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8th Annual Oscar Fashion Photo Contest Announcement

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With thanks, as ever, to the Rose Theatre in Angel Manor for the ability to borrow their lavish halls.

The time has come once again, boys and girls! The Flickr group is open for submissions of your finest evening gown photos, and the speculation is growing — who will be the best-dressed avatar on the Hollywood red carpet when the Academy Awards are handed out? Around the Grid is accepting submissions for its 8th Annual Oscar Fashion Photo Contest!!

The contest group will open for submissions once this article is published, and the prize pool has been placed in escrow (so to speak). Time to talk to your stylists, find your hairdresser and book an appointment, call in favors at the jewelry stores, and decide what you would wear if you became a nominee for the little gold man. For those considered outstanding in their evening couture and artistic portrayal, there shall be (15 minutes of) fame, (a bit of) fortune, and hopefully fun in playing the game.

Entry is free; just submit a photo to the appropriate group on Flickr, or leave a comment with a link to your photo.  (However, make sure to read all the rules, okay?)  The prize pool is again guaranteed at over L$50,000.  That’s right, fifty thousand lindens!  First place will receive L$25,000.  So, if you want a chance at filling your virtual closet at my expense, come on and enter!

Turn the page for the complete rules.

Oscar Fashion Photo Contest — T MINUS 1 DAY!

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The limousine let us off outside the theatre, and we slid out with thanks to the driver for his smooth service.  After running the gauntlet of photographers and reporters and fans along the red carpet, we got inside to the grand staircase, where Conan met us.  “I hope you two enjoyed the limo ride.”

“It was fairly nice,” I drawled with a smile.  “But I guess it’s time to pay the bill for it now, isn’t it?”

“Only if you want to do this insanity again.  One year of judging photos convinced me you must be out of your mind to do this contest as long as you have.”

“It’s not that bad,” Jem laughed.  “I enjoyed it.  And the posing is always fun, of course.”

Conan just chuckled.  “If you say so.  Come on; we can go up here out of the way of most everything and everyone.”

“Lead on,” I said, and we climbed the staircase.

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Tomorrow is the day!  Check Around the Grid at 7:00 a.m. SLT for a sticky article that will give you the rules for the 8th Oscar Fashion Photo Contest.  There will also be (once I add the links during the day some time) a press release for immediate use, and a smaller photo you can use if you choose to write your own story about the contest.  The Flickr group should be opened up shortly before the article publishes to the blog, to make sure it’s ready for anyone who’s already done their work during the teaser period here (grin).  After that, it’s all up to you and you and you; and, in eight weeks, we’ll see who gets the long share of L$50,500 in cash!

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Oscar Fashion Photo Contest — T Minus 2 Days!

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When Jem and I got downstairs, and saw the limousine Conan had hired for us to get to the theatre, the best we could say was “Wow!”  A classic saloon car nearly as old as the Oscars themselves, and it was a beauty, never mind the driver that held the door open for us!

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Two days to go before the Oscar Fashion Photo Contest opens up with the announcement and this year’s rules.  As I said yesterday, there aren’t any substantive changes to the rules this time around.  The only change will be to the duration — we’re adding on a week, since the Academy chooses to do the show so quickly these days.  (You used to have eight to ten weeks to do your shot; now you’re lucky to get seven.)  Two months is a bit of time, true.  But it gives everyone a chance to select gowns or suits, work up their looks, and find a place to shoot.  And we always expect good work from entrants; there’s a seven-year history of this, after all.

It also helps if you spread the word about the contest.  I’ve been running our little series of photos in every Flickr group I figured I could get away with it in, and so far nobody’s complained.  But it will still be a very good thing if you write up the contest yourself and link to the announcement and rules article on Sunday.  The more eyes that see this, the better; and this thing is really open to anyone with an SL avatar or two and a good eye and hand for doing quality photographic work.  If nothing else, you can link to the blog’s front page; the announcement will be sticky there until the contest closes.  Here’s hoping for a record-breaking year on submissions!

