PTSD UK Art Competition

PTSD UK 2021 Art Competition is Open!

PTSD UK has launched a competition to find powerful and empowering art for a new book to help support people with PTSD – and we need YOUR artwork please!

We know how beneficial creating art can be for people with PTSD – whether it’s a poem, sculpture, photography, painting, illustration, doodle, or haiku, art therapy can help individuals find coping strategies and an internal strength to begin their healing process without having to relive experiences. (Read more about art therapy here).

Sharing how PTSD can make you feel so others know they’re not alone in their thoughts, along with the hope that ‘Tomorrow CAN be a New Day’ can be so valuable for people affected by PTSD, so we want to compile your amazing artwork into a book – to help raise awareness of PTSD, and to fundraise for PTSD UK.

We’re looking for anyone affected by PTSD (that’s people with the condition, and their friends, family and loved ones) to enter and be part of this great book to inspire others and provide hope, understanding and empowerment in a new format.

What should the art be of?

Your art can be in any format that feels right for you, but as the winners will be included in a physical book, video/animations/music are not suitable. Your art might be ceramics, song lyrics, poetry, illustration, painting, sculpture, printmaking, graphic design, crafts, photography, or any other medium that helps you communicate what you want to say.

The art piece should be about the experience of PTSD (in whatever form that takes for you), or driven from art therapy for PTSD, but you don’t need to have PTSD to enter – perhaps it’s some creative writing in the form of a letter to PTSD and why you wish it would stop hurting your friend, an illustration of how you see your Dad vs how he might see himself, or a powerful photograph of your wife after PTSD treatment showing her smile.

Your artwork entry might be something you’ve already created, or maybe something new you’ll create. If you want to create a new masterpiece, but are stuck for inspiration, you could always use our motto ‘Tomorrow CAN be a new day’ as an idea; so artwork which demonstrates the attributes this brings: Hope, Strength, and Courage (or anything else it means to you).

We’ll include as many winning pieces of artwork in the book as possible, but not all entries will be selected. There will also be 3 top prize winners:

Winners to be included in the book will be chosen by a panel of judges at PTSD UK based on their originality, interpretation and impact.

The prizes for the top prize competition winners are as follows:

  • 1st Prize: £100 Amazon Voucher, PTSD UK goodie bag and a copy of the book
  • 2nd Prize: £75 Amazon Voucher, PTSD UK goodie bag and a copy of the book
  • 3rd Prize: £50 Amazon Voucher, PTSD UK goodie bag and a copy of the book

This competition is open from 1st April to 31st May and to enter, you just need to fill in a short form, and send us a copy of your artwork.

PTSD UK Art competition general rules

By submitting an entry, you agree to be legally bound by the rules and terms and conditions of the competition.

  • Everyone is welcome to enter the competition whether amateur or professional (except those directly involved in PTSD UK and judging).
  • You can enter as many pieces of artwork as you want.
  • The competition is open to UK residents only (including residents of the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man).
  • Entrants under the age of 18 years need to have parental or guardian consent to enter. Parents/guardians agree to the competition rules, terms and conditions as set out herein on behalf of the entrant.
  • The competition is free to enter.
  • The finalists for the competition will be selected from all valid entries by the PTSD UK judges whose decision is final.
  • The competition closes at 11:59pm on the 31st May 2021. Entries received after this date and time will not be considered. Any entry that is late, incomplete or inappropriate will be deemed invalid at the discretion of PTSD UK.
  • Entries MUST be submitted as a digital image or pdf file. Ideally images should be the highest resolution of 4 megapixels or above so they are suitable for enlarging.
  • PTSD UK accepts no responsibility for any technical failure, malfunction or of any other kind, which may result in any entry being lost, corrupted, not properly recorded or delayed.
  • PTSD UK accepts no responsibility for entries which are lost or corrupted during upload.
  • The judges shall assess the entries the winners will be selected to be included in the book and a grand, second and third place prize will be awarded to the top winning artwork. The judges’ decisions shall be final. Unsuccessful entrants will not be contacted and no feedback on any entry will be provided.
  • Full copyright title shall be retained by the author of any entry. By submitting any entry to PTSD UK (including any text, photographs, graphics, video or audio), you agree to grant PTSD UK a perpetual, royalty-free, non- exclusive, sub-licensable right and worldwide licence to use, reproduce, modify, adapt, publish, translate, create derivative works from, distribute, perform, display and exercise all publicity rights with respect to your entry, and/or to incorporate your entry in other works, in any media now known or later developed for the full term of any rights that may exist in your entry, and in accordance with privacy restrictions set out in PTSD UK’s Privacy Policy.
  • By submitting an entry, you agree PTSD UK may use the material for any purpose and in any way it chooses, including, but not limited to, marketing, publicity, advertising and presentations.
  • Any contribution must be your own original work, it must not infringe the rights of third parties including copyright, trademark, trade secrets, privacy, publicity, personal or proprietary rights.
  • If your contribution features photography of other people who are recognisable, you are responsible for ensuring that you have their permission for the contribution to be treated according to the uses set out above. Contributions featuring photography of children under 18 can only be accepted if you are the parent or guardian; by accepting these terms and conditions you warrant that you are the parent or guardian and that you grant permission for the contribution to be treated according to the uses set out above.


