Screenshot Community Event: The Final Presentation

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A few weeks ago we launched our first Screenshot Community Event giving everyone the opportunity to submit a screenshot for Skyrim, Skyrim SE, Enderal, Fallout 4, and Fallout 76 depicting the event theme "Conflict and Struggle" and potentially win one of three prizes which would be awarded at random to three different participants.

The turnout has been great with hundreds of screenshots having been submitted and we, the Nexus Mods team, as well as our co-organisers Excellentium and napoleonofthestump have been stunned by all the amazing screenshots our community has come up with over the past weeks the event has run. We have since been hard at work looking through every single entry from each participant who filled out the entry form to pick our 15 favourites for the jury selection. Please note that while these are our 15 favourite shots, this event is more about having everyone participate and contribute - veterans and newcomers alike. That is why the three prizes (three £25 Steam Gift Cards) are awarded randomly - two go to two randomly chosen artists from the jury selection, and one goes to a random participant from the event. 

You can find out who won the three individual prizes at the end of this news post.

Jury Selection

Naturally, judging a piece of art is a very subjective and difficult endeavour, so please keep in mind that these shots are not necessarily the "best" or "most beautiful" ones. I can speak for myself as well as our co-organisers that narrowing it down to 15 shots total was not an easy task, due to the amount of high-quality entries submitted. While we tried our best to be somewhat objective, in the end, it all lies in the eye of the beholder. You can read a short blurb about our reasoning for choosing a particular shot by clicking on the spoiler tag below a given image. With that being said, here are our 15 favourite shots in no particular order: 

Note: All images can be viewed in their original resolution on the respective image page (click the hyperlink that says "full set").

  
Left: submitted by VictoriaG - full set - Right: submitted by radbeetle - full set
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Left: submitted by Bennzoor - full set - Right: submitted by Simboker - full set
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Left: submitted by Reaper060389 - full set - Right: submitted by defa23 - full set
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Left: submitted by EDCVBNM - full set - Right: submitted by EDV120 - full set
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Left: submitted by Hawkscr1mer - full set - Right: submitted by Irstina - full set
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Left: submitted by Kazeii1 - full set - Right: submitted by MagdalenaA - full set
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Left: submitted by ImmotalIce - full set - Right: submitted by polingc - full set
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submitted by Zenson - full set
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Community Selection

But that's not all - oh no! Almost 100 of you have submitted an entry - some of you submitted one shot of your choice - others entered entire sets into the event. The outpour of creativity has truly been astounding and, therefore, we would like to show off some of the work from every participant who entered the event by filling out the entry form:

Screenshot Community Event #1 - Conflict and Struggle - Community Selection

You can view more from every artist via the respective category for SkyrimSkyrim SEEnderalFallout 4, and Fallout 76.

A big thank you to everyone who participated:

09jlardinois, Aeruni, ajhardy, Antonio201220, Ariawyn, Asaforg, Ashfenril, auburnsred, Bakurai, Bennzoor, Berkebile, blackie10, bostonmanatee, BrynTheWin, chimichanga78, ChrisKley, Ciaran125, Clanggedin, Conclamatus, CorperationPop, CouchCaterpillar, CrosszeriaEverblood, Custom22, Darqcrimson, defa23, deicide707, deltahalo241, Di3sIrae, drwolfjanie, EDCVBNM, EDV120, GGearZZ, Giebelfred, GodOfVengeance, gratifiedgoat, Grimus4, guidethisonekalaheria, Hawkscr1mer, ImmotalIce, Irstina, Jebbalon, kaeyll, Kazeii1, Klaxoid, kmcderm133, kynthiabarnes, lametrie, LethosThason, Liadys, lidertz, Lindaleff, Madrock7, MagdalenaA, Meguiddo, mfeile1974, Moksha8088, Musiclover542, mystichd, navy5465, NeOniq, ninjakissa, nvmisfit, onread, Organonmodell, papp263, polingc, radbeetle, radcatfish, Rathanak00, Reaper060389, Rohanthegreat8, Rune963Rusey, sagittarius22, sevenpacer, Simboker, slbrgt, SpiderAkiraC, SpiderBob12, Stiffon, tanque007, TearOfTheStar, teridactyl, TheGreatFalro, thorrulf, Valor429, VictoriaG, wegas, WhitePigeon, xonedl, Zenson, ZMD78

Also thanks to everyone who contributed their shots to the event category, but did not enter the draw by filling out the entry form. In that regard: an honourable mention goes to SomewhatWindy and sa547 whose shots have been duly noted!

