A couple weeks ago or so, I received a notice from Harper Ganesvoort announcing the 4th Annual Oscar Fashion Photo Contest. The contest is sponsored by “Around the Grid,” a media outlet for which Harper serves as publisher. What a great idea and a fun concept, and how very cool that Harper has made this an annual tradition. The contest opened January 10th, runs through February 24th, and winners will be announced by March 12th. To be in the running, get in the mood to wear gowns (I seem to be in that mood perpetually), don your finest and get ready for your close-up. The contest comes complete with some wonderful awards for the winners. Check out the details Harper shares in her press release:
The contest is open to all Residents of Second Life, as well as avatars from any virtual world recognized at the Koinup virtual photography service. As in previous years, there is a prize fund of L$6,500 for entries from Second Life avatars, with the winner to receive L$2,500. The 2nd prize will be L$2,000, and the 3rd prize L$1,000. Four honorable mentions will each receive L$250. All winners, whether or not from Second Life, will be written about in an article on the blog.
Past winners include Ruriko Bracken (2010), Curl Swinderhurst (2011) and Link Bressig (2012). Other placing contestants have included Cajsa Lilliehook, Moxie Macbeth, Moniq Salamander, Draakje Dailey, Rudyn Carter, Aida Ewing, Strawberry Singh and Natasja Schumann.
Participants should submit one photograph of themselves, taken by themselves or another photographer, in an evening gown of their choice. Entries should, preferably, reflect the theme of participating in some form at the year’s Oscar ceremonies (entrance on the red carpet, on the stage, Governors’ Ball or other post-ceremony party, etc.). Multiple entries are not allowed; however entries can be changed by deleting one already submitted from the group (or requesting Ms. Ganesvoort to delete it), and submitting a fresh entry.
Entries may also be submitted by comment to any article published at “Around the Grid” for this year’s contest.
Entries will be judged by Ms. Ganesvoort based on the appropriateness of the entry to the theme, and the artistic merit.
Full rules are available in the official announcement article at “Around the Grid,” at: http://harperganesvoort.wordpress.com/2013/01/07/2013-oscar-fashion-photo-contest-announced/
along with links to the groups on Flickr and Koinup. They may also be obtained in world at the offices of “Around the Grid,” which are located at Harper’s Fine Art and Photographs (http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Desire/130/39/111). Notecard vendors are found on the main floor near the entrance, and in the Secret (Public) Photo Studio skybox, reachable by teleporter from the store.
Even though I’m not entering either of these particular photos in the contest, I do love these gowns. The first is a glorious gown from Purple Moon that was gifted to me by my very very dear and wonderful friend. As for the second one, I suppose you could say it’s “Vintage” Azul. Both gorgeous and classic fashion.