A.M.E Bale Travelling Scholarship and Art Prize 2020
Entries close Fri Oct 2
Applications are open for the biennial national art prize, awarded to emerging Australian artists who have demonstrated talent and achievement in traditional artistic styles. Three cash prizes are awarded ranging from $50,000 to $5,000. An exhibition of finalist’s works will be exhibited at the Glen Eira City Council Gallery, Melbourne from Nov 28 to Dec 13 2020. For more information, visit the website.

Biennial Australian Monoprint Prize
Entries close 4pm, Thurs Dec 3
Entries are now open! Major Prize $3,000 and 2nd Prize $500. Visit the website for more information.

The 66th Blake Prize
Entries close Mon Oct 12
The Blake Art Prize attracts entries from artists around the world looking for exposure for their work, the opportunity to be hung in the exhibition and to compete for various prizes including the $35,000 main prize. Three prizes are selected by the judges for the best contemporary art work that addresses the religious or spiritual: The Blake Prize is a non-acquisitive prize of $35,000; The Blake Emerging Artist Prize is an acquisitive prize of $6,000; The Blake Established Artist Residency – consisting of a residency and solo exhibition hosted by CPAC. All prizes are strictly non-sectarian. Entries are not restricted to works related to any faith or artistic style. All artworks entered must have a recognisable exploration of faith, spirituality, religion, hope, humanity, social justice, belief and/or non-belief.

Bowness Photography Prize 2020
Entries close Wed July 8
Monash Gallery of Art invites contemporary photographic artists to submit entries for the 2020 Bowness Photography Prize. First prize is awarded $30,000. For more information visit the website.

Burwood Art Prize
Entries close 5pm, Wed Sept 30
Entries are now open for the 2020 Burwood Art Prize! A total pool of $8,500 is on offer for artists, including $5,000 for Artwork of the Year, $2,500 for New and Emerging Artist and $1,000 for People’s Choice! The Burwood Art Prize is aimed at highlighting the strong arts and culture in our area, through the medium of painting entrants are invited to showcase their artistic talents.  The competition is open to people aged 16 and over and either living, working, studying or have another demonstrated connection to Burwood, Ashfield, Canada Bay or Strathfield Local Government Areas (LGAs). The 2020 Burwood Art Prize and all associated activities during the COVID-19 pandemic will be conducted within the NSW Heath guidelines and regulations to ensure the safety of all entrants and the community. To enter and for further information please head to Burwood Council website.

Calleen Art Award 2020
Entries close Wed July 22
The $20,000 acquisitive Calleen Art Award 2020 prize for painting is calling for entries. Exhibition Oct 4 to Nov 15. Enter online or contact the gallery for an entry form.

45th Camden Art Prize 2020
Entries are invited from painters, sculptors and photographers. $12,000 in prizes including up to $3,000 acquisitive prize. Exhibition May 8 to 15. Visit website for details and entry. Email
UPDATE: The 45th Camden Art Prize exhibition, scheduled to take place 8 to 15 May, has been postponed until 2021. All parties concerned will be contacted directly. Artists who have sent in application forms and entry fees (either through Trybooking or mail) will be refunded. Information relating to the 2021 exhibition, such as dates and judges, will be announced as soon as possible.

Du Rietz Art Awards
Entries close 4pm, Fri June 12

Entries are open for the Du Rietz Art Awards. There are over $13,000 in prizes on offer. Visit website for entry form and conditions. Exhibition August 5 to September 5 at Gympie Regional Gallery, Queensland.

Elaine Bermingham National Watercolour Prize
Entries close Fri 17 July
The non-acquisitive Elaine Bermingham National Watercolour Prize in Landscape Painting is calling for entries – open to all Australian artists over the age of 18. A $20,000 cash prize will be awarded to the winner, in addition to two highly commended prizes of $5,000 each.  Visit the website for more information. 

Evelyn Chapman Art Award
Entries close Mon 21 Sept
The biennial Evelyn Chapman Art Award is calling for entries from young Australian painters under the age of 45, for the $50,000 scholarship. The scholarship award is to provide support to further the recipient’s theory and practical art education. For further details and to apply, visit the website.

Jacaranda Acquisitive Drawing Award
Entries close Sun July 19
158 Fitzroy Street, Grafton 2460.
(02) 6642-3177.
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Artists are invited to submit entries for the 2020 Jacaranda Acquisitive Drawing Award. The 2020 prize money has increased to $35,000.

National Contemporary Jewellery Award 2020
Entries close Fri Oct 16

167 Banna Avenue, Griffith 2680.
(02) 6962-8338.
One of Australia’s most prestigious jewellery awards is calling for entries.

