 5 to 13, 2022. $5,000 Photography Prize and a $500 People’s Choice award for the Online winner – February 19 to 27, 2022. Visit the website for more information and entry form;

Mandorla Art Award
Entries close Friday March 18, 2022
The Mandorla Art Award for contemporary religious art is Australia’s most significant thematic Christian art prize. Entries are open for works, which respond to the theme ‘Metamorphosis – a profound or radical change’. The biannual Mandorla Art Award is a $25,000 acquisitive prize with two highly commended non-acquisitive awards of $5,000 each, the Patricia Toohey Painting Award of $5,000 and $2,000 for the People’s Choice Award. ‘In our pandemic world people have been forced to change their behaviour, work habits, eating habits, socialising rituals, and many other aspects of life. In our contemporary world, environmental changes affect oceans, land and humankind.’ Go online to read theme commentaries, terms and conditions, eligibility and to enter;

Mansfield District Hospital Auxiliary – 44th Annual Art Exhibition and Sale
Entries close Friday October 15, 2021
Entries are open for the ’44th Annual Mansfield District Hospital Auxiliary Art Exhibition’ on from October 29 to November 1. The prize pool of $5,050 includes the Rotary Prize for the overall winning artwork, The Harry & Clare Friday Foundation Award for best local artist, the People’s Choice and various others, such as the Packing Room Prize and Highly Commended. Entry forms are available from the Art Show Secretary Susan Swan, 130 Killarney Lane, Boorolite, VIC 3723; (03) 5777-5605 / 0411-316-150,

Mosman Art Prize
Unfortunately due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and associated public health orders and restrictions, the Mosman Art Prize will not proceed this year;

National Emerging Art Prize
Entries close Friday October 1, 2021
The new National Emerging Art Prize established in 2021 seeks to provide a highly visible national platform to identify, promote and support the most promising emerging visual and ceramic artists in Australia. The Prize for Emerging Painters includes a prize pool of $30,000 with a $20,000 acquisitive cash prize for the overall winner. Up to 25 finalists will be invited to participate in an exhibition at Michael Reid Northern Beaches, Sydney, in November. The Prize for Emerging Ceramicists offers a total of $7,000 in prizes, and up to 25 finalists will be invited to participate in an exhibition hosted by Michael Reid CLAY. The overall single winning ceramic entry will receive an acquisitive $5,000 cash prize and will also be awarded the Michael Reid Gallery Prize of a solo show as part of the CLAY program in the following year;

9×5 Landscape Prize
Entries close Monday October 4, 2021
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Now in its sixth year, the Waverley Woollahra Art School’s 9×5 Landscape Prize explores the tradition of Australia’s Impressionists. First Prize $1,500, Second Prize $750 plus the Highly Commended Prize receives $200 in art materials. Works are entered on 9×5 plywood boards, which are included with entry fee. Read the Conditions of Entry to learn how to enter;×5-landscape-prize-2021.

Prospect Portrait Prize
Entries close 5pm, Monday September 27, 2021
The non-acquisitive Prospect Portrait Prize, presented by Newmarch Gallery in South Australia, invites contemporary approaches to portraiture. There are three prizes: First Prize $5,000, People’s Choice $1,000, and Payinthi Award $500. The exhibition of finalist works will be on view at Newmarch Gallery from December 10 to January 25, 2022. Go to the website for more detailed information and to apply;

Sony World Photography Awards
Various closing dates
Entries are open for the Sony World Photography Awards inviting photographers from around the world to be in the running to win prizes across four individual competitions, each with their own closing dates and categories. Youth entries close on various dates in 2021 (available online). Student entries close November 30, 2021. Open entries close January 7, 2022. Professional entries close January 14, 2022. The Sony World Photography Awards are run by the World Photography Organisation whose ‘purpose is to raise the level of conversation around photography worldwide, through a year-round programme of exhibitions, awards and competitions.’ Visit the website for more information about prizes, entry, eligibility requirements and fees;

Tom Bass Prize 2022
Entries close Friday November 19, 2021
Entries are open for the Tom Bass Prize for figurative sculpture. This prize is open to professional and non-professional artists aged 16+ years. Prizes are non-acquisitive and there is a total of $26,000 in prize money. Enter online;