Art Competition Rules

The following are the rules for entering the Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery (LST) monthly art competitions. It is important to read the rules and procedures before submitting work to us.
Please follow the theme of each competition. This is critical. If you have questions regarding the theme and its interpretation, contact us at We will help you with the application process.

Please read and be sure you understand thoroughly the Light Space & Time procedures for participating in our monthly art competition.

• Entries must follow the competition theme.
• Competition is open to all 2 and 3-dimensional artists.
• Competition is open to amateur and professional artists.
• Photography & Digital Arts are included but video is excluded.
• Competition is international.
• Artists 18 years old and older may apply.
• Files must be in JPG format.
• Files may not exceed 5MB.
• Images may only be entered
• No art previously shown on the LST website may be re-submitted.
• Experimental and mixed techniques are welcome.
• There is no limit to the number of images that an artist can submit.

AI Art is now acceptable for consideration in all Fusion Art competitions as long as it is categorized as AI. The artwork can be created with the assistance of generative AI and/or enhanced with AI tools. However, it must be created with using the artist’s own original artwork as a base. The art can be enhanced using AI tools but cannot be 100% AI generated. It will be judged and placed in its own separate category and will not be judged against traditional art, digital art, photography or 3D art. To learn more about why the gallery decided to include this new category in its competitions, read the post HERE.

If you have questions regarding the competition theme or rules, please contact us at  


• The top twelve winning artists selected for the Overall Category will be selected from the different media categories. Each media category will have a first, second, third, fourth and fifth place as well as five honorable mention awards.
• There will be Special Recognition awards for each media category. There will also be a Special Merit Category, which is art chosen from the various media categories.
• The top winning artists for each exhibition will be promoted and circulated to hundreds of major News Outlets, Premium FOX, CBS, NBC, Affiliated Sites, Guaranteed inclusion on Google News & Bing News and Social Media Inclusion.
• The winning images will be seen by an international audience of gallery directors, art collectors and art consultants. News of each winning artist’s participation is also emailed to the over 30,000+ subscribers. Those who subscribe to our bulletins include gallery owners, corporate art representatives, art collectors and decision makers in the fine arts field.  
• By having their work on the LST website, winning artists should increase exposure to their work, enhance their professional resume and create a high-quality backlink to their own website.
• After the art show closes each month, the exhibition will remain in the LST Archive for 5 years to be viewed by website visitors and be available to be promoted by the artist through their personal art portfolio.
• LST will promote the winning artists of each exhibition via email, online press releases, online event promotions and social media marketing to art collectors, art gallery owners and directors and related art professionals.
• LST also provides promotion to the artists in the Special Merit and Special Recognition categories and lists them in the archive at the close of the show in which they are included.


The entry fee is $18.00 for 1 to 2 entries and $26.00 for 3 to 5 entries. There are early registration and discounted entry fees for each art competition (except for the Solo Art Series and any special art competitions that we conduct). In addition, the gallery offers student discounts for artists who have an EDU extension on their email address. Please review our offerings for such discounts and entry fees on our Submittable page. Entry fees are inclusive of New Mexico Gross Receipts Tax. There Is No Return of Any Entry Fees.


See the LST website for the deadline for this month’s competition.


Click on this link to enter. SUBMIT HERE

Upload your images in the form provided by Follow each step closely.

LST uses the Submittable entry platform to receive and administer all art entries. Submittable offers PayPal payments and credit card payments to pay for the entry fees.

Do you need help entering? Here are detailed instructions for you follow in order to properly enter. Instruction How to Enter Here.

All of our competitions are listed on CreativInn.

Prepare your images before beginning the submission process. Submissions are only accepted via the LST online process.

Here are two articles to help you when you submit your entries to LST; How to Photograph Your Art the Right Way and How Not to Submit Your Images. In addition, here is a video by Tyler Stalman, produced for Saatchi Online that shows how to reproduce your art.

