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July's TOP Subs of Unframed-Nature! And NEWS!

Journal Entry: Fri Aug 16, 2013, 1:57 AM

Welcome to JULY 2013’s Top Submissions of Unframed-Nature.
:iconhappysunplz:

Thank you for being here whether you are a Member yet or not!
We welcome you and your support! :thanks:



A GRAND Welcome to ALL of Our NEW MEMBERS!

:squee:  :clap: :clap: :clap:  :squee:

And a HUGE thank you to our loyal Members who have been submitting your fabulous Nature Work to our Group for a long time now.
Without you, we just simply wouldn’t be here. :aww:

:iconwhiteflowerplz:

We were back to an ALL-MEMBERSHIP voting, as we DO believe this is the Group's Group, but once in a while, we have a few months during the year, where only the Admins. vote.

Thank you SO very much to ALL the Members (and Admins.!) who did take the time and the effort to vote!
We really do appreciate it!

:iconbouquetplz::iconbouquetplz::iconbouquetplz:


Let’s continue to submit our own BEST QUALITY work, enjoy it, improve upon it, enjoy the work of others, and Nature in general. It’s what it’s all about-
combining our love of Art with our love of Nature, and coming together under that commonality!

Without further ado...


Please Enjoy The Voted Top Submissions of JULY 2013.
CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL SELECTED IN JULY!


[:note: Each section/folder has a small group, at the VERY TOP, where those had received just slightly more votes. These will be copied to the Featured Folder.
The others are in no particular order.]


:iconflower-plz: From: Birds, Invertebrates, Aquatics, Amphibians, Reptiles

You want to argue? by cricketumpireWHITE THROATED SPARROW by lightraeBaby Turtles by TVD-PhotographyCalling you by Morgan-Lou
Cedar Waxwing by Andres-CadenaGreen Seafarer by iphelpsDreaming Of A Seahorse by BarbaraPommerenkeNutcracker by Plumita1 by philippeL

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3503 by Rebel--HeartAm I Pretty? by Blue-Koireptalia-serye # 15 by erwinpinedaBee On the Sedum - Macro by JocelyneR
.:In The Night-Side Of Eden:. by Pyr0skyCroc by Jac888Peacock iridescence by SgtBoognishFin by FauxHead
You're sure this is where you dropped it dear? by cricketumpireWatching Below by InayatShahA Piece of Summer by AdMalamCrucemWhite breasted nuthatch by Paivatar
Illuminated Jellyfish by weaverglennPhobia by veronika-schnekHappyChappy by BungEyeWhat Was That? by Tyrant-ess
Strike a Pose by Tako-YakidaHanging on by masscreationItch to Scratch by Michael--FitzsimmonsUnder My Umbrella by alexgphoto
~ sunset avenue ~ by MartinPrievalsky



:iconflower-plz: From: Wild Animals

Early Morning Light by EarleywineBear by lordfreedomSiberians by Fuz-Caforio-ArtAlone in the sunset by AlesGola
Forever alone by Panda-kiddieMumma's Boy by davidreevespayne1

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Turquoise water by Kiara-VestigiumLazy by Misfits13thMaki catta couple by Seb-Photos
Lion cub2 by brijomeSafe home by Misfits13thGiraffe Profile by MacroMagnificentMother and Daughter by darkSoul4Life
Lion Study by XeNzOFox II. by Misfits13thNomad by Fuz-Caforio-Art



:iconflower-plz: From: Domestic MAMMALS

don't be scared of me ... by OrazioFlaccoAbby, Our Foster Survivor by TeaPhotographyHypnoptizing by JocelyneR093 by weelx
Shetland Sheepdog Amy by Partridge-PetPicsRAWR! by Rare-Pearlwater dragon by Zheltkevichfunny nomnom by Leny97

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Foggy morning by Adderka1Wake Up by Selene-EmotionNight eyes by hayleyonfireDat Sweater... Wow~ by Panda-kiddie
Little Survivor by TeaPhotographyGet Out of my Territory! by Laura-Skeff
babies sleep by Meow-picsis it your birthday? So, here I m :) by RezzanAtakolLittle Whiskers by ThreshTheSkyLulek by Drocco
Little Tori-Tori by adrianhefniFace to Face by Manu34Herra Viiru by Meow-pics
Morecatface. by I0l0IDeux Beaux Chats Noirs by TeaPhotographyCat by IlojleenBest Friends by hayleyonfire



