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Memories of Trees Contest [WINNERS]

Wed Jun 22, 2016, 5:06 PM by kesbet:iconkesbet:
It's been a while, so hopefully you're all well!

As you know, I've won some points that I would like to distribute. So I thought, it's the right time (summer) for setting in motion my small community with an art contest ;) 

You probably noticed I love nature, all living things, but above all - plants. I was always wondering how their hidden world looks like from the inside. Do they have feelings? How they perceive the world? Are they conscious, have dreams? Plants world is mystical, inspiring, and totally undiscovered by our animal thinking minds. If humans are kings of the animal world, trees are the rulers among plants. In my childish dreams, trees always were, are and will be pure living creatures gifted with a soul, equal to humans, and sometimes even better than most of us. 

I would like you to use your imagination, try to think, feel, and look through a tree eyes and show me what you can see. Remember, trees can be very old, so they could witness a lot. They also can't move, but their roots can reach deep down the earth, their tallest branches can see what lies behind the horizon, and they can be the first that hear a wind whispering about things we don't know yet.

You can draw anything what a tree could see during it's lifetime - other trees, cities built and destroyed, great wars, ancient civilizations, past which no human being ever knew, or future. It's up to you, after all your're only an explorer trying to reveal what's hidden in a tree mind :)

Already inspired? I hope so, here we go!

Memories of Trees Contest details

Contest theme: memories of trees
Who can join: everybody (if you become my watcher after all, I will be more than happy to have you aboard)
Entries per deviant: 1 (if you change your mind, you can pick your other work instead - just let me know)
Accepted art types: everything from drawing/painting (traditional or/and digital), animation, to craft, music or literature
Not allowed: any kind of pornography, sexual content, or anything considered as offensive, and... no fan art and stolen art (your work has to be original and really YOURS)

All the works have to be from this year, and can't be the ones already awarded in other contest(s) (no DD obviously).

How to join: leave a comment below this journal, including a link to your work (your contest entry)
Deadline for entering: 13th August

Selecting the winners

I would like to make this contest more like a social experience. So, once I get all contest entries (entry deadline: 13th August), by the 21st August I will pick top 10 and ask each of you to vote for the three best works (in your opinion) by writing down their names/links in the order from 1st to 3rd place (voting: from the announcement date till 11th September). You cannot vote for your own piece. Then I will collect all the votes and prepare a table, which will be added to this journal, so everybody can see it. The winners will be announced on 18th September

Notice: The 1st winner, may or may not be the one picked by the community voting, so you all have a chance :).

MY TOP TEN AND VOTING (till 11th September)

The most important criteria while selecting the top ten entries was how well the entries matched the contest theme.

Voting FAQ:
  • How to vote? Just write the entry numbers in the order from the 1st to 3rd place, e.g.: 1, 7, 4.
  • Who can vote? All participants + my watchers.
  • Voting for yourself? Not allowed.
  • Honorable mention? Will pick on my own.
  • Voting deadline? 11th September (midnight, CET)


Entries to vote for* (points will be updated quite frequently):
  1. In the shadow of old birch tree  | POINTS**: 3
  2. The Protectors of Earth  | POINTS: 5
  3. Golgotha: CONTEST ENTRY  | POINTS: 7
  4. Vessel  | POINTS: 17
  5. Twilight Current  | POINTS: 7
  6. Wishing on the tree  | POINTS: 2
  7. Landscape of Stars 2  | POINTS: 2
  8. Two Trees  | POINTS: 7
  9. Les enfants disent qu'il y a un chevalier dedans..  | POINTS: 18
  10. Memories of a Tree [Contest]  | POINTS: 2
Order according to the time of joining the contest.
** Points will be given according to the sum of votes: 1st place - +3 points, 2nd place - +2 points, 3rd place - +1 point.

All entries can be found here: Contest Entries - Memories of Trees

Prizes

1st place: 400 Points
2nd place: 150 Points 
3rd place: 75 Points 

All winners (announced on 18th September) will get:
- a feature by MirachRavaia (the founder of TreeLovers group)
- a llama, fav and feature by LualaDy
- a llama and feature by Amarantheans
- a unique feature in an interview style by me - it won't be any simple copy and paste, but I will put some effort to do it right!

