RSMA Exhibition 2024
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RSMA 2024 Awards and Prizes


The following Awards will be presented at the 2024 RSMA Exhibition (subject to confirmation)

Each year a number of prizes are awarded. Most of the prize-winners are selected by the companies or individuals sponsoring the award.

We are most grateful for the continuing support of all our sponsors.

BAE Systems Naval Ships Award

The best work capturing the story of British Shipbuilding - People, ships and Shipyards. The work will capture some of the rich history in British shipbulding through the ages and looking into the future. With particular people, skilled crafts, trades, and emerging technologies. The work will embody the characters and passion of the British shipbuilding community and bring to life the essence of this historic British industry.
Value: £5,000.

The Baltic Exchange Award

For an outstanding work related to the maritime industry, selected by the Society’s President and the Chairman of the Baltic Exchange. Including works related to trade (ports, cargo vessels, etc), ship building, safety at sea / the crew, the RNLI or NCI. The Baltic is an historic membership organisation at the heart of the international shipping industry, providing services relied upon by shipping markets worldwide.
Value: £2,000.

The Murray's Commercial Fishing Award

For a work in any medium depicting commercial fishing.
Value: £500 for the first prize and £100 for the second.

The Sea Pictures Gallery Award

A work of distinction in any medium.
Value: £250

The Kenneth Denton Award (late RSMA member)

For a work on the theme 'The Sea in all its Moods'. Made possible by the generosity of long-standing member Kenneth Denton.
Value: £500.

The Charles Pears Award

For an outstanding work, in any medium, by a non-member. To be judged by the RSMA Selection Committee.
Value: £500.

Robert Abraham Memorial Prize

For the best oil painting by a full member of the RSMA.
Value: £500.

The RSMA Award for the Best Small Painting

For a work in any medium measuring no more than 30cms (12") along its longest length (excluding frame). Made possible by the generosity of a member.
Value: £300.

The RSMA New Generation Award

Awarded by the Society, the successful artist will receive £250. Open to all artists aged 35 or under at the close of submissions.

The Winsor and Newton Oil Prize

For a notable oil painting.
Value: £250 worth of Winsor & Newton materials to be chosen by the winner.

The Topbond Marine Award

For works depicting marine engineering or construction activities in harbours, estuaries or marine waters within the UK.
Value: £250.

The Marine Quarterly "Sea from Seaward" Prize

For a painting of a boat or ship as seen from the seaward that demonstrates individuality of technique, viewpoint and interpretation. The winning work may be featured as the cover image on a future issue of the publication.
Value: £100.

The Classic Boat Prize

The winner will take home a handsome, hand-crafted sculpture by Astins Sailing Sculptures, given for the most atmospheric depiction of a classic boat.

The Artist Magazine Award

For the most deserving work, as judged by the Magazine. The winner will be interviewed for a feature in The Artist magazine, print and digital edition.
Value: Feature article in The Artist magazine.

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The Royal Society of Marine Artists

RSMA Exhibition photo wide view of Mall Galleries

The Royal Society of Marine Artists is the focal point for much of Britain's finest contemporary marine art, and many of the country's leading marine artists are elected Members of the Society.


This country is an island nation with a proud maritime heritage. The coastline of Britain and its principal islands measures some 19,400 miles, presenting a wide variety of often spectacular scenery.


The sea is part of who we are as a nation. It is this heritage and this environment that we aim to celebrate.


Whilst much of our work is representational in the broadest sense, our styles, choice of subject matter and painting medium vary enormously. Some of our Members specialise in thoroughly researched historical subjects, others capture the thrill of modern yacht racing; some enjoy muddy creeks and quiet harbours, others find beauty in super-tankers and cargo vessels; some find inspiration on the deep sea, others explore what's under the sea.


But no matter what we paint, or in what style, no matter whether we paint en plein-air or in the studio, the sea is always our main source of inspiration.

NEW COMPETITION - National Historic Ships - Afloat-or-Ashore Painting Competition - £1,000 First Prize plus other great awards to be won.

The Royal Society of Marine Artists

17 Carlton House Terrace, London SW1Y 5BD.

Telephone: 020 7930 6844


Registered Charity No. 289944

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