2017 Annual Juried Photo Shootout

2017 Annual Juried Photo Shootout

Regarding our upcoming 2017 Photo Shootout. The rules for this year state that framing of your photo is preferred but that it may also be securely mounted with a mat… we realize that some new methods for photo printing have become popular in the past few years, including printing on metal, glass, canvas and other materials. All of these mediums are probably fine for entry into this contest as long as it is ready to hang, safe to hang and handle, and falls within the size limitations. Safety for the patrons that will be viewing the show and for the artwork is the most important item here. We (the Uintah Arts Council and the Uintah County Heritage Museum) are not responsible for any damage to or loss of your artwork. If you are concerned about insuring the value of your art, you must obtain such insurance through your own resources and at your own expense.

Photo Show on Display Through Nov. 4th

The Outlaw Trail Festival’s 20th Annual Photo Shootout is on display at the Uintah County Heritage Museum until November 4th… during regular business hours every day. Come see the

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Jungle Joe – Eliza Stocks

work of our photographers! It’s free! You may even cast a vote for your favorite photo! (Please, only one vote per visitor… must be present to vote)


The Outlaw Trail Festival of the Arts is a part of the Uintah Arts Council.

Photo Shootout Winners Announced!

Thursday evening, October 13th, the winners were presented their wards at the 20th Annual Outlaw Trail Festival of the Arts. Twenty-six different photographers ranging from amateurs to professional entered seventy-six photos in this excellent contest.

The show will be on display through Friday, November 4th, at the Uintah County Heritage Museum during regular business hours. Admission is free!

Best of Show – Louis Kamler – “Another Tequila Sunrise” – #26

Best of Show - Another Tequila Sunrise

Best of Show – Another Tequila Sunrise

[Numbers refer to display placement at the museum in the show]

Theme Division

Amateur 1st Place – Aubrey Janowicz – “Saddle Maker” – #64

Amateur 2nd Place – Sienna Ratieta – “Boots & Bling” – #49

Advanced Amateur 1st Place – Louis Kamler – “Orion’s Belt Buckle Bling” – #24

Advanced Amateur 2nd Place – R. Gary Dow – “7th U.S. Cavalry” – #36

Professional 1st Place – Natalie Heller – “Charro Spurs” – #12

Professional 2nd Place – Gay VanderLinden – “Mud Buckles” – #5

Landscape – Open Division

Amateur 1st Place – Stewart Redmond – “Dry Fork Dreams” – #68

Amateur 2nd Place – Sienna Ratieta – “Whale Head Rock” – #53

Advanced Amateur 1st Place – Louis Kamler – “Caldera Morning” – #28

Advanced Amateur 2nd Place – Jay Stocks – “The Oxbow” – #23

Pro 1st Place – Rod Martinez – “Blue Canyon” – #7

Pro 2nd Place – Cindy Skimming – “Beautiful Trees” – #16

People – Open Division

Amateur 1st Place – Eliza Stocks – “Jungle Joe” – #57

Amateur 2nd Place – Kellie Shepherd – “O Pescador” – #47

Advanced Amateur 1st Place – Jay Stocks – “Stephanie” – #25

Advanced Amateur 2nd Place – Chad Hamblin – “The Lookout” – #21

Pro 1st Place – Kimberly Christensen – “Tired” – #9

Pro 2nd Place – Gay VanderLinden – “Grandma Watches” – #2

Honorable Mention – Natalie Heller – “Waiting for the Call” – #1

Flora/Fauna – Open Division

Amateur 1st Place – Layne Wardell – “Aspen Leaves” – #70

Amateur 2nd Place – Ryan Kelly – “Worthy Opponent” – #52

Advanced Amateur 1st Place – Louis Kamler – “Blood Brothers” – #42

Advanced Amateur 2nd Place – R. Gary Dow – “Rain Lilly” – #44

Pro 1st Place – Rod Martinez – “Simple Tulip” – #18

Pro 2nd Place – Tamra Ratieta – “Great Horned Owlets” – #6

Honorable Mention – Cindy Skimming – “Elk in Fog” – #14

2016 Winners

2016 Winners


Our Juror,

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Amber Rust is the owner of Two Color Photography in Brigham City.  Although she has been in business for 15 years, her interest in photography started over 16 years ago at the birth of her first daughter. 

Amber grew up in the printing industry working at her father’s printing business from the time she was tall enough to see over the collating table. After graduating from Uintah High School she went to Utah State University where she worked at Utah State University’s Conferencing Division as a graphic designer for 4 years.  She then took on the role of graphic designer for Cache Valley Parents magazine which was later renamed Top Of Utah Families.  Through her work at Top of Utah Families, Amber began using her own pictures in the magazine when it was hard to find stock photos that fit into the tight budget of a small magazine. 

