Since 1998, JUANNIO established an art contest for national and international emerging artists, to be able to participate in the annual exhibition and auction. These submissions are curated by a panel of judges, comprised of international curators of recognized trajectory in the art world, who donate their time to the cause. The contest selects first, second and third place, and three honorable mentions. To encourage artists to participate the event awards the following prizes: the winner receives an artistic scholarship and the second and third place, receive a monetary prize.