Pre-Selection, Judging & Categories

All paintings submitted are eligible for Awards.

All visitors to AGRA and online on Gallery247 will be able to vote for the Ming Mackay Award. visitors and members are asked to vote for one painting only for this Award (at AGRA or online)

Pre-selection Panel

  • Each year the Committee will appoint a Pre-Selection panel to review entries.
  • The Panel will initially review and assess all submissions received, and will decide if a work does not meet the Conditions of Entry. For example if your photograph was not of a high-enough resolution, lacked clarity/focus or the lighting was insufficient.
  • The Annual Exhibition Judge may or may not be part of the Pre-Selection Panel.
  • All decisions on acceptances are final and no correspondence or discussion will be entered into.
  • Artists will be notified which of their works have been accepted to be exhibited prior to the opening of the Annual Exhibition.

Judging

  • The Committee appoints an Annual Exhibition Judge who is independant from the Pastel Society of Victoria, Australia 
  • Judging takes place on the date specified in Important Dates

Painting Categories

Your entry must indicate which Category you are entering for each painting eg. A or C. Only allocate one category per painting for Categories A to F.

  • Category A: Landscape (includes Cityscapes)

  • Category B: Waterscape (paintings dominated by water in any setting eg. sea, river, lake, pool)

  • Category C: Portrait / Figurative

  • Category D: Still Life / Floral / Interior

  • Category E: Animal/Wildlife

  • Category F: Abstract/ Non-representational


You can also enter your painting into two (2) categories, if you are entering into the PSVA Award or the Margaret Lourey Award. Enter your painting into one (1) of the above Categories A-F, then please email us at info@vicpastel.com.au to advise that you also wish to enter that painting into either the PSVA Award or the Margaret Lourey Award. Unfortunately Gallery247 does not have the capability for one painting to be entered into two (2) categories simultaneously.

  • PSVA Award - open to artists who have not previously won a major award at a PSVA exhibition - please send an email 

  • Margaret Lourey Award - open to artists who have not won an award at any exhibition


Grace Paleg - The Road from Durras from our 33rd Annual Exhibition


Award Categories

  • Best in Show 

  • Best in Show Runner Up

  • There will be a 'Best of' awarded for each of the Categories A-F

  • Paintings in Categories A-F will be eligible to be selected for the 10 Highly Commended Awards

  • PSVA Award - open to artists who have not previously won a major award at a PSVA exhibition

  • Margaret Lourey Award - open to artists who have not won an award at any exhibition

  • Ming Mackay Award - 'Peoples' Choice' (voted for during the Exhibition) and awarded at the December PSVA Monthly Meeting

  • President's Choice

No painting shall win more than one Award, excluding the Ming Mackay Award