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::J_E_F
10/10/10 1:28 PM GMT
I thought about injecting an opportunity for us to show a little humour, with a police style mug shot suggestion.

This means that you'd have to stage the shoot (literally) but not necessarily of yourself or a person.

True, it's not necessarily a desktop orientated theme, but a chance to experiment.
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.Marzena
10/10/10 1:31 PM GMT
I agree.
And I am all for staging with the live policemen.
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With all my love and respect, Marzena
.StarLite
10/10/10 6:31 PM GMT
Many of these topics seem interesting..but I chose Colors of nature because nature can really be beautiful! :)
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Life is what you make of it! My Gallery
.rotcivski
10/10/10 6:37 PM GMT
I'm ready for a the party. Lets go to a festival.
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::Ramad
10/10/10 8:32 PM GMT
Colors of nature would have been good at any other time of the year but now it will mean mainly the autumn colors of red and gold.
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If practice makes perfect and nobody is perfect, then why practice?
.StarLite
10/10/10 10:16 PM GMT
I agree ::Ramad, but I do hope to see more than just autumn colors..we see those enough as it is this time of the year. :)
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Life is what you make of it! My Gallery
::armasoub
10/10/10 11:55 PM GMT
I added chocolate as an option. I believe this could be a lot of fun if you think outside the square. Chocolate could mean the food, the colour, the flavour, the effect it has on people, the addiction and other concepts, it all depends on how you interpret what it means to you or someone you know.
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.dskreations
10/11/10 2:04 PM GMT
I think this would be a fun and unique topic to get into!!
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A bee sting in life is just that a sting
::third_eye
10/11/10 2:26 PM GMT
"Dreams" has my vote, because I feel it would be more inclusive for artists in every genre and media. I also think that "colors of nature" would invite more images that are already found in abundance on the site. "Dreams", I believe, would encourage a more creative process that nudges the artist out of their respective comfort zone.
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::LynEve
10/11/10 8:57 PM GMT
I have not yet voted but am veering towards Colours Of Nature which gives a wide field of inspiration. I also think Chocolate is an interesting and thought provoking assignment.
Dreams - we have already had that subject some time ago but would not hurt to be repeated.
http://www.caedes.net/Zephir.cgi?lib=Caedes::Gallery&gallery=Contests->Dreams
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My thanks to all who leave comments for my work and to those of you who like one enough to make it a favourite. To touch just one person that way makes each image worthwhile. . . . . . . . . .. . . . "The question is not what you look at, but what you see" ~ Marcel Proust
::third_eye
10/11/10 9:05 PM GMT
oops. I'll retract my vote. Repeat contest topics are discouraged, from what I understand. wish I'd taken the time to do my homework. Thanks.

I voted instead for inspiration posters. could definitely be fun.
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::Akeraios
10/11/10 9:16 PM GMT
Well, that was 4 years ago - before my time! The entries from that look more interesting than most of what I've seen lately ...
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There are few situations in life that cannot be honourably settled, and without any loss of time, either by suicide, a bag of gold, or by thrusting a despised antagonist over the edge of a precipice on a dark night. -- Kai Lung
::third_eye
10/11/10 9:36 PM GMT
It was a different place back then.
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::Akeraios
10/11/10 11:28 PM GMT
I like colorful pictures, but there are hardly any pictures in the New Images that wouldn't fit that.
(Now if we had demotivational posters ...)
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There are few situations in life that cannot be honourably settled, and without any loss of time, either by suicide, a bag of gold, or by thrusting a despised antagonist over the edge of a precipice on a dark night. -- Kai Lung
.hirschikiss22
10/12/10 2:59 AM GMT
How could I not vote for chocolate!?!
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.Mythmaker
10/12/10 10:09 AM GMT
Have to say if Dreams is four years old that surely puts it past the statute of limitations for reasonable re-use? An awful lot of us were not around four years ago.

