1. Landscape
2. Architecture
3. Portrait
4. Still life
5. Fauna
6. Flora
7. Water essence
8. The symbolic picture
9. Thematic composition / storytelling picture
10. Pastel experiments

Number of works:

The author may submit to the contest any number of works, including series - up to 3 sheets, in one or more nominations.

Each work is evaluated as an independent work, with its own rating. A series is evaluated as one piece (diptych, triptych).

Evaluation criterias:
a) Originality of the creative idea;
b) Compositional integrity, color and tonal solution;
d) Technical and performing skills;

Please note: The quality of the submitted images will also play a role in the judging process.


Participants must be over 17 years old.
The contest is held in several countries around the world.

The work should be done at least 80% soft / dry pastels; without the use of oil pastels. Nupastels and other "more complex" pastels are considered soft pastels. The use of other materials is allowed, maximum 20%.

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How to participate

To participate in the contest, you must send the following materials (sent to the address: ):

1) Application form (download in format Word, PDF);
2) Labels for each competition entry (download in format Word, PDF);
3) Photo of the author (at least 3x4 cm in size);
4) Photographs of competitive works (not less than 200 dpi, not more than 20 Mb);
5) Copy or screenshot of payment of the registration fee; See the cost of participation in the section: "Registration fees and payment methods"

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Schedule / Contest Location

Schedule of the PASTELium Contest

by Belarus, Minsk: July 27 - August 17, 2022
Registration deadline: until July 19, 2022
Address: Minsk, Oktyabrskaya, 1
Art Gallery of the Belarusian State University of Culture and Arts

ru Russia, Moscow: November 29 - December 7, 2022
Registration deadline: until November 7, 2022
Address: Moscow, Kuznetsky Most st., 20
Exhibition halls of the Moscow Union of Artists

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