Happy belated International Women's Day and Pi Day!
The Themed Week this month is going to be "Birds and Flowers," chosen by our contest winner *MorrighanGW
. That'll start on March 19th!
Our affiliate #MountainShots
is having a new contest titled The loneliness in the mountain
! Check it out
Deadline is March 31st.
on your DD!
Check out more member DDs here
Random feature time! Here are some green birds in celebration of a certain upcoming holiday
The winners of our trio of "Emotions" contests have been declared! Without further ado, here they are:Photo Contest
First place: Bond by ~El-Quivira
Second place: Really Bad Feather Day III by *MorrighanGW
Third place: Scorn by =mydigitalmind Unknown Artists Contest
First place: Sweet Love by =amalia-x
Tied for second place: Defiance II by *pteronychus
& Heartbroken by ~wildroseblossom
Third place: I'm just shy... by ~Ptitenanette Art Contest
First place: Calling Us Home by =LuxDani
Second place: The Dispute Cat and Wren by ~FuzzyCreaturePainter
Third place: The Emotions Of Snowy Owls by *youlittlemonkey
While we had many beautiful entries, I'd like to address some issues that came up with the contest.
First, I had to disqualify 23 entries because the entrants did not vote.
- The rule that participants must vote has been a contest rule for at least four years.
- There is a warning that people should not participate if they do not agree to this rule during the submission period.
- There is a reminder of the rule in the news journal, on all the voting forms, and in all the contest journals.
- I made the voting period long (3 weeks) so people would have time to vote.
- And I posted at least four reminders to vote.
The rule is in place because we used to get dozens of entries and only a handful of votes - people were entering contests and then forgetting about them. So I am disappointed that people still managed to forget to vote. It's even more disappointing because two of the disqualified entries would have placed, and a third entry got a DD!
Next: I posed a question in the photo contest voting form about imposing an age limit on photos. For example, the contest entry must be taken after 2008. I originally suggested it because I saw that many entries were taken several years ago, yet the artists in question had better newer works in their galleries. However, you all have convinced me otherwise! 18 people were for the idea - but 23 people were against it! You said things like:
- "If it's not required that the photo be taken specifically for the contest I don't see the point in putting an 'age limit' on the images"
- "i dont know but when i read the STRICT guidelines for submission i lose my half morale"
- "Personally I would not agree with an age limit on a photo, some people only shoot in the wild. If you were going to the zoo to get your photos where your subject is available on a daily basis, or any form of captivity, sure. But if you have only seen a species twice and the last time was 4 years ago, and it's a top quality shot, why should it not be eligible as an entry."
- "I think it doesn't matter. Personally we're judging on the piece itself, not the date it was submitted on."
However, some people also suggested that an age limit would be better on contests with a less abstract theme than "Emotions," or that the rule should only be used for some contests. We will make sure to poll for your opinions if we want to institute this rule!
Some other points brought up during voting:"Some of the entries I didn't think showed any emotion. Or the emotion assigned to them were inaccurate. I think 50% were relevant to the actual competition."
Our contests are democratically run - if you think an entry does not fit the theme, then do not vote for it. That's why we encouraged you to think about whether the art evoked the emotion listed under it. We decided to run contests this way because we moderators felt guilty and frustrated about pre-judging contest entries; it didn't seem fair for us to decide whether an entry fit a theme. If the artist thought it did, what gives us mods the privilege to disagree? So we leave it up to popular vote. Plus, it saves us more time if we don't have to evaluate entries "I'm a little confused as to the requirements of what made an artist 'unknown.'"
The requirements were clearly listed in the contest journal at all times and I specifically asked people to note me (~meihua
) if they were curious about my methodology. If you still want to know, then don't be afraid to just ask!
(re: Unknown Artists) "Perhaps consider if that person has also received any DDs as well?"
Only one person in the Unknown Artists contest had a DD, and he got it during
the contest, which is not something we could have foreseen.
Besides, the requirements would most likely prevent people who already had DDs from participating (less than 2500 faves total OR less than 150 average views per deviation), and he was disqualified for not voting anyway.
Several people said that the Unknown Artists requirements should be made even stricter if we have a similar contest, and others said they definitely want to see an Unknown Artists contest again. So we will see about that!
P.S. If you read all that, thank you for caring about my thoughts! Just to let you know, dA's group journals are buggy and I don't receive notifications on them. I apologize in advance if I don't reply to something!
Don't forget to vote in our Emotions contests! The deadline for voting is March 3rd. Due to my busy schedule, I will not have time to send out individual voting reminders like I usually do, so if you are a participant, please make sure you vote!
If you are not sure whether you've voted or not, just cast a vote anyway. If you vote twice, I'll just delete the extra. If you don't vote at all, you will be disqualified.
Here are the voting links:Photo Contest
| Art Contest
| Unknown Artists Contest
Our top faves from the February Themed Week, "Focus on Feathers
Our February joint news article with %Bird-Photography
Bird-Photography and Birds-Club February Features%Bird-Photography and #Birds-Club proudly presents some of the best submissions from the month of February, chosen by me, =mydigitalmind. At the end of every month, I will go through submissions from both groups and choose the ones that stand to feature them in a News Article. I will also choose features from some of our special events that run during the month.
:iconBird-Photography: and :iconBirds-Club:
Bird-Photography's Featured Photos
Every week, the admins from %Bird-Photography pick a photo out of the previous week's submissions that will be featured on our front page for the entire week. The following photos were featured in February.
Birds-Club Bird of the Month
Each month, #Birds-Club devotes a journal feature to a particular bird species. Members are welcome to submit as many deviations as they want with no pre-judging as long as they are photos
The March BOTM will be Tanagers
One last February member DD
Second Place: ~HelenaMim