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Unframed-Nature's Autumn Contest and Group News

Journal Entry: Tue Nov 20, 2012, 9:27 PM




I apologize for the delay... [a bit more on that, at the bottom...]

For now, let's get to the good stuff!

:iconlovesqueeplz::iconlovesqueeplz::iconlovesqueeplz::iconlovesqueeplz::iconlovesqueeplz:

:iconautumnplz: Welcome to Unframed-Nature's AUTUMN CONTEST 2012: "Bold Perspectives on Autumn" :iconautumnplz:

:iconautumncolorplz:Fall Leaf Divider Line Graphic by Mirz123Fall Leaf Divider Line Graphic by Mirz123Fall Leaf Divider Line Graphic by Mirz123Fall Leaf Divider Line Graphic by Mirz123Fall Leaf Divider Line Graphic by Mirz123:iconautumncolorplz:

We had about 160 fabulous Fall entries to this Autumn Contest, to share what each participant felt was a "BOLD Perspective on Autumn" and we were just stunned by these truly awesome entries! :clap:

This was a difficult contest for our wonderful judges to take on, as they were judging on both quality within the medium as well as adherence to the theme!  The judges commented to me, with high praise for all the entries, and our Admins., agree! So, well done to ALL participants. :rose:

I can't thank our judges enough for the time and effort they put into this...

I hope to be able to acknowledge our hardworking judges more specially, at a later time. :aww:

And believe me when I say, our awesome Administrative Team also worked very very hard on this Contest!!
It's not easy, at all...
:thanks: :clap: :rose:

Without further ado, here are the contest results...

:icontrophyplz: OUR WINNERS :icontrophyplz:


:trophy: :iconflowersplz: FIRST PLACE :iconnightrose0087: with: Fall Cat by nightrose0087
More from this Artist:
Seattle Space Needle by nightrose0087Snake 3 by nightrose0087Jericho 4 by nightrose0087. by nightrose0087
Alley by nightrose0087Super Moon 2 by nightrose0087Fern 1 by nightrose0087Flowers by nightrose0087
Dandelion 3 by nightrose0087You Called ? by nightrose0087Chicago Seagull 5 by nightrose0087The Bean 29 by nightrose0087


:trophy: :iconflowersplz: SECOND PLACE :iconlupinicious: with: Autumn Joy by Lupinicious
More from this Artist:
Running puppy by LupiniciousAggroWave by LupiniciousMind your own business! by LupiniciousPrincess of Mossy Rock by Lupinicious
Bring 'em on by LupiniciousHeya! Whatcha doin'? by LupiniciousTiger on the Prowl by LupiniciousStick Lifeguard by Lupinicious
Soaring Proudly by LupiniciousEuropean Lynx Portrait by Lupinicious



:trophy: :iconflowersplz: THIRD PLACE :icontammyphotography: with: Autumn forest by TammyPhotography
More from this Artist:
I luv you too by TammyPhotographyUnlock the beauty by TammyPhotographyLittle one by TammyPhotographyA boy and his dog by TammyPhotography
Mushrooms by TammyPhotographyWanderer's Secrets by TammyPhotographyOnly Dreams by TammyPhotographyBeauty by TammyPhotography
Together by TammyPhotographyThistle by TammyPhotography


The 5 Honourable Mentions

Yes, FIVE... I know there were three places offered for this position in placement,
but there were five works which received the exact number of voting points from the judges, and there was no way,
I was going to take it on myself to choose THREE from the FIVE...
so we will be generous and present the TRUE FIVE and very deserving honourable mentions!

In No Particular Order...

:trophy: :rose: Honourable Mention :iconphotographsbybri: with: It's Mine! by PhotographsByBri
More from this Artist:
Soaking it all in by PhotographsByBriRed by PhotographsByBriFor Scooby by PhotographsByBri
I Stand Alone by PhotographsByBri:thumb333125334:


:trophy: :rose: Honourable Mention :iconbrian-b-photography: with: The Splendor of Fall by Brian-B-Photography
More from this Artist:
A Perfect Morning by Brian-B-PhotographyTennis ?..Anyone ? by Brian-B-PhotographySun went..Thataway! by Brian-B-Photography
Rocky Shore II by Brian-B-PhotographyNobody's Home by Brian-B-Photography