Terms and conditions

  • The winners artwork will be included in the final book (title TBC). They will receive a notification by email within 30 days of the closing date.
  • The top three winners shall receive one of the prizes below (depending on their place):
    • 1st Prize:£100 Amazon Voucher, PTSD UK goodie bag and a copy of the book
    • 2nd Prize:£75 Amazon Voucher, PTSD UK goodie bag and a copy of the book
    • 3rd Prize:£50 Amazon Voucher, PTSD UK goodie bag and a copy of the book
  • All winners, including the top three winners, must respond within 14 days from the notification from PTSD UK that they have been selected with any information requested. If they have not responded within 14 days, with this information, they will forfeit their prize and another winner will be selected from other entrants.
  • The results, winners’ first names, text provided and their artwork will also be published on the PTSD UK website and social media channels.
  • The prize is non-exchangeable, non-transferable and no cash alternative is offered.
  • PTSD UK reserves the right to replace the prize with an alternative prize of equal or higher value if necessary.
  • PTSD UK reserves the right to refuse entry or to refuse to award the prize to anyone in breach of the rules or the terms and conditions or the spirit of the rules or the terms and conditions.
  • PTSD UK may retain your contribution and may choose to display your entry on our website. PTSD UK may also publish your contribution in other media; where possible we will approach you directly to confirm your permission for publication. PTSD UK reserves the right to remove contributions that it considers to be contrary to the spirit of the terms and conditions of submission, including submissions it considers to be objectionable or that violate copyright. PTSD UK reserves the right to edit and alter submissions.
  • Publication of your contribution will be at PTSD UK’s sole discretion.
  • PTSD UK reserves the right to edit, adapt, move or delete any contribution accepted. We will try to credit authors where possible, but may not always do so.
  • Save as expressly provided for in these terms, neither PTSD UK shall be liable for any direct, indirect or consequential loss or damage or for any costs, claims or demands of any nature whatsoever arising directly or indirectly out of the use of your contribution or any part thereof.
  • Insofar as is permitted by law, PTSD UK (including its subsidiaries, agents or distributors) will not in any circumstances be responsible or liable to compensate the winner or accept any liability for any loss, damage, personal injury or death occurring as a result of taking up the prize. Your statutory rights are not affected.
  • You agree to indemnify PTSD UK (and its subsidiaries) against any claim from any third party for any breach of the rules or these terms and conditions.
  • The rules and terms and conditions constitute the entire agreement between you and PTSD UK concerning your contribution to “PTSD UK Art Competition”. PTSD UK reserves the right to update these terms and conditions from time to time and any updated version will be effective as soon as it is published on the website.
  • PTSD UK takes your privacy very seriously; we will only use your personal information in accordance with the terms of these terms and conditions and PTSD UK’s Privacy Policy. By submitting an entry, you confirm that you have read and agree to the terms of our Privacy Policy. Any personal data submitted will be held securely and in accordance with the Data Protection Act 1998. Personal data supplied may be passed on to third party suppliers only insofar as required for fulfilment/delivery/arrangement of the prize.
  • This competition is governed by Scottish law and Scottish Courts have exclusive jurisdiction.
  • The winners may be required to participate in publicity related to the competition, which may include the publication of their name and photograph in any media. You agree that your personal data may be used for this purpose.
  • For the avoidance of doubt, by submitting your entry you warrant that all persons featured in your entry have given you their express consent for their image, voice or other details to be used and, in the case of vulnerable adults that you have obtained express consent from their parent(s) or legal guardian(s).



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