I might not vote at all at this point, I'll wait and see if my vote against colours of nature will make any difference near the cutoff date. Only half the planet is in Fall the rest of us are in some other season without so much easy to get at leaf driven drama round every corner. I guess we might end up with lots of Fall leaf photos, sunrise/sunset photos and flower photos = colours of nature. Obviously you could go for "muted colours of nature" and post a brilliantly elegant and understated image that will get drowned under a vast weight of super saturated Scurved colour drama images. (Man, I'm a grumpy bum today.) Fractal colours of nature, hmmm lots of leaf and fern shaped patterns. Hey I guess I could do a fake sunrise just using gradient/blend tools. Strictly speaking the only image that does NOT contain colours of nature is..... um, what colour does not exist in nature? So that means ANY image, including a bw (You get both in nature even if technically one is the absence of colour and the other is the mixture of colours.) will be good for this contest if "colours of nature" gets up. Which really means that colours of nature isn't actually a topic that narrows down or focuses at all, so why not just go straight to the top three images in the perm galleries and declare them the winners? (Yep, Mr grumpy, but quite rational, today.)

Mikel.
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It is not "The powerful attack the weak." it is "The fearful attack what they fear."
::LynEve
10/12/10 11:34 AM GMT
Well I think the challenge in the Colours of Nature subject would be to produce something unique that stands out - nature's colours are prolific, sure, but not just in landscapes, autumn leaves and sunsets. They are in water, a single rain drop, stones & rocks, birds eggs, birds feathers, minerals, gemstones, butterfly wings, rainbows, blades of grass, moss, . . . . . and of course the said autumn leaves and sunsets.

It could equally be said that Dreams as a subject does not narrow down or focus on anything specific - dreams can be anything - sometimes I even dream of chocolate! The 9 pages of entries in the previous Dreams contest showed a wide variety of imagination and talent.

Anyway, I am now considering voting for Street - can not understand why it has not had more votes - something we all have access to, every one is different, there is usually something happening in them, and I have no doubt that genres other than photography would create some wonderful street images.
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My thanks to all who leave comments for my work and to those of you who like one enough to make it a favourite. To touch just one person that way makes each image worthwhile. . . . . . . . . .. . . . "The question is not what you look at, but what you see" ~ Marcel Proust
::mesmerized
10/12/10 1:31 PM GMT
Even with all the examples given, I'm afraid I have to agree...Colors of Nature, whether vibrant or muted, pretty well includes everything other than man-made items, that already shows up everyday in the New Images...I voted for Opposites Attract...it requires a little hunting/thinking, includes all genres, and is open to various interpretations...i.e. people, colors, sizes of things etc.
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"One photo out of focus is a mistake, ten photos out of focus is an experimentation, one hundred photos out of focus is a style."
.StarLite
10/12/10 5:22 PM GMT
I agree with any topic...because any topic can be as hard as we ourselves will make it or as easy as we would like it...if anyone understands what I am trying to say. :)
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+purmusic
10/13/10 12:59 AM GMT
Samo, samo ...

(*yawns*)


Wait ...

Perhaps 'we' should hear from the individual who has suggested "Colours of Nature"?

On what exactly it is that they had in mind for this contest theme/idea/concept?
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::PhilipCampbell
10/13/10 11:24 AM GMT
I personally think we should do the one that gets the most votes.

Oh!! That's what we do? Never mind:-)

Any topic can challenge our creativity based on how we approach it.
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Happiness is nothing more than good health and a bad memory.- Albert Schweitzer
.Tootles
10/13/10 11:29 AM GMT
Although I voted for dreams, I found myself thinking about colours of nature last night... it was interesting. And this has nothing in particular to do with colours of nature, but I think a Halloweeny contest for this time of year shouldn't be spurned... when else would we run one? We could do dreams and so on at any time of year, but when Halloween, Christmas etc have gone, they've gone.
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::coram9
10/14/10 7:58 AM GMT
Might it be a good idea if any new topic had to be submitted with a description?
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"There are no rules for good photographs, there are only good photographs." Ansel Adams - Please look at other images in my Gallery.
.Mythmaker
10/14/10 9:26 AM GMT
Hey C9 not a bad idea, topic gets a proposer definition as well and those who vote are exhorted to keep that def in mind when voting, obviously can't "make" them keep that def in mind. :)

Matsa makes a fair point, which I've used here before, any topic can be made a challenge if the artist approaches it that way.

