Joe follows a fascinating mix of artists submitting to the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition 2022, the world's largest open-entry art contest. He explores the stages of the judging process and delves into the remarkable artworks and backstories of entrants hoping to realise their dream of making it onto the RA walls. From a self-taught photorealist to a retired primary school teacher, a moonlighting web designer and a contemporary Islamic artist, there are veterans of 20 years' of rejection and first-time success stories. Of the 15,000 works submitted this year, only 900 will end up in the final show.