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CONTEST WINNERS

Tue Jan 15, 2008, 7:46 PM
When I started this contest, my reasoning was "why not?"

And, apparently, hundreds of you agreed with me!!! I'd like to thank you all - it's been an interesting experience running my first contest. The response was, to put it mildly, overwhelming.

Without further ado...
First Place
Flying by Cutteroz  Flying - by Cutteroz
Significant comment from judges: "Did I see this on a book cover someplace? It should be!"
and: "Flying" is innovative - daring like Dali, bizarre like Dali, too.
Cutteroz wins an iPod, Wacom Art Tablet, or iPod Touch; artist's choice. Congratulations!!!

Second Place
Unhappy by StefanoBonazzi  Unhappy - by Stefano83
Judges say: "Unhappy" is a brilliant statement on body-image, and the light has been harshened up to emphasize it.  And it actually made me _feel_unhappy.  Great compositing on the TV image, too.
and: "!"
Stefano83 wins a year's subscription to Photoshop User/3d Creative or a comparable magazine of his choice.


Third Place
Fata Morgana by FernandoTabanera  Fata Morgana - by D-StruktIV
Judges say: Delicious use of light. Quirky!
D-StruktIV wins some custom stock images to his specification!

Runners-Up:
Universal "Embrace" by Tearran  just training dad by hellron  Mowing by grunta-nz
Lost Wonders of the World-1 by Fangfingers  Hands off the Chest by heteroerectus  The untitled scenes XCI by Funerium
Cordula by Jumprabbit
Runners up get a year's subscription to DA!!

I hope that you've all gotten something - even if it's only frustration - out of this contest. It has been a learning experience for many of you, I expect, and it has been for me, too. First off, I learned that I am not emotionally suited to judge from among lots of beautiful art-works. I'd rather sit back and be happily :love: gobsmacked :love: with wonderful things, than to try to rank them, sort them, or choose between them. Trying to pick ten out of more than one thousand art-works was crushing, upsetting, and - frankly - not a lot of fun. If I were made of money (I'm not) and had a spare $25,000 to give everyone an iPod, I probably would have done that, rather than to have to face the hard work of choosing amongst you. Perhaps you do not believe me when I say this, but I looked deeply at every single art-work that was entered, and I loved something every single one of them. You all have my deepest gratitude.

Some of your art-works made me jaw-drop at the crazy amount of effort you obviously put into them. Others made me laugh because they were clever or offbeat. And, then, there were the colors - the beautiful carefully chosen colors and textures that some of you worked with. Or, what about the out of the box ideas like the little sculpey statues, or the stick sculpture, or the absolutely insane 9-foot-tall painting? Trying to put all of those things on the same scale just makes no sense; I did it because that was what I said I was going to do - and I am very sorry if any of you feel slighted or passed over. The sad truth is that if I had thought things through a little bit more, I wouldn't have had this contest at all.

So, thank you all for supporting my first and only art contest!! I am, however, going to think up another way of saying "thank you" back to the many artists on DA who make me laugh or cry (or want to kick you!). I'll try to announce that in a couple months, after I have a chance to think the details through a little bit more carefully.

Until then, Please join me in thanking everyone who participated and a special round of applause for the winners and finalists.

Love you all,
mjr.

(PS - more ruminations on the problem of running a contest like this are here: mjranum.deviantart.com/journal… in my art account journal)

  • Mood: Affection
  • Listening to: The Chieftains: tears of stone
  • Reading: Oliver Sacks: Musicophilia
  • Watching: My computer; duh.
  • Eating: coffee
  • Drinking: coffee
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tsheva Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Congrats to the winners :clap:
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Ederoi Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
Congratulations to all the winners! These are stunning entries :D
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sudhithxavier Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2008  Professional Interface Designer
Wow right choices. Clear and clutter free judgment.
Congrats.
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Golden-Knight Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2008
I applaud your selection of all of the winning entries.

Ironically the winner (=Cutteroz) is on my watch list is an artist whose style I admire.

Keep up the great stock supplies - I have already sent a few people your way.

Best wishes.
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kayceeus Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Congratulations to all the winners!! :clap: I've judged quite a few contests and believe me when I say I know how hard it can be, much less to have to go through as many pieces as you did! :faint: Good job!!
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zoomzoom Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
its a little late and not really a modif... but a fan project. here it is again. [link]
if you want a file for yourself just to have, i can change the credits to our real names and let you download it.

take care....
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mjranum-stock Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2008
I have dial-up so I can't watch videos over the network... it's just too flippin' slow. :( I'll try to download it tonight when i am asleep.
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zoomzoom Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
dial up? but why? its only cost about $20-25/m for a basic DSL which is 50 times faster then dial up... i have no idea how u do this with such a slow service... god... i bet it takes forever to upload all these images to your stock gallery. i feel soo bad for u...
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mjranum-stock Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2008
I live in an area where high speed is not offered. And satellite sucks. It's the only bad part about living out here in the beautiful middle of noplace.
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hyenacub Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
I told you I didn't envy you! LOL Well kudos to you for getting through it intact...and congrats to the winners and runners-up! (That one with Death Jr. in it is my favorite of the finalists LOL)
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JonathanFesmire Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
Congrats to all the winners!