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Oscar Fashion Photo Contest — T Minus 3 Days!

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At last, the preliminaries were over, and I pulled the really pretty stuff on! The gown from Byrne was a lovely minty pattern shot through with silver threads, and just legal for the television cameras if I made it onto the tube. I smiled at what might happen to my reputation if I had a Janet Jackson “wardrobe malfunction” and one of my boobs leaped out from the deep slash of the bodice, but the gown was too nice to turn down. I paired it with white opera gloves from Sweet Tea, Hortensia heels from Glamistry, and the latest suite of jewelry from Lazuri, named Paris.

Jem nodded at me as I pulled on the bracelet and made sure the catch was done up.  “Important jewelry, check.  Perfect makeup, check.”

I laughed a little.  “Dress ready to slide off my nipples, check.  Or is that, ‘Nipples ready to pop out of my dress’?  That oughta catch the photograpers’ attention!”

“You shoulda went strapless, then,” Jem replied with a grin as she turned off her e-cigarette.  “No worries on this gown, even if I take a deep breath.”  Jem had chosen a billowing purple ball gown from Gaall for tonight’s affair (we both purchased our dresses at the December round of Swank); and a queen would turn green at the fortune in diamonds circling her neck and wrists, as well as dangling from her ears (all done by Zuri Rayna), called Winter Symphony.  KC Couture heels were on her feet, and she was elegant indeed tonight.

“Yeah.  Could you have said that if you had gone dressed as Rita Hayworth, out of Gilda?  I’ve done her twice in the blog; I know that dress.”

Jem deigned not to answer, but she giggled as she waved the black envelope in her hand and tucked her e-cigarette into her clutch.  “You got it all together, Harper?”

“From the shoes to the perfume.  And Conan has the limousine out front.  Let us rock!”

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Are you getting ready to rock?  The group opens in just three days.  I will say that there won’t be any changes in substance from previous years’ editions of the contest; the three of us couldn’t come up with ideas we felt improved on the basic theme of the night. So if you’ve participated before, just review the rules and go for it.  If you haven’t entered in the past, read the rules.  It has been pointed out to me that they’re long, but we’re talking L$50,000 in prizes here.  We’ve worked to make them as clear as possible, and we will answer questions.

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7th Annual Oscar Fashion Photo Contest — And the Winners Are….

Writing from Kissimmee, Florida —

The judging is over, and it was fun.  There were lots of great submissions this year — 48, if I have my count correct — and the quality was excellent.  That was helped along by lots of great gowns this season from the designers, of course; but the creativity of the models and photographers really shone as well.  We had to agonize some over which ones worked better for the theme, or if we had the best ordering of awards.  As always, we do our best, and we hope you’ll agree with our choices.

Turn the page for this year’s winners.

OFPC EXTRA — At Last I’m Home

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Thank you all for your patience; I’m finally back home from the brother’s wedding in Orlando, and at a computer I can use decently.

And why couldn’t I take my laptop, you may ask?  Well, we were only going for two days, and we wanted to travel light.  Not to mention, since we were flying down, there’d be that much less hassle at the TSA checkpoint in the airport.  (That didn’t help much on the flight back today; we just barely made the flight out of MCO, because MCO is one of the busier airports in the country, what with Walt Disney World et al.)  I planned to get around that by using the computer in the hotel business center.  The computers in the business center, however, (when I finally found the place) were still running Windows XP; and, of course, they only had Internet Exploiter, uh Exploder, uh, Explorer for a browser.  Once I managed to finally log in to Yahoo, the poor program couldn’t keep up with modern-day Flickr’s insanely intense interface.

Indeed, not to put too fine a point on it, the terminal crashed.  Hard.

Fortunately, the quickly convened kangaroo court ruled in my favor– (WHACK!!!)

