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Western Art Rodeo Event RegistrationOverview

The Western Art Rodeo Association is proud to announce the launch of our Online Western Art Rodeos

Online Western Art Competitions will allow artists to compete for prizes, promote their artwork  and earn points towards a World Championship!

Enter and Vote for the Fall Gather Here

How Does it Work? (the short version)

WARA Contestant Members will each submit 1 piece of artwork in the category they choose by completing the entry form and uploading a photo of the artwork.  Upon entry, the uploaded artwork image will be displayed in the Gallery for the world to LIKE and VOTE on.  WARA judges will also be scoring and ranking each entry, behind the scenes, based on the Fundamental Principles of Art

Online Art Rodeo Schedule

  Entry Open Date Entry Close Gallery/Voting Dates
  September 15, 2017 September 30, 2017 September 15, 2017 – October 15, 2017
  October 16, 2017 October 31, 2017 October 16, 2017 – November 15, 2017
  November 16, 2017 November 30, 2017 December 1, 2017 – December 15, 2017
  January 15, 2018 January 31, 2018 January 15, 2018 – February 15, 2018
Our goal is to hold monthly Online Art Rodeos throughout 2018 and a National Finals event near the end of 2018 where the top 20 points earners will compete for a World Title. Points earned in 2017 events will be carried over into 2018 events. Our goal is to raise $50,000 in added prize money for the National Finals.

Starting in January 2018 there will be an entry fee per piece. This cost will be very reasonable and allow us to keep holding art rodeos and adding to the prize money. 

Entries are displayed in the gallery and become eligible for online voting immediately after the entry is approved. Enter each contest early for maximum exposure!

The Official Rules of the WARA Online Art Rodeos



WARA Online Art Rodeos are open to all Premium or Contestant members. Memberships are renewed annually. (Join Here)

By submitting an entry to the Online Art Rodeo, entrants certify that their participation in this Contest is not illegal or in violation of any law, regulation, treaty or administrative act, and that the laws of their governing jurisdiction of residence at the time of entry do not prohibit or restrict the receipt of any Prize under this Contest.

The Western Art Rodeo Association reserves the right to reject any entry if, in The WARA’s sole discretion, the laws of an applicable jurisdiction, including but not limited to the entrant’s jurisdiction of residence at the time of entry, would prohibit or limit The WARA from proceeding with the Contest as intended or the consideration or awarding of any Prize would impose additional administrative, tax, operational, or legal burdens on The Western Art Rodeo Association.

Furthermore, individuals residing in any “Excluded Jurisdiction” are ineligible to enter the Photo Contest. Excluded Jurisdiction means any country listed on the US Treasury Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) Active Sanctions Programs list available at https://sanctionssearch.ofac.treas.gov/


Art Rodeos begin at the posted times in the chart above. Entries submitted before or after the Entry Period will not be eligible. All entries are reviewed and approved by the WARA staff prior to being posted online.


The Public vote for People’s Choice begins at the opening entry time of each Online Western Art Rodeo. 


The Western Art Rodeo Association is committed to promoting Western Artists. All entries must be “Western” in nature in order to be eligible. This is defined as anything dealing with the American West including landscape, wildlife, cowboy art and more.

Entries are submitted electronically by upload within the entry form. 

Caption information should include:

  • Title of the Piece
  • Inspiration behind the piece. We’d love to know the story behind it.
  • Dimensions (optional)
  • Anything else you’d like to say about the piece 

All Entries must be rendered by artist own hand. Copied work will be disqualified.

Artists may enter past works and/or works that have been SOLD.

If you choose to include people in your submission, you are responsible for obtaining the necessary releases from the individuals depicted, and must be able to provide copies of those releases to The Western Art Rodeo Association.

The Western Art Rodeo Association shall determine entry eligibility in its sole and absolute discretion. 

Submissions may be watermarked if desired, but the watermark should be inconspicuous enough to not interfere with the judging of the photo. A watermarked photo might not be honored by the competition (at the judges’ sole discretion) if the photographer is unable or unavailable to provide a pristine, watermark-free version of the image when asked. Images will be judged on originality, technical excellence, composition, overall impact and artistic merit.

Each (The same) work of art may be entered once into 1  Online Art Rodeo and once in the World Championship.


All images must be submitted though the contest entry form, including all required fields, including name, email and other information about your photo submission.

Artists may enter 1 entry in 1 category.  By entering, you indicate your unconditional agreement to, and acceptance of, these Official Rules and Sponsor’s decisions, which are final and binding. You cannot win a prize or points unless you comply with all requirements in these Official Rules.