I hope you have more contests like this. Even though my entry didn't make the finals, it was just fun to enter and to see all the wonderful art that others created.
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warnertoddjames Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2008
:clap: :clap: :auplaue: :clap: :clap:
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:iconthe-cold-white-light:
Congratulations everyone! :) And thanks a lot for the contest! :)
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MaydayKoigoStock Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2008   Photographer
Amazing choices!
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Synchrestra Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2008
They all very suitable winners! And wonderful too. I knew I couldn't win although I love the piece I've sent to the contest with all my art and I still think it is one of my best ever, although, curiously, many think it is nothing special (why is always like that? :giggle:). But it was good to participate. :)
Thank you for the opportunity.

(btw, I didn't participate with this account but with my digital art account. This is the account I use for stock and keep track of stocks. :))
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PandaFreelance Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
Those were great, I'd still rather see Fata Morgana as the number one winner but hey Flying and Unhappy rocked insanely hard aswell.

But hey, Marcus, with a stock collection like yours you better run another contest in the future ;)
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im1happy Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2008
It was an awesome contest and enjoyed looking at all the entries submitted. I think you did a wonderful job and you should be congratulated. Not an easy task to take on. :hug: You are appreciated:hug::love:
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Comtessa Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Congratulations, and well done to the judges for chosing and you for also running the darned thing! :D
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misterdoe Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Congrats to all the winners. :)

And you had to pick from over 1000 entries?! :omg:

I wanted to enter, since you have great photos to choose from, but I've been kind of blocked lately, both with writing and with photomanipulation. :hmm: Probably time to try a new type of art. Maybe icons?

Hopefully I'll be unblocked soon, so I can get back to "work." :nod: I wish my real work was as nearly as enjoyable as the stuff I do on my computer at home...

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oibyrd Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
congrats to the winners :clap:! all very deserving :)!
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kingflash Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks for the opportunity Marcus :judge: and thanks for the incredible stock you continue to provide...it makes my day when I find some new images of yours in my watch file...all hail the "King of Stock":rzero:.

Congratulations to the winners :winner:
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virgo-e Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2008
100 :clap:'s for winners, runners and Marcus !
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LaFleureRouge Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2008
Wonderful choices darling cheers to you all well done
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simplysmart Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
congratulations to all:boogie:
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HungryApe Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2008
Coangrats to all the winners. I certainly wouldn't have wanted to judge the contest. There was just too much good work.
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Amazonofexeter Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2008  Professional General Artist
Congratulations to everyone for taking part and winners for winning and mjranum for all the effort and thought he put in to dealing with all the entries as fairly as possible!
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MaureenOlder Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
:clap: wonderful winners :)
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BrooklynMachineWorks Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Great stuff!! Congratz all!
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CharityBecker Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Grats everyone!
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2sad-eyes Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2008
Congrats to all winners!!!! :party:
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tanabatablossom Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Fantastic picks! Congratulations to the winners! :w00t:
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sweetangel1 Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2008
congrats to all the winners :clap: :party:
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trygothic Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
concgrats for all :clap:....amazing art :clap:
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Taboon1 Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2008
WOOT! And, congratulations to all...

I so wouldn't want to have chosen from the sheer volume of talent. I did not see the top one. So, LMAO! Keeping track of it all had to blow your mind.

So many different minds... awesome.
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Foxfires Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
Congratulations!! This was a monumentally hug contest, and I think you did a fantastic job of it Marcus! And the winners are wonderful. They truly took your stock and created something altogether unique with it!
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Dreamypunk Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
congratulations to all of the winners:claps:
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fOXbain Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2008
Well done, and a great contest too ! :D
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frenchfox Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2008
Congratulations for all , and especially to the winners :clap:
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wile1 Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2008
Congratulations to all of the winners.. That was a fun and wonderful contest so thank you mjr for running it! :)
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Healersmoon Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2008
Congratulations to all the fantastic winners! I totally agree with the choices - the pieces are fabulous and give the rest of us something to be inspired by! Great contest - Thank YOU so much for running it!
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Funerium Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Congrats one & all, and special thanks for the host of it all. :peace:
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JunkbyJen Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2008
Congratulations to the winners :)
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TTM77 Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
:w00t:
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pagan22 Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2008
Congrats everyone! :clap:
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Jagash Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Congrats to everyone, especially the excellent judge.
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Jagash Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Congrats to everyone, especially the excellent judge.
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TylersAngel Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2008
:dance: my favourite from the moment I saw it made the third!!! :boogie:

marcus,you did such a great job by a) taking all these incredible stockpics and b) fighting through over a thousand entries...that wasn't an easy job to do (I wouldn't have wanted to change with you :giggle:)

I would say this was the contest event of the year 2007.................hoping for another in 2008 ;)

I'm looking forward to more stocks from you,so I will be able to do some more manips myself :)

:clap: :clap: to EVERYONE who participated and congratulations to the three winners :clap: :clap:
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DaniMyrick Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2008  Student Digital Artist
It was a great contest! :aww: I looked at nearly every entry as you posted them (I've been away so missed a few at the end :blush: ). Congrats to all who took the time to enter. :nod:
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kooo Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2008
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daver1138 Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
When will be the next with that prizeeeees??

Congrats to the winners. The runners-up too... but honestly, was pretty clear from the selection, who was going to win.

^^

d.
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