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It is not "The powerful attack the weak." it is "The fearful attack what they fear."
.jimmyc1955
10/14/10 12:27 AM GMT
My vote went to street. Nothing represents a community like a street. At the same time highways hold a mythic place in the developed world - a sense of freedom and an connection to "anywhere". Empty roads and country lanes reflect country life life few other metaphors. From a crowded city street fair to a leaf covered country lane - each image imparts a unique perception to the viewer. That diversity in photographic opportunity would make a wonderful contest for anybody who has ever pointed a camera at a small town parade to snapshots on 42nd street.
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::Akeraios
10/14/10 2:24 PM GMT
What about artists who don't point a camera?
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There are few situations in life that cannot be honourably settled, and without any loss of time, either by suicide, a bag of gold, or by thrusting a despised antagonist over the edge of a precipice on a dark night. -- Kai Lung
::0930_23
10/14/10 8:18 PM GMT
I gave street a vote as well.
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Cameras are like people--sometimes they lose focus.
::Akeraios
10/14/10 8:56 PM GMT
Don't mind me, I'm just talking to myself ...
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There are few situations in life that cannot be honourably settled, and without any loss of time, either by suicide, a bag of gold, or by thrusting a despised antagonist over the edge of a precipice on a dark night. -- Kai Lung
::armasoub
10/14/10 11:17 PM GMT
I hear ya....

Yeah the artist can make a challange out of any topic...but if the topic is not really challanging the temptation is there just to go with the flow,(and that will happen). I believe a topic is in need which is edgy and challanging both from an illustrative point and a photographic point. The colour of nature as has been pointed out above is what we all seem to be doing anyway. There are so many fresher ideas listed above. Such as Dreams, Not what it looks like and even opposites attract. The topic also has to be sympathetic to all mediums not just a camera or fractal art.
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+purmusic
10/15/10 1:16 AM GMT
(*covers Akeraios with a blanket ...*)


To keep her warm, sillies. Bit of a draft in here ... what with the dearth of challenging subjects..


... ...

... ...

Did I just type that publicly? Oops.

:oP


I am kidding, kidding. Well, a bit.

As I think/feel/agree with armasoub's words in the post above. Much more succinct than anything I could have said. 'Cause ...

I've seen the membership get excited about past challenging topics.

Bafflement at first , then ... a chipping away at the creative core to the theme to produce some really, really fine images.


Maybe next time then.

Or ...

Maybe, just maybe ... we will be blown away...

Anyways, many cookies to be eaten now await my undivided attention.


(*gets contest gallery for viewing ... pulls up a chair, gets comfy ... makes a note about a description of suggested contest themes ... waits*)
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.TemptingTime
10/15/10 1:28 AM GMT
I just want to know what happened to the topic I posted last week that was there for a couple days and is now gone..
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+purmusic
10/15/10 1:30 AM GMT
A note on contest descriptions.

Some history and thoughts...

Contest topics were somewhat problematic, typically.

And unless *caedes has changed his thoughts on the matter, preferred to leave as much room for interpretation as possible.

So as to not unduly influence the membership's creativity. In short.

Not a bad approach, methinks, and quite efficient/economical.


With that said and taking advantage a bit of the soapbox moment, got an idea for the next contest.


"Light on White"

Description:

Create an image, or take a photo in which the background is white and the subject is predominantly a lighter colour.

/\ See you next poll with this one.
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+purmusic
10/15/10 1:31 AM GMT
@TemptingTime: And that subject/topic was?
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.TemptingTime
10/15/10 1:32 AM GMT
Hidden Treasures lol
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.TemptingTime
10/15/10 1:34 AM GMT
not that it really matters considering when I posted the topic "colors of nature" was waaaaayyy ahead in votes.. just curious as to why it was missing
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+purmusic
10/15/10 2:25 AM GMT
"Hidden Treasures"?

You're welcome for the anecdote. No charge.

:oP


Lol.


As to it's disappearance?

Possibilities include but are not limited to;

i) If it had only garnered one vote (your own), perhaps you inadvertently clicked on the page at some later point effectively changing your vote and releasing yours to the intrawebs.

ii) A site bug/glitch.

iii) THAT guy did it.


I am placing my money on iii). Never did trust that guy, got ... shifty eyes..

>.>... <.<


p.s. Noted for the record on a slightly more serious note. :o)
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.TemptingTime
10/15/10 2:33 AM GMT
hahaha, I too believe that THAT guy did it. Anyway, it's really not a big deal. I'll live.
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::Akeraios
10/15/10 2:39 AM GMT
Are shifty eyes worse than bloodshot one?


