Frequently Asked Questions

1 – I can’t register to the contest! Could you show me how to do it ?

Click this link to see how to proceed in picture.

a – Click the « Register » tab (if you haven’t created an account yet) or the « login » tab at the top of the page.
b – Type in your email address in the first field (if you had pre-registered, you have to use the same address you gave us when you did so)
c – Create a password
d – Go to your email inbox to click on the confirmation link
e – You will be redirected to the RankArt webiste to confirm your email.
f – Select the contest of your choice and click the « Join in » tab
g – Scroll down to « Join the contest now »
h – Step 1: Select your pieces. Click « Parcourir », and you should see the image of the pieces you submitted. If you wish to add more pieces, click « Parcourir » again.
I – Step 2: Give this artwork a title
J – Step 3: Click the « upload all » tab. A progress bar appears.
K – Step 4: finish the order by clicking the « Pay 12€ to join contest » tab.

2 - How many pictures can I upload for every contest?
You can enter up to 10 pieces per contest.

3 - How many times can I vote for each piece per per contest?
Whether you have entered the contest or you are an anonymous user, the rule is the same: you may only vote ONCE per work and per contest.

4 - Can I win a RankArt prize AND a public choice prize in the same contest?
YES.
You can win a RankArt prize AND a public choice prize in the same contest. 

5 - What artists can enter the contests?
The contests hosted by RankArt are open to the following techniques: oil, acrylic, watercolour, pastel and mixed techniques.
It is NOT open to artists working ONLY with engraving, drawing, collage, ceramics... BUT if you mix these techniques, as "secondary techniques", with oil, acrylic, watercolour, pastel, we will regard your work as "mixed technique" and it will be eligible.

6 - Can I enter the contest every month?
YES.
But please pay atention to the following restrictions if you are a winner in one of our contests:
- If an artist wins the 1st RankArt prize, they can't win another cash prize for 4 months but are allowed to enter their work and can win the public choice prize.
- If an artist wins a prize for rank 2 to 5, they can't win another cash prize for 2 months but are allowed to enter their work and can win the public choice prize.
- If an artist wins a prize for rank 6 to 10 and/or a public choice prize, they can enter without restriction and can win any of the prizes

7 - How can I get my friends and family to vote for my work?
Your friends can vote for you on the website at www.myrankart.com.
You can also share and promote your entry on your own social network pages on facebook/google+/linkedIn/twitter or via email.
You might also be featured in RankArt's favourites that we will update every day to promote activity on our pages.

I'm a painter AND I'm passionate about photography. Can I enter both contests?
YES.  You can enter both contests at the same time. 

8 - What are the criteria used to select the winner?
Works are selected thanks to technical and artistic criteria.
Examples of technical criteria: Composition/Depth/ Perspective/Drawing, curves, lines/colour...
Example of artistic criteria: Choice of subject/creativity/Identity, craftsmanship/Emotional impact...

9 - Who's the jury for the contests?
The jury is composed of RankArt jurors, gallery managers and the winner of the previous month's contest (except for the first contest. Details about the jury are available on www.myrankart.com ).

10 - Can the winner of RankArt's first prize enter pieces in the following contest?
If an artist wins the 1st RankArt prize, they can't win another cash prize for 4 months but are allowed to enter their work and can win the public choice prize.

11 - If I'm the winner of one of the first 5 RankArt prizes, can I enter my work in the following contest?
If an artist wins a prize for rank 2 to 5, they can't win another cash prize for 2 months but are allowed to enter their work and can win the public choice prize.

12 - I'm a winner of a prize between 6 and 10, can I enter my work in the following contest?
If an artist wins a prize for rank 6 to 10 and/or a public choice prize, they can enter without restriction and can win any of the prizes.

13 - What techniques are accepted to enter the contest?
The contests hosted by RankArt are open to the following techniques: oil, acrylic, watercolour, pastel and mixed techniques.
Only photographies are eligible to enter the photgraphy contest.

14 - My signature is on the picture of my work but it's not very visible. Will my entry be accepted?
The signature must be clearly visible when zooming on the picture. This is why you must upload good quality pictures.

15 - I've entered the contest but I don't own the paiting I submitted anymore because I sold it. Is this a problem?
It's possible to enter a painting you've sold (we will never ask you to send the painting even if you win the 1st prize). You have copyright on the works you submit (unless you've released all rights to the buyer. If you are found guitly of plagiarism or if you enter a work for which you don't have copyright, you expose yourself to the consequences of such violation of regulation and contest Rules and will be disqualified).

