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    • ELIGIBILITY: This Artist Competition is open to painters world wide who are at least 18 years of age. One registration per artist.

    • DURATION: This online competition runs for 12 months, with each month conducted as a separate monthly competition. Each monthly competition begins on the first day of the month ends at 11:59 pm the last day of the month, Arizona time. Twelve finalists are selected each month with ONE Best in Show winner who is awarded $1,000.00 Cash (USD). Finalists and Best in Show winners are announced on or shortly after the 20th of the following month. Winners are paid promptly following winner announcement.

    • ENTRY/REGISTRATION FEE:  Entry/Registration is a one-time fee of $25 and is a one year membership. Registration gives the Artist a chance to enter as  often as desired (each painting additional entry fee), with eligibility to win a cash prize if entered in any of the 12 months of the contest. Following registration, the Artist may log in, purchase a painting entry package (consisting of one or more entries), and then enter a painting or paintings until all credits are used during any or all months of the year long competition.

    • PAINTING ENTRY FEE: The Entry Fee for each painting is $10 (or less if you have purchased a multi-entry discount package). This is separate from the one-time membership registration fee. You can enter as many paintings each month as you wish, and you may enter the same painting again, as long as it has not already been selected as a finalist. The painting entry or entries fee is required each time the same painting in entered again in another month (unless that painting is a finalist winner, in which case it can not be entered again.

    • EACH ENTRY PERMANENTLY DATE STAMPED: The painting entry time is date stamped to Arizona USA time and displays on the page with each painting. Each painting receives an actual server-time date stamp which can not be changed due to the fact that this is an official competition awarding cash prizes. Therefore, each separate entry is considered part of the legal and historical record. Date stamped entries which are later moved by the artist to a different monthly category are disqualified as the original date stamp will always display.
      Artists may enter the same painting in a future month (if it has not been selected as a finalist), but since each month represents a new competition, the painting must again be entered, image uploaded, and entry paid to receive the new monthly competition date stamp.
      As mentioned above, each monthly competition ends in the final minutes and seconds of the named month, Arizona time. (To confirm the time if submitting a painting in the final hours, type in Googe search: "time in Arizona USA.")

    • TRADITIONAL PAINTING MEDIA ONLY (NO PHOTOGRAPHY OR DIGITAL ART): Paintings must be created in traditional media such as oil, watercolor, pastel, pencil, or acrylic. Paintings may be "mixed media" as long as they use a combination of traditional painting/drawing media and are meant to be viewed from one direction as a 2-D (two dimensional) creation.

    • ENTRY SPECIFICATIONS - PAINTING IMAGE SIZE: Entries must consist of a quality photograph of your painting submitted as a digital jpeg file. (This means that the file extension should be ".jpg" such as in this example: "picture.jpg"). The file should also be 2 MB or less in size for fast loading online. Following registration, you can upload your file using our online entry form, Add Painting. This form is only visible to registered artists who are logged in to the site. In addition to the file size (kilobytes, or K, or megabytes, M) we also highly recommend that the pixel dimensions are less than 1200 pixels on the longest side, but over 500 pixels on the shortest side. This is so the entire photo can be viewed on a computer screen by the judge. And don't worry about dpi or "dots per inch" because it will automatically become whatever the computer screen displays, usually 72 dpi, after it is uploaded. If you have trouble preparing and uploading your digital photos, you can alternately send us a high quality photograph of your painting in any format or size using the free service, www.wetransfer.com. Our graphic designer can also size and optimize your image for you if need it (optional additional fee—PayPal invoice sent in advance of work performed).

      Entries qualifying for finalist status must be photographs of actual, physical paintings (no digital or  computer art, please).
      *** ATTENTION ARTISTS! Photos of your paintings must not include picture frames, borders, or views of your studio or any background area outside of the actual image. Not following these rules raises the chance your painting will be passed over by the judge in the competition.
      Poor quality photos such as those with the surface of the painting tilted at an angle, portions of the painting out of focus, or poor, uneven lighting will not be accepted. For artists seeking information about photographing a painting, there excellent demonstrations on YouTube—just type in the YouTube search, "how to photograph a painting."

    • SOLD PAINTINGS:  Paintings that the artist has sold or paintings that have won awards in other shows are permitted.

    • SELLING FROM OUR WEBSITE, THROUGH THE CONTACT FORM, OR THROUGH THE AUCTION AND BUY NOW: If the Artist sells paintings through this website, the Artist (or his or her representative) agrees to complete and manage the sale, including prompt communicating with the buyer, shipping to the buyer in proper packaging to protect against product damage, and collecting shipping and taxes from the buyer. The artist further agrees if they are selling a particular painting as "an original," that particular painting will never be offered as an original again (there is only one original per painting!), but they may sell any number of prints so long there is no misrepresentation to the buyer regarding stated numbers or limits on print reproductions or editions.  This painting competition and exhibition does not place itself between seller and buyer, but strives to maintain the highest reputation to promote all its member artists to the highest standards possible.

    • AGE OF PAINTING: Paintings entered must have been completed in the past three years. Older paintings shall be considered ineligible for finalist postitions and prizes.

    • REPEATED ENTRIES: The same painting may be submitted in different months. However, if the same painting is selected as Best In Show, Finalist or Artists Choice, the painting will not be eligible to receive the awards again. If you submit the same work in another month, the entry fee still applies.

    • SALE OF ARTWORK POSTED: Artist has the option to indicate if an artwork is for sale, or not for sale.  This painting contest does NOT receive any sales commission; the Artist collects 100% of sales of any work displayed here and ALWAYS keeps 100% copyright/rights.

