Is it a Juried Competition?
This competition is democratic. Any jury, however "unbiased," would have to make their decision based on the participant's entry. This, by definition, would make such a decision biased.
Remember, the prize is not a trophy; it is a scholarship. Should we award the best artist, it would be unfair because such a winner is already an advanced painter and would take a place of someone, who really needs to learn painting techniques. Should we award an artist with weak skills, this competition would quickly turn into "my artwork is uglier that yours" content. Should we award a membership according to the participant's story, it would turn into "my life is tougher than yours" competition. We don't want to play favorites and therefore let public decide who wins.
Why this competition is democratic?
A selected group of people, jury might not reflect true opinions of all people. There is only one way to make this competition democratic - let people decide who wins. We do not influence voting, and use third-party widgets to count votes. The Watercolor Academy team technically cannot interfere with this process. The voting counters are external and independent software. They count how many Facebook shares and Pins every participant has. Those with the highest numbers, win.
How my friends can vote for me?
Ask your friends and followers to visit your competition page and click the social network buttons. Social shares counts as votes. A participant with the highest number of votes wins the Watercolor Academy Online Course.
I don't have many friends; how can I win?
If someone really wants to win, one will find the way to attract voters. What would you do to tell the World you need help? Can you talk to people and ask for a favor? If people like you and your art, we don not see any reason why they won't vote for you.