Last but not least - the three £25 Steam Gift Cards go to...

Two randomly chosen participants from the jury selection:
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One randomly chosen participant from the entire event:
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I hope you all enjoyed the event and we are looking forward to seeing you back for the next one! Stay tuned and happy modding!

72 comments

  1. V1K1N9
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    I like to see myself as something of a photographer, or well, photography hobbyist? heh..
     
    Unfortunately, I kept looking at this event thingy and seemed to feel very uncomfortable and anxious. I obviously wanted to join in but I have always looked at the images and how they are rated / voted / judged / call it what you will (the very thing that this screenshot / image "event" involves - being judged and winners selected over others), anyway I've always looked at how images are rated and it's mostly boobs n ass that get endorsements and then ego boosts and I dunno.. I just get jaded.
     
    Anyway, back on-topic.. being as self imposed jaded as I seem to be, I instantly felt hesitant to 'enter'? this event thingy. I still think it's great and can be fun and all, but I guess I must need more encouragement hehe I dunno <_<
     
    I think my conflict (oops sorry) lies in the title; "Screenshot".
     
    Therein lies the dilemma. Can you edit the screenshot? If the screenshots are being judged and prizes given out, how does the poor guy who can't afford photoshop or happens to be dyslexic and struggles with tiny words on a screen, possibly compete (yes you are unnavoidably in competition here) with those who have super duper photo shop and all that stuff?
     
    <hides under a table>
    1. Fyrcynn
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      I've attempted explaining why everything you've listed is wrong before and all I've gotten for response was either a "We don't care" or outright harassment. So I wouldn't expect much if you're looking for answers.
    2. TeofaTsavo
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      You can be assured a lot feel as you do, OP.
      Producing copypasta clickbait for like harvesting is a common theme in most digital medium online galleries. The render "communities" are no better, but they do put on tiered contests with much tighter rules for new users generally.

      Apparently the consensus here was "carte blanche". While a person can create very nice screens using simple console commands and a basic knowledge of composition and light, unfortunately the usual new user reaction to an established community is a perception that they "need" every bell and whistle. (a common problem in all competition). There is no encouragement or venue here for a new user to establish basic skills with the basic tools.
  2. Irstina
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    Ooh, my dodgy custom pose made it to the 15 favorites? I'm honored.

    I think I spent like 30 minutes moving Rikke's hand in Blender to try and get it to look somewhat natural. At least Tullius was good enough to assume that pose on his own \o/

    Some great scenes from everyone, including many of those not featured above - I count something like 90 participants so picking only 15 must have been challenging. Didn't expect the commentary but it's a great idea!

    Looking forward to whatever the next event will be about. Getting some direction like this certainly helps in terms of creativity.
    1. BigBizkit
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      Cheers, glad you liked it!

      I think it is impressive that you edited the pose yourself just to get the shot. Overall, I was very intrigued by your Civil War set!
    2. TeofaTsavo
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      Oh. Next "screenshot" contest can I just render it in DAZ with skyrim billboards and a ton of post process?
      Remind me again how this contest was to be "inclusive" to the average user.
      Lovely image.. but far beyond what most are capable of doing.. or affording.
    3. Irstina
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      I don't know about the others, but I haven't photoshopped my image(s), not because I wouldn't want to, but because I don't really know much about Photoshop.

      I made a custom pose for Rikke which I learned to do from a tutorial on LL. I didn't know anything about Blender or custom posing before reading that guide, so if I could do it, being completely clueless, I think anyone could, -if- they want to put in that effort.

      The only other thing outside the game that I did was stitching 3 images together in ICE to create the one you see above, which I learned from the "Panoramic Screenshot Technique" guide here on Nexus - which at the end of the day is just throwing the 3 images to the app and it does all the stitching and cropping for you. Although if I were more patient with camera positioning or changed my resolution I could achieve the same effect without this, it just felt more expedient to me to stitch them.

