99 UK Artists Contest

Are you an undiscovered artist? You can be part of this exclusive community of 99 World Artists from 33 different countries. 99 World Artists is a social enterprise that was set up to promote diversity & inclusion and to help talented artists living around the world showcase their work across the globe.

99 UKARTCONTEST is a competition to select 2 artists to represent the UK.  The contest is open to all emerging artists – amateur, semi-professional or professional, residing in the UK. The scope of the artwork is limited to paintings and drawings only. No entry fees* . The winners get a cash award of £250 each.

Applications to contest are now closed. 


Contest Style


Be part of something new and exciting with a unique format in the art community. Your artwork will be promoted on our social media platforms. A select panel will shortlist 20 artists to move forward to the main contest where the public get to vote!

The main contest will run as a live show over the ZOOM platform. The shortlisted artists will present their work to a panel of judges in front of a live audience. The winners will be selected by a combination of a public vote and a score from the panel of judges.

Why enter?

The 99WorldArtists is an Artists collective with a growing online presence. This is a fantastic opportunity not only to showcase your work in the UK but also across the globe. Be part of our diverse and inclusive community of world artists to exchange views and to support and promote each other’s work. Gain recognition through an increased online presence thereby reaching a wider audience, display your work in exhibitions, art shops and other retail outlets and showcase your work to art professionals including the Arts Council UK.

The winners will be awarded  £250 each, to help fund the start-up costs.  

Judges and Criteria

We have carefully selected a panel of judges. including representatives from the Arts Council UK. Each judge has a diverse set of interests and specialisms. The judges will be looking for creativity, interesting ideas and skillful execution. The contest is to select the artists, rather than judge a single painting.

Sujata Bajaj, Indian

Contemporary Artist

Emily Moore, accomplished freelance interior designer and Art teacher

Dr Richard Davey Senior Research Fellow in the Department of Visual Arts

Terry Adams, Arts Council, England

Geetha Sridhar Professional
Dancer and Choreographer


What is the overall impact of the artwork on the viewer? Does it
strike a chord? Does it stand-out amongst other pieces of the same genre.

Creativity & Originality

What was the inspiration behind this piece of art? What
was the idea? Has the artist communicated his/her idea well in the piece? Is it compelling? 

Quality of Artistic Composition 

Does the composition, design and the colour scheme work well together? What is the aesthetic value of the piece?


Use of colour and medium. Has the artist made the best use of the medium? Is the idea communicated well in the medium chosen? Does it demonstrate a high-level of expertise?

Attention to

 Has the artist paid enough attention to detail. Has the work been created with care and attention?