Rules of the Competition

The Competition for the Apocalypse Prize is a painting competition free and open to all during the year 2017. The winner of the competition will receive $10,000.

The prize is awarded to the artist who is best able to use the analogical painting language of the Middle Ages in his own work. The rudiments of this language are presented on this web site in two teaching videos entitled “Revelations: Ideas In Images”. We will also send each applicant a free booklet explaining how to use the pictorial devices found in medieval art and the figurative language of Sacred Scripture in his own work. Each artist is also encouraged to use the internet, libraries, books, and articles on this subject to enrich his understanding and furnish his imagination for the competition.

Subject Matter

The subject of this painting competition is the Apocalypse of St. John, the final book of the Sacred Scripture, which is named Revelation in the Protestant versions of the Bible.

Each participating artist must select three subjects from the visions of the Apocalypse, one from each list presented in the section on “Subjects of the Apocalypse” which is to be found on this website under the “Getting Started” tab. From these selected subjects the artist must create a triptych of paintings which are to be executed in the poetic (medieval) style, using the helps provided on this website. These three paintings will comprise one entry.
These paintings may or may not include texts from Sacred Scripture, but explanatory titles must accompany each painting uploaded to our web site.


All works must be painted in a traditional medium: gouache, watercolor, egg tempera, distempera, acrylic, oil based painting mediums, or a mixture of these. Entries may be presented with or without gold and silver.

No photographic, mechanical, or digital imagery will be accepted

Works on glass are not acceptable.


All work must be original. The artist is encouraged to draw ideas and pictorial devices from various work of other artists of the Medieval era (see section on this website with links to online Medieval manuscripts of the Apocalypse and also the section on: Originality and the Medieval Style), found under the “Resources” tab.  However, he must compose these ideas into a work that is integrated according to his own conception and executed by his own hand.


     This competition does not require participants to ship or deliver works of art to us to be judged.  Because international shipping, insurance and customs rates are very expensive, competing art works  must be uploaded to our website by the deadline, and our Judges will examine them by their reproductions online.  Because this competition is primarily concerned with the pictorial composition of paintings, we believe digital reproduction will be sufficient to our purposes. Proof of originality will be required of Finalists who will be instructed concerning the requirements of this proof when the selections of the Judges are made.


The first thing to do is to watch the short introductory video on this website.
The next step is to watch the two instructional videos, “Revelations: Ideas In Images” that are provided under the Intructional Video tab. Examine the other helps offered on this website.

Each artist wishing to participate in the competition must apply to do so here on the website as soon as possible. We will then send you our helpful free booklet explaining how to use the Medieval Style.

Questions can be quickly answered from this website by clicking on the “Contact” tab.

We are offering an online Forum on this website to enable contestants to ask questions about the Medieval Style that can be publicly answered by the Staff of the Apocalypse Prize.  All questions will be vetted by staff for suitability before posting.  Readers of this Forum will be able to engage in dialogue with the staff and each other concerning stylistic issues presented by the Apocalypse Prize Videos and Essays as the year of the Competition progresses.  We strongly encourage everyone to take advantage of the information and inspirations generated there. 

When an artist has completed his series of three paintings, he must photograph them and upload them onto our web site in a jpeg format. The Apocalypse Prize retains the right to reject from the competition without notification and without explanation any work which is frivolous, indecent or blasphemous, or which does not comply with the rules of the competition.

All entries must be received before January 1, 2018.

Finalists will be announced on the web site to all, and to the individual finalists by mail before March 1 of 2018.

Winners will be announced on June 1, 2018

After the awarding of the prizes there will be an on line exhibition here on the Apocalypse Prize web site of all the acceptable art works which have been submitted to the competition.

Visitors and artists who submit work to the Apocalypse Prize, by that fact, accept all responsibility for any loss or damage that may occur to them by their use of this website or by their participation in the competition.


Artists who submit work to the Apocalypse Prize, by that fact, agree to forfeit the right to take any legal action against its Director and/or Staff concerning the procedures of the competition, or any costs or expenses or losses incurred by the artist in relation to his participation in the competition, or any compensation for any grievance he may have related in any way to his participation in the competition. This same agreement of indemnity by the artists who submit work in competition for the Apocalypse Prize for the Director and Staff of the Apocalypse Prize extends to all claims, charges, actions, and liabilities which may be incurred contractually or financially between these artists and any agent or third party.

The copyright of all work exhibited on this website will remain the property of the artist, but it is a condition of entry that photographs of paintings which are uploaded to the website for competition may be included, without compensation to the artist, in exhibition on this website at the conclusion of the competition.

The decision of the judges is final.