:iconflower-plz: From: Nature Much Closer

Better together by PawelMatysWish upon a star by VampirbieneNot Just Any Rose! - Colored Pencil by ArtBYbeverlyHot Lily by SharonLeggDigitalArt
299. by shadddowBeautiful Summer Days 2... by Sisterslaughter165Colour Your World by TeaPhotographyIn color by Antrisolja
fade and then return by BlauBeerKuchenCan't Help But Celebrate by TeaPhotographyMorning dews by CecilyAndreuArtworkSpitfire. by craigbutikofer
Hlynur by Lykketrollet84Sun kissed dancer by TheDewdropFairy

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Spider Web by pashiaDream the Last Dream by MarsiaMSLate Goodbye by ltuiningaDahlia Philippe 0460 by BiBiARTs
Dahlia by IngeloreSummer by PassionAndTheCameraThe Little Ballerina by alexgphotoSweetness by Sisterslaughter165
Bursting Pink Flowers by Heidi-V-ArtIn the Mood for Love by BluyStardustHidden Greenery by AndehDulac
honeysuckle by IngeloreWarm Glow by John-PeterA Photograph With No Name 870 by DorianStretton
evening light by KaterinaRaedSUGAR MOUNTAIN by wiwionart
Viele Murmeln by feigenfruchtAll About Passion by WishmasterAlchemistRose by MissorysTears. by Kondratij
The HEART of the matter... by LadyAliceofOzendless summer by landscapesaxonyA Quiet Mind by charliesmyangelc'est aujourd'hui dimanche... by virtualgadjo


:iconflower-plz: From: All ‘Scapes

Sky Map by Emerald-DepthsRiver Fork by Art-By-MarkHarvest Sky by CapturingTheNightBaltic's Sunset by vally5
Omnipresent_vsMCP by xLoversRevengeSong to the Siren by catch---22Complex Flow by Brian-B-PhotographyLight Catchers by PeterJCoskun
Spellbound by tvurkSugarloaf Rock by JoycelynSiew

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Good Evening by qwstarplayerWinter by PaivatarSunset from above Valbonnais by MaximeCourtyHungarian skies pt.CL. by realityDream
Crystal by IvanAndreevichCypress Trees in Lake Toad Suck by BuzzyGInto the sea by Vitaloverdose
Empyrean by TrichardsenTaghaube by MarvinDiehlA Thousand Miles Away From You by NayeliNeriaIn the Night by NoisyGhosts
Cape Cornwall 236 by Deb-e-annVentoux by Annabelle-ChabertMobilitree by SchwarzWieEbenholZElemental Beginning_vsMCP by xLoversRevenge
Natural Arch by SByrnesArtworks 1 DOD by PIKSELLstudioIcy Valley by KashuseAfter me the deluge by iNeedChemicalX
Good Morning planet Earth by niwetNightfall by yiyaroCold Sunrise by m-eralp




:iconflower-plz: RE-Featured From: “The Group’s Donors’ Folder”
To be Copied to the Featured Folder, and then eventually :+fav:'d by:
Unframed-Nature-PTS

Lovely Flowers by AnnissinaPrimitive Sounds by TeaPhotographyThe Best Pillow by pergamjeeMenacing Snout 2 by philippeL
Meat Lovers by philippeLLurking Great White Shark by philippeLIndependence Day by creativemikey:.:. R U Feelin' Lucky Today?? .:.: by AdARDurden
Soulis: The Sunflower Carnival II by soulis0Under The Moonlight by sesam-is-openSoulis: In Peace and Quiet I by soulis0:.:.. Lit From Within ..:.: by AdARDurden


:iconflowerthnxplz: Our Group’s MOST Recent Donors of :points: POINTS :iconflowerthnxplz:

:iconiluvbiscuit2:
Slippery headshot by Iluvbiscuit2Kallum And Emma 05 by Iluvbiscuit2

:iconcarolynym:
Star Magnolia Tree by CarolynYMMooshie Taking a Nap by CarolynYMMo and Moosh by CarolynYM
Blueflowers by CarolynYMOscar by CarolynYMMoosh by CarolynYM

:iconsuezn:
OMG!  Da Poolz Open! by sueznLady Lijah by suezn

:iconfluf-studios:

THank you sooo much! :thanks:

:iconsugaree33-art:
Blue for BlueIvyViolet! by Sugaree33-Art

:iconteaphotography:
Angel Celebrates by TeaPhotography


:iconbeatingheartplz:



:iconheart5plz: Our Group’s MEMBERS of THE MONTH :iconheart5plz:

Thank you to these fabulous Members who have been loyal to our Group in various ways- submitting their work, voting each month, commenting / faving our articles, and supporting our Group in many other ways, too!
We are very grateful to them for all they do and for being a fantastic part of our Group here! :heart:


soulis0 :iconsoulis0: :iconflowersplz:
Soulis: White Morpho Butterfly by soulis0Soulis: Sailboat in the Sunset III by soulis0
Soulis: Impression, Roses by the Water by soulis0Soulis: Blue Sunflowers by soulis0


Leny97 :iconleny97: :iconflowersplz:
for my darling by Leny97beautiful fake by Leny97
shake it by Leny97Felix says hello by Leny97


:iconfloatingheartplz:


:iconteamoplz: Admins. for Unframed-Nature! :iconteamoplz:


We are still taking applications if you are interested in joining our team!
Please read the following application, and then answer the questions inside, and then NOTE your answers to me,
Tea, TeaPhotography

Administrator Application for Unframed-NatureUnframed-Nature's Application for Administrative Position
Accepting Applications for Administrator Positions at Unframed-Nature is now: OPEN!
Introduction
Before you apply, please know that volunteering for a large and active group here on dA, such as Unframed-Nature is a real and true commitment, which will take up some of your time on at least a weekly basis, maybe more.
Unframed-Nature is special in many ways, but from an Administrative view point, it is very special because we have always had good luck with our current Administrators, most of which have been with the Group, as Administrators, for a very long time.
We are a very friendly Team, both with each other, and with the Members, as well. This means when we do have to decline works, we do give a reason, and we are friendly about it.  It means, that upon occasion if there is something that we disagree about within the Admin. Team, we disagree nic


:note: And remember, it is NOT as formal as it looks, and of course you do NOT need to know everything,
but it is a very helpful tool for us to assess who might know what. :aww:

:thanks: :heart: :thanks:



:iconballoonsplz: Our Group’s NEWS & UPCOMING EVENTS! :iconballoonsplz:

:iconwinghugplz: Currently In Progress- AUGUST'S THEME: "TWO OF A KIND" :iconwinghugplz:

RULES & GUIDELINES
:bulletpink: One Entry Per Member
:bulletpurple: TWO of ANYTHING VERY Similar in Nature,
knowing there is no two things exactly alike, not even twins! ;)
But the MORE a like the better! :nod:
FOR EXAMPLE: TWO flowers preferably of the same kind, TWO flower PETALS, TWO leaves, TWO trees, TWO horses, TWO dogs, TWO cats, TWO drops of water, TWO seashells, TWO butterflies, TWO birds, etc. ...
:bulletred: Do NOT submit ONE of anything. Do NOT submit THREE or MORE of something!
What you submit, MUST be subjects purely of nature- in other words, do NOT submit two human beings, cars, or buildings...
:bulletpink: This caters easily to a WIDE RANGE of Media! So as far as I can tell, ALL MEDIA IS WELCOME!
You can easily do this with Photography, but you can certainly WRITE about TWO similar subjects of Nature, draw/paint them traditionally, or digitally, as well as an animation might apply depending on the subject, and photomanips, too!
So have at it! :la:

PRIZES

:trophy: FIRST- 150 :points: a BIG Feature, a :+fav: and llama, all from the Group and Group's Points Account!
:trophy: SECOND- 85 :points: a BIG Feature, a :+fav: and llama, all from the Group and Group's Points Account!
:trophy: RUNNER-Up 25 :points: a Feature, a :+fav: and llama, all from the Group and Group's Points Account!
:trophy: RUNNER-Up 25 :points: a Feature, a :+fav: and llama, all from the Group and Group's Points Account!

:bulletpurple: OPENS- Aug. 1st, and ENDS- Aug. 31st.
:bulletpink: Lastly, and MOST importantly, HAVE TONS OF FUN!!!!
:iconwinghugplz:


:iconzebraplz: SEPTEMBER'S THEME: "MAMMALS IN ACTION!" :iconzebraplz:
:bulletyellow: One Entry Per Member
:bulletorange: Any animal, wild or domestic, which has fur and gives live birth (as opposed to laying eggs),
which is portrayed in ACTION!
:iconwalkingcatplz:
FOR EXAMPLE: A domestic mammal which is portrayed as jumping, running, playing, rolling, hopping, ETC. ...
:bulletred: Do NOT submit birds or insects, as we had a theme earlier this year, about animals with wings.
Do NOT submit a portrait, which is generally, the opposite of an action shot.  What you submit MUST be focused ON the MAMMAL which is in ACTION... do NOT submit humans, cars, or buildings, for ANY reason, but especially as the main subject! Given the subject matter, it could be a bit understandable if such things are somewhere as very tiny part of the submission, but it should not distract away from the ACTION of the MAMMAL! :)
:bulletyellow: This theme caters very easily to a WIDE RANGE of Media, so ALL MEDIA IS WELCOME!
Of course photography would work, as well as WRITING about such a MAMMAL in ACTION, or drawing/painting one traditionally, digitally! Photomanips and animations are welcomed, too, so long as what is shared is a MAMMAL on the move! ;)

