Embracing Our Differences International Juried Competition

Embracing Our Differences International Juried Competition

Deadline: October 6, 2021
Entry Fee: Free
Prizes: $1,000

Artists possess a powerful tool to evoke social change. Without uttering a single word, they can enlighten, educate and affect change around the world. Embracing Our Differences invites you to participate in creating a society where diversity is embraced and individuality is celebrated. Become a part of this change by submitting your original art to Embracing Our Differences and its annual international outdoor juried art exhibit.

Featuring 50 billboard-size images measuring 16 feet (5m) wide by 12.5 feet (4min) high, each work of art is created by local, national and international artists reflecting their interpretation of our theme “enriching lives through diversity and inclusion.”

Since 2004, the exhibit has hosted over 3.3 million visitors, in addition to 397,000 students via our education programs, for a very unique opportunity to experience the importance of diversity and inclusion in our lives.

Who may enter?

Artists, professionals, amateurs, students – everyone can participate. National and international submissions are encouraged. There is no submission or entry fee and there is no limit on the number of submissions.

There is no restriction on entering art which has been submitted to previous competitions.

You may not submit art or quotations to our annual competitions through this website or any related website unless you are 13 years old or over. Your submission to our annual competitions through our website or any related website indicates confirmation that you are at least 13 years old. If you are under the age of 13, you may still enter your art or quotation by submitting it through the mail.


Final selections will be chosen based on artistic excellence and originality in the reflection of our theme “enriching lives through diversity and inclusion.” This may include, by way of suggestion only, any one or more of the following: appearance; racial differences; physical or mental impairment; language, religious or cultural differences; environmental stewardship; social economic status; sexual orientation or identity; gender identity, positive attitude; inclusiveness; acceptance; taunting, bullying and confrontation; human rights and equality; understanding and kindness; empowerment; Holocaust awareness/”Butterflies of Hope” or any other topic which you believe furthers our theme of “enriching lives through diversity and inclusion.” Do not feel limited by these suggestions. We strongly encourage new and fresh interpretations of our theme.


A total of $3,000 (US) will be presented in the form of three separate awards. $1,000 each for:

  • Best-in-Show Adult
  • Best-in-Show Student
  • People’s Choice

The “People’s Choice” award will be determined by visitors to the exhibit.


Judging will take place in late November and only those selected for inclusion in the exhibit will be notified by email in December. All winning entries will be posted on our website by early January.


50 submissions will be selected for inclusion in the exhibit.

The exhibit will be displayed annually, mid-January through early April at Bayfront Park in downtown Sarasota, Florida, USA.

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