Amber shot her first two weddings 13 years ago using a film camera.  She bought her first Digital SLR after her second wedding and hasn’t looked back since.  Her business has now evolved from photographing two weddings a year to retiring her wedding photography line and choosing to specialize in newborn and family photography.  She has a custom designed newborn studio in her home.  Newborn sessions are her most frequently photographed sessions with babies and children taking a close second! In 2016 Two Color Photography added 5 associate photographers to help reach all the clients needing sessions. 

Amber now teaches a number of workshops from Newborn Photography Workshops, Pricing and Marketing Workshops, and General Photography classes/workshops.  She also mentors photographers one-on-one. 

Amber served as President of Brigham City’s Women in Business Organization in 2014 and was named Business Woman of the Year in Brigham City in 2014.  Amber also donates her talents to photograph angels for the Now I Lay Me Down To Sleep Organization.  She also presented at the this year’s Women’s Forum

 Amber is married to Thomas Rust and they are the proud parents of 5 children. 

Photo Show Is Ready to View!

Our 20th Annual Juried Photo Shootout is ready to show! The photos were all hung over the weekend… and judged. There are lots of very, very fine photos.

If you’re interested in the awards… there will be a reception (free) for the photographers, their families and friends and the public on Thursday, October 13th from 6:30 p.m. until about 7:30 p.m. Awards will be announced at 7 p.m., and the results will be posted on this website and on our Facebook pages after Thursday.

You may even cast a ballot for your very favorite photo while you are visiting the museum. (Only one vote per person, please, and every voter must be present in the museum to cast their vote… no proxies)

Please visit the Uintah County Heritage Museum, in Vernal, and take a look for yourself. It’s free! The address is 155 E Main street and the hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. (closed on Sunday). The show will be on display through Friday, November 4th.

This year’s theme is “Boots, Buckles & Bling”

2016 Art Contest Winners Announced!

2016 Winners – “Boots, Buckles & Bling”

Best of Show: Bonnie Jensen – Regal Prince

Theme Category:

  • Oil & Acrylic 1st Place: David J. Harris – Branding Time
  • Oil & Acrylic 2nd Place: Kay Webb – Puss & Boots and the Mule
  • Watercolor 1st Place: Lori Burchinal – Grandma’s Boots
  • Watercolor 2nd Place: Jennie M. Loy – Cowgirl’s Bouquet
  • Drawing 1st Place: Jean Taylor-Starr – Zentangle Bling
  • Sculpture 1st Place: Paul Clawson – Slinger

Open Category

  • Oil & Acrylic 1st Place: Kay Webb – Provo River
  • Oil & Acrylic 2nd Place: Linda Stover – Fountain Green Blacksmith Shop
  • Watercolor 1st Place: Lori Burchinal – Glorious Rendezvous
  • Watercolor 2nd Place: Holi Wagner – A Hard Day’s Work
  • Drawing 1st Place: Susan Dart – Olivia
  • Drawing 2nd Place: Penny Creasy – Summer Moose
  • Sculpture 1st Place: Richard Middleton – Beauty in the Unusual Expose the Light

A reception for the artists, their families and the community was held on Thursday, June 9th at 6:30 PM to announce the winners and honor the hard work of all of the artists.

There were 52 entries submitted… 14 different cash prizes awarded to 12 very deserving artists. The show will remain on display at the Uintah County Heritage Museum through June 30th during regular hours.

Many, many thanks go to Deena Millecam who helped immensely with this show and kept us going.

Thanks also to the Uintah County Heritage Museum staff for all of their help and support… and to Jean Taylor-Starr and Linda Stover who helped hang the artwork… very nice job, ladies.

Thanks also to our jurors for this show, Brock Thorne and Johanna Fiffe. They did a great job.

Auditions: One More Week

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It’s time to get serious about auditions for Camelot–with only one week to go. But, there’s still plenty of time.

We need all of you to share this with everyone you know, whether you are able or interested or not. The only way that everyone will hear about this is if you share it. Please make sure everyone has an opportunity to try out and possible take part in this classic production! Thank you, every one of you, for your help!

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Call For Entries

It’s time to start preparing your entries for the 27th Annual Juried Art Contest

Flyer with dates and info for Juried Art Show 2016

Downloadable Rules HERE

or read about the contest HERE

Downloadable Entry Forms HERE

Flyers and forms are also available at the Uintah County Heritage Museum during regular business hours.

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Specifics Announced for Juried Art Show

The 2016 Outlaw Trail Festival Juried Art Show, celebrating its 27th Year, will feature the theme of “Boots, Buckles & Bling”. The contest offers up to $1,400 in cash prizes available.

Art entries (oil, acrylic, watercolor, drawings and sculpture) will be accepted at the Uintah County Heritage Museum, 155 East Main Street, Vernal, Utah on Thursday and Friday, June 2nd and 3rd, 2016 during regular museum business hours.