I seem to vaguely sort of remember seeing "Hidden Treasurers" up there at some point, but it have been a dream. It has potential though ... (the topic, not the dream)


P.S. Thanks for the blanket, Les. But I might have to save it for another week or so, until fall decides to come back again.

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There are few situations in life that cannot be honourably settled, and without any loss of time, either by suicide, a bag of gold, or by thrusting a despised antagonist over the edge of a precipice on a dark night. -- Kai Lung
.Hukka55
10/15/10 7:48 AM GMT
Hahahaha! "Colors of Nature", and it is conveniently autumn.
I see the multitude of Autumny tree-shots coming our way.

Actually, I am going to participate with one such shot. :D
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"We, the Dreamers, are thus alike. For our dreams we will fight, and we'll write the future history less bloody than the past, with our dreams we'll build a peace to last!" -Hukka
.Mythmaker
10/15/10 12:04 AM GMT
"That guy", yeah he's totally shifty, blame him, he never turns up to the court proceedings anyway.

"Hidden Treasures". Now that is a cool topic and if you post in the next topic poll I'll vote for it.

Colours of nature.

Hmmm. Ok the great Hoi Polloi have spoken. I await the moment whence I shall be amazafied by the originality of the entries.

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It is not "The powerful attack the weak." it is "The fearful attack what they fear."
::third_eye
10/15/10 12:36 AM GMT
I'm hoping for some originality, and not a deluge of "been there, done that" formulaic images. And please, people, can we keep the editing to within sane levels? Here's a thought.. If you have to do that much work on it, maybe you should just reshoot or recreate the image.

As for my vote, I decided to pencil in Ralph Nader. Jaded? Just a tad... :-/
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::Akeraios
10/15/10 1:25 PM GMT
I find "straight" photography rather boring ...
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There are few situations in life that cannot be honourably settled, and without any loss of time, either by suicide, a bag of gold, or by thrusting a despised antagonist over the edge of a precipice on a dark night. -- Kai Lung
::third_eye
10/15/10 1:46 PM GMT
If you mean snapshots, or single objects shot dead-on, and such, then I think you're not alone. But as long as images like that keep getting heaps of praise bestowed upon them by the friends of the person posting them, there'll be no end in sight.

The same could be said for fractals and computer art. I've seem some amazing images I couldn't even begin to imagine how they were created, and then along will come something that looks like a zoo animal was lent a Spirograph and a couple of crayons.

Maybe if more people would step up and point out that the emperor has no clothes, he'd finally go get dressed...or something like that.
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::Akeraios
10/15/10 2:05 PM GMT
I mean that dressing up a bad shot is not the only reason for editing. I looked through the old "Dreams" contest entries. Out of 100 entries, perhaps 10 could have come straight from the camera. I don't see much photo editing/manipulation like that anymore.
I guess I just like fantasy better than real life!
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There are few situations in life that cannot be honourably settled, and without any loss of time, either by suicide, a bag of gold, or by thrusting a despised antagonist over the edge of a precipice on a dark night. -- Kai Lung
::LynEve
10/15/10 2:20 PM GMT
I see The colours of Nature as very challenging (but maybe that is because I am easily challenged and lack imagination)

To make the COLOURS of nature the overiding feature and impact of an image I have no doubt will result in some imaginative and interesting efforts from all categories.

Maybe we will, after all, be amazed, blown away and surprized :)
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My thanks to all who leave comments for my work and to those of you who like one enough to make it a favourite. To touch just one person that way makes each image worthwhile. . . . . . . . . .. . . . "The question is not what you look at, but what you see" ~ Marcel Proust
+purmusic
10/15/10 4:08 PM GMT
(*whispers for next time ...*)

'"Light on White"

Description:

Create an image, or take a photo in which the background is white and the subject is predominantly a lighter colour.'


/\ Not as easy as it may sound, and when done well?

