Frequently Asked Questions


Each contest has a theme as part of the judging criteria please consider the theme when making your entry submissions.

Read the rules carefully.

Artists retain ownership & copyright of their works. Any enquires to purchase work will be directed to each artist.

Those seeking to use images from the Gallery Omata website will require permission from the artist & the gallery before proceeding.


  • By submitting your entry you (the artist) consent to the Gallery Omata Terms & Conditions Agreement.
  • The gallery focuses on positive subjects for including in exhibitions. Artists are requested to keep this in mind when submitting their entries.
  • Competition is open to artists worldwide over the age of 18 years.
  • Entry fees are non-refundable.
  • There is no limit to the number of entries per artist.
  • All decisions regarding exhibitions and awards are final.
  • Open to all fine art mediums (oil, acrylic, water colour, gouache, pastel, drawing, printmaking, mixed media, photography, sculpture, fibre, wood, digital art) except video.

Image Specifications

  • Images taken squarely front on, with only the artwork showing, clearly visible and in focus.
  • Image cropped to only show the artwork and no background wall, etc., unless a sculpture. Crop tightly without mat, frame or background. Watermarks are not acceptable. 
  • Maximum image size 5MB in .jpeg or .png format file titled with Given name Family Name Title of Artwork (e.g., Sarah Smith Brooklyn Blues)
  • Try to submit minimum image sizes (in pixels) at minimum of widths; 1600p width for landscape orientation images, 1200p for square, 1000p width for portrait.
  • Watermarks are not acceptable. Images will not be colour corrected by us. 
  • Artwork submitted is to be original work by the artist related to the theme of the exhibition.
  • Entry fees are non-refundable.
  • Useful Resource: How To Photograph Art
  • Essential points for photographing artwork:
    Even lighting - image must be evenly lit, with no glare from flashes, shadows, patterned or coloured light.
    Colour balance - colours must be faithfully reproduced.
    Clean artwork - artwork itself to be crystal clean, no dust or smudges on glass, etc.
    Precise positioning - camera must be exactly perpendicular (90°) to the artwork and at a suitable zoom level (approx. 50mm lens in traditional 35mm SLR photography) - you can eyeball this.
    Post-processing - optimized colour balance, etc, if necessary.


  • Award winners will be notified by email within 5 days following the selection of the winners.
  • Gallery Omata will make every effort to contact Winners but accepts no liability for Winners failure to receive notices due to spam, junk email or other security settings or for Winners provision of incorrect contact information. It is important to double check you have provided your correct email address during the submission process.
  • If the Winner can not be contacted within 90 days from the time notification award was sent or fails to comply with the contest eligibility the prize may be forfeited.
  • Winners are accountable for costs associated with award acceptance, such as applicable federal, state, provincial and local taxes.

Contest Fees

  • You may submit more than once.
  • Entry fees are non-refundable
  • Contest fees can be paid using PayPal or credit card.
  • Contest entry fee is as stated in the entry submission form.

Submission Sequence

  • Image size is maximum 5 MB.
  • Include an artist statement. This is what helps us understand the story behind your art & your motivation. An artist statement is not the same as your biography. Keep this in mind when writing your statement.
  • Accurately complete all required information.
  • Submit entry & you will be redirected to PayPal for payment.
  • Confirmation email will be sent after your payment is complete.

Judging Criteria 

  • Gallery Omata commits to assessing artists work through an unbiased and fair selection process to create opportunities for artists. Our panel of judges' criteria includes creative expression, composition, demonstration of artistic intent based on theme, mastery of the medium and aesthetic appreciation, narrative, sociocultural commentary.