Maximise your chances of winning a visual art prize

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How do you get your entry to stand out from the crowd? Jane O’Sullivan surveys the prizes to see how you could increase your chances.

Last year the Archibald Prize received over 1000 entries, the Blake Prize over 1200 and the Churchie National Emerging Art Prize, which is only for early career artists, got over 350. That kind of competition can be intimidating but, at a time when there are few traditional career paths in the art world, art prizes can also be useful CV-builders.

Jane O'Sullivan

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