Art for Awareness Contest Rules

Contest Overview:

Art in any form, including drawing, painting, photograph, sculpture and mixed media, that is representative of living with epilepsy may be submitted via digital format through the Epilepsy Foundation of Northern California website at  See instructions below for entering artworks into the contest.

Age Requirement:
The contest is open to artists of any age.

The Work Must Be Original:
The artist must be the creator of the art that the artist submits to the contest. The artwork must be the artist’s own original concept and not a copy of someone else’s work.  If the work infringes upon the copyright of another it will be disqualified. The artist is solely responsible for any copyright infringement and, by submitting an entry to this contest, agrees to fully indemnify and hold harmless the Epilepsy Foundation of Northern California for any copyright claims to the maximum extent permitted by law.  The Epilepsy Foundation of Northern California reserves the right to request proof that an entry is the artist’s original work, and failure to provide such proof will result in disqualification.

Entry Fee:
There is no fee to enter this contest.

Repeat Entries:
There is no restriction on entering an artwork that has been entered in another competition.  There is also no limit to the number of works an artist may enter into the contest or the number of prizes an artist may win.

The artist retains all copyrights to their artwork without exception.

Non-Exclusive License:
By submitting artwork to this competition, the artist grants the Epilepsy Foundation of Northern California a non-exclusive perpetual license to reproduce images of the submitted artwork on both the Epilepsy Foundation of Northern California and Anita Kaufmann Foundation websites, newsletters, and social media for the purpose of publicity and marketing of the contest. Artworks will not be used by the Epilepsy Foundation of Northern California for any other purpose without explicit consent from the artist. The artist hereby acknowledges that photographs of all winning entries will be displayed on the Epilepsy Foundation of Northern California website and social media sites. Each submission may become part of the public, historical / archival online contest catalog, but can be removed upon request of the artist.

File Sizes and Formats:
Images are best represented at 1000px on the longest side and a resolution of 72dpi.  The acceptable file formats are: jpg, gif, and png. The maximum file size allowed is 8MB.

The Entry Process:

Step 1. Have your file ready to upload before starting the submission process.  Go to the Art for Awareness contest page of the EFNC website. Download the Release Form, then fill out the entry form at the bottom of the page with the Artist information under “Submit an Entry”.  Select the image of the artwork, then click the “Submit” button.

Step 2. Fill out and sign the Release Form and send it to EFNC either by e-mail or mail.

The artist will receive a confirmation email

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Judging Criteria:

  • Does the submitted artwork fit the theme of the competition?
  • Is there a creative interpretation of the subject/ theme?
  • Is the originality of the work interesting?
  • Is there overall quality and command of the medium being used?
  • Does the work impact the viewer in relationship to the theme?
  • Does the work stand on its own as a complete and outstanding creative image?
  • The composition and design of the work is also a judging criteria.

Note: The quality of the images submitted will also play a role in the judging process. It is best if the images submitted are no smaller than 600px.

Submission Deadlines:
Artworks may be submitted up until midnight Pacific Standard Time on the last day of the submission schedule posted. No artworks will be accepted past the posted deadline. Release forms must also be received by midnight Pacific Standard Time on the last day of the submission schedule, or postmarked by the deadline date if mailed.

Prize Payments:
Cash prizes can be paid through Paypal or by a check mailed to the winner within 14 days of the notification of winning.

1st Place: $150

2nd Place: $100

3rd Place: $50

Winners are solely responsible for all federal, state, and local taxes.

All personal information collected will not be shared or used for any purpose other than for this art contest.