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Art Competition 2021

Art Competition 2021

The STAEDTLER Secondary School Art Competition is back! 

Open to all year 7 to year 12 students, it’s an opportunity for all up and coming artists to share their work for the opportunity to win one of 9 prizes. Entries open on 21 June and close on 19 July.

This year we are doing it a little bit different.  With the help of our panel of 3 talented judges, we are searching for the STAEDTLER Senior (years 10-12) and Junior (years 7-9) Artist of the Year 2021.  Both first place winners will receive $1,000 cash!  For more details on our prizes click here.

How to enter

Using your favourite STAEDTLER products, show us your STAEDTLER-tivity and produce a masterpiece you’d like to submit.  Whether inspiration is a person, a favourite place, an animal, or school arts project, we can’t wait to see the work of art!

Upload a picture of your artwork to the competition portal below and follow the prompts. You will need to include artwork title, your name, school and year group. Please ensure we can see the paper or canvas it has been produced on.

Entries close on Tuesday 19 July and the judging and voting will take place.
You can vote for the People’s Choice Award from 20-27 July – just come back to the competition page. Winners will be announced 28 July.

Vote now!

Please note: your artwork must be created the traditional way with graphite pencil, colouring pencils, fibre tips, chalks, crayons, paints, pigment liners plus pens of all descriptions and more.  Artwork that has been digitally produced or digitally enhanced will unfortunately not be accepted.

Panel of judges

This year we have enlisted the help of 3 talented artists to form a panel of judges to help select our winners.  We have Serena, a book illustrator and author, Rebekka, a graphite portrait artist and Julia, a contemporary artist with a wide range of styles and techniques. 
For more information on our judges click here.

Prizes and Categories

 This year there are 9 prizes up for grabs with a value of over $5000.  Plus our Junior and Senior 1st prize winners will be crowned STAEDTLER Artist of the Year 2021.  Winners will be announced on this site on 28 July 2021. 

Senior Artist of the Year – for Year 10 – 12 (selected by our panel of judges)

Junior Artist of the Year – for Year 7-9 (selected by our panel of judges)

People’s Choice Award (as voted by the public)

At the end of the competition, all entrants will receive an email to remind them to share their entry on their social media channels to gain votes and be in the running to win the People’s Choice Award. Voting starts on 20 July from the competition page.  You will need to log on via a Facebook account to vote, as this ensures you can only vote once per entry … but you can vote for as many entries as you like.
Come back here on the 20th to vote.


School Prize

The school with the most entries will receive an amazing STAEDTLER prize pack worth $1,000 RRP.  Last year the winning school had 50 entries. That’s just 2 classes …. So encourage your school and you could WIN big!!!

Poster download

We have an A3 poster that you can put up in the school or store. 

Download it here


We appreciate it takes a lot of courage to put yourself out there and submit your work for a competition. If you want to take part but not sure where to begin, we have a few how-to videos in the Discover section of our website that could help.  More can be found on our social media channels: 

Follow us on Facebook @STAEDTLERAustralia and Instagram @staedtlerau

Not sure what products to use? Have a look at our latest catalogue to see our product range. 
Our Design Journey range is perfect for artists of all levels.

Terms and Conditions

For further information around the do’s and don’ts of our competition download the Terms and Conditions and our FAQ’s below.

Terms and Conditions