Entrants may be asked to supplement their submission (such as with a paragraph about their photo or the highest resolution version of their photo). 


Entries will be judged on the WARA fundamental principles of art, except that the People’s Choice award will be determined based on popular vote.  Judging will be conducted by WARA chosen judges at its sole discretion.

Official WARA Judging Staff 

Critiques are a valuable aspect to WARA Art Rodeos.  Critiques will be available for all entries for a fee of $15. If you’d like a critique after the contest, please contact the WARA.

WARA judges will evaluate all valid entries and pick the following winners in the following categories:

  1. Overall Champion – Best of Show (1 winner) – Highest Score Overall
  2. Categories:
    1. Wet Medium (1 winner) – Oil, Latex etc.
    2. Dry Medium (1 winner) – Charcoal, Graphite, Pencil etc.
    3. Sculpture (1 winner)
    4. Carving (1 winner) – anything carved including wood and other mediums
    5. Photography (1 winner)
    6. Traditional Art (1 winner) – Silver, Leather etc.

The winners will be announced on the WARA website and Facebook page within 10 days of the closing of each Online Art Rodeo.

All judging decisions are final. Please do not contact us about the status of entries or judging.

The WARA will notify the winner via the contact information provided at the time of entry. 


Except where prohibited, a potential winner may be required to complete and return an affidavit of eligibility, including proof of age, and liability/publicity release within 14 days. If a potential winner fails to return these documents on time, an alternate potential winner may be selected in his/her place.

2011 World Champion BucklePRIZES

The WARA will award the following prizes.

One (1) Overall grand prize winner will receive:

  • WARA Champion Belt Buckle
  • Grand prize winners will also have an opportunity to be represented by Culturalpatina, one of the largest cultural art Galleries on the web. Culturalpatina has 6 Galleries, writes 2 blogs a day on Face Book promoting its various collections from around the world and has some 200,000 followers in 180 countries. As part of this representation, an article on the Grand Prize winner and his or her art will be prepared and published in the Old West, or Gallery supplement of Antiques and the Arts Weekly, a National publication. Having Culturalpatina represent the winner will give them a great deal of exposure that they would not get by having their art in a traditional gallery. You can check out the Gallery here at culturalpatina.etsy.com, or culturalpatina.com

Each Category Winner will receive: 

  • $150 Gift Card / Check

People’s Choice winner will receive: 

  • $175 Gift Card /Check

*Of course the Best of Show winner will receive the buckle and the gift card for winning their category. The WARA retains the right to cancel any category due to lack of entries. In the event a category is cancelled, all participants in that category will be refunded their entry fee.*

The Top 8 Entries in each Category will also receive points towards competing in the WARA World Championship Art Rodeo. See Points section below for details.

To the maximum extent permissible by law, All winners are responsible for paying any taxes and any and all other costs and expenses not listed above, including but not limited to customs fees if applicable. If the prize value equals or exceeds $600 USD, a winner will need to complete, sign and return an IRS W-9 form prior the award of any prize, and/or any applicable tax forms for awarding the prize in the winner(s) jurisdiction(s). Any prize details not specified above will be determined by the WARA, in its sole discretion. A prize may not be transferred and must be accepted as awarded. A winner may not request cash or a substitute prize; however, the WARA  reserves the right to substitute a prize with another prize of equal or greater value if the prize is not available for any reason, in its sole discretion.

All Winners will need to provide a Completed W9 Form prior to receiving an award. Print it out, sign and return to WARA 654 N. 800 E #315 Spanish Fork, Utah 84660.


Your entries help The Western Art Rodeo Association promote Western Art and our members. Thank you for helping to further our mission by participating.

You will retain all rights to any photograph you submit — including ownership if applicable.

If you submit a work of art, you grant The Western Art Rodeo Association a royalty-free, nonexclusive right to:

  • Display the photograph on all WARA website
  • Allow third-parties and the WARA to share the photograph on social media.
  • Use the photograph on the Internet and in Social Media in support of our mission.
  • Use the photograph in The Western Art Rodeo Association’s internal and external communications materials including but not limited to web sites and web publications, fact sheets, fund raising publications, advertising, multimedia, presentation and membership services.
  • Provide your photograph to other individuals and organizations for Conservancy-related use in news stories, newsletters, reports, slide shows, displays, web pages, videos, membership premiums, and the like
  • Use, in connection with the Photo Contest, your name, city, state and country of residence in promotions and other publications
  • Retain a digital copy of your photograph that will be archived in the WARA photo library and accessible to WARA staff via the WARA internal online photo archive 

The WARA will endeavor to credit all photographs with the caption “Person’s Name” when the full name is available.