      Other than that, it's just Snapdragon ENB - with mostly default settings, even.

      All the programs I used are free, and I'm not exactly technically adept myself. I think what I did is theoretically well within reach of the average user and I would be more than happy to tell anyone how to do it if they were to ask, it's more a matter of whether they want to invest that kind of time in some silly screenshots, I find it fun, but most might not be interested in that kind of stuff.
    4. EDV120
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      Hi Irstina,

      You don’t have to explain yourself. You didn’t break any rules of the contest, you realized something, you liked the result and you wanted to share it with others. That’s the main thing, the rest is just frills. There will always be dissatisfaction, even in the face of perfection.
    5. EDV120
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      Oh. Next "screenshot" contest can I just render it in DAZ with skyrim billboards and a ton of post process?
      Remind me again how this contest was to be "inclusive" to the average user.
      Lovely image.. but far beyond what most are capable of doing.. or affording.

      Most people who can’t afford it are people who are waiting for it to fall out of the sky rather than putting their hands in the dirt.

      There are a lot of free software and a lot more tutorials. We must not be lazy to consult them.

      Today, with the Internet and everything in it to make post-processing accessible to everyone, everywhere, even on a phone, the one who says, "I can’t afford it," is someone who says, "I don’t want to lift a finger, I want it to fall into my mouth".

      None of the participants in this contest are responsible for the laziness of those who come here only to spit on the work done by hiding behind a false pretext. Everyone can afford to do post-treatment, but not everyone wants to do it. If they do not respect themselves, they should at least respect those who have understood that we are getting nothing without anything.

      You know, almost a year ago, when I started, I knew absolutely nothing. Just the Print Screen key. I didn’t even dare post an image on the Nexus (or elsewhere) when I’ve been a member for almost three years.

      Today I created my own Reshade, I’m thinking about creating my own ENB and I’m one of the 15 finalists, how do you think that happened ? By the operation of the Holy Spirit ? By invoking the Holy Patron of the Photoshopers or a genius in a bottle ? with sarcastic comments ? Complaints ? Negative reviews and pejorative comments ?

      I learned by observing the work of others, reading tutorials, daring to participate in community events, listening to advice that wasn’t even meant for me, trying, over and over again (and also missing, repeatedly). I did this by being patient, determined, listening, and putting my pride and ego aside so that I could always move forward. Not overnight, but by taking the time to take the time.

      It takes effort, effort that anyone can make ; effort that NO ONE can make for you.
    6. TeofaTsavo
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      thank you for your entertaining sermonette.
    7. Cally98
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      EDV120 nailed it perfectly. Even the small amount of modding/blender/texture work I know I thought I could never do. YT vids, talking with modders, literally no money used at all, and a few forum tutorials later and I know more than I ever thought I would. The gap between nothing and the very little I know now, and the little I know and the amount these titans of modding know is the same process. Look it up, talk to people who already know it (without being rude), and then it's just practice and repetition. Anyone can do it, it's just time and ambition to do it.

      P.S. Awesome screen btw Irstina, the pose looks great and the shot is very interesting, along with the whole set
    8. Fyrcynn
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      If anyone could do anything just because others say it's that easy we wouldn't need modding communities because everybody would just make their own stuff without the need or intent to share. So no, just because you did, doesn't mean others can. That's a logical fallacy.
  3. kaldaar
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    Oops... Am I late ?

    Seems to be more
    "Conflict and Struggle"
    in the event comments
    than in some screenies...

    A different opinion always sounds like an aggression for some folks down here.
    I hope some of them "artists" will never have to deal with the real "art world"
    a scary world with a lot of criticism, good and bad, with many different opinions, often far from theirs...
    I know, young kids usually don't accept criticism...

    When everybody think the same way isn't it called a hive mind ? Boring.
    When only one opinion is tolerated isn't it called totalitarianism ? Frightening.

    Maybe you should make an exhibit instead of a contest.
    Nothing to win, never!, no ranking nor "best 3", only sharing.
    When artists wait for a prize, art dies and so comes the time of financials, billionaires and Jeff Koons.

    Maybe you should work with other gamers sites to "publish" screenshots exhibitions in the future, in more than one place.
    It will feed ego for sure. Some people need that. Fine.

