TOM OF FINLAND EMERGING ARTIST COMPETITION

About the contest

The purpose of this contest is twofold: to encourage artists to share their erotic work and to elevate the field of erotic art by rewarding some of the best current examples. The contest is open to any artist with the exception of previous winners of this contest, or artists who are already selling erotic work commercially. All others are eligible: advertising designers, art students, or just midnight doodlers – anyone who creates erotic works of art.

THE RULES

  1. This competition is for emerging artists only. An emerging artist is defined as an artist who has not commercially sold work that portrays sexuality.
  2. All submissions must be received by the closing date of 13th September 2020 at midnight PST.
  3. After submissions close, the judging process begins. Judges will make their scores and the results will be tabulated. All competitors will be notified of the final results and their entries posted on our website. Winners will also be announced and highlighted on our website. Winners will be announced 3rd October 2020 to coincide with the Tom of Finland Foundation’s 2020 Art and Culture Festival.
  4. The entry fee for a single work is $25, or 2 entries for $35. Entrants may submit the appropriate fee using the SUBMIT ENTRY FEE buttons found in the ENTER THE CONTEST section below.
  5. Artists may submit either one or two pieces maximum, but may not receive more than one award in any given category.
  6. Subject requirement for submissions is limited to the erotic, which may include heterosexual, homosexual, lesbian, pansexual male or female, surrealism, fetishism, fantasy, or any combination thereof. Non-erotic artwork, artwork depicting minors (under 18 years-of-age) or bestiality will be disqualified.
  7. We ask that all artists submit works that are original to themselves. If the submission is modeled (identical or to some degree) on the work of another artist, it must be indicted:
    MY ARTIST NAME Title (after Henri Matisse), 2005, Oil on canvas, 12″x14″
    So that the work can be judged accordingly.

Entries information:

Complete anonymity is guaranteed to any contestant requesting it. Any pseudonym chosen by the artist is acceptable (except for “Anonymous”).
Entry of work(s) to the Emerging Artist Competition constitutes permission to reproduce the work for the purpose of judging, advertising, and promoting the competition and Tom of Finland Foundation. Winning works may be reproduced in media coverage of the competition and/or advertising of the Emerging Artist Competition and Tom of Finland Foundation. Work will not be sold or reproduced for any profit-making venues whatsoever without prior written approval of the artist.

Categories:

The competition is open to all media. Submissions may include photography, drawings, paintings, mixed media, collage, sculpture, three dimension art, or digital renderings. (Final decision of category placements will be determined by the Foundation.)
(A) Single Figure, (B) Dual Figures, (C) Multiple Figures, (D) Fantasy, (E) Photography

When a work fits in more than one category, it may default to one with the least competition from the other entries.

Photography rules:

Please note that all photographs of any identifiable person(s) must include:

A signed model release and
A legible copy of valid I. D. proving model’s age to be 18+.

Photography not accompanied by model release(s) can not be considered.

Cropped photos are eligible. We do not accept digitally or otherwise enhanced or altered photos in the Photography Category. If it is determined that an artist has altered his or her photo, we reserve the right to move the photo to another of the four categories.

Minor adjustments, including spotting, dodging and burning, sharpening, contrast and slight color adjustment or the digital equivalents, are acceptable for the Photography Category.

HOW IT IS JUDGED

Judges will make their decisions based, above all, on erotic content, taking into consideration all artistic criteria by which art is usually judged.
Sixteen categories of prizes will be awarded. There are three winners in each of the five categories, plus an overall Grand Prize Winner from all categories combined.
Only one prize category will be awarded to any individual artist.

PRIZES

Tom of Finland Grand Prize:

• The winner shall receive a Tom of Finland preparatory drawing
• The winner shall receive an online solo presentation at Tom of Finland Store
• The winner shall receive complimentary participation in a future Tom of Finland Art and Culture Festival
• The winner shall receive a Foundation membership at the Partner level
• The winner shall receive a book:  My Gay Eye – signed copy of Tom of Finland Foundation Special
• The winner shall receive a 100 Anniversary Tom of Finland hardcover blank book
The Grand Prize winner receives the above prizes in lieu of the category prizes listed below

First Place Winners

In Each Category:

• Winners shall receive a fine art print by Tom of Finland of their choosing
• Winners shall receive a Foundation membership at the Kake level
• Winners shall receive a book:  My Gay Eye – signed copy of Tom of Finland Foundation Special
• Winners shall receive a 100 Anniversary Tom of Finland hardcover blank book

Second Place Winners

In Each Category:

• Winners shall receive a limited edition fine art print by Tom of Finland of their choosing
• Winners shall receive a Foundation membership at the Supporter level
• Winners shall receive a book:  My Gay Eye – signed copy of Tom of Finland Foundation Special
• Winners shall receive a 100 Anniversary Tom of Finland hardcover blank book

Third Place Winners

In Each Category:

• Winners shall receive a limited edition fine art print by Tom of Finland of their choosing
• Winners shall receive a Foundation membership at the Friend level
• Winners shall receive a book:  My Gay Eye – signed copy of Tom of Finland Foundation Special
• Winners shall receive a 100 Anniversary Tom of Finland hardcover blank book

Winners are responsible for their own transportation to Los Angeles.

THE BILL “THE HUN” SCHMELING SINGLE FIGURE AWARD

THE GARILYN BRUNE DUAL FIGURE AWARD

THE DEAN CAMERON MULTIPLE FIGURE AWARD

THE PALANCA FANTASY AWARD

THE JAY R. LAWTON PHOTOGRAPHY AWARD

THE TOM OF FINLAND GRAND PRIZE AWARD

The real prize awarded all participants of ToF EAC is the publicity, exposure and international recognition accorded them through the Foundation’s promotion of the Competition.

The winners are determined using a blind scoring process by a distinguished panel of judges who are selected from an international roster of individuals in the field of the arts.

Judges score each work on a scale of 1 to 10. Scores are tabulated and the works with highest point totals become the winners.

JUDGES


Selection of judges for the 2020 Erotic Artist Competition are being finalized

ENTER THE CONTEST

Be prepared to upload images of your artwork from your computer. This can easily be accomplished by using the “Image Upload” area on the form. We prefer high resolution images if possible (up to 20 megabytes in size).
Have a title in mind for each of your images, or you can use the word “Untitled”. We are also interested in the medium/base used. For example: Oil on canvas, Acrylics on board, Silver gelatin print, etcetera. For digital creations, enter “Digital”.
Have the height and width measurements (HxWxD) of the original artwork ready. For three dimensional works such as sculpture, include the depth. There is a link on the form to a website to aid you in converting metric to inches.
Select the category you prefer for each piece submitted. The Foundation may change your preferred category at its discretion.

EEAC 2020 Entry Form

Complete the contact info below along with a minimum of one submission and click SUBMIT ENTRY/ENTRIES

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