UIC Image Contest Winners & Entries for June 2005
Theme:  "A Galaxy Far, Far Away..."

And the winners are....


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Best Overall goes to
"Destination"
by Jason M. Warren....$25 Prize

A comment from our judge...

"Destination" is a strong piece. It ties warm colors together but gives enough separation with use of highlights, star flares, and glow. One almost might feel that the planet looks a little familiar - but the backdrop of the well-crafted galaxy behind makes it clear "this is nowhere close." The probe completely suggests travel and exploration - something very much appropriate to the spirit of space art. The composition is balanced and gives focus to the important elements very well. This has just enough hint of the realistic and fantastic combined to be a great representation of other galaxies, new worlds, and places we might yet explore.

3 Destination
By Jason M. Warren
Submitted on June 12, 2005
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Best Use of Color goes to
“Sky Over Desert”
By Richard Merk....$10 Prize

A comment from our judge...

The first thing that catches my attention is the depth of the multi-spiraled galaxial rings - the use of shadows and contrast are well done. It's a clever take on how galaxies might converge, given enough time. In this case - "...far, far away" suggests time to me. Something that might happen in our own cosmic backyard but many years from now.

The glow of the colors set against the contrast of deeper hues is really the strong point. It makes a convincing level of dimension where you know part of those spiral arms is very near the observer, while others are far away. The cast glow of color on the landscape and night sky holds the colors from the galaxies together as well. A very nice piece.

4 Sky Over Desert
By Richard Merk

Submitted on June 20, 2005
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Most Original goes to
“Galaxy Core”
by Bebo.....$10 Prize

A comment from our judge...

I think we get used to new representations of known stellar objects.

However, new types of galaxies always gets my attention - just as "Galaxy Core" does.

It's fascinating to imagine a part of the Universe that contains a multi-armed, multi-axis galaxy. There is good dimension conveyed with distant arms fading from view behind closer, brighter arms. It's also framed nicely with lens flare and ring. It's nice to see imagination take off with concepts in space art.

12 Galaxy Core
By Bebo

Submitted on June 24, 2005
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Honorable Mention goes to
“Condition Red”
by Karla Munger.....$10 Prize

A comment from our judge...

I didn't even need to see the title to know that this was a galaxy in turmoil. The planets appear aflame, volcanic, and in constant threat of coming apart - as does the ring of smoky, fiery galaxy behind it all.

This is certainly nowhere near our relatively peaceful corner of the galaxy. It's a good representation of a theme but with a foundation in an idea of what happens in real-life.

 

6 Condition Red
By Karla Munger

Submitted on June 24, 2005
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Contest Entries

You can view the images at their full-size by clicking on the image below.

**NOTE:  The artists who created these images spent a lot of time on them.  Please do NOT copy them.  

Image
Number
Image, Name, & Description
1 Mother-Father-Daughter-Neighbors
By Photoscribe

Submitted on May 30, 2005
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2 Galaxy Far, Far Away...
By Bobby Ray

Submitted on June 1, 2005
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3 Destination
By Jason M. Warren


Submitted on June 12, 2005
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4 Sky Over Desert
By Richard Merk


Submitted on June 20, 2005
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5 L'inizio
By Dainotti Edoardo
Submitted on June 23, 2005
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6 Condition Red
By Karla Munger


Submitted on June 24, 2005
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7 Ice World Vista
By Jess Diard

Submitted on June 24, 2005
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8 Galactic Core
By Attic Man

Submitted on June 24, 2005
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9 Galaxy Approach
By Randall

Submitted on June 24, 2005
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10 Star Galaxy
By Pony Girl

Submitted on June 24, 2005
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11 Ships Attacking
By Stinger

Submitted on June 24, 2005
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12 Galaxy Core
By Bebo


Submitted on June 24, 2005
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13 Blue Mood
By Sarah E.
Submitted on June 24, 2005
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14 Meteor Belt
By Mr. Crocodile

Submitted on June 24, 2005
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