Announcement of 150 finalists in IWS Canada Online Watercolor Contest

We asked watercolour artists from around the world to help Canada celebrate its 150th Birthday.

Congratulations to the 150 finalists that are included in this video. The paintings have been ordered in the video according to theme and to help us convey our special message. They do not reflect in any way the order in which they were selected by our jurors.

We will feature the 8 winners here on facebook over the coming weeks. To look at all 150 paintings in more detail and to see the names of the 8 winners and those that received Honorable Mentions please visit the Canada 150 exhibition page on our website

Congratulations again to all 150 finalists. Thank you also to all 1450 artists who entered. You all helped us to celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday in such a special way


Credit to for the music used in this video

The video is also available with french text on our website


Ona Kingdon, Rayne Tunley, Atanur Dogan, Lok Kerk Hwang

Images were divided into four categories before jurying:  National (over 25 years of age), National Youth (15-25 years of age), International (over 25 years of age), International Youth (15-25 years of age).

Congratulations to our 150 finalists, chosen from 1450 entries from over 80 countries!


1st National:   David McEown (Canada) Lake Superior Shoreline #3

2nd National:  Emily Read (Canada) Night Sun

3rd National:  Gail Sutherland (Canada) Tumble

1st International:  Richard Tiejun Chao (Australia)  Hair in the Air

2nd International:  Jose Apaza (Mexico)  Fiesta

3rd International:  Moe Win (Myanmar)  Happy Nuns

1st National Youth  (15-25):  Iris Lee (Canada) Blossoming Dreams

1st International Youth  (15-25):  Mrinal Banik (Bangladesh) Old Town

Honourable Mentions:

David L. Stickel (USA), Room with a View – Duomo of Milan; Anna Ivanova (Russia), Flowers; Galuh Tajimalela (Indonesia), My Everlasting Book; Nanasaheb B. Yeole (India), Rainy Evening of Mumbai; Phyllis Tseng (USA), The Little Dreamer; Sutee Kaenyuk (Thailand), Happy Baby; Suresh Dhondiba Bhosale (India), Golden Mumbai; Fan Junrang (China), In the Mood for Love; Eudes Correia (Brazil), Life; Margaret Roseman (Canada), Sisters; Marney Ward (Canada), Butchart’s Begonias; Rene Thibault (Canada), Above the Rockies #27; Angelina Bloshchitsyna (youth) (Belarus) Still Life, Rose Butler (youth) (Canada) Brown and Storey Square.