    • ENTRIES AND PUBLIC RECORD:  ALL Artwork entries including winners profiles will be displayed on the website. Each entry becomes part of the permanent, historical online competition archive and is available for public viewing at any time.

    • FAMILY-FRIENDLY SUBJECT MATTER:  There is no restriction on subject matter, but please make sure the entry is "family friendly" due to online publishing standards and the fact that social media sites like Facebook do not accept posts with obvious nudity. Nudes are accepted with the clear understanding that we may crop the painting prior to posting on social media. We don't consider artwork "family friendly" if it graphically depicts violence or suicide, or is in any way sexually explicit.

    • 12 FINALIST PAINTINGS EACH MONTH:  The jury will select 12 finalist paintings each month, including one "Best in Show" winner to receive a cash award of $200.

    • ARTIST'S ORIGINAL WORK ONLY:  Only Artwork that is personally created by the Artists who enter the competition are eligible.  Paintings must be the Artist's original concept and not a copy of anyone else's copyrighted art.

    • SIGNATURE:  It is highly recommended, but not required, that the Artist's signature be visible in the photo of the painting, to ensure protection of  copyright and ownership of the art. You may also apply your name in small print along the bottom edge of the photo of your art (using Photoshop or other image software).

    • JUDGES/JURY: For each month of the competition, the judge shall consist of one or more highly accomplished art professionals (including artists not participating in the competition). The decision of the judge or jury is final.

      Important Note About Judges: Qualified Artists (those who work as Artists full time and have a substantial award/show/commission resume) who have already entered the competition in a previous month may be selected to serve as a judge in a month they are not participating. The judging of all finalists at the end of 12 months will be by an art professional or art professional group which has NOT participated in the competition.

    • JUDGING CRITERIA: Paintings will be judged according to excellence in the following areas: color, values, composition, treatment of subject matter (mood), creativity/originality, and overall execution/presentation. Drawing competence is also considered when viewing representational realism.

    • WINNER ANNOUNCEMENT:  Awards winners will be announced and posted by the 20th of the following month.

    • CASH PRIZES:  The monthly cash prize to Best in Show is $1,000.00 (USD). Cash prizes are considered taxable if exceeding a certain amount ($600 or more within the same year); USA winners will receive a 1099-MISC form they must complete and return in order to be paid.

    • DEADLINES: Each monthly competition begins on the first day of the month ends at 11:59 pm the last day of the month, Arizona time.  Artworks that miss the deadline will be entered into the next month.

    • EMAIL CORRESPONDENCE: If corresponding with the painting competition, please send us Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

    • LICENSE: By entering this competition, you are granting us a non-exclusive, perpetual license to display images of your artwork on our website, in social media, and in our press releases and online newsletters, with your name and links to your website (if available) appearing in each case. This painting contest does NOT receive any sales commission; the Artist collects 100% of sales of any work displayed here and ALWAYS keeps 100% copyright/rights.

    • AGE OF PARTICIPANTS: Participating Artists must be 18 or older in order to be eligible to receive awards.

    • AWARD PAYMENT TO OTHER THAN USA ARTISTS: If outside of the United States, cash awards will be paid via Paypal. (Artist will need a Paypal account, and will be responsible for any fees Paypal charges on receiving money.)

    • REFUNDS: After an Artist's work and website link has been publicly promoted by posting and publishing online, there shall be no refund.

    • RIGHT TO REFUSE: The Publishers reserve the right to refuse any entry.

    • REPRESENTATIONS: By submitting an entry to this competition, Artist warrants and represents that his or her artwork is: (a) original work, (b) does not infringe upon the copyrights, trademarks, rights of privacy, publicity or other intellectual property or other rights of any person or entity. The Artist further warrants that: (a) he or she has obtained permission from any person whose name or likeness is used in the artwork; and (b) publication of the artwork via various media, including on the Internet will not infringe on any third-party rights. The Artist indemnifies and holds harmless the Publishers (Range Dog Publishing Inc) from claims to the contrary, or loss or damage of any kind arising from or in connection with the artwork and this competition.

    • LIMITATION OF LIABILITY: By entering this competition, Artist agrees to hold the Publishers (Range Dog Publishing Inc) harmless from lawsuits or legal proceedings due to unforeseen interruptions to this competition or technical disruptions to this website. The artist further agrees to the following: that the Publishers reserve the right to discontinue this competition prior to awarding of prizes in the event of unforeseen circumstances that would prevent its conclusion; in such an event, the Publishers have the option to continue the contest for additional time beyond the stated term, in which case there may be additional finalists competing for awards.

    • INDEMNITY: You agree to indemnify and hold the Publishers (Range Dog Publishing Inc), and its subsidiaries, affiliates, officers, agents, and other partners and employees, harmless from any loss, liability, claim, or demand, including reasonable attorneys' fees, made by any third party due to or arising out of your use of our website in violation of this Agreement and/or arising from a breach of this Agreement and/or any breach of your representations and warranties set forth above and/or any acts or omissions arising from our representation of you and/or our relationship with you in any manner whatsoever.

    • AGREEMENT: By entering the competition, the Artist agrees to abide by this Agreement. THIS COMPETITION SHALL BE CONSIDERED VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW.

    Please direct all correspondence to: 

    Range Dog Publishing Inc
    Attn: Tim Ernster and Victoria Oldham
    2370 W. State Route 89A, Ste 11 Box 200
    Sedona, AZ 86336

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    Monthly Best in Show wins $1,000.00 cash. All 12 monthly Finalists win a free promoted painting entry. Finalists chosen and critiqued by a different professional artist judge each month. All 144 monthly finalists from 12 months compete for Grand Prizes awarded in August.
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