If you experience problems with the online entry process, including payments by Stripe, or if you have any questions about entering The Sunday Times Watercolour Competition 2020 that can not be answered by reading the Rules & Guidelines, or by looking at the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs), please contact the website administrators by email.


Yes, any water-based media is acceptable. Artists should note that whilst any water-based mediums are acceptable, this competition aims to celebrate and reward excellence and originality in the genre of watercolour painting. The judges will therefore be looking for work that makes the most imaginative or otherwise impressive use of a water based medium in this respect.

There is no minimum size limit, but the maximum size of work, in its largest dimension including frame, is 122cms.

Yes, artists living and working in the UK and internationally are eligible this year.

This year submissions must be made digitally. Please contact Parker Harris if you need help with your submission. Click HERE to contact Parker Harris now.

Ideally all images should be 300dpi but with a maximum file size of 2MB. Only the following file formats are acceptable: JPEGs, TIFFs or PNGs. Each image file must be named with your surname, first name and brief title e.g. SmithJohn_Title.jpeg. Whilst work titles may be too long to be used as image names, a section of your title would be adequate.

Check that each of your image files are 2mb or less and that they are the accepted file types (either JPG, TIFF, or PNG.) If you still encounter problems, please contact the website administrators by email.

Cash payments are not acceptable and you must pay online. If you are unable to process an application online, please contact Parker Harris.

Works accepted for exhibition will be delivered to us on a date to be announced soon and will be retained until the end of the exhibition in 2021 after which point they will need to be collected.

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Please read the FAQs for the commonly asked questions. If you are still unsure please contact the Project Managers, Parker Harris:

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