• Digital image files must meet the following specifications:
• JPG files only
• Minimum width dimension is 1000 pixels on the longest side.
• Resolution of 72
• JPG compression quality of 12 (or the highest quality setting)
• Do not send images of your artwork, which are framed or contain watermarks.
• Here are a source to resize your images

LST may color correct your images in order to enhance the overall presentation. LST may crop your images for formatting purposes for use in the NextGen Carousel, NextGen Slide Show, Event Catalogue, other off-site slideshows, YouTube presentations, other LST presentations and for other areas of the website if your images are chosen.

We only need the title of the image. Please fill out the entire form and load all five (5) images (or fewer entries) before sending the upload. If the submitted images are not sized properly, the artist understands that LST may have to resize and crop the images to conform to the format constraints.

The file name may not include characters such as #, $, &, periods or other similar characters as part of the file, and it is important to follow these instructions about the file name to allow the right storage into the image database.

Image name may not exceed 40 characters. Please note that the image name is the name of the artwork, not the file name.

When submitting your entries, we ask that you provide a short bio (250 Word Limit), written in the third person. Tell us a little bit about yourself: your artistic training, your artistic inspiration, media choice, any special techniques used, any prior exhibitions… anything that you might like our patrons and visitors to know about you. Also, include your website URL.

NOTE: In the final evaluation and for our choices for the top exhibition selections, we will select the artist who has provided us with a complete bio, versus an artist who did not, therefore it is important to provide this information to us. Poorly written bios or any bios that have exceeded the word limit will be edited.

Every artist whose artwork is chosen for that month’s art exhibition will receive an email notification. All other art competition participants will receive an email notifying them that their artwork was not selected, along with the results of that art competition.

The artwork submitted to our competitions will be judged based on the following elements of artistic expression:
• Interpretation and the clarity of the theme to the viewer.
• Creativity and originality of the depicted theme.
• Quality of artistic composition and overall design based on the theme. Overall impression of the art. What is the effect of the artwork in general and as a whole? Overall, does the artwork stand on its own as a complete and outstanding work of art?

The Jurors of the art competition will be Chris & Valerie Hoffman and may be assisted by other art professionals when they are available. Chris is an award-winning artist who has been painting professionally for over 20 years. His works can be found in private collections, both nationally and internationally.  Valerie is an art marketing expert helping new and emerging artists to market and promote their art.

Please review the dates of each month’s competition for deadlines and themes in the website’s posts or pages.

LST does not participate in any sales of art. All purchase inquiries will be referred directly back to the artist for disposition.

Artist agrees and understands that by submitting their artwork to the LST Gallery that they are opting in and will be placed as a Gallery Subscriber and will receive future email announcements and email notices from us. If you want to be removed from this Email Subscriber List, please email us at and we will remove you immediately from all future email messages from the Gallery.

Artists who submit their artwork to the Light Space Time Online Art Gallery (LST) website for an art competition and have any of their submitted artwork chosen for participation in the subsequent art exhibition agree to the following; That LST be granted usage of the chosen artwork, only for display, marketing and promotional purposes for that art exhibition, and for any future LST themed art exhibitions and that usage of that image(s) is limited to any LST press releases, LST event presentations, LST articles, LST graphics, LST slide shows, LST presentations, LST event materials and for use on the LST website.

The artist further agrees that LST can maintain an archive of the chosen artwork for a period five (5) years after the competition for the purpose of a historical documentation and as a record of past themed shows. This archive will be available for public viewing and be limited to the LST website ( LST will credit each image creator with their Artist Name, File Name, and the Artist Website, if applicable. The Artist shall maintain all copyrights of any images that are submitted to LST.

No resale of or exchange of images will occur by LST. All images contained herein or attached to this website are the property of the artist and the artist retains the sole copyright and all applicable rights to said images. No images may be copied or downloaded from this website.

Artists should read the website's Terms and Conditions page and entry into any art competition conducted by LST, the artist is agreeing to the Terms and Conditions and Privacy Policy.

Any questions? Contact us at:

Best of Luck!


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