So... show us some ACTION! :iconcatlaplz:

PRIZES

:trophy: FIRST- 150 :points: a BIG Feature, a :+fav: and llama, all from the Group and Group's Points Account!
:trophy: SECOND- 85 :points: a BIG Feature, a :+fav: and llama, all from the Group and Group's Points Account!
:trophy: RUNNER-Up 25 :points: a Feature, a :+fav: and llama, all from the Group and Group's Points Account!
:trophy: RUNNER-Up 25 :points: a Feature, a :+fav: and llama, all from the Group and Group's Points Account!

:bulletorange: OPENS- SEPT. 1st, and ENDS- SEPT. 30th.
:bulletyellow: Lastly, and MOST importantly, HAVE TONS OF FUN!!!!

:iconlovetigerplz::iconlovetigerplz::iconlovetigerplz:


:trophy: Our Next BIG CONTEST... :trophy:
...is planned to BEGIN on OCTOBER 1st!

Theme and Details to be announced, later!

:iconlawooplz:

:iconloveorangeplz:


:trophy: Upcoming Themes :trophy:

:pointr: Idea for DECEMBER'S MONTHLY THEME: To Be Announced.

:iconcip33::iconcip33::iconcip33::iconcip33::iconcip33:


:iconspreadmoreloveplz: Our VERY Special Edition News Articles... :iconspreadmoreloveplz:

...have begun!

Volume One:
Unframed-Nature's Special Edition Article VOL. 1:iconhello3plz::iconhello4plz:
:iconsmileandwaveplz:
:iconcuteheartzblue: Welcome to Unframed-Nature's Special Edition Article, Vol. 1 :iconcuteheartzblue:
:iconlovethesunshineplz: MAIN PURPOSE :iconlovethesunshineplz:
In Addition to our FIVE original folders that we've had since the beginning of 2012,
and the News Folder that we added in the middle of 2012,
we added FIVE Special Folders to our Group, at the beginning of 2013.
WHY DID WE DO THIS?
The main reason we did this, was to bring a deeper meaning to our Group, as far as our love and concerns for Nature.
With special news articles after every three months, which will reflect the work submitted to these folders, we are able to help share and spread awareness about particular issues that have an impact on Nature, which we would likely care about given the original idea for this group, to begin with.  If you joined this group it is because you love and care about Nature,


Volume Two:
Unframed-Nature's Special Edition Article VOL. 2:iconhello3plz::iconhello4plz:
:iconsmileandwaveplz:
:iconcuteheartzblue: Welcome to Unframed-Nature's Special Edition Article, Vol. 2 :iconcuteheartzblue:
:iconlovethesunshineplz: MAIN PURPOSE :iconlovethesunshineplz:
In Addition to our FIVE original folders that we've had since the beginning of 2012,
and the News Folder that we added in the middle of 2012,
we added FIVE Special Folders to our Group, at the beginning of 2013.
WHY DID WE DO THIS?
The main reason we did this, was to bring a deeper meaning to our Group, as far as our love and concerns for Nature.
With special news articles after every three months, which will reflect the work submitted to these folders, we are able to help share and spread awareness about particular issues that have an impact on Nature, which we would likely care about given the original idea for this group, to begin with.  If you joined this group it is because you love and care about Nature,



The next one is due to be out in OCTOBER.... for the Special Folders of:
JULY, AUGUST, & SEPTMBER! :aww:

Please tell others about these special folders, so that more Group Members and Potential Members,
will have the benefit of submitting to them! :thanks:

:icontreehuggerplz:


:icondonatepointsgreenplz: Points for Our Group :icondonatepointsgreenplz:

First of all, Unframed-Nature can not thank enough our very generous Members, and Administrators alike, who have Donated and continue to Donate :points: Points to our Group! A few of them have done so, multiple times! :rose:

:iconrbheartplz:

We usually have TWO HUGE Contest per year: the first one hosted in the Spring [NH]...
and the next one in the Autumn, WHICH IS COMING UP, pretty soon!! :la:


We also try to host Monthly Themes, many months of the year, which we treat as Mini-Contests!

Our NEXT Mini-Contests for the rest of the year will be in these months:
AUGUST (current) SEPTEMBER, & DECEMBER

:iconlawooplz:

And of course we would like to have enough :points: again, to renew our Super Group on December 1, 2013...

