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The NextGen Artists Awards is one of a kind global art competition for youths between 6-year-olds to 23 years of age from anywhere in the world. It is held bi-annually and blindly judged by industry art experts with numerous years of training and experience. Each participant will receive a certification award and feedback. The participants stand a chance to be featured in galleries around the world, website and social media mentions, media coverage, career guidance opportunities, a chance to be our Junior Juror and much more.


1. Digital Art

Original artworks were created on a computer using various software. Softwares like Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, GIMP, Macromedia Freehand, CorelDraw, or any other designing programs. Kindly mention which software was used when describing the artwork in the form before submitting it.

2. Drawing

Original artwork is composed of drawings made with a manual instrument on canvas, paper or any flat surface. The drawings can include all sorts of artwork, ranging from formal, abstract or realistic. The artworks can be made using (but not limited to) pencils, ink, charcoal, pastels, crayons, markers, etc.

3. Painting

The painting category includes two-dimensional original art created by applying paint colours to canvas, paper or any flat surface. The submission can be made with (but not limited to) oil, acrylic, watercolour, ink, spray paint, etc.


3 winners will be selected from each age group. The winners will be awarded a certificate, a chance to be our Junior Juror, art supplies, website and social media mentions, media coverage, career guidance opportunities and much more.


The 3 award categories are:

  1. High Gold Medal

  2. Gold Medal

  3. High Silver Medal


All the participants will be receiving recognition certificates and feedback from the judges.


Our judges are industry experts that have developed a successful artistic career while working to develop and enhance community access to the arts. They are award winners, community leaders, and intergenerational mentors. Our Jurors are bringing years of creative experience that has been strengthened through professional development. This has allowed them to not only create but to build a successful career out of those creations. Our judges may mentor our award winners if they choose to. 


We have partnered with organizations and industry experts to advise us on how to build a community-focused, sustainable foundation that maximizes its potential to provide the opportunity to the next generation of artists. Our advisors can help artists with career development and mentorship to support their creative journey.



6-25 years of age from anywhere in the world.  NextGen is an inclusive competition.  You do not need to be attending art school to participate.



Entries will be judged in 3 categories:

  • Group I -  6 to 8  years of age

  • Group II -  9  to 12 years of age

  • Group III - 13 to 15 years of age

  • Group IV - 16 to 18 years of age

  • Group V - 19 to 25 years of age


Due to COVID-19, NextGen Awards recognizes the impact it has had on all our lives. We at The NextGen have kept a minimal fee of US$40 per submission. As we are a not-for-profit organization, NextGen Awards does not receive any other source of funding apart from the entry fee. Our entry fee goes directly towards our operational costs, prizes and awards.


  • Entry submission deadline - TBA

  • The long list announced   - TBA

  • Short list announced - TBA

  • Winners announcement, Award & certificate presentation - TBA

  • Gallery showcase tour (Hybrid)  -TBA




All artists will:


  • Take a photograph of your artwork (Follow HOW TO SUBMIT below)

  • Complete an online entry form

  • Upload your artwork.

  • Submit a non-refundable application fee.

  • You will confirm that your artwork has been uploaded successfully.


The Judges at the NextGen Artists Awards browse the art pieces for judging without any knowledge of the artists' identity.  Our judges are looking for original artwork with unique technical skills. The artists are free to express their creativity and personal vision in an abstract or realistic form.



  1. Make sure to hang your artwork up on a neutral coloured wall or a table

  2. Do not lean your artwork against an object

  3. For best results take photos by a window to use natural light, or take photos outside on a cloudy day to avoid shadows. 

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