UIC Image Contest for January 2005
Theme:  "The Colors of Space"

A note to our contestants from Dan Mowry, our judge...

Contestants,
    I join Wendy and Jess Diard in thanking you for your entries in the January UIC Image Contest. It has been a pleasure and honor to spend time “getting to know” each entry prior to judging, and to glimpse a little of the magic your imagination and creativity have to offer using Diard Software’s fine UIC plugins and tools.

    I want to state, in the clearest terms, that each of the four prize categories had more than one entry considered for the final, winning position. As a matter of fact, some pieces were even considered for multiple categories. This speaks well for the quality and variety offered in the January contest. No decision was easy. Every entry had points of strength worth consideration. I applaud all of your efforts. -Daniel Mowry

And the winners are....


Diard Software asked the Winners a few questions.  Click here to "Meet the Winners"...

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Best Overall goes to
"Destination Saturn"
by Kelly Cooper....$25 Prize

A comment from our judge...
    It is my view that “Destination Saturn” immediately exhibits the very nature and strength of what Diard Software’s products have to offer. Although it may not have a high degree of technical flourish, it is artistically very well done. In my opinion that is what counts. It is composed well on the canvas. It conveys depth and distance using the planetary rings and the dramatic shadows they cast upon the planet surface. These two elements are critical in representing celestial art.
    The light source is appropriate and even accentuated by a bold, exciting sun flare. The detail of including Saturn’s moons is not lost and serves the piece well. It is detail, such as this, that rewards the viewer for taking the time to more closely examine the piece. Subtleties in the starfield and background space dust help create additional interest without losing the focus on the more outstanding features.
    The realism, vibrant and complimentary colors, and overall composition justify it’s pick as “Best Overall” to represent the genre of space art using Diard Software’s products by a talented artist. 

6 Destination Saturn
by Kelly Cooper

Submitted on 1/15/05
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Best Use of Color goes to
“Diard Contest #2”
By Derek Furman....$10 Prize

A comment from our judge...
    A judgment call was made as to allow “Diard Contest #2” even though it did not conform to a stated image requirement of “not to exceed 1200x1200 pixels.” The fact that it still maintains a square aspect ratio (1600x1600) might suggest that since no cropping would be required and a simple resizing of the image would keep the integrity of the piece intact – the image is still within latitude.
    Some might interpret the category of “Best use of color” to suggest many colors are good, more colors are better. However, “Diard Contest #2” is a fine example of only using colors that work well together being the superior choice. There is a strong degree of realism in the choice of colors as well as the overall effect of the interstellar clouds and nebulae. Visions of Hubble Space Telescope images are immediately conjured up. It is with this spirit that this piece merits “Best use of color.
    The sparkling effect of the star flares suggest they were placed with care by the artist. They twinkle as if viewing light through a glass of champagne. This image stands on its own or would be equally at home as a backdrop for future pieces. Many pieces of space art would only hope to be as diverse as “Diard Contest #2.”

8 Diard Contest #2
by Derek Furman

Submitted on 1/21/05
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Most Original goes to
“Cloud Chamber”
by Karla Munger.....$10 Prize

A comment from our judge...
“Cloud Chamber” is a solid, if not understated piece. Although some might interpret the category of “most original” to mean that the more wild something is, the more “original” it is, I disagree.
    “Cloud Chamber” shows its originality in that traditionally dominant elements (such as planets) are now liberated to more minor parts in the overall composition – but do everything to bring greater attention to themselves – creating the marvelous “ooh, ahh” reaction. One’s eye instantly glances through the wonderfully gentle cloud of particles only to be greeted with a hint of a planet within. It’s at that moment you realize the size, dimension, and scale of what you’re looking at.
    The illumination of the cloud and planet are appropriate relative to the strongest light source onscreen. It is believable from a technical perspective and beautiful and unique from an artistic perspective. The artistic hand of the creator is also clearly visible in the deftly-brushed wisps of cloud. A quality example of what can be done with UIC software and artistry.

10 Cloud Chamber
by Karla Munger

Submitted on 1/22/05
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Honorable Mention goes to
“Beautiful Night”
by Jason M. Warren....$10 Prize

A comment from our judge...
Immediately a “wow” piece. The skillful use of multiple software programs to create a breathtaking view is evident. The detail of the planet, the silhouette of the palm leaves, and the glittering ripples in the water are all part of the experience of simply getting lost in this piece.
    Admittedly, even I, as an artist, am guilty of indulging in what might be considered a “cliché” piece of a tropical island with otherworldly planets rising in the background. However, it is always a treat to see other interpretations on this fantasy view of what a “Beautiful Night” might look like on another planet. That is what takes something from the common to greater limits.
    It is composed well with the trees framing the planet and moon. It is luxurious in its use of foliage, light and shadow, and perspective – as if the viewer were truly standing in that very place.
    The detail, the glowing, brilliant colors, and the overall sense of precisely what the title suggests make this piece impossible to ignore. It is a piece such as this that creates ambience, atmosphere, and emotion. It earns “Honorable Mention” with the strongest of convictions.

9 Beautiful Night
by Jason M. Warren

Submitted on 1/21/05
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January 2005 Image Contest Entries

Each winner will also receive an image to post on their site to show off their award.  Thanks to Kelly Cooper for creating these award images.  I'll be getting these to the winners later today.

You can view all of the entries original images by clicking on the smaller 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 The Threshold Itself
by Photoscribe

Submitted 1/2/05
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2 Universal Wonders
By Bobby Ray

Submitted 1/4/05
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3 Colererse
by Donald Laube

Submitted 1/5/05
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4 Rainbow Vortex
by Justinn

Submitted 1/6/05
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5 RGB
by Richard Merk

Submitted 1/13/05
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6 Destination Saturn
by Kelly Cooper



Submitted on 1/15/05
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7 Black Hole
Lance Laurendine

Submitted on 1/15/05
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8 Diard Contest #2
by Derek Furman


Submitted on 1/21/05
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9 Beautiful Night
Jason M. Warren


Submitted on 1/21/05
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10 Cloud Chamber
by Karla Munger


Submitted on 1/22/05
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11 Bright Space Dwellers
Kevin D. Gibbs

Submitted on 1/25/05
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12 Eyes
by Stinger

Submitted on 1/25/05
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13 Planet Xuador
by Beebo

Submitted on 1/25/05
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14 Fish of Stars
by Mr. Crocodile

Submitted on 1/25/05
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15 Holiday Lights
by Ponygirl

Submitted on 1/25/05
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16 Blue Earth
by Betty Gomez

Submitted on 1/25/05
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1024 x 768 image
17 Blue Moon
by Sarah E.

Submitted on 1/25/05
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