Preparing your Showdown Submission for Places & Spaces Showdown

Every Showdown we receive thousands of submissions. On top of that, hundreds of thousands of art lovers from around the world will see and have the opportunity to cast a vote for your work.  In order to make sure your submission stands out, here are some pointers that might help you win the Places & Spaces Showdown!

Presentation: Making sure your art can be viewed accurately is one of the most important elements of Showdown. Lighting, cropping and presentation are essential when submitting an image of your work. Take pride in your art and show us you deserve to win! Make sure that the background isn’t showing when you crop your image, there aren’t any hot spots in the lighting and be sure to upload high quality images by not overly compressing image files.

For more information on how to photograph your work check out our artist resource page here:

Fill Out All the Boxes: We want to know about you and so do our collectors.  Make sure you are categorizing and describing your Showdown submission in the most effective way.  If you have an artist statement, we strongly encourage you to put it on your profile page. An artist statement can be anything as long as you think it helps people to understand how you make your work. It can describe what you are thinking about, why you make art or even the process in how you made something. Always ask yourself: who, what,where, when, why and how.

Promote & Market Yourself: The first round of the competition is open for public voting.  Other artists, art lovers and collectors will have the chance to cast their vote for your work.  Let everyone know that you are participating in the Showdown.  In your profile, you’ll find a link to your specific submission.  Post your link to facebook, tweet about it, add your submission to Tumblr and of course email your friends and family.  Feel free to promote your submission on other artist communities.

Understand the Contest Rules:Keep up to date on all the rules and workings of Showdown. Read the blog posts, rules and information provided  in order to understand each step of the process. Understand that this Showdown isn’t limited to genre, medium or category but only is about portraying your ideal space. For more information check out the blogpost here:

Thank you for sharing your talent and enthusiasm with the Saatchi Online Community, we look forward to seeing your work!

– The Saatchi Online Team


  1. LUKE MCKEOWN says:

    Too many artists. NOT ENOUGH ART.

    1] Imagine a black box. Open it. What do you see inside? Do you see anything?

    2] Now picture your own skull. Open it. What do you see inside?

    ANSWER: You see an old wet sock, a few burnt matchsticks, a pair of soiled underpants, an empty bottle of meths, a couple torn pictures – which we won’t describe, a small nest of worms, and back in the dark, two cockroach rub off by a radio. Frank Sinatra is playing. Art is Dead. Long live Art.

    • Not enough art is correct.
      The rest is filling (to be nice).

    • You rather open the heart than the skull. We live in a forced cult of the skull and the brain.

      Great emphasys is put by the rulling social order on the two extremities of the thrunk: the sex and the brain, and no emphasys on what’s in the middle of the thrunk–the Heart. Every “science” and phychology magazine in the world vomits year after year the same front-cover themes: “the Brain”, or “Sex”, or “Sex and the Brain”, or “Brain and Sex”…

      This is deseigned so that people stay divided: brain with no heart and sex with no heart creates a world where people predate and hurt eachother and use eachother as commodities.

      Heart feels, it is connected with everyone and with everything–like this:

      Cynicism is the agony of modern man who has lost his connection with his heart. Fortunately he has one more card left: the longing for this connection..

    • Paul McKee says:

      Sour grapes are dead. Long live sour grapes.

      Seems to be more a case of too many armchair pseuds, not enough creatives.

      Now, put your money where your mouth is and show us all how it should be done.

    • Joshhua Ray says:

      Good Concept but no…

      Too much art and NOT ENOUGH ARTISTS.

  2. Penelope Paige says:

    The showdowns are a joke! It has nothing to do with art. The showdowns are nothing more than a popularity contest. I will never enter my paintings in a showdown. I did once, what a huge mistake!

  3. El arte está vivo, como lo está este Planeta, tan solo que sus heridas chorrean sangre, por los cuatros costados. La Creatividad es un mero insulto a la cultura actual, en estos tiempo de decadencias y dolor. Tan solo viva la Vida¡¡

  4. Bridgit Taylor says:

    It’s only a mistake if you don’t win…what would it be if you did? Try and try again you never know who will see your work and love it, it may be just what they are looking for!

  5. If beauty is in the eye of the beholder then perhaps the beholder needs to be re-educated. All showdowns are fine, they give EVERYONE a chance and exposure should be the object not winning.The main thing is to be true
    to your own personal vision and perhaps to develop one if you don’t have one.
    It’s true there is a lot of pure garbage out there so you have to find the flowers
    among the trash! If true art comes from inspiration and the soul then art as an expression of that seems to reflect a rather sad condition of a lot of souls, we need more uplifting art in this care worn world. We need more BEAUTY!

  6. Rem Oscuro says:

    It should never be a concern to you that you do not win a competition. The majority of people do not win. Expectation is the seed of disappointment.

    I’m not sure entering a competition is a huge mistake.

    Swimming in a river known for it’s voracious piranha population IS a huge mistake.

    If feelings of rejection match the pain of the piranhas, armour is required, maybe some chill out time, a turning down the emotion knob etc.

    But all that would be a clear sign that one has spent far too much time in the studio, abiding in averageland, wearing the clothing of tedium….and a competition grows out of proportion and takes on meaning nobody every imagined it could, just like a phobia.

    These competitions are sort of fun and can be a little inspiring. It’s good to let others pull your trigger every now and then.

    I say enjoy the experience for all it’s worth but only enter the work you’re really pleased with. When you feel satisfied that it works and speaks, even if it is saying what you can’t put in to words.

    Everything is just an experience. We can grow from it or reject it because the experience isn’t comforting. But rejecting neutral experiences as negative means we do not grow..

    I do agree with Janet…although I prefer to find the trash among the flowers. I find beauty in decrepitude and decay and age because all that’s glossy and beautiful and shiny and perfect is used to sell us things we do not need. True beauty exists in the passing of time and the untold story, the unanswered question and the inexplicable experience.

    An art competition with judges will be a popularity contest based around how popular the work is with the judges…as it is with the market too. If you sell well it’s a vote of popularity… what?

    I think I will have to enter this showdown for the spectacular purpose of discovering whether it is, in fact, a mistake. I think it will be a pleasure.

  7. Paul McKee says:

    Rem gets it! Looking forward to seeing something in a future Showdown.

  8. Gaza says:

    For me, this is a great opportunity, as important as trying to comprehend the right way to move in it. World could be a nice place, if we take part of it. Thanks for your suggestion,,,Gaza..:)(:

  9. Dan Adams says:

    What is all complaining about? I don’t get it. Sounds like a bunch of old frustrated professers sitting around in some elitist college fauculty room. Somebody open a window & let some fresh air in!

  10. What’s important is a journey, not a destination

  11. Eugenia says:

    The jobs are posted here? How many are there?
    Have to pay any fees?

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