:trophy: :rose: Honourable Mention :iconkattfloka: with: Leaf Theatre by KattFloka
More from this Artist:
5 Months by KattFlokaLadybird by KattFlokaMarie by KattFloka
PARTY! by KattFlokaLe Roi Lion by KattFloka


:trophy: :rose: Honourable Mention :iconbarcon53: with: Soft Morning by barcon53
More from this Artist:
Dinner Bell by barcon53B and W Pink by barcon53Clover in Blue by barcon53
Grass Jewels by barcon53Tiger Swallowtail by barcon53


:trophy: :rose: Honourable Mention :iconpeterjcoskun: with: Land of Gold by PeterJCoskun
More from this Artist:
Canyon of the West by PeterJCoskunRed Rock Autumn by PeterJCoskunDelicate Arch by PeterJCoskun
White glide by PeterJCoskunSpring fling by PeterJCoskun



:party: CONGRATULATIONS to ALL of OUR WINNERS! :party:

:iconfirstplaceplz: PRIZES :iconfirstplaceplz:

The PRIZES are listed within the CONTEST ARTICLE:
:pointr: Unframed-Nature's BIG Autumn Contest:iconfireworkplz: Welcome to Unframed-Nature's Next BIG Contest :iconfireworkplz:
:iconautumnplz: AUTUMN THEME: "Bold Perspectives on Autumn" :iconautumnplz:
DEFINE
BOLD: Adjective- courageous, confident, and fearless; ready to take risks: http://www.collinsdictionary.com/dictionary/english/bold
PERSPECTIVE: Noun- 1. Point of view; 3. the appearance of objects to the observer.
Synonyms: viewpoint, position, angle, attitude, ... outlook range, span: http://vocabulary-vocabulary.com/dictionary/perspective.php
BOLD, in meaning and definition, more with how it relates to PERSPECTIVE: Noun- Standing prominently out to view; markedly conspicuous; striking the eye; in high relief: http://thinkexist.com/dictionary/meaning/bold/
BOLD PERSPECTIVE, as far as THIS Contest: A unique and creative viewpoint or view on or about the season of Autumn. Something that really stands out, because the submission is diff
:pointl:
Scroll to the section on PRIZES!
[Note: The HTML of the Contest Article has since been really messed up, somehow, so it appears a bit strange- no time to fix it.]

Thank you SO much to all who Donated all of these amazing prizes in the form of features, art, and points... and the points from the Group, are from so many generous members who have already been featured, or will be soon- and we just cannot thank you enough!! :rose: :rose: :rose:

:note: Please be patient, as some prize givers, may not be able to give their prizes out immediately, if they are not here to immediately receive this Contest News.  They WILL be Noted, as soon as I can, though! :thanks:

We appreciate ALL who PROMOTED our Contest, as well!
    :heart:


Top Twelve

After the above Winners, these next TOP 12 entries received Equal Attention throughout the judging process.  Here they are in No Particular Order...

Strict Autumnal Separation by Clu-art:thumb327486635:Bitter by JunJun510hope by Ingelore
Autumn Alma by blackmaster111Autumn's Bridal Bouquet by BarbaraPommerenkeSolitude [For Sale] by TreeCreeAutumn Splendor by I-Am-Lady-Timeless
Golden Slumber by znkf0908On the autumn leaf by marteczna The Song of Leaving BirdsOf tired feathers silken touch,
The ancient tale of pilgrimage
When maple leaves turn red and gold
The soaring spirits know no cage
Goodbye to mists and fading fern
To silver threads of gossamer
The rosehips red and bitter sloes
Until the spring comes young and fair
Goodbye to songs in dreamy dusk
And the warm nests of sunny youth
When wings are weak, the will is strong
And stars will guide us to the South
To the far lands where winter winds
Do not have power over Sun,
So we can return in the spring,
Because home... home is only one.
foggy morning by blueunicornfarm


:w00t: These will ALSO be moved to the Featured Folder, along with the Winners! :w00t:


:iconautumncolorplz:Fall Leaf Divider Line Graphic by Mirz123Fall Leaf Divider Line Graphic by Mirz123Fall Leaf Divider Line Graphic by Mirz123Fall Leaf Divider Line Graphic by Mirz123Fall Leaf Divider Line Graphic by Mirz123:iconautumncolorplz:


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

Our Group will close down mid-December.  
:note: Our FIVE regular December Nature Folders will close a lot earlier than the last day.
In fact, these five folders will close sometime on Dec. 16th.