Artwork will be on display from Monday, June 6th through Thursday, June 29th. A reception for the artists, families and the community will be held on Thursday, June 9th from 6:30 – 8 PM.

For rules, entry forms, artwork labels and everything you may need, please click on the links below.

Art Show Rules-2016     Art Show Entry Forms     Art Show Entry Labels

2015 Photo Shootout Winners Announced!

2015 Winners

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Colorado Carvings

Best of Show – Louis Kamler – “Colorado Carvings” – #29

Man & Woman shaking hands

[Numbers refer to display placement at the museum in the show]

Theme Division

Amateur 1st Place – Abbie Monfredi – “Astoria’s Fiery Ending” – #40

Amateur 2nd Place – Kelli Shepherd – “Gossamer Circles & Vibrant Row” – #25

Advanced Amateur 1st Place – Kim Christensen – “Park Explorer” – #50

Advanced Amateur 2nd Place – Louis Kamler – “Bryce’s Columns” – #13

Honorable Mention – Chad Hamblin – “Windows of Time” – #7

Honorable Mention – R. Gary Dow – “Bivouac of the Dead” – #10

Professional 1st Place – Tamra Ratieta – “Hay In the Evening Light” – #70

Professional 2nd Place – Rod Martinez – “More Than a Memory” – #32

Landscape – Open Division

Child 1st Place – Deegan Gudmundsen – “Moonshine Arch” – #14

Child 2nd Place – Deegan Gudmundsen – “Dark Skies” – #56

Amateur 1st Place – Cheryl Stocks – “Santa Barbera Sunset” – #31

Amateur 2nd Place – Ryan Kelly – “Summer Storm Breaks at Sunset” – #51

Advanced Amateur 1st Place – Tyler Gudmundsen – “Chaos” – #49

Advanced Amateur 2nd Place – Louis Kamler – “Flaming Gorge Sundown” – #9

Pro 1st Place – Rod Martinez – “Cirque of the Towers” – #2

People – Open Division

Child 1st Place – Kara Monfredi – “Jump for Joy” – #39

Child 2nd Place – Josie Kelly – “Man of the Milky Way” – #68

Honorable Mention – Jayna Christensen – Selfie” – #61

Amateur 1st Place – Sienna Ratieta – “Endearing” – #48

Amateur 2nd Place – Ryan Kelly – “Snow On the Green” – #63

Honorable Mention – Barbara Hamblin – “Sand Board Adventure” – #54

Advanced Amateur 1st Place – Jay Stocks – “Hang-Up” – #46

Advanced Amateur 2nd Place – Angela Hanberg – “Goodbye Friend” – #1

Honorable Mention – R. Gary Dow – “Flying High” – #45

Pro 1st Place – Rod Martinez – “Splish Splash” – #17

Pro 2nd Place – Karri Morris – “Rows of Freedom” – #24

Flora/Fauna – Open Division

Amateur 1st Place – Delmar Hamblin – “Snowy Bovine” – #65

Amateur 2nd Place – Barbara Hamblin – “Garden Beauty” – #37

Advanced Amateur 1st Place – Louis Kamler – “Barnacle Buffet” – #11

Advanced Amateur 2nd Place – Angela Hanberg – “Stare Down” – #59

Pro 1st Place – Rod Martinez – “Wolf. Endangered?” – #5

Pro 2nd Place – Tamra Ratieta – “Winter Sentinels” – #57


Our Juror,

Carlyle Schmollinger: “Currently a MA student at Brigham Young University, completing a degree in Art History and Curatorial Studies. I Specializs in the history of photography and contemporary Native American art. My love of photography stems from opportunities I have had to work with archival prints, as well as growing up with a dedicated photographer-father.”

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Photo Shootout Winners

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Nobody Dies In A Photo Shootout

Two Primates Photographing Each Other web 1000 n 72 In 20 years of Outlaw Trail Juried Photo Shootouts, no one has ever been killed in a shootout! There may have been some hurt feelings or some wounded pride–but that’s probably just the result of a juried contest.

Jurors are picked–from outside the community–based on some qualifications and some experience. Then we, as artists, put our best work out there for everyone to see–and for one person to judge. “I like this one because…”

Thursday, October 15th is photographer reception night–for the artists, their families and the whole community that wants to come out and see their work–to judge, compare, get inspired and appreciate the wonderful images that are on display.

Uintah County Heritage Museum, 155 East Main st., Vernal, Utah. 6:30 PM – 8 PM. Free admission. Light refreshments will be available. Prize announcements will be made at approximately 7 PM. $2,250 will be awarded to 18 different individuals in this, the largest juried photo contest in northeastern Utah.

You may also cast a vote (1 vote) for your favorite–you’re the juror–one photographer will win the “People’s Choice” award–announced at a later date.

The Outlaw Trail Festival of the Arts is part of the volunteer efforts of the Uintah Arts Council.