Winners

To keep the contest fair I decided to treat myself as my own watcher. So, given myself 3 votes and adding the points to yours here are the winners!

1st placeSieskja - 400 Points 

Les enfants disent qu'il y a un chevalier dedans.. by Sieskja

Human kind loves war, we kill each other often through out ages and keep doing that. Old trees know that...

2nd place - Chobek - 150 Points 


Trees, like humans, are the most complex creatures created by the nature. Opposite to us, they keep the connection with the earth, remain the vessels we should protect at any cost.

3rd places - starcaster12, offermoord and Malintra-Shadowmoon - 75 Points each

Golgotha: CONTEST ENTRY by starcaster12    Twilight Current by offermoord    Two TreesThere was a tree.
A tree without leaves, not dead, but with many needles.
Not for pricking but to protect itself against acid rain and scorching sun.
A tall tree which radiated an imperturbable calm in summer and winter.
Deeply rooted in the earth and high risen to the sky.
There was another tree.
Completely different. Even the bark indeed playfully spotted black and white.
And it wore leaves that played constantly moving with the sunrays.
As soon as the short summer was over, the leaves turned yellow and brown.
Even before the first frost, they sailed away, as there had never been a green time.
Before the memory of summer faded in the mist of yesterday, the first buds sprouted again.
Tender green leaves made their way out of them.
One day the sky darkened and there was a heavy storm.
With a load roar, it swept through the forest, uprooted shrubs and trees.
After days of fury it disappeared as sudden as if it had been only a mirage.
Completely ruined it left the forest.
Barely a tree t

Trees do grow on our remains, and will continue doing that when we become a history (most probably destroyed by our own hands). And they are watching, yet unable to tell us we are doing all wrong. They have souls, and hearts after all.

Honorable Mentions - Erintii, Blue-F-PhoenixContessa-Corvulus and Tuntalm - 25 Points each

In the shadow of old birch treeHe walked down the street silent as the dream. Eventually he reached park full of old trees. Lights made streets bright and prevent inhabitants from seeing stars. People were not interested in starts or skies above, but in their own, boring everyday life. Unfortunately, no one noticed tall man in a long, dark jacket.  
Children are afraid of the dark no without the reason, but when grow up they learned to call instincts “primitive fears from the barbarian period” as modern psychology tended to say. They are turning off voices telling them to avoid dark and unknown. How anyone can be afraid of the dark if we have nuclear weapon and mathematic formulas to reduce the variability?
Man in the dark coat by now way fitted to great city concentrated of boring, everyday life. He came from places none of mannish languages or psychics by Newton were able to describe. He visited words full of shapes and forms unknown to humans, as skies full of singing stars and speaking clouds. H


I believe trees were like humans once, but when their era passed, God Entities decided to give a chance to something new, a flesh instead of wood, blood instead of sap. They decided to bring trees to our era, let them watch, and so their suffer when see the suffering of others,


Wishing on the tree by Blue-F-Phoenix    Memories of a Tree [Contest] by Contessa-Corvulus

I wish more people would appreciate how wonderful trees are. We live side by side all the time, they accompany us all our lives, even if we don't noticed that yet. Fortunately some of us do, which makes me happy :)


We use trees for many things - food, structure, fuel. And Earth need them too, to counteract our greed.


A big Thank You

All the works were amazing, and I'm grateful for each and every for joining my first dA contest! Keep working, improving, never give up and be proud of your artistic souls!

Expect more contests in the future :)

Add a Comment:
 
:iconlualady:
LualaDy Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2016   Traditional Artist
Alright, I've sent out the favs and llamas (for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place)
Feature will come out next friday
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:iconkesbet:
kesbet Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you Hug 
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:iconsieskja:
Sieskja Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2016   Traditional Artist
Wooooooooo first place!! :blush: :faint:
Thank you so much to all ! :hug: It was a very nice contest! I hope there will be many more! (:
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TokyoMoonlight Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2016   Traditional Artist
Congrats on winning =D
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:iconkesbet:
kesbet Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
:) You know you've deserved it, right? ;)

