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We are back! Did you miss us?

We're hosting another competition and we're giving away R10 000 in cold hard cash. Think you have the masterpiece to earn you that cash?We can't wait to see it. 


We will not have a theme for this year's competition. We want to encourage a diversity of themes, stories, and ideas. We believe through the exclusion of a theme, we can experience a range of topics that are important to South African artists and relevant to our society. 



1.  Fine Art

2. Digital Art

3. Photography


All submissions must be available for sale.

5 entries are allowed per artist. 

Submissions must be high res JPG or PDF


All South African residents aged 18 and older can enter.




Send us an email at info@cultureleader.co.za with the following:

A high res JPEG or PDF of the submission(s)    

Full Name    

Date of Birth    

Contact Number    

Instagram handle    

Dimensions of each entry    


You will receive confirmation that you have been successfully submitted within 2-4 business days.

Please read the full terms before you enter. Any submission that do not fully adhere to the terms will be disqualified.

Entries close 15 September 2019.  After that, our chosen jurors (Culture Leader Executives and a select few outsiders) will take some time to decide on the finalists. 

We will decide on between 10-15 finalists in each category (keep in mind we may choose more or less finalists depending on the volume of entries).

Finalists will receive an email bearing the good news. Fine Arts entries will be collected prior to the exhibition.  

The finalists will be exhibited and the winners will be announced 26 October 2019 (location tba).

The winner of each category will be awarded R10 000.

Finalists will have the option to sell their their work on our online store after the competition


We host the Culture Leader Arts Competition because we believe in local artists. We also believe in rewarding them for good work.  It's our way of telling artists "we see you". It also helps us to connect with potential artists with whom we can collaborate in the future.


The competition is still young. We're constantly changing, experimenting, and building on previous successes to deliver a better and more significant competition each year. If you have any ideas on how the competition could be better, don't hesitate to let us know. Drop us a message below or email us at info@cultureleader.co.za

If you or your business would like to partner with us on the competition, we would love to chat. Drop us an email to get the conversation going. 



  1. Eligibility - The competition is open to all artists of 18 years age and older and residents of South Africa. Employees and artists currently collaborating with Culture Leader are not allowed to enter.

  2. Copyrights – All of the images that you will be submitting are images of original artwork created by yourself or are artworks created by an artist who authorized you to submit the images on his/her behalf. Images submitted by you do not violate the privacy rights, publicity rights, copyright or other intellectual property rights of any person or entity. You may not post, distribute, or reproduce in any way any copyrighted material, trademarks, or other proprietary information without obtaining the prior written consent of the owner of such proprietary rights. Without limiting our rights, it is our policy to terminate all relations with any artist who infringes copyright upon our receipt of a notice of infringement from the copyright owner or the copyright owner’s legal counsel.

  3. Accepted Media - Painting, drawing, sculpture, photography, digital, printing, and mixed media are eligible. Video art, film, performance art, jewelry, and crafts are not eligible.

  4. Artwork Subject Matter - We do not censor work that might seem controversial, but overt tones of violence and prejudice will be disqualified.

  5. Juror – If for any reason an announced juror is unable to judge the entries, the entries will be judged by the remaining jurors and/or alternate jurors.

  6. Jurying - Individual scores from judges will be averaged to produce a single score for each entry. No names or other indicators will be shown in judging to lead to the entrant and no names or other indicators are allowed on the Entry that could indicate who is the author of the Entry.

  7. Finalists – If you are selected as a finalist, Culture Leader will contact you with regards to collecting your piece. If your work is digital or photographic in nature, Culture Leader will request high resolution pdf’s and cover the printing itself.

  8. Artwork sales - Culture Leader’s commission structure is 30/70: the artist receives 70% of the list/retail price and Culture Leader receives 30% of the list/retail price.

  9.  Usage of Images – We will have the right to publish images of your artwork selected by the jurors on our websites and other advertising channels to promote future competitions and your artwork.

  10. Retention of Images - By submitting your artwork, you authorize us to retain the images of such uploaded artwork in our system until the conclusion of the competition. You further authorize us to retain such images following the conclusion of the competition. We are retaining these images in order for you to be able to easily submit them to other competitions in the future. At any time, after the conclusion of the competition, you may send us an email at info@cultureleader.co.za requesting that we delete such images. We will confirm the receipt of the email and your images will be deleted within 10 business days after your receipt of our confirmation

  11. Changes in Schedule - Culture Leader reserves the right to change competition deadlines and dates due to circumstances beyond its reasonable control.

Indemnity - You agree to indemnify and hold Culture Leader, its owners, subsidiaries, affiliates, officers, agents, representatives and employees harmless from any loss, liability, claim, or demand, including reasonable attorneys’ fees, relating to any claim made by any third party due to or arising out of your violation of any of the foregoing terms and conditions and/or any breach of your covenants, representations, and warranties set forth above.


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Take a look at last year's winners and finalists