Rules Step by Step competition

Contest concept and rules of participation:

«Step by Step» is an international watercolor art competition organized for artists from around the world.

The main idea of the competition is to enable beginner artists to learn, and professionals to share experiences and skills, and possibly bring fresh ideas and new techniques to their work.

The competition provides an opportunity to consider the art of watercolor painting from the inside. The magic of creating any work, as a rule, remains hidden from the viewer. As a result, whether it is a masterpiece of a professional or the work of a novice artist, we see only the final result, and the creation process remains “behind the scenes”.

Step by Step is a project that allows you to reveal the stages of creating watercolor works of any complexity. Secrets of craftsmanship and personal discoveries of artists, author’s color combinations and new conceptual techniques — all this is available to the contest participants thanks to Step by Step.

The competition consists of 4 independent stages and a final. Each of the stages is independent of each other, and continues 30 days.

As a result, following the results of each stage, the members of the distinguished jury will select the three winners who will receive prizes from the ART partners of the competition — world-famous manufacture of art materials. Also, the work of the 3 winners of each stage is guaranteed to participate in the struggle for the title of the main winner of the Step by Step competition.

The jury will be announced at January 2020.

Any artist has the right to take part in each of the 4 stages of the competition. All stages of the competition are independent of each other. An artist can join the competition at any stage. At each stage there should be a new job. Even if the work was not included in the 3 winners of one of the stages, it cannot be represented in the next stage.

Following the results of each of the four stages of the “Step by Step” competition, finalists will be announced, whose work will be included in the catalog and will participate in the final of the competition. Among the finalists, the main winner of the Step by Step contest will be selected, who will receive a large package of prizes from our art partners. The best works of the finalists will be awarded with a Special award and prizes from the ART partners of the competition.

Cost of participation:

The cost of participation in all four stages of the «Step by Step» contest is free of charge.

The cost of participation in the final — 40 euros.

Each participant of the finals is guaranteed to receive a certificate of participation in the international competition “Step by Step”, one copy of the catalog, participation in the drawing of the main prize from our art partners.

At will, any artist who has not reached the final can order a copy of the catalog. The cost of the catalog is 25 euros.

The cost of sending the catalogs is not included in the cost of participation. Group forwarding is possible to the leader of the IWS country.

 Shipping costs depend on the country of residence of the participant, and is calculated according to the current tariffs of the postal operator.

To participate in the competition:

  1. Fill out the application form Application form and upload at least 5 and no more than 6 photos of the phased implementation of your author’s work. Where 1 photo is the starting fill, and the last photo is the finished work with a signature.
  2. Join the group IWSPolandnew
  3. Attention!!! To participate in the competition, you must fill out all the required fields «Application form». All photos must meet the requirements! PHOTOS that do not meet the requirements of the rules will not be accepted.


— The format of the uploaded photos is jpg. The size of each photo is from 3 MB to 6 MB. Resolution 300 dpi.

— On each photo, only work should be depicted, without a frame, a mat, a tablet, and other auxiliary elements, and foreign objects. The photo should be taken frontally, that is, without perspective distortion.

All information should be written only in English; it is not allowed to write information in capital letters!

IMPORTANT! By participating in the competition, you automatically consent to the use of photographs of your work in the catalogs of the Step by Step competition.

The same participant cannot receive a prize in the same nomination. Such a rule has been adopted in order to leave the chances of victory to all participants in the competition.

The results of each stage will be published on the site – and on the FB page IWSPolandnew


Stage 1 — from January 1, 2020, to January 31, 2020

The results of stage 1 will be announced on February 5, 2020

Stage 2 — from February 6, 2020, to March 6, 2020

The results of stage 2 will be announced on March 11, 2020

Stage 3 — from March 12, 2020, to April 11, 2020

The results of stage 3 will be announced on April 15, 2020

Stage 4 — from April 16, 2020, to May 16, 2020

The results of the fourth stage will be announced on May 20, 2020

Announcement of the full list of finalists — May 21, 2020

Announcement of the list of nominees for the «Special Award» — June 10, 2020

Payment for participation in the final is made according to the results of each stage and is accepted until the end of the next stage of the competition.

Deadline for payment according to the results of the 4th stage until June 20, 2020.

The main winner of the competition will be announced at the award ceremony of the Step by Step competition.

The date and venue of the award ceremony will be announced later.

Catalog mailing from September 1 to December 1, 2020

Information and details for paying for participation in the final will be announced individually, after the announcement of the list of finalists.

Send all questions to the mail:  

Or to the page: IWSPolandnew

The project is patented in the international copyright database and is private intellectual property.

License number: 89081 from May 29, 2019

Contest organizer Yuliia Kochetova

Leader of IWS Poland, Yuliia Kochetova