Kontrast 2022 – Contest Regulations

Contest Regulations for the Miniature Painting Festival “Kontrast”.

The Contrast Figurative Painting Festival is organized by the Ursynów District Office of M.St. Warsaw, Ursynów Cultural Center “Alternatives” and Miniature Night Painting. 


The works submitted to the “Contrast” miniature painting contest are judged in an open system. The main rule of the contest is that the works of the participants are judged on the basis of the presented skills and artistic value of the submitted works, and not in comparison with the works of other participants. This means that each work is judged individually and the Jury awards prizes for the value of the work, skills, imagination, concept and creative potential (even unpolished). Simply put, participants must convince the judges with their work, not compete with other participants. We believe that miniature painting is an art form and the standard of 1st, 2nd, 3rd place and comparative judging system does not work here. 

We also recognize the principle that submitted works (as long as a participant submits more than one work in one or more categories) may be judged as a “display” (a set of submitted works) of a given participant, that is:

  1. when a participant submits more than one entry in a given category, the jury will treat that entry as a “display” which means that a participant can only receive one award in that category, for one best model or for the entire “display” (if all entries are at a uniform level)
  2. if a participant submits several entries at Master level in one or different categories, his/her entries may be nominated to the Grand Contrast award.

The system of awarding awards in the Contrast contest is based on the open medal classification, which means that we provide for awarding more than one bronze, silver or gold statuette/medal in each category. In case there are no models in a given category that qualify for an award, the judging panel may not award a medal to any of the entries.

Participants, by submitting works to the competition, declare that they are their own work/idea. Violation of this rule will result in disqualification and withdrawal of prizes. 

The organizers allow, in exceptional situations, to deliver the figures by another person, such fact must be reported by the participant to the organizers.

Submitted works must be assembled, joined/placed on bases/platforms in such a way, that their safe handling and visual assessment is possible without exposing the models to damage. Organizers are not responsible for any damage to “moving” works.

Prizes and awards granted within Contrast 2022:

– Standard level: distinctions and medals

– Master level: distinctions and statuettes, Grand Contrast for the best work or display of the entire competition.

– Standard and masters level: industry awards

– Gaming categories: distinctions and medals (bronze, silver) and statuettes (gold)

All prizes acquired from sponsors are distributed to contestants in the formula of a lottery.

Participants who received a gold medal or a gold statuette in the previous editions of the Contrast contest in the Standard category, can only submit their works at the Master level.

The winner of the “Grand Contrast” award in the next edition receives an invitation to join the judging panel.

Judges do not participate in the competition, their works can be viewed in a special part of the exhibition.

  1) Levels

Standard: is the level for beginners as well as intermediate miniature painters.  

Master: is a level for experienced painters.

The division into Standard and Master levels draws a line between those who are just starting out or who paint as a hobby and those who paint professionally or at a high level. We don’t want to discourage participants from taking part in the competition, but we also want to make it possible to compete among the best and raise the rank of the prizes in this Master category. Remember, it is up to you to decide which category you are entering and it depends entirely on your assessment of the level and quality of your work.

Categories have strictly defined parameters, but also in case of submitting an entry in the wrong category, the judging panel will have the right to move the entry to another category. It will also be possible to move an entry to a higher level if the entry is clearly better and has a chance to compete at a higher level (we’re talking about the Master level).

All entries are submitted at your own risk. It is not allowed to submit works that have already won awards in previous editions of the “Contrast” contest. We kindly ask the people who won the gold medal/statuette on the Standard level in the previous editions of the contest to submit their works to the Master level. The jury always has the right to move the works from standard to master level. .

2) Entries can be submitted are in the following categories: 

List of contest categories:

I) Single Fantasy Figure up to 54mm (01) – models smaller than 54mm excluding models of dragons, trolls, giants, larger machines or monsters (e.g. Dreadnought or Wright Lord, Demon Prince etc.). Figure size does not include the height of the base, it is the size of the figure itself. 

II) Single SF Figure up to 54mm (02) – Models smaller than 54mm excluding dragons, trolls, giants, larger machines or monsters (e.g. Dreadnought or Wright Lord, Demon Prince etc.). Figure size does not include base height, it is the size of the figure itself. 

III) Single Fantasy Figure over 54mm. (03).  The size does not include the height of the base, but the size of the figurine itself. 

IV) Single SF Figure over 54mm.(04). Figure size does not include the height of the base, it is the size of the figure itself. 

