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Highlight Hollywood is pleased to bring you the world’s best contemporary artists, one AMERICAN ART AWARDS category at a time. We also tribute the 1st Place winners with a photo and bio.


This prestigious online art competition is decided by the 25 Best Galleries & Museums in America, who had accomplished painters, photographers, digital artists and sculptors enter online images in 2019 from 63 countries:


Afghanistan, Algeria, Argentina, Australia, Belarus, Botswana, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, China, Croatia, Denmark, El Salvador, England, Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Haiti, Hong Kong, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Iraq, Iran, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Macedonia, Malaysia, Mexico, Myanmar, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nigeria, Norway, Pakistan, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Republic Of Korea, Romania, Russia, South Korea, Serbia, Spain, South Africa, South Korea, Sweden, Taiwan, Uganda, UK, Ukraine, USA, Venezuela, Zimbabwe. 

There were innumerable beautifully executed works entered this year – and America’s top 25 galleries and museums had a hard time selecting winners. Many brilliant pieces did not get enough votes to take 1st to 6th Place, but all the featured works shown in this article received high praise and high marks to triumph. Congratulations to all these artists for scoring above the stiff competition.


President of the AMERICAN ART AWARDS is fine artist and 10X author Thom Bierdz, known globally since 1986 for playing Phillip Chancellor III on The Young and the Restless. Bierdz hosts the 100 minute movie revealing the hundreds of stunning winning artworks of the AMERICAN ART AWARDS at this link below:

This is the 11th anniversary for the international awards organization which decides the 25 Best Galleries and Museums in America, who decide the World’s Best Contemporary Artists. Gallery decisions are based upon years established, industry reputation, online buzz, location, size, socially relevant exhibits, motivational and educational programs, represented artists as well as artist, client and visitor references.

BIO OF 1ST PLACE WINNER CHARL STOLS: Born and raised in South Africa Charl began his journey in photography in 2003 when he took a job as a resident photographer on a cruise vessel. During the 10 years working at sea he has visited over 100 countries on all continents and built a solid photographic knowledge. His love for Africa brought Charl back home in 2014. He is since working as a photographic host at Pangolin Photo Safaris. Based in Kasane, Botswana, Charl is leading photo safaris and workshops in Chobe National Park and other wild places of Africa. https://www.facebook.com/charlstolsphotography/

BIO OF 1ST PLACE WINNER KARYN HONOR: Photography is a hobby that my husband and I enjoy together as much as possible. I got my first starter camera (Nikon D3400) in May 2018 and took it everywhere with me. Within a few months my husband bought me a better camera, geared more toward wildlife photography (Nikon D500) so I could take professional photos. I have a deep passion for wildlife. It poses such unique challenges, such as finding the animals, low lighting and getting a good pose. My other love is landscapes, most especially sunrise and sunsets. Every weekend is an adventure of finding something to photograph or somewhere new to explore. Honestly, I enjoy everything about capturing any unique moment in time. It is a labor of love and learning that teaches me to appreciate new things about the world around me, people, and myself on a daily basis. Here are some of my favorites:  https://karynhonor.myportfolio.com/

Artists can enter at this link:  https://www.americanartawards.com/press-on-2019-artists/


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Written By: Tommy Lightfoot Garrett

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