25 June

Child Watercolour Competition for 2023

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About The Event

65 Mount Eden Road
Auckland, New Zealand
25 June, 2023
12:00 am - 11:59 pm
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Join the International Watercolour Society New Zealand (IWS NZ) in our highly anticipated International Watercolour Competition for Children 2023!

Theme: “The Environment and the Future”

 Entry Dates: 25th Jun to 15th Oct, 2023
 Age Groups:

  • Kids Group: 7-10 years old
  • Juniors Group: 11-14 years old
  • Teens Group: 15-18 years old

Size: 385x270mm + 5~10mm margin(no mats or frames)

515x365mm + 5~10mm margin(no mats or frames)
for Chinese painting, the sizes could be triple

Technique and pigments used in the artwork must constitute a minimum of 70% of the total surface area.Traditional Chinese painting techniques, pigments, and Xuan/rice paper are allowed and will be accepted. Other drawing materials(pencil, pen, etc) can be used if only partially.

 Prizes: Prizes will be awarded in each category as follows:

  • Gold Prize: 1 winner
  • Silver Prize: 2 winners
  • Bronze Prize: 3 winners
  • Best Creativity Award: 6 winners
  • Outstanding Organisation Award: 8 winners

Prizes await the most exceptional entries in each age group, with awards presented during the exhibition.

The prizes Watercolour are provided by Paul Rubens

The prizes Watercolour Brush Sets are provided by Golden Maple

The Cash prizes are supported by Kereru Art Supplies

Entry Fees: FREE entree, Exhibition fees will apply once the artwork is selected.

  • New Zealand: $55 NZD per artwork
  • Australia: $55 NZD per artwork
  • Other countries and regions: $85 NZD per artwork
  • Group discount: Enjoy a 15% discount for every group of 5 applicants.

NO MORE THAN 3 pieces of artworks for each candidate.

The submitted artworks must not have participated in any previous
competitions, as there is a risk of rejection and withdrawal if found

Results: The applicants will be notified of the results via email by October 20th, 2023. Furthermore, the winners will be announced on November 5th, 2023 (only for applicants who have paid their exhibition fees).

Unleash your creativity and let your artwork make a powerful statement about the world we live in and its future. Express your unique perspective on environmental issues through the captivating medium of watercolour.  Selected pieces will be exhibited in a prestigious gallery in November 2023, captivating art enthusiasts from near and far.

So, young artists, don’t miss this chance to make your mark on the art world and contribute to a brighter future.

Together, let’s use the power of watercolour to raise awareness and protect our environment for generations to come. Join us in the International Watercolour Competition for Children 2023 and let your artistic voice be heard!

Photographing your work

This is the image that the judging panel will use to select the winning artworks, so make sure the image shows the whole artwork and that colours are as close to the original piece as possible. 

A good tip for taking pictures of your work is to take it outside in natural light on a cloudy day which can avoid shadow and light reflection. The artwork should be flat on the ground, with the camera held above it at exactly at a 90-degree angle to the ground. Make sure both the camera and the photographer aren’t casting any shadows on the artwork below. Also, the lens angle should not be too wide so as to distort the image.


Selected Artists

Selected artists will be contacted by IWS NZ by 31th October 2023, and arrangements will be made for original artworks to be delivered to IWS NZ for the exhibition and prize giving event, on 21 Nov 2023. Please note, IWS NZ is unable to contact all participants, so you will only be contacted if your work is selected.

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Judging Panel

Atanur Dogan


IWS Founder and President, Canada

Coco Wing


IWS NZ leader, Watercolour Artist NZ

Milra Renault


Watercolour Artist NZ

Iwasaki Nagi


Watercolour Artist, IWS Japan Leader, JANS president

Asuman Dogan


Co Founder Watercolour Artist IWS Canada

Juan Anelo


Watercolour Artist Spain



Watercolour Artist China



Chinese Painting Artist

Prize Sponsors

Special Thanks