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‘150 Ways to Celebrate’

IWS Canada Online Watercolour Competition

Ona Kingdon: CSPWC, NWS, TWSA, IWS Master,  President of IWS Canada

Rayne Tunley: AOCAD, CSPWC, SCA, OSA, IWS Master, President of CSPWC

Atanur Dogan: President of IWS Globe

Lok Kerk Hwang:  AAA, PWS, MoWS, Invited International Juror

Images were divided into four categories before jurying:  National (over 25 years of age), National Youth (15-25 years of age), International (over 25 years of age), International Youth (15-25 years of age).

Congratulations to our 150 finalists, chosen from 1450 entries from over 80 countries!


1st National:   David McEown (Canada) Lake Superior Shoreline #3

2nd National:  Emily Read (Canada) Night Sun

3rd National:  Gail Sutherland (Canada) Tumble

1st International:  Richard Tiejun Chao (Australia)  Hair in the Air

2nd International:  Jose Apaza (Mexico)  Fiesta

3rd International:  Moe Win (Myanmar)  Happy Nuns

1st National Youth  (15-25):  Iris Lee (Canada) Blossoming Dreams

1st International Youth  (15-25):  Mrinal Banik (Bangladesh) Old Town

Honourable Mentions:

David L. Stickel (USA), Room with a View – Duomo of Milan; Anna Ivanova (Russia), Flowers; Galuh Tajimalela (Indonesia), My Everlasting Book; Nanasaheb B. Yeole (India), Rainy Evening of Mumbai; Phyllis Tseng (USA), The Little Dreamer; Sutee Kaenyuk (Thailand), Happy Baby; Suresh Dhondiba Bhosale (India), Golden Mumbai; Fan Junrang (China), In the Mood for Love; Eudes Correia (Brazil), Life; Margaret Roseman (Canada), Sisters; Marney Ward (Canada), Butchart’s Begonias; Rene Thibault (Canada), Above the Rockies #27; Angelina Bloshchitsyna (youth) (Belarus) Still Life, Rose Butler (youth) (Canada) Brown and Storey Square.

150 Finalists:

Sadly, we regret one image has had to be removed from this gallery as the painter did not acquire permission from the photographer prior to using the photo as a reference for painting.