Nearly 12,000 paintings are submitted but only around 800 are likely to make it onto the walls of the RA.
What happens to all those artists who feel rejected and disappointed? There is a second chance.
For 24 years the Llewellyn Alexander gallery has invited artists to bring their work to Waterloo for a further selection process.
Oils, watercolours and pastels of all shapes and sizes pass through the doors of this ever-changing exhibition.