To achieve the above in a great way, feel free to donate to our Group!

The Widget is HERE:
:points: Unframed-Nature-PTS :iconunframed-nature-pts: :points:

Any and ALL Donations are always HIGHLY appreciated... and you will read there how you will be recognized and rewarded for your kind generosity!


:iconshinyheartplz:



:iconteamoplz: Affiliate Groups’ NEWS & CONTESTS :iconteamoplz:

:note: PLEASE NOTE:
:new: From now on, Affiliate Groups asking us by Group NOTE, to PROMOTE a Contest,
WILL be Promoted on our Main Profile Page, in a Custom Box, down the LEFT-hand side.

Our Co-Founder, Sandy Iluvbiscuit2 is our new "point person" and manager of Contest Promotions.
:note: She will alert me to any Affiliate Groups who are ALSO asking for their Contest WINNERS to be FEATURED,
and we will continue to do those, in these such News Articles.

Thank you, ALL, and thank you SANDY!!!!!
:iconlovegreenplz:


:icondawishingwell: is an awesome wonderful Group!
It’s where “Wishes Can Come True!”
So if you have a dA wish, come check us out!
We also hold and participate in a variety of special and positive activities...

Here are our most recent Articles:
WishingWell WeeklyThe Wishlist | Granted Wishes | Featured Member | Featured Print |
Point Features | Well Wishes | Tuesday Treats |
Monday MusesWelcome to our activity on Mondays - Monday Muses!
It's all about the artists and artworks that inspire you! :painter:
There are many ways someone can be an inspiration. By displaying inspiring community spirit, or providing helpful resources for example. Or maybe you just stumbled over an amazing artwork that simply knocked you off your feet and inspired you to make something of your own right away.
No matter what it is, we want you to share it!
Simply pick an artist or deviation you find inspiring in some way, and post them in a comment on this journal. Please also include why you chose that artist or artwork.
Your suggestions will be featured next week! :heart:
_________
This week's Muses are:
:bulletgreen::bulletgreen::bulletgreen:  :iconladycompassion: :bulletgreen::bulletgreen::bulletgreen:
"She inspires me not only by being an amazingly kind and helpful deviant, but also by being


"Show Some Love"
Show some love to the wishes featured in the following Article:
:iconiloveit-plz: Show some love~As part of TwilightPoetess 's wish for deviants to show some love to each other, we're featuring some of the lastest wishes that require some love~
ParagonPlaza wishes for more exposure:

WandererAtHeart wishes for more exposure:

dragondoodle wishes for more exposure on her comic; here's the first 3 pages:

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Projects listed:
miontre is hosting a contest! You can help him out by promoting it or joining in!

AquaQueen27 wishes for more exposure of her collaboration project:
Ongoing Contest by AquaQueen27
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Seeking Critiques:
mormonbookworm wishes for more critiques on her literature
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If you help with any of the wishes listed above, please make sure to mention it below or note the group for
:iconiloveit-plz:

"Weary Wednesday"
For this week's spotlight wish we are spotlighting a wish from miontre for more entries
to his Contest about creating a Journal Skin! The cool thing is that you don't need to know anything about CSS-
plenty of tutorials & resources are included with the contest journal- that way anyone of ALL levels can submit a successful entry! :la:
If you are interested:
Weary Wednesday:iconbankissplz::iconnutellaplz::iconlovelyheartsplz: :icondancingfrogplz: Hello!
Things have been moving a bit slow around the lists lately so let's see if we can get this thing going!
"Weary Wishes" is an event meant to highlight some of the oldest wishes on the list & things you should probably get to know about that person.
Today's deviant is: :iconmiontre:
miontre for entries to his contest!!! :eager:
What should you know about :iconmiontre:?
According to his own words "I'm a hobbyist photographer. I like to work with a few different subjects and styles, and every once in a while I'll pick up a new subject or style interest!  I also edit my photos in GIMP. I really love deviantART and the community here, so I like to help out where I can. I do this by contributing to projects such as projecteducate, FeedbackFrenzy, and CRCommunityProjects. I also create art features regularly. Additionally, I have a number of tutorials and resources in my gallery. Pleas


Come check out this amazing group, and help us make dA dreams come true!

