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submission guidelines

Welcome to our group :hug: We are looking for exceptional art in all mediums including literature that utilises various techniques in order to focus on the subject and communicate the artistic concept.
The level of skill involved in successful execution of such pieces is usually very high, but we will assess every submission on it's own merits and overall technical skill is not a prerequisite in making an excellent creative focus artwork.
Therefore, anyone is free to join and submit, keeping in mind the focus of the group.

NOTE: All submissions are voted on democratically by all admins, and we don't always agree in opinion, so just because a picture got rejected doesn't mean it's not good.

Please have a look at our gallery… to get a better idea of what we are looking for.

more information… :heart:

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Important Announcements

Tue Aug 23, 2011, 9:29 AM by photofairy:iconphotofairy:


Dear Members,

We have two really exiting announcements!

We have decided to organise our first contest titled "Through the Looking Glass" :iconcheerplz:

The inspiration for this topic was AnnaKirsten 's suggestion as well as this legendary photograph by Irving Penn


Using actual glass in creative photography is bound to give some incredible results, whether you choose to do macro, portraits, conceptual, abstract or even landscapes! But also, this topic can be interpreted more broadly - "looking glass" remind of Alice in Wonderland, kaleidoscopes or even two-way mirrors - the imagination is the limit!

We accept all visual art modalities - photography (analog and digital), mixed media, darkroom, photomanipulations, traditional and digital arts and even crafts.

Also, we accept any artwork, a new one or an old one, just give us your best!


So far we were going to donate the following prizes:

1st PLACE:

- one fabulous dA bag of your choice from this section of the shop…

- from my store one iPhone case OR laptop skin… OR art print (up to 23 x 17 inch, not framed)

- feature alongside all the winners and top 20 in the News article as well as on our group's front page


- one item of your choice from either Hoodies and Jackets range… or from Activewear range (excluding the Bundle)…

- from my store one iPhone/iPod skin… OR art print (up to 19 x 13 inch, not framed)

- feature alongside all the winners and top 20 in the News article as well as on our group's front page


- one item of your choice from dA T-shirt range…

- one 2012 calendar (to be finalised for 2012, will let the winner know of all the options)…

- feature alongside all the winners and top 20 in the News article as well as on our group's front page

JOURNAL FEATURES by :icono-kaykay: :iconteyasaveleva: :iconphotofairy:

We are still looking for more prizes, so if you can donate a journal feature, or one of your prints, maybe a subscription or points or whatever you can spare, let us know and we will add it to the list.
And of course, you can donate as well as participate :nod:

Judges (so far)

:iconphotofairy: :iconrabbitka: :iconteyasaveleva:

If you would like to volunteer for a judge, please let us know (unfortunately, judges can't compete).

We will wait for about a week to see what prizes we can put together as well as to compile a final list of judges, before we announce the contest in the News section.

We were hoping to run the contest throughout September, judging in October or something like that.

So, let us know your thoughts and spread the word :hug:

support our news article

Other news articles we did recently:

Artist in Focus - kaminaru…
Creative Focus in Art…

We will be doing more interviews and art features soon, so keep an eye out for that as well!

And thank you all for contributing your wonderful art :iconaawplz:

We wanted to let you know about an awesome new project organised by :iconteyasaveleva:
Here's what she told us about it:

In May 2011 Ode-to-simplicity group started a volunteer project - Point Of Simplicity pdf-magazine.
This is a free pdf-digest about fine art photography. The magazine is based on group members' submissions, but often welcomes other talented photographers from DA or elsewhere on the Internet.
Our primary aim is on one hand to let the viewers discover fresh names and enjoy good photography, and on the other hand to introduce amateur and semi-professional photographers to wider audience.
The other goal is to keep photographing community on DA animated and interconnected with each other, to show and to educate.

Here is the link to the three publications we have at the moment point-of-simplicity.blogspot.c…

Our page on FaceBook…

Well, we had a look at the magazine and we love it! It is a truly stylish, high-quality art feature, very interesting and inspirational.
So we hope you enjoy looking through the issues as much as we did, and join this great project :heart:
Anyone can join :heart:

While we are particularly interested in photography, we allow all media, as long as it showcases creative focus.

This group is dedicated to exceptional art and we aim for quality over quantity. Please do not submit multiple works that have similar subjects with little variation in idea or appearance, but rather choose the best one.

We also detest dA watermark so it's up to admin's discretion whether an image with it will be accepted.

Please don't be disappointed if your submission is rejected. We will always be happy to offer an explanation if asked.
Sometimes, even excellent quality artwork might be rejected not because we won't like it, but because we feel it doesn't quite fit with the idea of "creative focus" as such.

We have 1 submission per member per day limit, so just select the appropriate folder and click "Submit"
All work contained in our galleries is under the full copyright of their owners.

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BillyNikoll Featured By Owner May 25, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
thanks for the request! w00t! 
photofairy Featured By Owner May 27, 2015   General Artist
You're welcome! :)
Oer-Wout Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2015
Thank you very much for the request :aww:
photofairy Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2015   General Artist
Always a pleasure :)
RapidHeartMovement Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2015
Thank you. :rose:
photofairy Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2015   General Artist
XRlS Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
ThankYou by KmyGraphic :kiss: :kiss:
photofairy Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2014   General Artist
XRlS Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
thank you! :cuddle:
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