Artybollocks Photography Competition - Call for Entries


Your challenge


First generate an artist statement, then create a photograph to go with it. How you translate the statement into photography is entirely up to you. You are the artist, you decide. Click the button to generate a statement. If the statement doesn’t get your creative juices flowing, you can click again to get a  different one. Keep in mind that this is random statement generator; if you are intrigued by a statement, write it down – once you “click” again, it’s gone!

You will need to submit the statement with your photograph when you enter the competition. If you like the current statement, write it down or copy/paste it somewhere so you can include it with your entry.

Keep scrolling for Submission Guidelines.

The artybollocks generator

Artybollocks is an artist statement generator that first saw the light of day in 2011. It has been relentless in generating artist statements ever since. All at the simple click of a button, with no blood, sweat or tears spilled in the process. Every artist knows that writing an artist statement is a difficult thing to write. They often sound the same and say very little about the actual work. That is why artybollocks was made. To give artists more time to make art and less time writing bollocks nobody understands. The generator here has been specially adapted for the occasion to generate with a particular photographic flavour. You can find the original generator at


Read before submitting: How to Submit Entries to Artybollocks

SUBMISSIONS OPEN: Monday, May 6 at 12:00A (A submission button will appear at the bottom of this page at 12AM on May 6.)
SUBMISSIONS CLOSE: Sunday, May 19 at 11:59P
: $2 per entry. No limit on entries per person.  (Must be 18 or older to enter.)

DISCLOSURE: In blind judging, jurors from the CoPA Board of Directors, the creators and Arty Bollocks Ball sponsors will select finalists from all submissions. Entries will be judged on the photographer’s interpretation of the artist statement: originality, humor, irony, irreverence and a general distaste for the pretensions of the art world. Any depictions of hate speech or cruelty to animals will automatically disqualify an entry and make us really mad.

RULES: (We know, soooo un-punk, but the lawyers are making us say it.) Entrants must be 18 years of age or older to enter the competition and must be legal residents of Wisconsin. Any taxes owed on prizes are the sole responsibility of the winner.

DISCLAIMER: Photo entries must be the original work of the photographer submitting it. By submitting the entry form, entrants are agreeing to grant Coalition of Photographic Arts (CoPA) and affiliates the absolute and irrevocable right and permission to use, re-use, publish, and re-publish the photographs in displays related to the competition and Ball and CoPA in general; in printed and electronic publications and in conjunction with any copyrighted matter, in any and all media now or hereafter known for illustration, promotion, art, advertising and trade, news, informational and educational purposes and to copyright the same, under its original name or otherwise. The photographer thereby releases and discharges CoPA and affiliates from any and all claims and demands arising out of or in connection with the use of the photos, including without limitation any and all claims for invasion of privacy.

BEFORE YOU SUBMIT: It is imperative you follow the How to Submit to Arty Bollocks instructions for naming conventions and file specs so that we may properly credit your photo entry to YOU. Blind judging requires that photos be separated from the submission form after upload, so simply filling in the form is NOT ENOUGH. Entries that are not properly titled and otherwise submitted will be automatically disqualified.


Prizes and awards will be given at a private reception at 7P on Friday, June 7 at the Artybollocks Ball at NŌ Studios. You don’t have to be present to win, but it sure would be good.

London Calling Grand PrizeTrip for two to London OR $1000 cash. Trip to London includes airfare for two from Milwaukee, 3 nights hotel accommodation (based on double occupancy) tickets to the Eye, and directions to the Tate for the perfect high/low experience. (Some black out dates apply.) 
Iggy Pop the Cork Award: For your stellar entry you will receive a groovy award certificate and a bottle of Veuve Clicquot to pop whenever you have the notion or are feeling particularly Iggy.
Shepherd Express Readers Choice Award: One lucky punk will rock out with three pairs of tickets to Summerfest and all the fame of being the darling of Shepherd Express readers.
CoPA Charlie Bucket Award: What’s more in the spirit of punk defiance than joining the movement? The CoPA Charlie Bucket Award gives you a one year membership to CoPA with all the perks AND a Golden Ticket to any CoPA exhibition between July, 2019 and July 2020. You read that right. Whether it’s an open call for entries or a juried competition, you are auto IN!






Virginia and Robert Welker

Tim Keane

Adel B. Korkor

Shawn Spartz

Mark Maio

Tom Bamberger and Pam Ferderbar




Erin Maddox   /  Sigurd Strautmanis  /  Julie Norman

Phyllis Deicher-Ladwig and Jeff Ladwig   /   Benjamin Stuart   /  Carol Starr


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