:rose: :rose: :rose:

:icondevnews: is a positive group spinning the world of dA NEWS your way!
Simply JOIN, to find out what’s going on in the dA world around YOU! :nod:
We, our group, of Unframed-Nature has been featured with them many times,
among so many wonderful things reported here... It’s a work of heart.  :heart: :love:

Some great examples:
The Timeline of deviantARTThe Timeline of deviantART
As of today, it's been 13 years since deviantART was founded. I've taken this opportunity to gather up some historical information with the help of Moonbeam13 and some members of the Community Relations team.
I hope you enjoy taking a step back in time!
Please note: it is extremely difficult to track down some events in deviantART's history (in particular, the first few years) and that some dates are only approximate.

deviantART.com founded
2000
August: tech13 becomes the first recipient of the prestigious Deviousness Award.
August 4: The first member-submitted deviation is uploaded - A Dangerusss QNX by dangeruss
August 7: deviantART.com founded by spyed, jark and matteo.
August 15: The first ever Daily D
Still Life . II .HeLLo grey heart bullet !
Goshhhh is HOT. I can barely stand this heat.
Anyway, here are some cute photos from Still life category.
Give some :love: to the Artists
Still Life Spotlight





We need to help the rape victims at Panzi hospitalIf you read this please do :+fav: so it can come to the attention of more deviants.
UPDATE 2: I have created PrintsForPanzi for this cause, feel free to check it out!
UPDATE: Both rebels and the army use sexual violence as a weapon. The war isn't about religion, ethnicity or between tribes it's about money, because of the rest of the world. The war is about the mines - to be able to control Congo's natural resources. CDR has some of the richest mineral deposits of diamond, gold, copper, cobalt, uranium and coltan. The last one, coltan, is in mobiles and make wireless communication possible. In other words: you help the war.
Some moments ago I read an awful article about Panzi hospital and the women in Democratic Republic of Congo where around 2 million women have been raped in most awful ways. I cried while reading the women's stories and about the doctor who gets award after award but no one does anything against the situation. The UN has observed the situatio

PE: Groups Directory Update, August 5th, 2013:love: Group Love :love:
deviantART is an artist dream come true :nod: and caters to artist from all artistic mediums. I know of no other
online community that is in constant contact with their members and 
allows members to run their own groups with specific rules and 
guidelines that you have decided for your group. 
If you are not interested in becoming a founder or administrator of a group, deviantART has hundreds if not thousands
of groups for you to search and find one or more that is to your 
comfort level and liking. Groups are a fantastic way to find other 
artist to discuss techniques, share ideas, collaborate and make new 
friends. 
Question for the Reader; How often do you 
search for a new group to join or to find a group that is centered 
around your interest  Discuss in the comments area of this journal :)
Photography July/August CR NewsletterBringing you the recent shenanigans from your General Photography Gallery!
Forums
As usual, our monthly photography critique thread is up and running throughout August - if you want to give or get feedback, drop by and see what's there! There are also a few hot topics in the forums that you might be able to assist with...check them out below!
:star: Monthly Critique Photography Thread!
:bulletblue: Decent wide angle lens for Canon
:bulletblue: How to use my DSLR outside without looking like a hipster.
:bulletblue: Landscapes: What can I do better?
Project Educate
Things are changing over at :devp



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:icondeviantheart: promotes Positivity!
Current Contests, Projects, and Initiatives:
:new: Mindful MondayAstrikos and I are starting a new fun event to help you with your week. Every Monday, I will post a question for you to think about. It can be anything. We want your responses by posting them on the week's journal. Then, on Friday, Astrikos will post some of your responses on her journal. She will also have an awesome quote to help end your week.
I would like to bring up today's question. We all here on deviantart have a special idol who truly inspires us. Everyday in your life, people will inspire. May it be your mother or some random stranger. Some inspirations become a big part in our life.
So this week's question: Define inspiration. What does it mean to be an inspiration to someone? Who inspires you everyday?
Comment below!
Have a nice start to your week.
Heart Art Submissions Open!Heart Art Curator Icesis
Submit HeartArt Here
:heart: Heart Art
Submit your 3 most positive deviations to the current Heart Art folder, and you might earn points and features! You have two opportunities each month to participate, once in Week 1 and again in Week 3. Don't delay! Check out the activity guide for more information ♥
:new: Two votes are needed to have your work added to the folder. Please consider what you are submitting. Hearts, smiles, love, happy emotion, laughter, red, etc are just a few of the things you can submit (so many more possibilities), but simply cute or well done submissions that don't appear to be "HeartArt Material" will be declined.
Top 2

Honorable Mentions
in no particular order
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Come check out our other Initiatives, Projects, and Features!