16 - The work I'd like to submit has already won the 1st prize in another contest. Can I still enter it on RankArt?
YES. You can enter pieces that have won prizes in other contests (digital or other)

17 - The picture of my work is of poor quality, can I submit it to enter the contest?
Poor quality pictures will lessen your chances of winning any sort of prize in the contest since the jury and the public wouldn't be able to examine your work properly.

18 - I'm a photographer and I've edited it with Photoshop, can I enter it?
NO. You are NOT ALLOWED to enter photographs edited with softwares such as Photoshop, Gimp, etc …

19 - Can I enter work that doesn't correspnd to the theme if I participate in a themed contest? (We remind you that the monthly paintings contest does NOT require to respect any theme)
It seems logical that you'd want to respect the required theme (mostly for the photography contests, which are the two big yearly contests) if you really want your work to win a  prize.

20 - Can I protest if I'm not one of the 14 winners? (10 winners for the RankArt prizes + 3 public choice prize winners + 1 winner for the Galerie Numéro 1 Grand Prize)
Jury decisions are final and cannot be challenged.
But even if you don't win anything this month, you can enter the contest as many times as you want, and that you always benefit from the exposure of your work on the website, which is regularly checked by the public and gallery managers. At RankArt, we work very hard on communication for artists and their work.
The website will also feature our RankArt favourites every day on all of our social network pages.
And finally, don't forget what's most important: take pleasure in your art !

21 - I create digital paintings, can I enter the contest?
NO. Paintings must be created on a "physical" support (the contest is NOT open to digital painting YET)

22 - My grandmother has taken a beautiful photograph that corresponds to the theme of the contest, but she's not interested in entering it in the contest. Can I "borrow" the picture from her and enter it in my own name? She's my grandma after all.
 We're sorry, but NO, you can't "borrow" you'r grandmother's photograph. Please note that:
- Upon entering the contest, you attest that you're the only author of the work you're submitting.
- Your signature must be visible on the picture you upload to the website.
- If you are guilty of plagiarism or submit the picture of work for which you do not hold copyright, you will become liable to any consequences that may result from violation of the law and the rules of the contest, and will be disqualified without refund.
- RankArt retains all rights to demand proof of the originality or authenticity of your art.

23 - I'm 17 years old and everyone says I'm a talented painter, i've even created good oil paintings. Can I enter the contest?
You must be 18 and older to be eligible to the contest even if you are very talented. Patience...

24 - I'm italian and I've entered the contest. How will I get my prizes if I win?
For winnesr who don't live in France, cash prizes will be directly transferred to your bank account. Details will be discussed with the winner. Same goes for the interview, which will be organized according to the means available to the winner (questions by email, skype conversation...) For the exhibition in Paris (Galerie Numéro 1 grand Prize) we will contact the winner to adapt to his specific situation.

25 - I've won the first prize! What happens now? What should I do to clam my prizes?
You live in France and you've won the contest!
We'll send your cheque and the certificate of participation to the contest at your home address.
We'll also contact you to organize the interview and, if you've won that specific prize, the 15-day exhibition of your work at the Galerie Numéro 1

26 - How long do I have to wait to know if I've won?
The winner will be announced and listed on the website the 20th of the month following the end of the contest (earlier if possible). Winners will also be notified by email. 

27 - Can I enter the same piece in different contest?
YES. EXCEPT if that piece has already won a prize (Grand Prize, RankArt Prize or public choice prize). In that case, you can't enter the same piece again, you must choose another one.

28 - What is the minimal size for the uploaded picture of my work?
We require a minimum of 600 pixels on the shortest side of the picture you're uploading so the jury can examine details if needed (the signature, for example) 

29 - I've uploaded my pictures during the night between 30th september and 1st october, will they be entered in the september contest or the ocotber contest?
This depends on the EXACT time the pictures have been uploaded. Submissions to contests pen at 0.00/12.00 am (midnight) the 1st of every month and close at 11.59 the last day of every month. Submissions will be automatically registered for the following month if you upload the picture after the midnight deadline on the last day.

30 - The picture of my work won a prize. Can I enter this picture again in another contest on this website?a photo de mon œuvre a gagné au concours.
 NO. Works that have won a RankArt prize and/or a public choice prize CAN'T ben entered again (if you win a prize with a specific piece you can't enter it again, you MUST choose another painting)

31 - I've mailed the cheque to pay the submission fees the 20th september to enter the september contest. What's the reception deadline for payment?
All payments received after the 25th of each month will result in an automatic registration of your participation for the following month's contest. (For example, if we receive the cheque after the 25th January, you'll enter the February contest.)

31 - I'm not a professional painter, I paint in my free time as an amateur. Can I still enter the contests?
YES. RankArt contests are open to everyone, professional and non professional.

Last modified: 01/19/2018