I am pleased to announce that the first stage, the second season of the international watercolor competition Step by Step is closed.
In the second season of the competition, you were waiting for changes in the rules and conditions of participation, which, fortunately, did not cause difficulties, but on the contrary made the competition more dynamic and modern.
At the first stage of the competition, we accepted 145 applications from 34 countries in the world. The level of work exceeded all expectations, the professionalism and uniqueness of each of you will forever remain in the history of the contest. I am infinitely grateful to each participant for his work and inspiration, all the works are beautiful and unique, and each of them conveys the artist’s extraordinary inner world, into which we can plunge through the Step by Step competition.
I also want to thank the IWS Leaders of all countries who supported the competition and took an active part, I am infinitely glad to see your work among the participants, finalists, and winners of the 1st stage of the competition! I will be happy for your participation in the next stages of the competition Step by Step.
And of course, many thanks to the members of our esteemed jury! Your talent and professionalism certainly helped make the right and undeniable choice.
The voting process took place from February 1 to 3, each jury member evaluated each work on a 10-point scale, after which the result was determined.
Today a list of finalists based on the results of the first stage of the competition will be announced. This means that the final works will be printed in the catalog, all finalists will receive a certificate of participation and a copy of the catalog, as well as these works, will participate in the selection in the nomination “Winner of the competition Step by Step”. And of course, among these finalists, there are already 10 nominees, but a complete list will be announced at the end of all 4 stages.
The finals of stage 1 included 129 best works. I want to note that in the selection criteria, an important place is taken by the quality of the photos you send. Therefore, please, when sending your application for the contest, check the quality of the images that you submit. I also want to ask you not to fill out the questionnaire in capital letters and name the photos you upload: Steps — with numbers from 1 to 6, and your photo portrait — with your name.
So, with pride and great joy I announce the winners of the first stage of the «Step by Step» competition:
In the nomination, the winner among the leaders of IWS is Galina Shargina / Russian Federation
In the nomination Winners of the first stage:
Annette Kamfer /South Africa
Natallia Valiukevich / Belarus
Sin Fatt See Thoo / Malaysia
In the nomination Special Prize:
Gungun Lin /China
Congratulations to the winners! I remind you that these works will also take part in the selection for the title of the winner of the competition.
Information for the finalists:
— participation in the finals is paid, instructions for payment will be sent to you by email in the coming days.
— all finalists and stage winners can continue to participate in the competition in the following stages, with new work.
Stage participants who are not among the winners and finalists can also continue to participate in the competition at all subsequent stages. For further participation, you must send a new job, according to all the rules of the competition. Also, I want to note that to participate in the competition it is not necessary to participate in all stages. The competition is open to new participants at any stage, each stage of the competition is INDEPENDENT! You can become a participant in the competition at any stage.
Who did not take part in the first stage — welcome to the competition for any of the following steps to send their work following the rules of the contest.
Acceptance of work for the second stage of the competition will be open on February 6, 2020!
Participate, Win, Enjoy.