To participate in Painting of the Year 2021 and to send in your best painting(s), you first need to register. There are hardly any restrictions for participating in the competition. Read more here.

The registration closes on October 1st.

Participation in Painting of the Year 2021 costs € 19.95 for the first painting, € 16.95 for the second, € 15.95 for the third and € 14.95 for every following painting. This is a contribution to the costs of, among other things, the organization, administration and website. 

Moreover, each participant receives:

- publicity for your work(s) for the duration of the competition on the website and social media;
- a certificate as proof of participation.
- € 15,- discount on participation in the World Art Week (

In addition, every participant has a chance to participate in at least one (sales) exhibition and can win the grand prize of € 2021!
For a complete overview, see Prizes.

Furthermore, each participant can:
- request a jury report about his/her painting(s) done by a professional art teacher for only € 9.75;
- enter his work for a special sales exhibition at the EuropArtFair 2022 (Sep 30 - Oct 2) in Amsterdam for only € 124.50*.

Keep an eye on the News page for all recent developments.

* This includes one spot. You pay NO commission upon sales. Your painting has a maximum width of 100 cm and hight of 2,5 m (including frame). For larger paintings an additional € 75 (incl. VAT) per meter will be charged later on.

Until September 30th 2021 each artist can upload his/her own artwork(s) for participation.

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Winner Audience Award 2021

Ilgonis Rinkis wins the Audience Award of Painting of the Year 2021 with her painting 'MY LOVE — JUST A ONE MORE “STROKE”'.

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the 20 finalists are known!

On December 18th the professional jury got together and spent almost a whole day assessing the 46 nominated paintings that were entered.
After carefull deliberation the 20 finalists of Painting of the Year 2021 were selected.

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50 nominees

On November 1st the 50 nominees of Painting of the Year 2021 are known. These are 50 paintings with the highest average grade given by the professional jury. 

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Sales exhibiton at Art Eindhoven 2022

The 20 best paintings of Painting of the Year 2021 will be exhibited at Art Eindhoven 2022 in a special sales exhibition.

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Color of the Year 2021

How could Painting of the year NOT use the Color for the year for it's website?

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Winner of Painting of the Year 2020!!

'Anna' from Berardino Rubini is the winner of Painting of the Year 2020!

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Winner Audience Award 2020

Julanne Barry wins the Audience Award of Painting of the Year 2020 with her painting 'Joy'.

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