Thursday, December 09, 2010

NEW!!! Nominate the Best Artwork (Natural World) on a blog in 2010

You are invited to NOMINATE an artwork on an art blog for a NEW AWARD FOR 2010!

The Making a Mark Prize for Best Portrayal of Nature in 2010

This prize values the natural world and its plants and animals and 
celebrates excellence in portraying every aspect of nature

Water Hyacinth with Tree frogs and giant water bugs
by Maria Syblla Merian

  • This prize helps us to focus on a very traditional form of art which over the years has helped to record the world around us in all its wonderful variation. The Nature can be botanical art and/or natural history art and/or wildlife art.
  • In 2010, any artist can be nominated who has created a portrayal of some form of nature and/or wildlife and posted their work to their art or illustrated blog in 2010.
  • 2D artwork is eligible - artwork can be a painting (in any media) or a drawing (in any media) or a fine art print (using any method)
  • Work is NOT eligible if it appears to be be one or more of the following:
    • was not completed in 2010
    • has not appeared on an art or illustrated blog in 2010
    • over-reliant on a photograph not taken by the artist
    • subjected to lots of digital manipulation/tweaks (over and above that needed to make it read 'true' on screen)
  • An artist can be nominated more than once - by different people - for different works
  • An artist can be nominated more than once - by different people - for the same work
  • To be shortlisted the nominated artist must agree to their work being displayed on this blog as part of the shortlist.
  • Anonymous nominations are not permitted. In order to nominate you too must have an art or illustrated blog and be capable of being identified by me. (This is to stop spammers!)
  • All nominations must be in English
To nominate - just comment on this blog post providing all the necessary details (see below) before 24th December 2010
  • Your nomination MUST identify:
  • the title of the piece
  • the name of the artist,
  • the name and URL of the blog (eg The Art Blog -
  • the date, title and URL of the blog post in which the artwork appears (please provide a link)
  • SAY WHY YOU LIKE THE WORK - this bit is really important so please do the best you can.
Remember that nominations are open and transparent and that it's good to share a genuine tribute.
  • You need to ask the artist if their work can be posted on my blog - and let me know what the answer is.
  • An artist can nominate their own work.
  • Nominations close just after midnight on 24th December.
  • I will then select a shortlist of three works from the nominations prior to posting them on this blog and inviting readers to vote for their favourite artwork.
  • This shortlist of three works then becomes eligible for the overall Making A Mark Prize for best artwork on a blog.
Read Making A Mark: End of Year Review and consult the links below to find out more about the other Making A Mark Awards.

(see below)
Links: The Making A Mark Awards 2010 for blogging about art Making A Mark: End of Year Review 2010
  • Best artwork
  • Generating art
    • Nominate - The Painting a Day Stickability Shield
    • Nominate - The Best Art Blog Project Virtual Challenge Cup
  • Getting out of the Studio
    • Nominate - The Painting Plein Air Plus Prize
    • Nominate The Travels with a Sketchbook Trophy
    • Nominate - The Going Greener Gong
  • Learning about art and the art business
    • Nominate - The FAQs and Answers Really Useful Medal
    • Nominate - The Make Me Think Gong
    • Nominate - The Best Book by an Art Blogger Blue Ribbon
  • The Home Front
    • Nominate - “The Moose” Award for the best animal in an illustrated blog
    • Nominate - The “Tales from the Frontline” Mention in Despatches / The “Amusing Musings” Trophy
    • Nominate - The Most Gorgeous Mouthwatering (MGM) Studio of the Year


  1. Hi Katherine, I nominate the attached painting, thanks.

    Liverpool painting No.58. Waterloo Road
    Steve Strode
    The post appeared on Wed 18th August 2010
    A little different to the paintings of Liverpool streets, but I came across this scene on a recent walk around the docks. Looking out over the wasteland of Trafalgar Dock towards Birkenhead, I noticed the birds going about their business behind the wire. Right in the town centre dock area I came across flocks of Canada Geese grazing the scrub, I could have been anywhere except the city centre. Apparently the feral Canada goose is on the increase in Britain, (I didn't realise wild animals could be termed feral, but there you go).

  2. the correct URL is


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