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Pastel Journal, America’s leading magazine devoted to pastel artists, has recently opened its 16th Annual Pastel 100 Painting Competition for entries. This international annual competition offers cash, prizes and publicity to its talented winners.
Entries are accepted in the following categories:
• Landscape & Interior
• Portrait & Figure
• Still Life & Floral
• Animal & Wildlife
• Abstract & Non-objective
Submitted work must be at least 80% soft pastel. Nupastels and other "harder" pastels are considered soft pastels.
Image requirements for entries: JPG files (please try to keep the file size under 2 MB to ensure proper uploading). All entrants should be prepared to be able to send a print-quality replacement file should their entry be among those selected as a winner. For publication in Pastel Journal, these files should be 300 dpi when saved at approximately 8×10 inches (2400×3600 pixels), ideally, and 5×7 inches (1500×2100 pixels) at minimum.
All early-bird entries - entries submitted before August 1, 2014 - are $25 per image. Entries submitted after the early-bird deadline are subject to the regular entry fees of $30 per image. Regular deadline is September 2, 2014.
Artists entering Pastel 100 can be from anywhere in the world, but must be age 16 or older.
• First Prize: $5,000 cash
• Second Prize/strong>: $2,500 cash
• Third Prize: full set of Unison Pastels (420 pieces, valued at approximately $2,000)
• Fourth Prize: an assortment of Richeson and Unison Pastels and Surfaces (valued at approximately $1,500)
• Fifth Prize: an assortment of Richeson and Unison Pastels and Surfaces (valued at approximately $1,000)
Moreover, all top prize winners and place winners will receive features in Pastel Journal (April 2015 issue). All winners will be notified by October 31, 2014.