There will be changes to this page in May 2022 to remove the faces category and the option to enter any other way than with online payment. The basic entry process remains the same.

Please read this guide to completing the form carefully.

You must upload images for online review by the jury. Please prepare your digital images before you start using these instructions. We request but do not insist that you change the name of the files. Crop your image to eliminate any background. Resize it to 2mb or less. For example change the file name to this. Artist Last Name<space>First Name<space>Title<space>Price.  Unsure? If you need assistance Use this online entry contact form.

You may do a trial run. Just don’t hit the submit button. Exit the form by clicking on the menu at the top of the page.

We use PayPal as our online payment processor. When you complete all parts of the form you will be sent to PayPal where you can pay with your PayPal account or use a credit card as described below.

I have read and understand the following and just want to go to the entry form at the bottom of this page.

The entry process has 7 parts:

  1. Artist Information
  2. Artwork Detail
  3. Delivery and Payment options
  4. Digital image upload – there are specific requirements
  5. Terms and Conditions and Submit
  6. Online Payment
  7. Email Address Confirmation, Labels and Entry Form

The form is set up to present different entry fields depending on how and what you want to enter. .

The information you type on to the form is used to prepare the wall tags for the show. Please use upper and lower case letters and punctuation as appropriate.


The images on this page are examples only. The entry form page will open after you click on the link at the bottom of this page.

Initial question about entering the Sculpture Competition.

1. Artist Information

Name, address and email are required. Website and phone are optional.

Name, address and email are required. Website and phone are optional.
Following is an image taken from the form to illustrate the instructions. The following examples are not the entry form. The form is opened from a link at the bottom of this page.

3. Artwork Details (all fields are required)

  1. Choose the number pieces you want to enter. The entry fee is shown.
  2. For each piece enter: (this is used for the display card and as a factor in jurying)
      1. The artwork’s title
      2. The medium used. e.g. oil, acrylic, watercolour, encaustic, mixed media, etc. For sculpture: metal, wood, glass, clay and mixed media.
      3. The size in inches. i.e. 08×10 to 48×48. Round to the nearest inch.  See the Rules
        The field requires 2 digits, the x is there, followed by 2 digits. Therefore 8 inches would be entered as 08.
      4. The price. The price includes commission to Paint Ontario and any HST the artist must pay. Contact us if this is not clear. The format of the field is preformatted to accept simple numbers. i.e. 200 to 4500.
      5. Mayor’s Purchase Award. Enter Yes or No. See description.
      6. The Faces of Ontario competition: “The Faces of Ontario Portrait Award.” Enter Yes or No. If Yes is selected then all entries will use digital image upload and pay online. Following is an image of the Artwork Details section of the form.
      7. The Sculpture Competition: “The Sculpture Award”. Enter Yes or No. You must select “1. Online with digital image upload(Payment required)” in step 4.

4. Delivery and Payment Options

  1. Digital image upload and pay online (this will be the only option if you are entering any work in the Faces of Ontario show) The fees for your Entry are shown. If you have chosen to pay online the payment method “Securely Online using PayPal” is selected.
  2. Deliver to the museum and pay online (this option will open a message providing deliver to the museum dates). Do not use for Sculpture.
  3. Deliver to the museum and pay at the museum. (this option will open a message providing deliver to the museum dates). Do not use for Sculpture.

5. Digital Image Upload.

    1. This is required if you want to enter the Faces of Ontario or the Sculpture category.
    2. This is what the upload section looks like. There will be as many upload boxes as pieces entered.

