Water is an element, and there was no requirement that the winner use all four elements. I don't see any problem with those chosen. I thought the competition was wonderful and the results show imaginative interpretations of the theme. There were a lot of possibilities and just about any combination of three would have been great. The entries were very impressive indeed. Good job, all! And congratulations to the winners!!!
LadyFire_Ice here. As one of the the winners who were chosen, I am indeed very disappointed in all of this critism. It can really spoil the elation of winning believe me. I did not realize there was this much decention in the ranks. When I entered the contest it was in good faith and I did adhere to 2 elements actually. Air and water. As deemarie so kindly put it, the rules stated one, or all elements could be used. On entering, I had hopes, as everyone has I am sure, of placing or even achieving honorable mention. It saddens me to see this happening because as I said it's raining on any glory the winners who were chosen may have felt. Thank you to all who did offer their congratulations. It is greatly appreciated. Thanks for hearing my side of this issue. LadyFire_Ice
To the judges and winners of the Cover Contest, respectfully why do you defend your defend the results of the contest, As a newbie to the this website, contests and the world of 3D art in general, , I felt that the rules and instructions were quite clear of what elements and in any combination could be included as a contest submission. To explain this again is in my opinion to apologize to others for not reading the rules and reading it again. To the CD cover winner and all winners you should never experience this as a bitter-sweet win becuase of voices from critics, you did not judge the contest, so let critics speak, this art community or any others will never agree on art, especially when it becomes personal. To all who disagree with the judges choices and you have that right, there will be other contests, some will try again and others will not I assume. Congrats To all the winners and to all who tried! LRF
I wanted to say congrats to the winners of the contest. The judges must have had a hard time picking as all of the entries were fantastic. I am sure we all enter with hopes of glory, but the reality is that not everyone can be first place. But, do we only create art to win contests? No! We do it to express our emotions, reflect on our lives, or center ourselves in a chaotic world. I entered the contest and didn't even get honorable mention, but I had lots of fun making the picture - so I still win. To the talented artist who won: Bravo, a well deserved victory.
Congrats to all the winners all the enteries were outstanding I bet the judges had a hard time!! I agree with atom1972 this contest was fun and I really didn't expect to win or place or even an honerable mention. These contest give us the chance to challenge ourself which is always a good thing. Sometimes we get in a rut and these help us get out of them. So thanks to the Magazine staff for giving us this chance to show our stuff :O)
In reading the comments above I have to totally agree. I had so much fun with the contest it was incredible. I find that the contests do take you out of a rut and to the next level. My win came as a total surprise actually. The night I heard I was in shock,,, I had not anticipated winning at all and enjoyed the fun of just doing the piece. There were so many awesome pictures. Everyone did an excellent job, and yes there can only be only a few chosen winners. To the judges, I must commend them, as I would not have wanted to be in their shoes for all the tea in China. With all of that talent laid out in front of them, what a feat that must have been to have to make the choices. Congrats to all that entered. A huge thank you to the judges also. Looking forward to the next one,,, Lady :-)
My congratulations to the winners!! 1st place was my pick as well! A lot of very fine images to choose from indeed. If I may however, offer this small point....all previous "cover-art" consists of "faces"....??? If a "face" is what you "really" want, than please indicate such in your theme proposals for future "contests". We all want a fair chance at 1st place. By adhering to a "theme", one hopes that is insured...there's no place for bias.
First off, a Special Thank You to everyone who entered the contest! (Even though it did make judging the contest very difficult for the Magazine Staff - with so many amazing entries) As to the contest rules: "At least One" Element needed to be featured in the contest image - Not All of the elements needed to be represented in one image! The Front Cover has the elements of Water and Earth. The back cover's element is of course water :] The CD silk screen is water and air. So, 3 of the 4 elements are showcased throughout the Magazine and CD :) A very special congratulations to the Artists whose images will be featured on the Magazines front/back/CD covers! Again, congratulations to all who entered - you are all winners for taking the time to submit your images to the contest! Dee-Marie
Congratulations to the winners, all 1000% deserving. And this comment is not meant to imply otherwise, and perhaps I shouldn't even mention it, but I can't help but notice the compositions of 5 of the 6 cover winners revolve around a close-up of a young woman's face. This just might be an unconscious bias on the part of our judges. If so, we should all submit similar work, or perhaps we should request that our judges strive, in the future, for a little more diversity in composition and/or subject matter.
Heartfelt congratulations to you winners and to all of you who stretched your horizons when entering this contest. I too love these contests very much. Yes, it is a lot of work but it is wonderful and involved work. I get to meet a lot of you, answer questions, assist with problems and sometimes just say hi and confirm receipt of your entry. Eargasm has raised a good point regarding "faces/figures" in our selections. We aren't specifically looking for those. We have also had a few winners that did not have figures in their entry :)
Congats to all of the Entries...At least we tried and that is what really counts,I for one learned alot and with what I learned I had to change my scene 7 times in 2 weeks at which it took 40+ hours to render the final draft at 2550x2984 @300 dpi which I had to do twice because I saved as CMYK when I didnt want too,And from all of this I am going to do a Tutorial on how to set your Bryce scenes for conversion over to CMYK(Of course if Rochr is going to do one for the Magazine maybe he can add into it how he converted over to CMYK? and if he does it in Bryce then I dont have to do a Tutorial)And boy wasnt that a learning experience...The bottom line is....You cant win if you dont enter...As Always B3D
Wow--the comments are sure mixed. This is the first time I ever entered a rendering contest and I really didn't think I had a chance. I had fun with my daughter looking at all the competition and she keep assuring me that mine was the best. Well--I didn't even get a mention but hey--look at what I was up against! First was my choice as well. Looking forward to another chalenge. Blair
Congratualtions to everyone who entered, and to all who won. As far as I am concerened, everyone is a winner here...you all have images that you considered worthy of entering a contest. That to me, is a winning image. As for the ones who did win "this" contest...I just finished laying out the contest page in the magazine...you all look great...it was fun to do...I love the Elements! Thanks for another great contest...and to answer the question...yes...it is very hard to pick the winners.