ONE FOLDER WILL REMAIN OPEN!
We will have a Theme Folder that opens Dec. 1st, with the five regular folders...
but it will stay open, and CLOSE on Jan. 6th- about FIVE WEEKS!
[See Below, for INFO. on the THEME!]

The reason that the group will mostly be closed, except for the Dec. Theme Folder,
is for TWO REASONS:

1. To give the Admins. a much needed and deserved break, and lighten their work considerably.
2. To give the group a chance to "breathe" in general:
:note: I will be away from dA for much of these three weeks, starting on Dec. 17th.
But I will actually be returning during the 3rd week, but JUST FOR THIS GROUP ALONE,
to do some end-of-the year and beginning-of-the year updating of the group, such as: organization, and RE-organization of folders, and to make some changes, modifying some rules, and probably adding a few new folders!

:note: The GOAL is to open the Group again, on Jan. 7th,
and hopefully all Admins., and Members, will take a bit of time to REVIEW the changes!
:aww:

Admins. will be voting on the December folders this time, and probably choosing from the Theme folder, too.

Thank you for your attention to these very important dates, and issues, for our group!


:icontree-christmas-plz: Our Group’s Upcoming THEMES :icontree-christmas-plz:

:pointr: December - "Decorated Holiday/Christmas Trees"
This theme is mostly JUST FOR FUN!

Opens: Dec. 1st
Closes: Jan. 6th - About FIVE weeks long!

:bulletgreen: ONE Entry per Member!
:bulletgreen: Submit One Image of a decorated Holiday or Christmas Tree!
The tree could be your own, or someone else's, - that doesn't matter.
The tree could be outside or inside, as long as it is decorated for the holidays!
The tree could be real or fake - doesn't matter, either.
:bulletred: We are NOT looking for humans with the trees!
But, it is understandable if we can see a little of the inside of homes, for any inside trees.
:bulletred: Be SURE it is NOT a Close-Up of a single decoration or ornament!
:bulletgreen: It is preferred that the image show 100% of the tree, but at least 80%!
We want to see a WHOLE DECORATED TREE!
:icontree-christmas-plz:

:bulletgreen: All-Media is welcomed as long as it is able to depict an image of decorated tree...
So, of course photographs are welcomed, but traditional, digital, manipulations, fractals, etc. are ALSO WELCOMED!
:D

PRIZES

Well, the Founder, probably with help from the other Admins., will choose a few of our favourites to feature...

but as far as "placements" with possible :points:

it is not yet decided if we will have "placements" with points.

:note: REMEMBER: This is mostly, really JUST FOR FUN!!

I know it feels like it's not time to talk about this yet:
:iconchristmasplz:

But we want to let you know what IS coming up!

:icontree-christmas-plz:


:icondonatepointsgreenplz: POINTS-PLZ :icondonatepointsgreenplz:

To Donate Points :points: to our Group...

The Widget is HERE:

:points: Unframed-Nature's Points Pool:icondonatepointsgreenplz: To HELP the Group Unframed-Nature with Contests, Mini-Contests, & Other Activities, that we'll be having during 2012, as well as to Continue our SUPERGROUP Status...
Please, feel free to Donate HERE: Points for the Group Unframed-Nature.
:thanks: :thanks: :thanks:
:note: VERY IMPORTANT: When you Donate, PLEASE write in the DONATION MEMO that your Donation is for:
:iconunframed-nature:.

This is EXTREMELY IMPORTANT, as sometimes points are donated to me for other reasons, but these are considered personal points to me, and I must account for GROUP POINTS, separately from ALL PERSONAL Points.
Your MEMO, takes care of this! :nod:
:heart: ALL Donors WILL be publicly thanked & recognized.  
20 :points: and above will be thanked with features in certain Group Journals and have these pieces moved to The Group Donors' Folder. Then, mont
:points:

Soon after distributing all the points :points: promised to these Contest Winners here, from our group i.e. our group's points pool, we will have ONLY TEN DAYS LEFT UNTIL OUR SUPER GROUP EXPIRES!
:la: :eager: :la: :eager: :la:
    
We SHOULD have just about enough for this, :fingerscrossed: however, we would really love to be able to begin collecting points again for 2013, so that we can bring some more Monthly Themes/ Mini-Contests, with some points :points: as prizes, and host a couple more BIG CONTESTS, with BIGGER points :points: for prizes, among perhaps a few other things here and there.

