National Open Art Photography Competition

We’re looking for the brightest UK and Irish photographers of 2017


The deadline for entries for the 21st National Open Art Competition is fast approaching! Submit your photography work by Sunday 23rd July to be in with a chance of winning one of our fabulous prizes plus exhibition and career progression opportunities.


Are you passionate about photography? Whether you’re still learning the ropes or a seasoned professional, enter your work to the 21st National Open Art Competition and you could win up to £8,000 and be exhibited in London and beyond. Now in its 21st year, National Open Art has helped countless artists and photographers in the UK and Ireland further their careers by offering prize money, exhibition opportunities, an online sales platform, career advice and artistic resources.


Submit your work today, or find out more about the competition below.



The 2017 competition judging panel features Zelda Cheatle as our specialist photography category judge. An influential figure in the world of photography, Zelda founded and managed The Photography Fund, which collected over 6,000 iconic prints across the 20th century, and has recently been curator of major exhibitions in China, UAE, Saudi Arabia and London. Zelda will be joined by Royal Academician Hughie O’Donoghue, artist Jane McAdam Freud, former NOA winner Kelvin Okafor, gallery director Cynthia Corbett and filmmakers Elaine Pyke and Adam Saward.


All work is judged anonymously, resulting in a truly open competition with no ‘invited’ artists. By submitting your photography work, you’ll not only be eligible to win the competition’s £8,000 main prize, you’ll also be in with a chance of taking home the photography category 1st prize of £3,000, or one of the £1,000 2nd and 3rd prizes.


This year’s finalists will be exhibited at the 21st National Open Art Exhibition at Bargehouse, Oxo Tower Wharf in November (17th - 26th) where the prizewinners will be announced. The 500 shortlisted entries from the competition will be entered into the World Art Vote, as well as being offered for sale through NOA's website galleries and from the artists’ profile pages. The National Open Art Children's Competition is also accepting entries from all children up to the age of 14.


The deadline for entries is midnight on 23 July extended from 9 July 2017. You can enter up to four of your works at a cost of £20 per adult entry, £12 for students and young people aged 15-23, and £5 per child entry (up to three) to the children’s competition. All images submitted to the competition should be a maximum of 2MB at 300dpi.


As well as photography, the competition accepts paintings, drawings, original print, wall hung installations, digital art, and moving image. The total £60,000 prize fund is generously donated by sponsors, patrons, and individuals. As a not for profit organization, we are proud that all proceeds directly contribute to funding some of the prizes and the exhibition itself, which is offered to the public with free admission.

Finalists will be announced in late September and the winners revealed at the Private View and Prize Giving at the 21st National Open Art Exhibition open from 17 - 26 November 2017.

All monies raised by our charity including sponsorship, entry costs, and art sales, are primarily to raise funds to support the Charity's aims and objectives.


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The Arts Club
World First
Belmond Hotels
Welsh Award - Twr y Felin
Cass Art
Artists' Collecting Society


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Anthony Ward Thomas
Chessington World of Adventures Resort


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Be Smart About Art
House of Fairy Tales
Pallant House Gallery