VOSAP Art from Heart Contest Specific Rules/Guidelines

Voice of SAP is a global advocacy non profit organization, promoting Empowerment of Specially Abled People. The program Art from Heart is aimed at spreading awareness, bring out emotions, expressions of creative mind to depict issues, solutions, visualize how inclusive society would be in year 2030 etc. One can also give expression of deeper thoughts of a Specially Abled Person.

The artist (person submitting entry) is a person who captures their own thoughts and ideas to create a visual piece of art. Accepted forms of visual art include sketching, drawing, painting, printmaking. Original Artwork only. If any question, send us email at artfromheart@voiceofsap.org

Theme: Disability

Examples include Participant can portray emotions, anxiety, aspirations, dreams of Specially Abled Person. It can also be related to real life challenges faced in the society by Visually impaired, Mobility impaired, Hearing impaired or Learning disability Specially Abled People.

An explanation of the art form might be a useful addition to the artist statement. Whether an entry displays use of formal technique or a simple approach, it will be judged primarily on how well the student uses his or her artistic vision to portray the theme, originality and creativity. Reproductions or enlargements of another artwork are not accepted. Artwork should refrain from containing any profanity or objectification of disability.

Copyright: Use of copyrighted material, including any copyrighted cartoon characters or likeness thereof, bearing any logo, trademark etc. are NOT acceptable in any visual arts submission.

Submission Requirements:

    • Only new piece of artwork inspired by the theme may be submitted.
    • Each entry must be the original work of one participant only.
    • Participant can be professional artist or student or adult as per 5 categories listed in the form.
    • Dimensions must not exceed 24×30 inches, including matting.
    • For the entry, include TWO digital images of artwork with your submission. (a) One image of your artwork and (b) another image of artist who created the artwork, holding the artwork. Allowed format is JPEG/JPG/PDF/TIFF/PNG. High resolution preferred.
    • Overtly, religious and/or political content will not be accepted.
    • Framed artwork and artwork containing loose materials is not accepted. Matting is accepted.
    • Artwork that is selected will have to be submitted as per instructions provided later.

Artwork shall be original and unpublished and be the exclusive property of the participant in the contest and free from any right of use and copyright of third parties for reproduction and distribution in all mediums;  Entries not meeting ANY of the requirements as stated above will not be accepted and will therefore be automatically excluded


VOSAP determines its own reviewers for the program. Entries will be reviewed primarily on how well the participant uses their artistic vision to portray the theme, their originality and creativity. Under no condition may artist or parents or students contact a reviewer to dispute the status/score of any entry.

VOSAP in its sole discretion will select finalists per ratings of internationally acclaimed artist and critics of art as Judges for selection of entries for virtual art gallery/exhibition and/or awards/prizes. As a reference, here is the weightage given to 3 key criteria of evaluation

  1. Message on Disability Theme (50 pts.)
  2. Creativity (30 pts.)
  3. Technique (20 pts.)

Key dates:

  • Last date for registration is July 31 2020 at https://www.voiceofsap.org/art-from-heart-registration-form/
  • Last date for submission of your art work is August 31 2020 at https://www.voiceofsap.org/art-from-heart-submission-form/
  • List of finalists in each category will be announced by October 31, 2020 at voiceofsap.org
  • Winners in each entry category will be recognized at VOSAP Annual Event to be held around International Disability Day, December 5 2020. 1st prize for professional artist category is $1,000! Award money (gift card) will be sent out subsequently within 30 days.
  • Details of the virtual award ceremony will be announced by November 15 2020

OWNERSHIP AND LICENSE: Ownership of any submission shall remain with the entrant unless donated to VOSAP. However, entry into this program constitutes entrant’s irrevocable permission and consent that VOSAP may display, copy, reproduce, enhance, print, sublicense, publish, distribute and create derivative works for VOSAP purposes. VOSAP is not responsible for lost or damaged entries.

INDEMNIFICATION: The Participant shall also indemnify and hold harmless the Promoter, as well as the subjects linked to it, or controlled by it, its representatives, employees, consultants, and any of its trading partners from any claim made by a third party, for any reason whatsoever, in relation to the rights of use granted to the Promoter and/or to the contents of the entries uploaded.

Submission of entry into the VOSAP Art from Heart program constitutes acceptance of all rules and conditions.


VOSAP Art from Heart – International Art contest 2020
Details of Prizes (Prize amount in US$)*      
Artist Category 1st Prize 2nd Prize 3rd Prize
Artists who are NOT Person with Disability      
Professional        1,000           500           250
Adults           500           250           100
High School Students           250           100             50
Middle School Students           250           100             50
Primary Students           250           100             50
Artists who are Person with Disabilities      
Professional        1,000           500           250
Adults           500           250           100
High School Students           250           100             50
Middle School Students           250           100             50
Primary School Students           250           100             50
Additional Prizes      
1st winner of 20 countries (out of 53)           100  US$   
Total prizes (20 countries)             20