2011 Oscar Fashion Photo Contest — Updated February 26

By now, the announcements of the nominees for the top categories of the 2011 Academy Awards will have been made (at an ungodly hour for the people making the announcements, but there’s the way it is now).  Which means that it’s time for what may begin to qualify as an annual tradition:  Around the Grid‘s Oscar Photo Contest.

The contest groups are now open for submissions, and the prize pool is in escrow (so to speak).  I ask the question again:  if you became one of the lucky ones to make the walk up the red carpet into the Kodak Theater in about a month, with your name up there as a nominee, what would you wear?  How would you show off your “Oscar chops”?  (Or those of your stylist (grin)?)  For those considered outstanding in their evening couture and artistic portrayal, there shall be (15 minutes) of fame, (a tiny bit of) fortune (for Second Life Residents only), and hopefully fun in playing the game.

The rules follow the break —

Please read these rules carefully, as it will prevent many misunderstandings, letters and headaches.

  1. Eligible photos must be submitted by addition to the SL Oscar Fashion group on Flickr or the Oscar Fashion group on Koinup. The Flickr group is for Second Life material only; the Koinup group is open to works from any virtual world found in Koinup. Please read the group rules before submitting photos to the groups!! Exception to the submission rule: leave a comment to this or future messages concerning the contest, containing a link to the photo. All accepted submissions to the groups from publication time of this article until 12:01 a.m. SLT on March 15, 2011 will be considered for judging.  (This is a slight alteration from the previous date at publication of March 1, due to a mistake in my notes.)
  2. As noted, photos must follow the submission guidelines for the groups, which in this case should be pretty easy. Both groups are moderated, and any submissions not meeting the group rules will be rejected and considered ineligible for entry. The same applies for comment submissions.
  3. (REPEALED; multiple entries are now allowed.)
  4. Photos taken prior to December 1, 2010 are not eligible (added 1/27 to prevent submissions from last year).
  5. Still photos only, please; no machinima or storyboards.
  6. Post-production is allowed.
  7. Vendor cards will not be allowed; neither will photos with advertising text in the owner notes or comments. (You will be welcome to submit a “stripped” photo for contest purposes; “stripped” here means no text, either in the photo or in the description below, aside from the normal list of who designed what.)
  8. I will review the entries following close of the contest, and announce the winners by March 22, 2011. Judging will be based on the appropriateness of the entry to the theme, and the artistic merit. In case of a tie, prizes will be split. All decisions will be final.
  9. By entering, you agree to allow me the right to republish your photo in a future article in Around the Grid. This will be the only use of the photograph beyond your own publication and other grants of permission to other venues of publication. Your copyright will be noted in a caption to your reproduced photo. I strongly encourage all submissions to be signed in a corner! All photos will be linked to their respective pages in the article, so it will be possible for readers to jump to the photo page and leave comments, faves, retweets and likes, etc.
  10. Prizes will be awarded in Linden dollars only; therefore, only Residents of Second Life will be eligible for virtual cash prizes. However, the best submissions from other worlds will be recognized in the article, as well as my comments on the picture at time of announcement.
  11. If there are any tweaks needed to these rules, they will be announced in a future article here on the blog, and this article amended, with notes.
  12. Needless to say, I’m not eligible (grin).

As back at Oscar time, the prize pool for Second Life will be L$6,500, split as follows (unless there is a tie):

  • 1st Place — L$2,500
  • 2nd Place — L$2,000
  • 3rd Place — L$1,000
  • Honorable mention (4) — L$250 each

This prize pool is guaranteed, and will not be reduced.

Let’s see what you have, fellow fashionistas!!  Call up Oscar, book your hairdresser early, and get your photos in.  You only have some 30 days to do it.

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