The Rules


1. The competition is open to all artists, and will be judged in the following divisions; Oil/Alkyd, Watercolour, Acrylic, Pastel, Gouache, Other/Mixed Media, Monochrome irrespective of medium, and Computer Art. In addition all entries will automatically be  entered for the Joyce Chaffin Memorial Award, and artists of the appropriate age for the Youth Award.

2. The subject of each piece must include wildlife. Domestic or farm animals will not be considered as wildlife.

3. Commercial prints are NOT eligible. The competition does NOT extend to sculpture or other three dimensional work.

4. The image size must not exceed 20" x 16".

5. For all divisions except Computer Art, the original work must be submitted unframed, unmounted and unglazed. Canvases must be submitted on stretchers. Canvas boards are also acceptable. Pastels should be protected by a sheet of grease-proof paper. A label must be affixed to the back of each painting showing the artistís NAME and the TITLE of the work as shown on the entry form.

6. We define Computer Art as ĎImages created by an artist, or manipulated from the artistís original input, on a computerí. Entries for this division must be submitted as a .jpg file on a standard PC format 1.44mb floppy disc or CD ROM. A label must be stuck to the floppy disc or the details written on the CD itself (not the box) giving the artistís NAME and the TITLES of the images as shown on the entry form. Please check discs/CDs for viruses.

7. Artists may submit three entries in total including their computer art images. PAWS Club members, however, may submit up to three images in the Computer Art division as well as up to three entries of original paintings in the other divisions.

8. Entries may be delivered by hand on hand-in day, Sat.11th May between 11am and 6pm. Alternatively entries may be sent by post or courier to arrive between Wednesday 1st May and Monday 13th May 2002. 

9. Entries should be addressed/delivered to; "P.A.W.S.", 10 Nascot Wood Road, Watford, Herts WD17 4RS and must be accompanied by a properly completed entry form. (Photocopies of the entry form, or copies downloaded from our website, are acceptable).

10. PAWS Club Members enter the competition free of charge. The entry fees for non-members are £8 for one original painting, £13 for two  or £18 for three, and must be paid at the time of entry.  You may deduct £3 from the total fees for each entry which is in the Computer Art division and please note that this reduction is made because your disc or CD will not automatically be returned to you (but see rule 12)

11. Winners will be notified by post. The Judge's decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.

12. Original paintings, will be returned by ordinary post, unless clearly marked on the entry form that the artists wish to collect them on collection day (3rd August 2002). or see note about Special Delivery parcels on the entry form.  Discs and CDs may also be collected at this time, but will not otherwise be returned unless you supply a pre-addressed and stamped disc/CD postal box with your entry.

13. Whilst reasonable care will be taken, the organisers take no responsibility for any loss of or damage to any pictures, discs or CDs either whilst in their possession or when in transit. Proof of posting will not be accepted as proof of delivery.

Return of work - Please be patient

All artistís work will be returned as soon as possible and records are kept of when and where work was despatched. We will aim to meet the following schedule;

Rejected work returned and finalists notified by 8th June 2002.

Finalists /  Winners work returned by 5th August 2002.

Finalists work has to be photographed for the CD and winners (who are not selected until after the photographs are taken) will be exhibited at the end of July. To ensure careful handling we cannot promise earlier return.



Closing date for postal entries is also 13th May

USE OF SPECIAL DELIVERY MAIL Of the many hundreds of parcels we send and receive, only a tiny number are damaged or mislaid. Whilst we have a good record in this area, it is no consolation to the artists whose work is affected. Most PAWS entries are returned by ordinary post and no compensation at all is payable for loss or damage. If you want us to use the Royal Mail's SPECIAL DELIVERY service when returning your original picture/s, include an additional £6.50 in your entry fees. This is the cost to us of postal charges and administration over and above the costs already included in the entry fees. (Compensation is up to £250. Note that proof of costs of repair/replacement would still be required in the event of loss or damage, and that the one fee will cover the parcel containing all your entries together). Discs/CD's will not be returned unless you supply a pre-addressed and stamped dics/CD postal box with your entry.


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