Results of the second stage of the competition

Dear friends!
I am pleased to announce that the second 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 two stages of the competition, we accepted 275 applications from 41 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, and finalists of the 2nd 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 March 6 to 9, 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 second 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”. We also decided to announce a list of nominees for the Special Award based on the results of 1-2 stages of the competition.
The finals of stage 2 included 180 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.
Due to the fact that many participants of the competition send their applications and do not indicate the names and numbers of colors of the paint that they used in their work, this completely contradicts the rules of participation.
I have to announce that all the participants of the third and fourth stages, who will NOT provide full information on the materials used, including the names and numbers of colors of paints, will NOT qualify for prizes and nominations for a Special Award! PLEASE!!! Submit your applications according to the rules, with full information !!!!
So, with pride and great joy I announce the winners of the second stage of the «Step by Step» competition:
In the nomination Winners of the second stage:

Sang Nguyen Thanh
/ Vietnam
Jorge Fernandez (Tarmeño)
Nataliia Kulikovska
/ Ukraine
In the nomination Special Prize:
Nikolay Solodov
/Russian Federation
Kan Srijira/ Thailand

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 second 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 third stage of the competition will be open on March 12, 2020!
Participate, Win, Enjoy.

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