he Professional Doll Makers Art Guild

2017 PDMAG Gold Award Contest

These are our members award winning entries from last year,

they are presented in no particular order.

Once you make your payment an email will come to you with the form to fill out for each of your entries. Please fill out one form for each entry and email it back.


• Only MEMBERS of The Professional Doll Makers Art Guild with their membership paid and

in good standing can enter the contest.


  • The doll itself must be completely original workmanship by the artist with the exception of

        purchased eyes, eyelashes and wigs. All items used on the doll or in the display that are

        made by another artist other than the artist submitting must be included in the description,

        and that artist must be given credit in the description also. These items would include

        clothing, wigs, wings, accessories etc.

  • No molds can be used in the creation of any OOAK art doll.  LTD Edition Artists dolls

       produced for you or by you from your original hand sculpted doll are allowed but must be completed by you.

  • No entries will be accepted after the deadline date. The deadline date and time are USA Eastern time.
  • Dolls entered must have been created during the calendar years of 2016 and 2017 to qualify during the last 12 months between the last Gold contest and this one without having been entered in the previous Gold contest.

NOTE: Awards are based on a minimum of 5 contest entries per Skill level per Category. If that number of entries is not reached levels may be             combined at the judge's discretion.  All Judges decisions are final.

We allow only four (4) entries per Guild MEMBER per contest.
Categories : Baby,  Ball Jointed Dolls, Character and Fantasy

Levels:  Novice, Intermediate, Advanced and Professional.

New artists may enter at the Novice Level. Once an artist wins first place at the Novice level, They will be required to enter future challenges at the Intermediate Level. They may remain in the Intermediate Level until they feel comfortable moving on to the Advanced Level.  The Guild officers reserve the right to move an entry to a different level if they feel the artist is at a different level.

The contest entry fee is $20.00 for the first entry and $15 for each additional doll entered. The entry fees go to help cover all contest related costs including the cost of awards and shipping.  All winning dolls will be posted on the Guild’s website both on the awards page and in the banners on the home page, published in Dolls Magazine, Pretty Toys Magazine and featured in a Youtube video.
The Guild reserves the right to use the pictures and related artist information of all dolls entered for advertising for the benefit of the Guilds members.  
This is covered in the Artist release that comes with your membership applications.


Entries will be accepted through midnight March 31, 2017 (USA Eastern Standard Time)

  • Submit your payment through PayPal by clicking the payment button at the bottom of this page. Payment must be made before submitting entry.
  • Fill out the Entry form which will be emailed to you once your payment has been received.
  • Submit five pictures of each entry to guildchallenge@gmail.com . Submit one full picture of the doll (front view), one close up of the face,  detail shot of hands, side or 3/4 view  of doll and one work in progress picture if available. If you are submitting photos of a doll that is already sold, please include that in the description if they are not available and we will evaluate on a case by case basis.  Pictures must be clear/focused with good lighting. They must be at least 300 dpi. (for the winning entries to be published the photos must be good quality)

          Please do not add your name or any text to the photo.
          Each doll must be entered separately.
          Please state a full but brief description of the doll including the name of your doll, size of doll, material used and any other pertinent                 information.
•         The judges will be scoring 1 to 10 in each category, with 10 being the highest score.  
          The following are the areas that will be reviewed by the judges: Overall Craftsmanship, Head/Facial Anatomy, Overall                                             Anatomy/Proportion, Clothing/Accessories, Painting Craftsmanship, Originality/Gesture/ Movement, Marketability/Emotional Appeal,                 Wigging/ Hairstyle, Mastering of Technique
•         Winners will be announced live at the Artist Doll & Teddy Bear Convention in Philadelphia PA, May 4-6, 2017, and will be announced via            YouTube on May 9th.
•        Winners not at the show will have their awards shipped to them.

 If you have any questions, please contact:

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The Professional Doll Makers Art Guild (PDMAG) Gold Awards is an annual competition that recognizes and encourages our members to excel in the design and creation of Art Dolls. It is the Guild’s biggest and most prestigious award based on the high-quality standards for excellence in doll making set forth by our founder Jack Johnston. Photos of all the entries are reviewed by our panel of master artist Judges, who evaluate each submission on overall emotional appeal, excellence in concept, quality of material and workmanship, head/facial anatomy, overall anatomy and overall mastery of technique. This is an opportunity for our members to showcase their talent by entering the contest.

 The deadline has past. Thank you to all who participated.

Be sure to read all the rules before entering.