The closing deadline for online submission is 5pm, 13 June 2016.

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

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 1 July 2016, 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 2016 judges include:
Akash Bhatt Artist
Sara Dudman Artist
Simon Oldfield, Curator and gallery owner
Desmond Shawe-Taylor CVO Surveyor of the Queen’s Pictures
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


The competition is open to all artists born or resident in the UK, creating paintings using any water based medium.

Works entered must:

  1. Have been carried out in the last three years ie dated 2013 or later
  2. Be the sole and original work of the entrant
  3. Be the entrant’s original composition
  4. Have a maximum size of work, in its largest dimension, including frame, is 122 cm
  5. All works shortlisted and submitted for final judging, must be securely framed and behind glass. Metal, plastic or clip frames will not be allowed*
  6. Be available until the end of April 2017 if selected for exhibition

*Please note: Works accepted for the final judging should not have any fixings on the back so they cannot cause damage to other works.

Please visit the website for further information and to enter online:

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