Landscape Artist of the Year

Featuring stunning locations around the UK, Landscape Artist of the Year offers artists the chance to win a £10,000 commission for a major British institution and £500 of art materials from Cass Art.

Landscape Artist of the Year 2020 is now closed for applications.
. Terms and conditions apply. Please visit Landscape Terms for more information.

The judges will view artists’ submissions on a screen so we’re keen for all photos to have the maximum impact and do the paintings justice. Follow these simple steps to take the best photograph of your self-portrait or landscape.

Filming of Landscape Artist of the Year will take place around the UK throughout July and August 2020, and we are hoping and planning to go ahead. If you would like to receive information of filming dates and locations, and updates about the series, join our mailing list or follow Sky Arts Twitter Instagram & Facebook pages.

Wildcard Artists

In order to apply to become a Wilcard Artist at any of the forthcoming 2020 Landscape Artist of the Year heats, you will first need to apply to the main competition before 29th May 2020. Please see Wildcard Terms. Applications for Wildcard artists will open in June 2020. Please sign up to our mailing list for further updates.


Nerine McIntyre: Advice for Artists

What are the judges looking for?

What are the judges looking for


Landscape painting is a peculiarly British fascination and this country has produced incredibly innovative artists such as Turner and Constable in this discipline. As the competition evolves and we introduce ever more interesting and complex locations, we hope to find artists who will rise to the occasion and emulate those great artists in a fresh and contemporary way.


Landscape painting gives artists a real opportunity to be creative and thoughtful. I'm not looking for something 'correct' or 'accurate,' rather I want to see a particular scene through someone else's eyes. I really recommend applying, everyone tells us how much they get out of it.


I want to see artworks that celebrate the great, the good, the bad and the ugly of our fabulous landscapes. Landscape in the broadest and most challenging sense. Whether you're a confident old hand or a tentative beginner, we can't wait to see what surprises are in store for us.

Previous Entrants

Hester Berry

Taking part in the competition has really raised my profile. I've made many sales and been offered teaching jobs and commissions as a result. For those thinking about applying this year, I’d say submit a piece you're really happy with that best reflects your practice and something you can readily talk about.

Jamie Hageman

Mixing with other artists got me studying their work and I was inspired by much of what I saw. The judges' comments were spot on, and although I didn't like to hear negative feedback at the time, their advice has helped me to think about how others perceive my work, and how my painting style changed when forced to cram everything into four hours.

Adebanji Alade

I really loved the whole experience of taking part in the competition. Meeting the other artists was great and finding out how they were getting on during the break was nice. I also loved discovering somewhere new to paint. I had never been to Lyme Park before, this competition got me there and I simply loved the place. The most interesting part was the tension and excitement and mixed feelings at the end when the winner was chosen. My advice for anyone taking part this year is just to be comfortable and have fun!