I would like to hear from artists who have participated in plein air contests where an entry fee (jury fee or just to participate fee) was paid and prize money was involved. I would like to know if most contests work on the honor system or have specific rules in the following aspects:
1) Did your in-process, unused stamped blank surfaces, or completed paintings have to be checked in each evening and checked out the next morning for an event that lasted more than on day? The obvious resaon for this requirement who be to prevent work indoors at night and to keep the maximum time available to complete a work(s) equal for all participants.
2) For lack of a better title, were their "field checkers" to assure no one was using a photograph as a reference or a digital camera (which enables viewing a captured scene with it's particular light,cloud pattern, etc. and superimposing a grid).
3) Most contests require your blank surfaces be stamped at registration. Does blank mean no pretoning of the surface for watercolor, acrylic, or oil, but OK to use toned surfaces for pastels?
4) Any other rules that you think sould be excluded or included.
5) Any experiences you had or obsevations you made that you felt permitted an element of unfairness.