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Nearly 2000 artists submitted 2 paintings each to this prestigious watercolour competition.

Oh my goodness, I can hardly believe it! I keep reading the email over and over - what a thrill!  Here's how the judges described the process of selecting the paintings:

In order to determine the successful candidates of the second stage, each member of the jury was asked to give one point to the artists of their choice, with a maximum selection of 250 – 300 artists. The first successful artists were those awarded with one point by each members of the jury, followed by the artists selected with 4 points and so on, until the number of selected candidates fell into the target range of 250 – 300 artists. For reasons of fairness, the decision was made to include all artists in the same score range. This meant that out of a total of 2,000 artists at the beginning, 294 were selected.

We are pleased to inform you that your paintings have passed the second selection stage. The editorial team of The Art of Watercolour offers you their sincere congratulations.
The names of the 294 selected artists will be published in the next issue of The Art of Watercolour, to be released next June.

Important information: You are now competing to be one of the 25 to 30 artists who will be showing their paintings and taking part in the final selection with a chance of being awarded one of the 10 prizes totalling $ 25,000 prize money.

I think you can imagine how thrilled I am to find that my paintings "Tea And Sushi" and "Exuberance" have passed the first selection stage of this amazing world wide competition that has been created by the finest watercolour magazine in the world, "The Art of Watercolour" which is published in France and distributed world-wide. Here is the link if you would like to see the magazine: http://www.artofwatercolour.com/

I've just received the latest issue and my name was among several of the ones published out of the artists who have moved to the next phase of selection. Just to be included with this group of the top watercolor artists in the world is the greatest honor and I am just about as happy as I can be!.

Please stay "tuned" for news on the next step in the selection process.