:iconiloveit-plz:


:new: A NEW and VERY SPECIAL GROUP:
:icondacompliments:
DeviantART Compliments #20Heavenbat is still a cool bat eue *shot* and yes I'm too nice for my own good
HalfInane-HalfMental
ProjectHalfbreed is still the kindest,adorable art,cute awesome pixel artist I know next to my friend DragonA7X
HalfInane-HalfMental
headamuse has great art and :iconhamplz:  eue
HalfInane-HalfMental
GameDweeber is really awesome. Her art is purely amazing and she's one great friend. I recommend checking her page out. :)
T-ropical
reckless-lullabies is the meaning of amazing and has incredible artwork! <3
Dear SimplySilent,
I love your art and you are one of my idols. You made up this amazing dA compliments to show everyone how they care for each other. I think you deserve all the compliments and art in all of dA!! If I could watch you 5 billion more times, I would.
From one of your biggest art fans,
katlings (//tries to watch more times XD)
I've been apart of the deviantART community for close to two years now and in that bri
dA Compliments #21SimplyPip You're an awesome friend :D I hope my art will eventually be as good as yours.
r3ach0ne is new to drawing and eager to learn. His improvement rate is something to be envied yet inspiring, and he does not fear receiving serious feedback. Drop by his gallery and feel encouraged.
Neko-Bear is a great artist and a great friend. Hey Neko :boogie:
GrovyleFangirl1997 K-L-Stormz and SinjaWolfpaw
are three of the best deviants I know. They're kind and are good artists too. I hope they have happy lives and prosper.
Thank you Leah-of-Hyrule for being my friend. You're one of my closest friends alive and I wish that we could meet irl someday. c:
Have some sparkles Klutz. (ノ◕ヮ◕)ノ*:・゚
T-ropical
KatyHerself is the bestest friend ever.
cakecrumbs makes freaking amazing cakes! Such a total inspiration.
KathrynODriscoll
scarletwave is one of the best friends anyone could ever ask for,
DeviantART Compliments #22madameshadowenn is both talented and lovely. I want her to know her many kindnesses don't go unnoticed!
don't let anybody bring you down bro just keep it up
GermanBronyWolfMage9
frisbees has amazing art! (:
vintage-rabbit is probably one of the sweetest people I know!
I have a word to say for my best buddy. Actually probably a paragraph. Iceyspade is a HUGE inspiration to me. She was the one who showed me deviantART, and was with me the whole entire time. We both improved together, and helped one another when we were down in the dumps. But I don't know what to say, really. She has an amazingly versatile mind; the ideas she comes up with, the concepts that she sketches out, and just her all by herself. I mean seriously she always gets me something for my birthday, so I really want to return back the favor. Agh okay dude you are amazing yo. Don't let ANYONE else tell you any different, because you know that they're wrong. I will always be by your side <3
:devalcheme

If you feel like spreading the love on dA...
it's not difficult to do at all! ;)
Come and see for yourself, what it's all about!
:iconspreadmoreloveplz:


:note: Please take a moment to NOTE:
Operation TNR's Newest Fundraising Project- To Build a Cat Sanctuary!
:iconcatlaplz: :thumb386109619: :iconcatlaplz:
headed up by :iconsassawj:
PLEASE do read, and consider to help if at all possible,
and if not, perhaps at least re-feature the article,
so others who might be able to help, could.
THIS truly a very worthy and MUCH NEEDED project!!
:iconlovecatsplz:


:iconpetpicks: A very friendly group about pets, animals, and nature!
We hope you'll join! :D
Check these out:

Picture of the Week!Here is our new Picture of the Week!
by :icondalyelena:

:clap: :clap: :clap: :clap:
Others in the poll:




Just One Bite of What You Got? by EmileeSelf view by Loginova
Be sure to vote in our new poll: http://petpicks.deviantart.com/journal/poll/3844000/
Picture of the Month!This month we had a tie in the voting!
So here are the Pictures of the Month!
by :iconZoranPhoto:


by :iconColourize:

White-lipped Python II by Colourize Serene by Colourize Akhal I by Colourize Whiskers by Colourize
:clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap:
Be sure and vote in our new poll for Picture of the Month: http://petpicks.deviantart.com/journal/poll/3852891/
Picture of the Week!Hello members!
Here is your Picture of the Week!
by :iconbreanna-rae:

:clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap:
Others in the poll:




Nature's Art by suezn Love Is Silent by suezn
Be sure and vote in our new poll: http://petpicks.deviantart.com/journal/poll/3859439/
Also, this week are going to have a contest! If you want to donate prizes (points, features, llamas, etc.) comment below or note me, WindInTheCoffeeCup. :party:

This has become a great activity, in this wonderful group! :iconcatlaplz:

To donate points :points: to continue to help them, with possible future contests,
and to maintain their SUPER status, go to the page of the Founder:
:iconwindinthecoffeecup:

:heart: :iconlilplz: :heart:


:iconseaofsadness-sos: is a wonderful compassionate group, wanting to make a difference!
If you care about animals, as I know SO many of our own Members here DO,
this IS the group for you!
:w00t:
This group is based on the cause of primarily the protection of DOLPHINS!
Please Read Their Journals about this!
Then consider joining!