If I earn some points for another one, then sure! :) Also, it would be nice to find a partner ready to give some points for the contest :) 
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Sieskja Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2016   Traditional Artist
That's so sweet (:
Actually... I can be that partner, I've a pretty amount of points and I don't know what to do with them!! I'm ok to use them for next contest (:
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kesbet Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh! That would be amazing! I would love that! Sieskja and kesbet joining forces for something great <3 I'm in! I will give you time for your Inktober and after that return with details. Becase... I have an idea :-)
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Sieskja Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2016   Traditional Artist
That sounds so great indeed!! :hug:
Oh please tell me your idea! so I can think about it. I won't be able to wait a full month :D
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:iconkesbet:
kesbet Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
It's not a theme idea, more like a partnership plan. A theme idea will be something we both could think about, like true partners :-) So don't worry, you won't miss anything :-)
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Malintra-Shadowmoon Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much for chosing me 3rd place.
This contest was a lot of fun.
I am hungry and looking for more *contests* :D
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:iconkesbet:
kesbet Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
:)
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offermoord Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2016
Wow. What a surprise to have won the 3th price! Thanks for your votes everyone!! (Sorry I missed the voting round..)
And congrats to the other participants as well, some great entries around here!! :love:
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:iconkesbet:
kesbet Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
I agree :) It was great for the first contest :)
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:iconoffermoord:
offermoord Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2016
Yes, great theme and background thoughts!

Btw, thanks a lot for the points :hug:
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:iconkesbet:
kesbet Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
:)
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kesbet Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
And... My votes go to 9, 4, 3 :)
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:iconkesbet:
kesbet Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you!
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:iconmalintra-shadowmoon:
Malintra-Shadowmoon Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much for liking my poetry, LualaDy :heart:
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:iconlualady:
LualaDy Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2016   Traditional Artist
you're welcome ^^
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:iconsieskja:
Sieskja Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2016   Traditional Artist
Merciiii :hug:
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:iconlualady:
LualaDy Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2016   Traditional Artist
^^
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:iconsieskja:
Sieskja Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2016   Traditional Artist
1, 8, 10
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:iconkesbet:
kesbet Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you :) Your votes were very kind Heart 
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:iconcontessa-corvulus:
Contessa-Corvulus Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2016
My vote: 5, 4, 8
Will you vote, too?
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:iconkesbet:
kesbet Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Yes I will :) Thank you!
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:iconamarantheans:
Amarantheans Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2016
I Vote for 4,8,9 :D
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:iconkesbet:
kesbet Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you!
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:iconamarantheans:
Amarantheans Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2016
My pleasure.
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:iconmadrecojo:
MadreCojo Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2016  Student General Artist
I vote for; 3,9,10
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:iconkesbet:
kesbet Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you for voting Heart 
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Malintra-Shadowmoon Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
3, 7, 6
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:iconkesbet:
kesbet Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you for voting :)
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:iconmalintra-shadowmoon:
Malintra-Shadowmoon Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
You are very welcome :)
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:iconchobek:
Chobek Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
my vote:
9, 5, 2

:)
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:iconkesbet:
kesbet Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you for the votes Heart 
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:iconchristinedim:
ChristineDim Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2016   Traditional Artist
Hey! I so wanted to participate but I had no time :( Maybe next time!
Here's my votes : 4, 9, 2
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:iconkesbet:
kesbet Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Sure, next time :) We still have a collab to make :)

Thank you for the votes, I will try to update the points frequently :)
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:iconchristinedim:
ChristineDim Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2016   Traditional Artist
You 're very welcome and yes our colab is still on my mind, I haven't forgot it :D
Trying to get back in touch with my creative part, I have, sadly, neglected it a bit lately :(
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:iconkesbet:
kesbet Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
A day job can do that. It's good to make a habit to draw e.g. every Saturday :)

Heart 
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Tuntalm Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2016
My votes : 9 ; 4 ; 5 
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:iconkesbet:
kesbet Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Wonderful, thank you for voting :)
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:icontuntalm:
Tuntalm Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2016
:hug:
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starcaster12 Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2016  Student General Artist
My vote:
4, 7, 5
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:iconkesbet:
kesbet Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you for voting :)

Hug 
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Thystyn Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Hi, my votes go to 2,4 and 9
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:iconkesbet:
kesbet Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you for the votes :)
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:iconthystyn:
Thystyn Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome.  It was hard deciding my order of vote as I loved all three.
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Tuntalm Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2016
Thank you Wendy ;) Wish me luck !
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Thystyn Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Happy Bouncing Lily 
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