    Things can't work when you put "art" and "competition" at the same place.
    Art prizes are bull...t.
    You will only flatter egos. But it will not make this hobby grow as an art.
    It's like ice and fire,
    (Hearth Wind & Fire you say? cool)
    tea and coffee,
    Tom & Jerry,
    my ex-wife and me,
    "It just don't work"

    I'm truly surprised to see so many people who call themselves "artists" involved in a kind of "art contest".
    And don't tell me "It's not a contest it's an Event" come on, there's a ranking, a "jury selection"!
    Ranking art is just a matter of profit balance, not a matter of art itself.
    How one can say "this one deserve the first place and not this one".
    What is the rating chart please ? Can you rate a feeling, an emotion?
    Oh, is there a kind of "Glasgow emotional scale" to rate art ?
    So Guernica deserves a 10 and Koons balloon dog deserves nothing; both are artists.
    Who is the best Dali or Picasso ?
    Or it is only a matter of skills and techniques mastery?

    So maybe you should say it's not for newcomers,
    only for "officially recognized and praised talented screenarcher" (still don't know what it is...)
    Screen-technicians I would say.
    (best to be in the jury friends list? okay fair enough, that's life)

    But it is only my opinion,
    I will never ask anyone to agree with me
    and maybe I deserve tar and feathers for that... again.
    And maybe this post will be deleted...

    Would be glad to have the opinion of people who can flight above the clouds aka the organizers of the event.

    Thanks for struggling.
    1. Asaforg
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      I'm really glad you posted this here too.
    2. kaldaar
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      And I've even shaved my body hair for the next "tar and feathers" event.
      And like always, people will read and understand the opposite of what I'm saying ;-)
    3. ajhardy
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      I can not speak for the art world, but in academia you can count on your best friends ripping you to shreds. If they don't do that, then they are not your friends because they are beating the folks that don't like you to the punch. Your friend criticize nicely, your enemies do it viciously. What needs to be said, is that valid criticism comments on the work and not the person. And good criticism bears in mind that you are dealing with another human being that deserves the same dignity as you feel you need. Great criticism is an art form and few achieve it because it addresses the work in a way that improves it and it leaves the individual validated. It is very easy to forget that the person you are dealing with here actually is a person. This is such an impersonal means of communicating on the internet that we can treat people as something much less than human and make them just an object to be dealt with.
    4. kaldaar
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      Nicely said.
      So?
      I don't really catch the meaning of your post regarding the subject of mine.
      But I prolly missed something and you're totally on the right side... English is not my language.

      So to be clear, I mainly say I was disappointed to see the word "art" with the word "contest" and surprised to see so few "artists" not disappointed like me.
      I wasn't talking about persons but about behaviors ( sorry Faculty of Psychologies remnants, my bad )

      So even if what you say is true and very interesting, it as nothing to do with the subject of my post once more.
      Shouldn't you try to talk about things I point in my post?

      edited part,
      Now, considering you're talking about what I said about the fact that critics are not easily accepted here on Nexus, I got you. I mean I got your idea.
    5. TeofaTsavo
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      When I become Princess of Terra I will abolish all forms of click "likes"
      Also twitter.

      The world is conversationally crippled, communication is only what is allowed, and the angry mob has hedge trimmers and electric torches to enforce the collective and revenge the pains of the triggered.

      I come from an extended family of lifer infantry Non-Coms and WOs. Define "harsh critique" for me.. ok? I think even the most benign construction site "critique" would leave some rocking in a catatonic state.

      And yet.. retail art "critique" would give both of them a run for the money for savagely blunt teardowns. Keep your heart in your chest and not on your sleeve.
    6. kaldaar
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      Don't know what you drink but I want the same thing ;-)
    7. TeofaTsavo
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      speyburn and coffee atm. Tis saturday and I'm not allowed at sr. center bingo anymore.

      I've been informed by the Single Malt masters that fruity speyburn is a proper girly scotch.

