Our art competition for April was the 5th Annual “Landscapes” and 2D and 3D artists (including photography) from around the world were called upon to make online submissions for possible inclusion into the Gallery’s May 2015 online group art exhibition.
The “Landscapes” theme was considered to be any art which depicted the natural world, outdoor scenery, geographical environments’ and related landscape subjects for inclusion in this art exhibition.
Lori McNee was the gallery’s Guest Judge for this competition. Lori is a professional artist and a social media expert. She specializes in still life, and landscape oil paintings. Her website is www.finearttips.com. Below are her thoughts on this competition and her rationale for selecting the art for each media category.
“Art is subjective, and beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Therefore while judging this landscape art competition, I was mindful of the judging criteria as per this contest rules in order to choose the top ten in each media category. As a fellow artist, I understand how it feels to be juried. I did my best to put my personal tastes aside, and was as objective as possible.”
Lori continues her thoughts, “The competition included different mediums ranging from representational to abstract interpretations of the landscape. This was a challenge for me. Nevertheless, the same basic principles apply to all types of art. So, I also based my decision on the overall mood, composition, interest, tension, and the impression the painting or image left in my mind.”
This art competition and the submission process and competition for the artists began in March 2015 and concluded on April 26, 2015. The gallery received 598 entries from 19 different countries from around the world, including Australia, Austria, Barbados, Canada, Cyprus, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Malaysia, Morocco, Portugal, South Korea, Spain, Taiwan, Ukraine and the United Kingdom. In addition, the gallery received entries from 37 different states.
Due to the volume of entries, the gallery felt that it was necessary to create two (2) media categories, in order to make the judging and the results fair for this competition. The media categories are Painting & Other and Photography & Digital. In addition, for this particular competition, we have an overall Winning Artists Category, which is the “best of the best” and consists of the ten (10) best entries from the 2 media categories.
We also included Special Merit awards and Special Recognition awards for outstanding art this month. The artists in either of these groups could have easily been included in the upper tier of our winners, as their art was exceptional.
We hope that you will take the time to also enjoy their beautiful artwork too. To view the artwork in each media category, click on a thumbnail image and that will take you to the Slide Show, which contains larger images. In order to leave the Slide Show at any time, just click on the large image in order to escape and that will take you back to the thumbnails.
All winning entries will now be featured on the Light Space & Time website for the month of May 2015 and thereafter, the artworks and links to the artist’s websites will remain online in the Light Space & Time Archives. Congratulations to our artists who made our “Landscapes” Art Exhibition so successful this month. At any time, we invite our winning artists and other interested visitors to link their websites to the Gallery’s archive page for further ongoing promotion.
Overall Winning Artists Category – The overall winning artist’s category consists of the 10 Best Entries received from the Painting & Other and Photography & Digital categories. Please go to the results of the Landscapes Art Exhibition “Overall Winning Artists” Category here.
Special Merit Award Category – These are the artists and their artwork which we felt could easily have been placed higher but due to the size constraints in each media category, this art was placed in this special category. Any of the Special Merit art, in many cases, is interchangeable with the best art that we selected for the top tiers. Please go to the results in the Landscapes Art Exhibition “Special Merit Award Category” here.
Painting & Other Category – The painting & other category is considered to be any art where a pigment was applied to a two-dimensional surface, such as canvas, paper, or panel. This category comprises the following media; acrylics, oil, pastels, watercolor, gouache, tempera, ink, encaustic, fresco, etc. applied on canvas, canvas board, paper or any other flat surface. In addition, this category includes any fabric, mixed media, mosaic, line type drawings and various other media. Please go to the results in the Landscapes Art Exhibition “Painting & Other Category” here.
Photography & Digital Category – This category contains any images captured by either an analog or digital camera and would be viewed as a print. Black and white photographs, color photographs, digital or analog photographs, photograms, other experimental photography, alternative photographic processes, manipulated photography etc. would be included in this category. In addition, we have included most digital art in this section. Please go to the results in the Landscapes Art Exhibition “Photography & Digital Category” here.