Watermedia International 2023

International Watermedia Competition

WASA is holding an online exhibition and contest open to all watermedia artists worldwide. We welcome: watercolor, acrylic, gouache, casein, & ink.

• Entry fees go toward CASH PRIZES.
Cash prize for 1st place Artist category.
Cash prize for 1st place Beginner category.
• Cash awards to be determined based on number of entries.
• Some awards will include art supplies from sponsors.
• All winners will receive printable certificates.

: Paint something that inspires you

Artwork can be any subject, genre, style, or size.

• Maximum of 3 entries per artist.
• Artwork must be created by hand using watermedia.
• Artwork may be any size.
• Artwork must be the artists’ original work.
• Must have permission to use others’ photos.
• Artwork cannot be a copy or derivative of another artwork.
• You may enter the Beginner category if you have less than 3 years experience AND have not yet had a solo exhibition. Everyone else should enter the Artist category. (Years in school or studying do not count in the 3 year limit.)
• Proof of payment must be emailed by the deadline for entries to be accepted. If this will be an issue, you may pay before entering.

1st August 2023 midnight (UTC +2).
• Artwork received after deadline will not be accepted.

$10 for one entry, $20 for two entries, $27.50 for 3 entries
• WASA Members: R100 for each entry, R200 for two entries, R275 for three entries
• Artists in Southern Africa can join WASA here

• A panel of international judges will jury the exhibition.
• Artists will be notified of awards by email.
• Awards will be announced August 10th, 2023.
• Valid entries will be viewable in online exhibition on and Facebook once payment has been confirmed.
• Award winners will be emailed a pdf certificate
• Top winners will be contacted to arrange prize payments/delivery.
• Your email is required so we may contact you but it will not be posted in the exhibition and WASA will not share it with anyone without your permission.
• By entering, artists grant permission to WASA to use their images for promoting the exhibition and announcing award winners both online and in print.
• Inquiries about purchasing artwork will be forwarded to the artist. WASA takes no commission.

Have you already entered and need to return to the payment page?
Find it HERE.

Want to view all the entries approved so far?




Teacher Profile

Kathryn Van Skalkwyk

I have taught art classes for the past 40 years in Bloemfontein, George and Pretoria and currently in Polokwane (Pietersburg)

Kathryn van Schalkwyk
Cell: 083 261 7608

Teacher Profile

Maureen Tomaino

Maureen has been teaching watercolours for more than 30 years and is passionate about the medium. She teaches from her studio in Hermanus.

Contact Maureen;-


Tel;- +27 783756096


Reflections Competition

WASA is holding an online exhibition and contest open to all watermedia. This includes watercolor, acrylic, gouache, casein, and ink.



  • Must be a member of WASA to enter
  • Artists in Southern Africa can join (there is no fee to join)
  • Join at
  • Artwork must be created by hand using watermedia.
  • Artwork must be the artists’ original work.
  • Must have permission to use others’ photos.
  • 2 entries per artist.
  • Deadline is August 1st 2022.
  • Artwork received after August 1st will not be accepted,
  • All entries will be posted on HERE.
    Facebook at
  • A panel of international judges will jury the exhibition.
  • Artists will be notified of by email.
  • Awards will be announced after August 7th.



  • Prepare your photo.
    Please photograph your artwork without a frame or passe partout.
    Crop the photo so that only the painting is visible.
    File should be 72 dpi and no more than 4mb.
    File format is YourLastName-FirstName-ArtworkTitle.jpg
    (ex. Smith-John-Summer Landscape.jpg)
  • Measure the size of your painting.
    Use height x width in cm.
  • Click the button below and fill out the form.

A Strong Beginning

An interview with Naseema Barday by Christopher Reid

Naseema Barday, won the Beginner category in the Expression Of Hope International Watermedia Competition with her painting “The Tattered Flag, A Dream of Time.” She took some time out from her hectic schedule to chat with us about her art and how she has come so far with her painting in such a short time. Naseema was born in Cape Town, matric from Herschel, qualified at University of Cape Town, has a post-grad in Infectious Diseases from Wits, and a post-grad in reproductive medicine from Stellenbosch. She is a GP and a head doctor at Kenilworth Medicross.

“I always loved art and did it as a subject in standard 8, but dropped out because it interfered with my other studies. My father was a doctor and I already knew I wanted to be a doctor too. I always wanted to get back into art at a later stage in life.”

With 4 kids and a demanding medical career, art had to wait. In 2001 she tried her hand at oil painting for a doctors’ art exhibit in Joburg, but didn’t have the time to paint again until 2018, when, time allowed with her kids growing up and started moving out, she began dabbling in watercolor. Her drawing skills helped her but she had no training and no idea about watercolor techniques.

A still life study from 2020 as part of a class

In 2019 she took part in a doctors’ exhibit in Cape Town. Then the Covid pandemic struck. Socialising became social distancing. With more time at home, Naseema decided to set up an area in her house to finally pursue art seriously. Her husband loves photography and understands her passion for art. She began taking classes with Cape Town artist and WASA member Inge Semple at the start of 2020 and has put in an average of 20 hours a week practicing outside of class, despite a hectic work schedule.

“With a highly stressful job, art has been a stress coping mechanism for me. It was either art or medication. Painting has been a reprieve and an oasis.”

Naseema’s area in her home dedicated to art

Naseema used Covid as an opportunity. Putting in lots of dedicated painting time outside of class began to result in leaps forward in her art. When WASA announced the Expressions of Hope competition, Naseema decided to enter.

“ I thought long and hard about an image that would philosophically encapsulate an expression of hope to me first, and then I searched for the reference material. I found an image online that I could use and bought the rights to it. I am inspired by nature usually, and and this subject was not what I customarily paint. I loved the texture in this scene and enjoyed painting it. The emotion evoked by viewing a painting inspires me.”

She spent 50-60 hours on her painting for the competition. Many hours were spent working on a detailed drawing. Her lessons with Inge taught her lots of techniques and helped her develop her skills. Some of the same qualities that make her a successful doctor have helped her in learning art.

“I am very good at analysis and comfortable with drawing, so I am very careful to get the drawing right. I am extremely patient when working on art. I have learned lots from Inge. A big eye opener for me was to learn how much you can remove watercolor from page with lifting. I almost never use opaque gouache or masking fluid and prefer to paint meticulously around light shapes.”

one of Naseema’s paintings from 2019

“All paintings have stages, stages where you hate them and stages where you love them. For me you have a relationship with your paintings. There is a stage where I fall in love with a painting when it is turning out well.”

It has been difficult to attain supplies during pandemic. Naseema’s favourite papers are currently Arches and Fabriano. She started out with Cotman student watercolor paints and has upgraded to Daniel Smith and Winsor & Newton artist grade paints. She plans to buy nicer brushes with some of the prize money.

Lahore Fort, done in Inge’s class in 2021, shows Naseema’s growth

What does Naseema love about watercolor painting?

“I love the translucency of the colour and the challenge of getting it right. Watercolor to me is a much more challenging medium than something like acrylic. I like a challenge and learning to master new things. I love the light in watercolor.”

Naseema’s winning painting shows what can be achieved in a relatively short time by someone with a passion for art who is willing to put in lots of time painting. At age 49 she is finally getting to explore her passion for art and we look forward to seeing where it leads her.