Splash 24 | The Best of Watercolor

Splash 24

Closed For Entries!

Our premier watercolor art competition is open for entries! Now in its 24th year, Splash: The Best of Watercolor is a great opportunity to earn recognition and awards for your work. With over 100 winners and prizes ranging from cash to publication, what more could you want? 

The final deadline to enter is December 6!

Prizes & Awards

First Place Winner: $2,000 cash

Second Place Winner: $1,000 cash

Third Place Winner: $500 cash

10 Honorable Mentions receive a $100 ArtistsNetwork.com gift card

Award winners will receive a free Artists Network Membership for 1 year ($99.99 value), and a digital award-winner badge. Winning entries, PLUS an additional 85+ finalists, will be published in The Best of Watercolor (a special publication from the editors of Artists Magazine).

Deadlines & Fees

Early Bird Deadline: October 11, 2022

Nonmembers and Members: $30 per entry

Final Deadline Extended! December 6, 2022

Nonmembers: $45 per entry | Members: $30 per entry

Awards Juror

Splash Juror Jean Haines

Jean Haines

Jean Haines, a member of the Society of Women Artists, is recognized internationally as a leading watercolorist and popular workshop instructor. Haines’ artwork has been widely exhibited in a number of leading galleries and is part of collections all over the world. As a sought-after workshop instructor, Haines decided to launch an online art school in 2020, and is thrilled to be able to share her watercolor expertise—as well as her inspirations and thoughts about the healing power of art—with students across the globe. 

Past Winners

1 Splash 22
2 Splash 21
Splash 22

The Best of Watercolor

Dive into the world of watercolor in this special publication presented by Artists Magazine and American Artist. Within you’ll find inspiring works from the winners of the Splash 22 watercolor competition, complete with insights from the artists themselves. Spark your creativity with the top prizewinning works that truly demonstrate the “wow” factor. Plus, get ready for next year’s competition with insights on how to master the watercolor medium with juror, Keiko Tanabe. Order or download your copy today!


The Best of Watercolor
Splash 21

The Best of Watercolor

Take inspiration from our Splash 21 competition winners in this special publication presented by Artists Magazine! Within, you’ll find 124 extraordinary watercolor paintings with insights into the creative process from the winning artists themselves. From figures and portraits to cities and architecture, there are plenty of paintings to love. Order or download your copy today!



The Best of Watercolor

Finding Inspiration

Thanks to our competition sponsor, BLICK Art Materials, for being a great supporter of artists and their creative journeys!

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