V) Single Historical Figure size 28mm to 85mm (05). Figure size does not include the height of the base, it is the size of the figure itself. 

VI) SF/Fantasy Bust (06)

VII) Realistic Bust (Contemporary/Historical) – bust of a historical or contemporary person/character (07) painted in a historical/realistic manner.

VIII) Troop (T) – a group of figures up to a maximum of 9 pieces, for example: bands from KillTeam, Underworlds, BloodBowl, Zombicide, Marvell United, Infinity, Aristea or just a set of figures looking nice together. (08) Figures must be so firmly attached to the stand that they can be safely carried and judged.

IX) Diorama – in this category we place a high value on story, composition as well as character interaction throughout the scene. (09)

X) War Machine – all types of vehicles and machines regardless of historical realities (10)

XI) Monster – all kinds of monsters in larger scale and size (11)

XII) Sculpture (SCULPT) – bust, full figure, scene (whole figures) (12). Scale does not matter.  Both traditional and 3D (digital sculpture) sculptures are eligible for this category. Obligatory condition for submission in this category is that the work is made independently by the author or the team submitting the project. The work must be physically exhibited sculpture/ 3D print. Judges have the right in this category to ask for documentation authenticating authorship. 

XIII) Gaming (not divided into Standard and Master levels) – Regiment / Army – a category for figures painted for use in battle games, regardless of the universe (sci-fi / fantasy / historical). All scales actually used in games are allowed. Submitted works do not have to meet the requirements of the game in question (they do not have to have “legal layouts”) or even be assigned to a specific title. (13) Entries will be accepted in two subcategories:

(a) “Regiment” – A squad that is a self-contained element of a battle game, with a minimum of 10 and a maximum of 48 models. Examples: a squad from Space Marianas, one cavalry unit for Hail Caesar, a squad for Bolt Action, a regiment from Fire and Sword, one base from BW: Lee. This can also be a stand-alone “army” for a single figure game (skirmish), as long as it fits within a certain size frame (e.g. a large squad for BloodBowl, a band for Frostgrave, etc.).

b) “Army”: minimum 3 troops (size is arbitrary, dictated by the system the army is made for) – can contain different models, e.g. fantasy army with infantry, cavalry, dragon and troll troop or army for Flames of War with infantry, artillery, tanks and motorcycles.

In both subcategories there is a requirement to submit entries on stands/trays that allow them to be moved and visually evaluated without risking damage to the models.

XIV) Pimp My Miniature Box – (PMB) – figure transporters (boxes, crates, etc.), any system for carrying figures can be submitted. (14) The jury will judge on elements such as:

sticker composition

conversion / construction

color scheme / pimp factor

XV) Junior – all entries from the above categories submitted by participants under the age of 15 are automatically eligible for this category. (15)

2) Evaluation criteria 

To ensure the greatest possible objectivity and to systematize the work of the judging panels, they will be guided by the following criteria: 

1. technique (workmanship, care, finishing of the model, construction of the stand/platform/scene),

2. artistic value (color composition, use of light, eye-catching points, textures, etc.)

3. message (idea, atmosphere, story contained in model)

Entries are submitted anonymously and the judges do not have information about the authors of the entries. 

These are only general rules, because we are aware that all manifestations of artistic activity are subject to a very subjective interpretation of each observer and it is impossible to judge here in point scales. We set universal rules away from personal preferences, styles and trends. Each of the above mentioned characteristics will be an equal component of the evaluation.

4) Display

  1. All works by the same author in one category/class are Display.
  2. Display is not mandatory, but can be indicated on the application form.
  3. Grouping works by the same author is better for the judges, but also for the audience. We mark displays with markers that delineate the boundaries of a given display that gathers works by a single author)
  4. We do not combine work from different categories in the display.

3) Jury

The jury consists of renowned figure painters with extensive experience, who have won prizes at renowned international competitions around the world. We make every effort to make it a group of people representing different styles and different approaches to figure painting, which allows for more objective evaluation of works.

The works at Contest 2022, will be judged by 4 sets of judges. 2 in Standard and Master, 1 in Gaming, and 1 in Speedpainting.

Jury’s assessment is final and not subject to appeal.

The organizer reserves the right to make changes to the rules up to 2 weeks before the competition.

Covid19 restrictions may apply during the competition, participants are required to abide by them. Alcohol and other drugs are not permitted on the competition site.

Contact to the organizer: michal(@)miniaturenightpainting.com