:note: Please NOTE: Since I'm not always on dA, I may NOT see, or get to your donation right away, so I can't place your name inside the Donors' Folder immediately... but I will do it as soon as I am physically able. Thank you for your patience and understanding! :thanks:

Any and ALL Donations are always HIGHLY appreciated... and you will read on the widget's page, how you will be recognized and rewarded for your kind generosity!


:heart: :heart: :iconshinyheartplz: :heart: :heart:



:iconloveyellowplz: Affiliate Groups’ NEWS & CONTESTS :iconloveyellowplz:

We LOVE our Affiliates, and we LOVE posting their news and contests, but...  

We will post Affiliate News again, in one of our next Articles, either the Voting Blog for voting on
November's TOP Submissions, [out around Dec. 1st].
or the actual article of The TOP Submissions of November, [out about Dec. 10th].

Thank you for understanding....

:heart:


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Being Thankful

Dearest Members, and Admins., alike,

1. First of all, I want to apologize for the fact that I was unable to send out Notifications this time around, for "October's Top Subs of Unframed-Nature and NEWS!"

I always say in the voting articles that come out at the beginning of each month that I will do this for everyone who is featured, if it seems to me that they have not realized it, about 4-5 days after the "TOP Subs" are posted.

I always have been able to follow through with this, until this last time.

Unfortunately, what that means is that there were plenty of great artists who got featured, and still don't even know it.
:hmm:

To do this, takes a bit of time, and at this point it's gotten too late, and there are other things I must be doing now.

I just want to thank you ALL for understanding.
:heart:


2.  Next, I would like to say thank you to my dear and wonderful fellow-Admins. who are so kind and patient and wonderful to work with...
During what has been a challenging time for me, for a couple of reasons, they have managed to keep this awesome and very special group running as usual. :heart:
I appreciate EACH and EVERY Admin. who continues to volunteer their precious time here, as much as they are able to, and no matter how long they've been a part of our TEAM!

I was amazed also that a few of us could connect up, to deliver to you- the members- my message of the delayed results of the contest. So, an extra thanks to Lily Annissina who received my email in a timely matter, and passed the info. to Brian Brian-B-Photography so that he could make a post for you all. I also thank Annissina for taking the special time to try to reply to all of your heart-felt comments. :heart:

I am and have been, always thankful for the TEAM here at Unframed-Nature for I can't imagine a more wonderful team of online volunteers to be working with! :clap:
:iconbouquetplz:


3.  And, Dear Members, I have read each heart-felt comment, and I've been stunned by the outpouring of your support...
It has been quite a bright spot, in a darker time...
You are all just incredible, and I am thankful for you! We truly have a lovely membership here.
I send out my love to you.... :heart: :blowkiss:

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


4. This is the time in the USA, when we come together for our Thanksgiving Holiday...
and my favourite part about this time of year, is taking a concerted time out to remember all there is to be thankful for, despite the difficulties in life.


I truly wish you all the best, a most pleasant rest of November, and a lovely time of Thanksgiving- if you observe it, or observe it at a different time... 
and soon it will be December!
:faint: ;)

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










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:iconawfultosee:
i don't remember if i already said this (forgive me), but... congrats to all the winners once again and participants, great works!! and glad to see you're back Tea!
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TeaPhotography Nov 30, 2012  Professional General Artist
Aww, no problem!
And thank you so much for your support of the group, and the welcome back, too. :rose:
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:iconlirulin-yirth:
congrats to the winners!
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:iconteaphotography:
TeaPhotography Nov 30, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thank you so much Lin! :aww:
And thanks again for featuring the winners!
:party:
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:iconlirulin-yirth:
Most welcome for all!
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I-Am-Lady-Timeless Nov 25, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
TEA! We :heart: you so much! Congratz to all the winners and to everyone who entered!
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TeaPhotography Nov 30, 2012  Professional General Artist
Awww, and I love you, too! :heart:
Thanks for the congrats to all, you are very supportive!
:hug:
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I-Am-Lady-Timeless Dec 1, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:glomp:
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hoshitsu Nov 25, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Congrats to all the winners! :)

Nice that you be back Tea :hug:

I'm looking forward to the christmas contest :rudolph:
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