  1. Preparing your images for upload
    1. High quality images must be used.
      Typically experienced artists will use a camera to take and edit the images. Increasingly mobile devices / smartphones are used. The wide angle lenses of these device may create distortions which will have to be corrected using an image editing app on your device or computer. An app can also be used to crop, edit the file size and filename.
    2. Taking the picture. Include the art work’s frame. Fill the camera screen leaving a very small border. Use an image editor to crop off the border.
    3. Edit the image.
      1. Jurying is done using a computer monitor with a resolution of 1920×1080 so a JPG format compressed image of 1920 pixels on its longest side is optimal.
      2. The image cannot be larger than 8 mb (7,700 KB). Use an image editor to resize your image. A 1920×1080 24 bit JPG image is less than 500 KB. A file of between 500 KB and 2,000 KB is recommended.
        An image that is larger than necessary will take a long time to upload.
        Poor image quality may influence the jury when it comes to final decisions.
      3. Name the digital file:  start with the artist’s last name, first name, then the title of work, medium, framed dimensions and price. For example:
        • Rowlands Fran Daylight Acrylic 24×36 500.jpg
        • Important. Please change the file name on your computer before starting the online Entry Form.  If you don’t name the file as we have requested we cannot ensure that your images will be included in the images that the jury will review.
      4. Unsure of any of this? If you need assistance with image preparation Use the contact form and chose “Completing the entry form, form field problems, payment” .
      5. The upload of your digital images is the 4th part of the entry process. Images are uploaded after you enter the artwork’s detail and choose “Online with digital image upload (payment required)”.  Please take care that you upload the artwork in the correct box. A completed upload will display a thumbnail image. You will have more success if you let the current image upload complete before starting the next. If you make a mistake you can cancel the upload and/or remove the image and start the upload over. If you don’t see a thumbnail of your uploaded image with the correct orientation contact us..
    4. If you have selected online payment you will see this section of the form indicating the Entry Fee and Payment Method. As described below you don’t need to click on the PayPal image in section and sign up with PayPal. If you want information on PayPal click on the PayPal and credit card image(it will open in a new browser tab). Payment is the last step – after completing all parts of the form – through step 6.
      Following is a sample image of the Payment Details step.

6. Terms and Conditions – stop here if this is trial run.

  1. A tick box will be shown.
  2. Clicking on the box will show the Submit button.
    Upon clicking Submit the form is processed and if complete one of the following happens:


    1. If you paying online you will be passed to PayPal for payment processing. You may use a PayPal account, debit or Credit Card. Go to item 6.
    2. If you are paying at the museum you will receive a message thanking you for your entry.Following is a sample image of the Terms and Conditions step.

6. Online Payment

You will have arrived here because pay “Securely Online using PayPal” was shown earlier on the entry form. This is the PayPal website. Only your Entry number, number of entries and the fee were sent to PayPal for use with the Grand Bend Art Centre / Paint Ontario PayPal account.
Our payment processor is PayPal. PayPal accounts, debit cards and credit cards are accepted by PayPal. The top of the initial PayPal page is for PayPal members. If you don’t have an account with PayPal use “Checkout as Guest”. You do not need to sign up for or login in to PayPal. In the Guest Checkout section first change the Country to Canada as that will change the Billing Address fields to Canadian.  You don’t have to use the same address information as the entry form – use the address your credit card has on file for the card you are using.
When your payment is accepted you will return to our home page.
If your payment is not processed you will be sent to a Paint Ontario help page.

7. Email Address Confirmation and Entry Forms

Immediately after your entry is processed you will receive 2 emails which you print and use when you bring your entries to the museum. The first email is the Entry Form and the second email has the Exhibit Labels. For those entering using digital image upload retain these emails to use when advised one or more were accepted.
If you don’t receive the emails check your spam folder. If they don’t arrive soon after submitting your entry contact us immediately. If your email address was not entered correctly we will not be able to send you acceptance information.
To ensure you receive our emails add to your Contacts, Safe Sender list and/or whitelist.
If you use one of the Microsoft emails (Hotmail, Live, Outlook, MSN, etc) please be sure that has been added to your “Safe Sender List” and has been added to the “Safe mailing lists“. This link might help.
Entry Form: When delivering your artwork to the museum bring the email with the subject “Entry Form”, and make sure the emailed “Exhibit Label”, is attached securely to the back of your artwork.
You must print the emailed “Entry Form”, sign it and bring it to the museum with your artwork.
The “Entry Form” also has your Security Login Code. You will need this to see which artwork was accepted. See Acceptance Status Notification Section of the Terms and Conditions page.
Exhibit Label: print the email, cut off each label, sign it and attach it firmly to the back of the artwork. Please read the instructions in the email.

Entry Form for Sculpture with Digital Image Upload – entry is closed.

Entry Form for Digital Image Upload is offline – entry is closed.