Not only will you be a part of a great group,
but at the same time you will part of a VERY worthy cause!
:icondolphinplz: :icondolphin-plz: :icondolphinplz: :icondolphin-plz: :icondolphinplz:



:trophy: Affiliate Groups’ CONTEST WINNERS! :trophy:

:iconskies-and-seasons:'s WINNERS of "Summer 'Scapes" CONTEST:

:trophy: First: :iconegil21: with:
Vacation in Blue by Egil21

:trophy: Second: :iconchuxsta: with:
may sunset 8569 by chuxsta

TIED WITH:

:trophy: Second: :iconehofferle: with:
Open Book by ehofferle


:trophy: Third: :iconbmjewell: with:
Sweet Summertime by bmjewell

TIED WITH:

:trophy: Third: :iconyortje: with:
relaxing at a picnic table. by yortje


:rose: Honourable Mentions :rose:

:iconthesleepyrabbit:
Ripples by TheSleepyRabbit

:iconmreinig:
Spring through the Reeds by mreinig

:iconmogrianne:
Let the water dance by Mogrianne


CONGRATS to ALL! :clap:
:iconhappysunplz: :iconhappysunplz: :iconhappysunplz:


HUGE CONGRATS TO ALL!
:party:


Thank you for your attention to our Wonderful Affiliates. :thanks:


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Thank you ALL,
Members and hard working Admins. alike!

:iconflowers-plz: A SPECIAL HUGE Thanks to my fellow-Admins., who are always doing a truly fantastic job here!
There are just no words great enough to express my utter appreciation for my fellow admins.
I just love our TEAM!

And a FABULOUS TEAM it IS!

:iconbouquetplz::iconbouquetplz::iconbouquetplz:

:iconbutterflyplz: :iconbutterflyplz: :iconbutterflyplz:

We, at Unframed-Nature hope you have been having an AWESOME first half of AUGUST!
:la:

I realize that it's half over, but I hope the rest of your August will be even more AWESOME! ;)
Thank you ALL, as ever, for your patience and understanding!

:icongrouphugplz::icongrouphugplz::icongrouphugplz::icongrouphugplz:

:note::note::note:
Remember, if still you are NOT sure about some of the changes that we've made for 2013,
after reviewing them from the Group's FAQ Sheet, or checking inside the folders, feel free to send the Group a Note, and we will do our very bests to help you!

:wave:

:iconlove1plz::iconlove2plz:,
Tea :iconteaphotography:
Your Founder


CSS and Photo By Michelle Ramey
This Article comes out Monthly.
Its main intent is to share the TOP submissions from the previous month,
as voted on by the members, themselves.
There are other types of features, for other valuable reasons as well. :aww:

The other important intent is to bring to you wonderful and helpful news from some of our lovely Affiliate Groups, as well as certain other good information, at times.

Please enjoy! :heart:
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BarbaraPommerenke Sep 7, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks a lot for including my work! into this great collection! Heart Hug 
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:iconnayelineria:
Thank you very much for the feature! Heart
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LadyAliceofOz Sep 3, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
:iconlawooplz: Thanks so much for the feature! :iconjoyloveplz:
:giggle: and considering just how very little time I've had for :devart: this summer :ashamed: this really IS an honor :worship: :thanks:
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:iconsimplysilent:
Ahh, how lovely! Thanks for the feature~ :heart:
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ShinyHeels Aug 27, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Congrats to all winners:w00t:
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philippeL Aug 27, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
High praise the top subs :iconcheerplz:
Thank you so much, Tea :heart: you're the best!!! :boogie:
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FauxHead Aug 27, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
thank you for this awesome feature :) added to my favs
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:iconilojleen:
Ilojleen Aug 26, 2013   Traditional Artist
Thank you so much for featuring my drawing, I appreciate it a lot! :heart:
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Sugaree33-Art Aug 26, 2013  Professional
:hug:Oh Tea a lovely and most thoughtful journal feature surely!! I am very honored to be included amongst all this talent and beauty in art, love you, Audra!:heart:
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:iconineedchemicalx:
Thank you so so much!!
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