HIDDEN: Rookwood Sculptures 2020
Entries are invited from individual emerging, mid-career and established artists and groups for HIDDEN Rookwood Sculptures 2020 for new or existing works that relate to the exhibition’s themes of history, culture, remembrance, diversity, love, mourning, spirituality, cycles of life and the passage of time. Free entry. Visit the website for more information and how to apply.
UPDATE: HIDDEN Rookwood Sculptures 2020 has been cancelled. A call for 2021 entries is aimed towards the end of the year.

Meroogal Women’s Art Prize
Entries close Mon Aug 3
Entries are now open for the Meroogal Women’s Art Prize 2020, the non-acquisitive competition with a prize pool of over $10,000. Works in any medium made by a woman aged 18 years or over who is a resident of NSW are invited to be submitted. This year Sydney Living Museum is waiving the artist entry fee. Visit the website for full entry details.

Mosman Art Prize
Entries close Mon Aug 10
Entries are now open for the 2020 Mosman Art Prize. Five prizes are available, including the major acquisitive prize of $50,000 and a finalist exhibition will be held Aug 26 to Oct 4. This year’s iteration will be judged by Alexie Glass-Kantor, Executive Director of Artspace, Sydney. Please visit the website for Terms and Conditions and Frequently Asked Questions.

National Works on Paper 2020
Entries close 11.59pm, Sun July 19
Call for entries for the biennial National Works on Paper exhibition for contemporary Australian artists working on or with paper. Up to $50,000 in acquisitions and awards. Recent winners of the National Works on Paper include James Tylor & Laura Wills, Daniel O’Shane, Jess Johnson, Laith McGregor, Richard Lewer, Danie Mellor, Gareth Sansom, Paul Boston, Lisa Roet and eX de Medici.
Visit website for details or call (03) 5975-4395 / email

Laith McGregor, The Astronomer 2010, Winner 2012 Beleura – The House and Garden National Works on Paper Acquisitive Award
Courtesy the artist and Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery

OptiKA Photographic Award
Entries close Mon Oct 5
Entries are now open for the annual OptiKA : Kingston Photographic Award. OptiKA 2020 invites photographers and video makers to capture images of Kingston that respond to the creative theme of ‘Connection’.  Now in its 12th year, OptiKA is one of Kingston Arts most popular programs, enhanced by the accessibility of the medium – now that most people have a mobile phone, they also have a camera! Images must be taken within a Kingston City Council location. Up to $6,000 in cash prizes on offer, $25 entry fee. For more information visit the website.

Paddington Art Prize
Entries close Sun Sept 27
A $30,000 national acquisitive prize for a painting inspired by the Australian landscape. Five non-acquisitive prizes are also on offer including the Nock Foundation artist residency and exhibition at Defiance Gallery at Mary Place. Visit the website for more information.

The Portia Geach Memorial Award
Entire close Fri 10 July
Applications are now invited for the non-acquisitive Portia Geach Memorial Award for portrait painting by Australian or Australian-based female artists. The winning entry will awarded $30,000 and the People’s Choice Finalist will receive $1,000. The portrait sitter is required to be distinguished in ‘Art, Letters or the Sciences’. For more information and to apply, visit the website.

Pro Hart Outback Art Prize
Entries close Fri May 29
The Pro Hart Outback Art Prize is calling for entries for the $20,000 acquisitive award. Exhibition July 10 to Sep 18. Visit the website for more information.

Queensland Outsider Art Awards
136 Brunswick Street, Fortitude Valley 4006.
(07) 3151-6655.
Up to $4,000 in prizes. Entries open from 1 June – 31 July 2020. Check the AFTM website for details.

Shirley Hannan National Portrait Award 2020
Entries close midnight, Fri May 29
Entries are open for the $50,000 non-acquisitive award for realistic portraiture. Visit website for entry details. Enter online.

Wollombi Valley Sculpture Festival Call for Works
Entries close Sun July 19
Sculpture artists are invited to submit works for selection in the 2020 Sculpture in the Vineyard, Wollombi Valley Sculpture Festival – scheduled for 17 October to 1 November. Sculpture in the Vineyard is the oldest and one of the largest sculpture exhibitions in rural NSW and comprises four outdoor sites and 4 indoor galleries in Wollombi village. The non-acquisitive prize awards $20,000 for first place, $5,000 for highly commended, a $6,000 prize for a small indoor sculpture and a locals prize of $1,000. To enter, visit the website.

The Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize
Woollahra Council Chambers
Entries close Fri July 17
536 New South Head Road, Double Bay 2028.
(02) 9391-7000.
The 2020 Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize is calling for entries. The prize awards four categories of awards with prize money ranging from $25,000 to $1,000.