Okay, okay; geez.  The computer rebooted itself; but it was obviously useless, and I can’t do any group control through the Flickr apps.  So everyone got an extra 36 hours (I think) to get their submissions in.  The result is a nice treasure trove of entries, which will keep me busy during the next week or so, past the time I’m in Orlando again for this year’s Orlando City SC home opener.  Hey, what can I say?  I know I promised no more soccer in this blog, but I’m a ball-kickin’ girl — and have you seen pictures of our Brazilian wonder worker, Kaká???  Yum!  But I won’t be wearing purple and drowning in OCSC every moment of this visit; and some of the time will be spent working on the cut for the contest.  Results, based on past performance, should be in by March 15, if not sooner.  I may even write the awards article while at the hotel.  Since I’ll be driving down instead of flying — this is my Christmas-retail-worker-recovery vacation — I’ll carry my laptop; if they have an Ethernet jack in the room or somewhere I can get to one, I may even be able to distribute the prizes!

So cross your fingers, people.  It could happen to you….

In the meantime, I give you something to contemplate — and smile secretly over.

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And again I say — YUM!

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7th Oscar Fashion Photo Contest – Final Update and Our Gowns

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There’s three days left to the Oscars ceremony on February 28, and we have a good selection of entries so far for the blog’s Oscar Fashion Photo Contest. But there’s always room for more. This is your last call – there’s fifty grand in cash prizes (in lindens) to the placing photos, and L$25,000 goes to first place; so get your entries in now!

One note: submission cutoff will be extended past the usual midnight SLT deadline, as I’ve been called to Orlando for a family event over the weekend. I won’t be able to lock the group, as I normally would. So you folk will benefit; anyone who hasn’t been out for their photo shoot will have maybe four to five extra hours max to submit. Use the time well, grasshoppers!

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Turn the page for short fiction, and photos of what Jem and I will be wearing this year!

7th Annual Oscar Fashion Photo Contest — Update 2; Last Year’s RL Red Carpet

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Can you rock the red carpet and get your name into this envelope? You still have time.
Offer closes on February 29 at 12:01 SLT.  Call now; operators are standing by!
For the first seven callers, we offer at no additional cost, fame, fortune and 15 minutes in the limelight!!!

In this year’s rules, I put down a minimum of 20 entries to get an “official” contest.  I’m not sure I should have done that, on more mature reflection, except that I have a short contest list before I’ve had a chance to winnow through the scads of entries I always hope to receive.  I can relax now, though; we have at least 20 entries between the blog and the Flickr group, and there’s still ten days to go before the Oscars are handed out in Real Life.  So it’s become a “real” contest, and my money is now officially on the line.

You still have time to enter!  Of course, you should do so only if you want a shot at L$25,000 and an opportunity to bask in Hollywood-like glory for a time.  You know how to find the rules by now (grin).  And, if you’re on Flickr and get an invitation from me to enter, don’t turn it down.  It’s no guarantee of placement; I give the invitation to anyone who has a likely looking photo.  But it is an encouragement to take your shot — or do another shot, and submit that one officially!

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7th Annual Oscar Fashion Photo Contest — Update 1: Lupita Nyong’o

The Contest this year is going through it’s usual first weeks blues — there’s four entries at the moment.  I’m hoping a lot more Residents will enter before closing time, and you can help on this:

  • Enter yourself!  (Uh, yeah….)
  • Spread the word among your friends

Remember, there’s a shade better than L$50,000 at stake, and the winner gets half of that!

Next page: Lupita Nyong’o on the red carpet(s)

7th Annual OFPC — Rules Update

I wasn’t planning on such a quick first update, but I’ve been going over the rules, and felt a few changes were needed, part for improvement and clarification, and partly to fix the distribution of the prize payouts.

First, any photos having to do with with Oscar Day, as long as you are “one of the celebrities,” will be considered “on theme.”  This allows you to do anything from get ready with your dresser to party down at the Governors’ Ball with the statue in your hand after the ceremonies.  (Rule 5)

Second, only one prize will be awarded now to a tandem entry, as stated before (prize rules).  However, the blog will take care of the split between the models, thus simplifying matters in that area.

These changes have been incorporated into the rules article, and take effect immediately.  Thanks for your patience.

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