In the event that the operation, security, or administration of the Online Art Rodeo is impaired in any way, the WARA may, in its sole discretion, either: (a) suspend the contest to address the impairment and then resume the contest; or (b) award the prize(s) from among the eligible entries received up to the time of the impairment. The WARA reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to disqualify and seek damages from any individual who tampers with the operation of the contest, violates these Official Rules, or acts in a disruptive or unsportsmanlike manner. The WARA’s failure to enforce any term of these Official Rules shall not constitute a waiver of that provision. Proof of sending any communication to the WARA by mail shall not be deemed proof of receipt of that communication by the WARA.  In the event of a dispute as to the owner of an online entry, the authorized account holder of the e-mail address used to enter will be deemed to be the owner.  Online Western Art Rodeo’s are subject to federal, state, and local laws and regulations and is void where prohibited.


By entering, you agree to release and hold harmless WARA, Facebook, their respective parent, subsidiaries, affiliates, and each of their respective officers, directors, employees, and agents (the “Released Parties”) from and against any claim or cause of action arising out of participation in the contest or receipt or use of any prize, including, but not limited to: (a) unauthorized human intervention in the contest; (b) technical errors; (c) printing errors; (d) late or undelivered mail; (e) errors in the administration of the contest; or (f) injury or damage to persons or property. You waive the right to claim any attorneys’ fees and any damages whatsoever, including, but not limited to, punitive, consequential, direct, or indirect damages.


When you enter, you will automatically become an e-supporter of The Western Art Rodeo Association. This includes special event invitations, digital messages, text and an occasional e-newsletter. You may cancel and unsubscribe at any time.


Any information you submit as part of the contest will be used in accordance with WARA’s Privacy Policy. The information you provide when you enter is provided to the WARA, not to Facebook. Except where prohibited, you consent to the WARA’s use of your name in any list of winners (if applicable) and for promotional purposes in any media without further payment or consideration.


You agree that any and all disputes, claims and causes of action arising out of, or connected with, the contest or any prize awarded shall be resolved individually, without resort to any form of class action, and exclusively by the appropriate court located in Utah. All issues and questions concerning the construction, validity, interpretation and enforceability of these Official Rules, your rights and obligations, or the rights and obligations of the WARA in connection with the contest, shall be governed by, and construed in accordance with, the laws of Utah, without giving effect to any choice of law or conflict of law rules (whether of Utah or any other jurisdiction), which would cause the application of the laws of any jurisdiction other than Utah.

WARA Point System for Online Art Rodeos

Points are awarded in each category.                                                                                 

1st place……………200 pts.

2nd place…………….175 pts.

3rd place……………..150 pts.

4th place……………..125 pts.

5th place……………..100 pts

6th place……………….75 pts

7th place……………….50 pts

8th place……………….25 pts

WARA Point Standings

Point standings will be tallied and displayed on the WARA website throughout the year.  These standings will determine the 20 qualifying contestants for the overall year end WARA World Champions. Points earned in Aug, Sept and Oct. 2017 Art Rodeos will be carried over into 2018 totals. We are planning on holding the 2018 World Championship near the end of 2018. Whether this is a LIVE event or Online will be determined by artist participation in the Online Art Rodeos.

FAQ’s (Frequently Asked Questions)

Do I need to be a member of the WARA to Enter?  Yes, all contestants need to be contestant members or premium members to compete. (Join Here) After you join, you’ll receive a member number to enter into the entry form.

Do I need to be a member of the WARA to Vote? No. Anyone can vote once per day.

Can I enter multiple categories? For now, artists are only allowed to enter 1 category in each Online Western Art Rodeo.

Is there an Entry Fee per piece? Not at this time. All WARA Premium or Contestant members may compete with 1 entry in 1 category only. We do plan to charge an entry per piece fee starting in January 2018 which will allow us to grow the competitions and prize money.

How often can I vote?  One vote per day per person.

Can I vote for my own artwork? Yes. Once per day.

Can I ask my friends to vote for my artwork? Absolutely! They can also vote once each day.

When will the World Championships be? We are planning on holding the 2018 World Championship near the end of 2018. Whether this is a LIVE event or Online will be determined by artist participation in the Online Art Rodeos. Our Goal is to promote Western Artists by growing the organization and contests across the US and Canada.

How is my artwork judged by the WARA judges? All artwork is judged on the WARA Principles of Art.

Can I wait until the last day to enter? Yes, but the sooner you enter, the more exposure you’ll receive and potentially more votes.

Can I enter the same piece of Art in different Online Art Rodeos? Each work of art may be entered once into 1  Online Art Rodeo and once in the World Championship.


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