Stunning...
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::Akeraios
10/15/10 4:13 PM GMT
So stun me!
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There are few situations in life that cannot be honourably settled, and without any loss of time, either by suicide, a bag of gold, or by thrusting a despised antagonist over the edge of a precipice on a dark night. -- Kai Lung
.Mythmaker
10/16/10 3:32 AM GMT
I'm a prophet! First entry is a rainbow. How many entries can we get before some Fall leaves turn up? Less than five I suspect.
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It is not "The powerful attack the weak." it is "The fearful attack what they fear."
::LynEve
10/16/10 4:44 AM GMT
One hardly needs to be a prophet to predict a rainbow would appear !
Predicting some sort of ghost would have appeared had the subject chosen been Haunted Houses would not make me one either.
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My thanks to all who leave comments for my work and to those of you who like one enough to make it a favourite. To touch just one person that way makes each image worthwhile. . . . . . . . . .. . . . "The question is not what you look at, but what you see" ~ Marcel Proust
+purmusic
10/16/10 12:31 AM GMT
Hey to all the new moms and dads out there!

Got a tip for yous all. Ready?

Toilet training.


Send them to grandma and grandpa's. For, ohhh ... I don't know.. couple years should do it?

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Yous are welcome.

:oD
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::Akeraios
10/16/10 1:20 PM GMT
Who let him out this time?
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There are few situations in life that cannot be honourably settled, and without any loss of time, either by suicide, a bag of gold, or by thrusting a despised antagonist over the edge of a precipice on a dark night. -- Kai Lung
.Mythmaker
10/16/10 1:54 PM GMT
Hey LynEve, thanks for underscoring my point for me. Much appreciated. :)
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It is not "The powerful attack the weak." it is "The fearful attack what they fear."
::armasoub
10/17/10 3:34 AM GMT
Trees, leaves, rainbows, flower, flowers, more flowers, landscapes, hills mountains, rivers, more trees more flowers,...ahhh (man am I synical...sorry!) I suppose, it is not what the subject is, it is how challenging you make it. As above, please please stun me.

Not that the above topics have no merit, there are some fantastic well taken beautiful example of the above allready!
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::Roseman_Stan
10/18/10 6:26 PM GMT
I like the sounds of Light on White Les. I recently bought a book where one entire section was rose and flower photos on a white background. It really can be very refreshing to view such photos.
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"If I should leave this path of life today, I would carry the vision of Gods' Rose Blooms with me as I go......." --By Stan V. Griep - 2010
=Samatar
10/20/10 12:09 AM GMT
Though in some cases the contest subjects may seem to invite predictable entries, I have generally found that those who interpret it in the most imaginative/creative way are the ones who are rewarded by those voting for the winners...
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-Everyone is entitled to my opinion-
::Akeraios
10/20/10 12:43 AM GMT
Actually, I've found a lot of the winning entries lately rather boring.
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There are few situations in life that cannot be honourably settled, and without any loss of time, either by suicide, a bag of gold, or by thrusting a despised antagonist over the edge of a precipice on a dark night. -- Kai Lung
+purmusic
10/26/10 5:07 PM GMT
Hey, did yous hear?

Looks like;


"Light on White"

Description:

Create an image, or take a photo in which the background is white and the subject is predominantly a lighter colour.'



... might be in the running as a contest option next go round.

I am going to vote for it, how about yous?


;o)
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.StarLite
10/26/10 5:43 PM GMT
sounds interesting :)
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Life is what you make of it! My Gallery
+purmusic
10/28/10 6:41 PM GMT
(*checks time*)

Still a few hours left to be 'amazified'..

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That is not to say that there have not been some quality images submitted.


Simply looking at the overall contest galleries to date for this one, could 'you' tell me what the theme/idea/concept of this contest was supposed to be without looking?

The answer is ... 'no'. (My humble opinion, of course.)
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::LynEve
10/28/10 10:01 PM GMT
Looking through the 21 previous contests there are others that the theme would not be apparent from the entries as well.
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My thanks to all who leave comments for my work and to those of you who like one enough to make it a favourite. To touch just one person that way makes each image worthwhile. . . . . . . . . .. . . . "The question is not what you look at, but what you see" ~ Marcel Proust
.Nekopuff
10/29/10 8:08 AM GMT
I don't see my entry in the contest gallery... Yet the photo is in my gallery and under it says "Contests > Curent Contest".
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+purmusic
10/29/10 4:18 PM GMT
Oh oh ...

@Nekopuff:

I am hoping that you did not encounter the following situation, as described on this discussion thread ... "Problem with contest submissions".


Apologies, if you did Neko. :o|


I will post a 'reminder' of sorts for *caedes and to that thread.
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.Nekopuff
10/30/10 3:49 PM GMT
Not fair. :(
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