      Actually it's cheap, gives me my unwarranted Single Malt Creds, and is still rank enough where a bottle lasts me six months or more.
    8. Fyrcynn
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      You really posted something spot on, lol. Nice one Kaldaar.
    9. kaldaar
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      I don't know, surely I didn't used the right tone.
      I should avoid irony and sarcasm, it's not for everyone.
      But thanks. I did the same as you a few years ago for more or less the same reason, deleting +/- 2000 screenshots. But I'm back and nothing have changed.
      I ask too much to mankind (irony) they are not ready (sarcasm)
    10. Fyrcynn
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      Oh, you used the right tone, alright. And just because not everyone can understand irony and sarcasm doesn't mean you shouldn't use it. They are beautiful rhetorical tools when done well after all. And you did. I'm still laughing at some of the things you described.
      If someone isn't wired so that they can understand the concept it is, it is not our fault or anyone's.
  4. SpiderBob12
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    Really enjoyed looking through the sets of everybody's contributions.
    Some awesome work on everyone's behalf, I would not have liked to pick the winners lol!!! that would have been tough.
    Looking forward to the next event.

  5. Xorp
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    Although I was (and still am) quite sceptical to turn the amazing events into a "contest" in which prizes can be won and contributions judged, I must say reading the reasoning between the choices is in my opinion a great idea.

    Thanks everyone for contributing and sharing so many wonderful works.
    1. chimichanga78
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      An appreciated nice and calm comment
      Upvoted
  6. acidzebra
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    As someone who primarily uses this site to share and download mods, I had no idea there was such a vibrant "other" community right under my nose lol. Beautiful shots everyone, I enjoyed browsing through.
    1. kaldaar
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      so now you have a brand new lovely mustache right under your nose ;-)
    2. chimichanga78
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      Don't give anything on this insult, acidzebra. Some people just can't deal with being happy.
    3. kaldaar
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      having a mustache is an insult?
      wow...
      you fly too high for me.
    4. TeofaTsavo
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      Wow Chimichanga.

      The OP found a new thing.. "right under my nose". Connect... the.... dots. I'll type slowly here... where would one find a new mustache?

      Kaldaar was being clever. Not insulting.

      You, however, were very purposefully insulting

      This is why people post zero comments rather than take 30 mins to ponder whether someone out there will take the most innocuous comment as an insult.

      Sorry OP. Your post is nice.

    5. chimichanga78
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      Well maybe I am completely wrong here than and apologize to everyone involved.
      Obviously everything was only meant nicely.
  7. polingc
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    Wow! I did not expect to make the final 15, thank you so much for the honor.
     
    Congratulations to the other finalists, prize winners and everyone else who contributed: it was a lot of fun to see so many people from across the Nexus come together for a single large event.
     
    Since I know not everyone wants to read about it, I've hidden my own thoughts about image post-processing. Click the spoiler button to read my ramblings.
     
    Short version: I'm all for it.
     
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    1. napoleonofthestump
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      You know, I'd been planning to write a nice fat essay post on how and why one might want to 'shop their images... and now I don't know if I need to do it any more. Very thorough treatment of the subject here. I hope all manner of folks, pro-, anti-, or agnosti-'shop take the time to dig your words.
    2. Caidafuera
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      The shot I was going to add as a participation for the contest was photoshoped. The glasses and the muzzle flash:

      https://www.nexusmods.com/fallout4/images/145629

      I think that if you can, do it, this kind of contests are great to see things and getting inspired by other people
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    Congratulations to all the winners.
    Keep on taking awesome screenshots and be creative, since this is what it's all about.
  9. EDV120
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    Hi the Nexus staff, Excellentium and napoleonofthestump,

    Thank you for this event, which I hope is only the first of many and congratulations to everyone (Nexus, Excellentium, napoleonofthestump and all participants). I really like the idea of explaining the choices. When it’s done well, it’s always interesting and informative.

    I didn’t expect to be among the 15 finalists. In fact, I didn’t expect anything. Which makes me all the more surprised and touched by this result. Thank you very much for taking the time to look and enjoy my work, and see you soon to the next event
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      Thanks and congratulations to you!
  10. LeonidasNerevar
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    These are actually some very cool shots. They're not only a pleasure to browse through, but Excellentium and napoleonofthestump's critique and visual breakdown of the images are just as enjoyable. They truly are artists. Thanks again to everyone who created this event and to all of its participants.
    1. BigBizkit
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      Thank you for your kind words. It was a blast running the event, but really all the praise belongs to the participants and their enthusiasm.
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