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.
The theme for the Outlaw Trail Festival of the Arts’ contests in 2017 is “Once In a Lifetime”!
A strong shift is occurring this year as some major changes have been made in the rules… and everyone is automatically entered in the “theme”!
We want to see the best you’ve ever had… that “Once In a Lifetime” piece that will never be duplicated!
First of all, there is no time limit for your entries. In the past, it has been a requirement that your art (or photo) must have been created within the last two years. Not this time… you may have a drawing or a photograph that was created 10, 25, or 40 years ago, if it is your “Once In a Lifetime” piece, you may enter it, as long as you created it and as long as it has never been entered in one of our previous shows. That would be Uintah Arts Council, Outlaw Trail Festival of the Arts, or any contest at the Western Heritage, or now the Uintah County Heritage Museum. If it was shown but no prizes were awarded for that show… it may be entered in our show this year.
The second big change is that each artist may now only enter two (2) pieces of artwork. So pick you two very best items.
The last big change is that we have had to revamp the prize matrix. In well over twenty years of paying out more prize money than we have taken in, we have had to trim back the cash prizes somewhat.
Our greatest hope is that all of you artists and photographers will continue to enter these shows/contests for the recognition, exposure, and just the sheer pleasure of showing off your wonderful creations.
Most of the rest of the rules are staying nearly the same, but you should double-check all of them as you prepare your entries.
Click on the tabs at the top of the web page at OutlawTrailFestival.com, to get to the information you need, whether its for the Photo Shootout or whether it’s for the Art Show. I think you’ll find everything you need.
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
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.
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
[Numbers refer to display placement at the museum in the show]
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
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.
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”
Amber is married to Thomas Rust and they are the proud parents of 5 children.
The Uintah Arts Council’s Outlaw Trail Festival of the Arts is proud to welcome Amber as the juror for our 20th anniversary contest!
- Familiarize yourself with the rules.
- Pick out the photos you want to enter (max. 4).
- Have your entries mounted or matted (professionally or DIY).
- Remember min. size is 8″x10″–max. size is 30″x36″
- Fill out the entry form.
- Complete the entry label for each entry (this goes on the back of the photo).
- Take your photos to the Uintah County Heritage Museum at 155 E Main, Vernal, UT between 9 AM and 6 PM on Thursday, Oct 6th or Friday, October 7th.
- Pay your entrance fees.
- Attend the reception on Thursday, Oct. 13th, 6:30-8 PM at the museum.
- Send all of your friends and family to the museum to admire your wonderful photos.
- Pick up your photos on Saturday, November 4th or as soon after as possible.
- Start thinking about what you want to shoot for next year’s contest!
Did you take a great photo recently that you’d like everyone to see? Maybe you have had a shot come out looking like it belongs in a magazine, but you’ve never entered a contest, or show, and you only do this on the side, occasionally. We can make it easy for you.
While all levels of experienced photographers are invited to enter our annual juried “Photo Shootout”, you only compete against others of your own approximate skill set.
If you are an amateur–never engaging in photography for pay–you will only compete with other amateurs.
If you are a novice, never having entered any kind of contest or show before, your entry fees per photo will be a little less, and your photos will only be judged against those entered in the amateur division.
Advanced amateurs, who sometimes hire out as a photographer, but don’t make a living from it, will only compete against other advanced amateurs. Hence, professionals only compete against other professionals… and children (under age 12) only compete against other children.
If you were worried that you couldn’t put a great photo in the contest because you felt like you don’t stand a chance against folks with lots of experience, and who even sell their photos for money, stop worrying! Show the world the photos that you’re so proud of. It’s you big chance!
Everything you need to know is available HERE.
Do You Take Some Great Photos? Would you like to show them to everyone and have chance to win a prize?
The Uintah Arts Council’s Annual Juried Photography Shootout is just a few days away. October 6th and 7th are the days to submit your photos (up to 4) for this year’s contest!
You will only compete with other photographers that are at your same approximate skill level… Amateur, Advanced Amateur, Professional, or Child (under 12).
Your photos may be of people, landscapes, plants and animals, or… if you want to have some extra fun, enter in the “theme” category and test your creativity. The theme this year is “Boots, Buckles & Bling”.
Go to OutlawTrailFestival.com/photo-shootout to find all of the details. It’s easy! You can do it!