Questions and Answers

What Is the Timeline for the Engage Art Contest?

The current Engage Art Contest—open to everyone in the world—will accept entries through April 14, 2022, midnight Eastern Daylight Time. Winners will be announced and prizes will be awarded in late Summer 2022. At that time, we will also announce future plans for Engage Art.

Previous contests:

Engage Art Carolinas—2018

Engage Art North America/Caribbean—2019-2020

Does My Entry Have to Be My Original Work?

Yes. The artwork you submit must be your own original work, created solely by you and your team. 

It may not:

  • be a copy of someone else’s work. 
  • include material that is copyrightable by anyone else except as allowed under the “Fair Use Doctrine.” 

You are solely responsible for any copyright infringement. We reserve the right to request proof that your entry is your original artwork created solely by you.

If you use elements that are not your original work, you must have written permission from the copyright holder to use them for this purpose, and you must include that permission when you submit. For instance, if you make a video that tells a story or a video of a dance, you will probably include some music. Did you or a member of your team write and perform the music? If not, you need the permission of the copyright holder. There are several online sources for music that can be easily licensed or are free to use through the Creative Commons license, such as:

Is There an Entry Fee?

No. Each Entrant may submit up to one (1) entry in each of the two categories—Visual Art and Video Arts (which includes music video, film, performing arts, etc.)—for free.

What Scripture Is the Inspiration for Engage Art?

Ephesians 6:10-20:

Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.

And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people. Pray also for me, that whenever I speak, words may be given me so that I will fearlessly make known the mystery of the gospel, for which I am an ambassador in chains. Pray that I may declare it fearlessly, as I should.

How Will My Work Be Judged?

Jurying will be in two parts:

Part 1: On a rolling basis, the EA Staff will identify artworks that satisfy the entry requirements of the contest. These artworks will be given a place in our online gallery.

Part 2: Juries will consider all the artworks added to our gallery during this contest and rate them based on… See full Jurying Criteria.

How Many Works of Art Can I Enter?

You may enter one piece of artwork in each category. Engage Art reserves the right to cap the number of entries—per person and for the contest as a whole—at a future date.

Where Can I Find All the Contest Rules?

Please see the About Contest page for all rules.

Why Might My Submission Be Rejected?

There are several reasons your submission might be rejected, and the notice you receive should tell you why. The most common reason a submission is rejected is because the artist did not provide information about how the submission illuminates Ephesians 6:10-20.

How Much Is the Prize Money?

Engage Art Contest Cash Prizes Per Category (Visual Art & Video Arts):

  • $15,000 – 1st Place
  • $10,000 – 2nd Place
  • $5,000 – 3rd Place

Submissions named as Honorable Mentions will not receive a cash prize but will receive promotion and other professional assistance for their accomplishment.

How Can I Receive a Prize Payment?

Cash prizes can be paid by check, ACH bank deposit, or wire transfer. Cash prizes will be sent to winners within 90 days of notification and submitting all applicable paperwork.

Am I Responsible for Any Taxes for Prize Money?

Winners are solely responsible for all international, federal, state, and local taxes. For winners who are not US citizens, we are required to turn over 30% of your winnings to the IRS in taxes. If your country has a tax treaty with the United States, you may be able to avoid this tax, lessen the amount we must withhold, or recover the funds.

How Does This Competition Handle Copyright Permission?

The artist retains all copyright to their artwork without exception and grants Engage Art the non-exclusive permissions detailed below.

How Does Engage Art Use Non-exclusive Permissions?

By entering this art competition, you grant Engage Art and its assigns a non-exclusive perpetual license to reproduce images of your artwork in a variety of formats for a variety of purposes. This includes on our website, in our app, in publications, providing these images in digital form to Engage Art hosts to share with the public in educational and ministerial materials, sharing with groups/organizations, featuring at festivals and events, etc. Artworks may be included in materials that are given away, and your artwork may be combined with other art, with design, and with text. Artworks will not be used for any other purposes than those stated here without your express permission. If your artwork is used in any of these ways, Engage Art will use its best efforts to credit or attribute your artwork to you.

If any entity, including Engage Art or its assigns, wants to create a product for sale that includes your art, they will contact you and together you can determine an appropriate payment for their use of your work.

Can Anyone Submit Art for the Contest?

No, not everyone can submit. People employed by Engage Art and their immediate families are not eligible to participate. Entrants must be age 18 or over. Team members can be under 18 as long as they have written permission from a parent or guardian. Engage Art reserves the right to bar any team or individuals from the competition and program. To enter, artists must agree to the conditions and abide by the rules of the contest.

Do I Have to Download the Mobile App?

Yes, all entrants must maintain an account on the Engage Art site and the Engage Art App for at least the duration of the contest. Your login for the app should be the same as for our website. You can sign up for an app account when you create your Engage Art account on our site—there will be a link to a webpage for the app registration. Once you are registered there, you will receive a text with a link to download the app on your mobile device.

Then, stay connected with us and with the whole tribe through the app. We will use it to send you updates, inspirational and educational information, and Scripture encouragement. When artworks are being juried, one of the things we check is whether you are currently registered in the app.

Anyone can download and use the app for free, so spread the word … and spread the Word!

Submit Your Artwork Today!

Curious? Interested in submitting artwork to our contest? Know someone who might be? Through April 14th, 2022, the Engage Art Contest is open to the whole world! Get your foot in the door by claiming your Artist Page now!