Calling all amateur painters! RTÉ wants you to send us YOUR paintings of beautiful Irish landscapes!

We've all seen viewers' amazing photographs of stunning places around Ireland on the RTÉ main evening weather forecast.

To coincide with the return of RTÉ One's new amateur painting series Painting the Nation, for the month of October, RTÉ is asking amateur painters from across the country to share your paintings of beautiful places around Ireland with us - and tell us why that place is special to you.

Each Sunday in October, we'll feature our viewer Painting of the Week on the main Sunday night RTÉ weather forecast, just before Painting the Nation airs at 6.30pm. 

Just email a picture of your painting to thenationpaints@rte.ie, with your name, your age and where you’re from and tell us why you painted this particular place - what makes it special to you? As well as featuring the best painting each week on the Sunday night weather forecast, we'll also be running a gallery of the best #thenationpaints entries here on RTÉ Culture and will publish our favourites on RTE's social media accounts. And one talented painter will win a €250 one for all voucher to use towards your art supplies!

One of last year's The Nation Paints entries: View of Grattan Bridge looking towardsCapel Street, by Keith Rowan Geoghegan

We want to get the nation's creative juices flowing. So if you're a keen amateur painter who paints as a hobby, a primary or secondary school student who loves art, an evening painting class attendee or a teacher who wants to set your class a landscape challenge, we'll gladly accept your paintings of beautiful Irish landscapes and will help you beam them to the nation! 

View some of last year's entries here.

Guidelines For Painters

To give your painting the best chance of appearing on the RTÉ Weather forecast, and to make sure that the painting will work as part of the weather bulletins, we have put together a few guidelines and pointers:

-Paintings can be of any Irish location, and in any medium.

-The winning paintings will be on screen at the same time as the weather presenters, so the more striking and simple the painting the better.  

-Your painting should be in landscape format.

-A panel of judges nominated by RTÉ will select winners and their decision is final.

-Only amateur painters may enter.

There is no age limit – we welcome paintings by amateur painters of all ages!

Killarney National Park, by Olivia O'Carra

How To Enter

Email a photograph of your painting to thenationpaints@rte.ie

Entries can only be accepted as attachments to an email.

Ensure the painter’s name and age appears in the subject line.

The painting must be titled using the painter’s name.

Give the name, address and daytime contact phone number of the painter or the painter’s guardian or parent.

Tell us the location of the painting, and why you/the painter painted this place.

Each photograph of a painting entered must be a minimum of 2,400 x 3,000 pixels in digital format or have a minimum file size of 2.5mb and no greater than 5mb.

Only one entry per person is allowed.

Unfortunately we are unable to accept any entries outside these parameters.

Peace Bridge, Derry, by Stephen Shaw

Prizes

The four paintings our judges select as Painting of the Week will feature each Sunday throughout October on the main evening RTÉ Weather bulletin.

One overall #thenationpaints winner will receive a voucher for €250 one for all voucher that can be used towards art supplies.

Terms & Conditions: Photographs of paintings submitted as entries may be selected by RTÉ to feature in RTÉ television weather broadcasts and the owners of those selected photographs agree to their broadcast in this way and also agree that RTÉ may use the photograph of their painting on the RTÉ website, digital platforms & apps, in the RTÉ Guide, and at RTÉ exhibitions. For full RTÉ competition terms and conditions click here.