International watercolor exhibition Japan 2021- Call for Entries JIWI

The Japan International Watercolor Institute has been holding the largest watercolor painting exhibition in Japan for 20 years.

Qualification requirements

You can participate regardless of age or nationality.

It is possible even with previous works.

※There is a selection screening of works


🌷President Award
Eligible to become Japan International Watercolor Institute member, and the winning artwork will be exhibited in the online Japan International Watercolor Magazine
Winners will receive the support in one week plein-air to Sado Island

🌷Audience award
Eligible to become Japan international Watercolor Institute member, and the winning artwork will be exhibited in the online Japan International Watercolor Magazine
Winners will receive the support in one week plein-air to Sado Island

Eligible to become Japan International Watercolor Institute member
Winners will receive an electronic certificate

Conditions of the work

Each participant can submit only ONE artwork.

The theme is unrestricted, the materials used should be water-based done on paper. Computer-made works and watercolor-covered underlying inkjet works are not allowed.
 Once the picture of the work has been uploaded, the contestant must agree to grant the copyright of the image of the work for promoting the activities organized by the Japan International Watercolor Institute.

Please note that the work will be screened on the screen and the original work will not be exhibited at the venue.

Submission period

2021.4.19(GST 24:00)

Entry Fee

1000yen (about $10)

※Regular Member or Associate Member is free.

Entry Procedure


Please fill in the following 【Application form for work】in the email and send it with one work attached.

<Notes attached to the work>

1. Shoot without forehead

2. Taken in a bright place that does not cast shadows (Basically, we do not adjust the attached work image, but if it is too dark, it may be brightened.)

3. Use a camera with the best possible image quality and focus

4. After shooting, trim the background other than the work

5. When you attach a photo to your message, you have a choice of how big the photo should be. Please select the large size, actual size, or original and send.

6.The file must be in jpg format.

【Application form for work】

Please write “application for online exhibition” in the subject line of the email.


※If you are a Regular Member or Associate Member, please write “Regular Member or Associate Member” next to your name.

Country name

Title of the work※Please add「」. Example 「Autumn leaves」:

Work size※ Please round off and specify as ○○ × ○○ cm. Example ✖33.4 ×24.3cm→⭕33×24cm:


Please pay the exhibition fee (1000 yen). When the payment is completed, please show the payment record and let us know.

payment through

※Please be sure to charge the balance before sending money.

※Please show us the payment record.If you need the payment receipt,please tell us, We will prepare it for you.

※The exhibition fee will be charged at the time of application and cannot be refunded regardless of pass or fail. Please note.

The name of the transfer and the name of the【Application form for work】To match Thank you for your support. (The transfer fee is Please pay for yourself)


The work application is completed here. The examination will start immediately.Finalist will receive an email of acceptance notice.

※If there are any deficiencies, the examination may be delayed.

※We will send the screening results to everyone regardless of whether or not they have been selected, so please check carefully. If you have not received it, please contact us.

Finalist will also be given a winning certificate. We would appreciate it if you could share it on SNS etc. as part of the NET exhibition.

⭐️ Presentation method

Please attach the tag  #日本国際水彩画会 #JIWI  on SNS (Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, etc.) and make a presentation.

The organizer has the rights for exhibition, publication and promotion of the finalists’ artwork.

This call for entry announcement possess legally validity.


Watercolor artworks that participate in the online exhibition will be broadcasted during the International Watercolor Exhibition at the Sado International Museum, on the official channel and website of Japanese International Watercolor Institute, YouTube, and other platforms.

Exhibition Period
2021.4/29 YouTube channel
2021.4/29-5/2 in Niigata International museum
Japan International Watercolor Institute (JIWI)
Sado, Niigata
Sado International Museum
Niigata International Art School
Sado International Education School
Osaka International Art School
Niigata Educational Committee
Niigata Newspaper Organization
FM Radio Organization
Sado Ship Company
Japan international watercolor magazine

List of finalists, awards and other related information will be published in the official website of JIWI and other art platforms
Applications end: 2021.4.19 (you can apply with the watercolor artwork that has been already exhibited)