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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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7th Annual Oscar Fashion Photo Contest Announcement

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 7th 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.

Please note, men as well as women are welcome to enter!!!  We’ve had quite a few fellows in the past, including one winner!  So find yourselves a good formal suit, all you Male Models, and give this contest a shot.  Also, this year, humanoids are allowed entry permanently, and we’ll consider child and “family” entries for the first time.

The biggest news:  this year’s prize pool is 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!

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7th Oscar Fashion Photo Contest — Advance Warning

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This is a heads-up for long-time readers, participants, bloggers and designers: the nominees for the coming Academy Awards will be announced on January 14.

That means that it’s time to start planning your entries and booking studio time (or finding locations) for the 7th Annual Oscar Fashion Photo Contest. The Flickr contest group will open on January 8, sometime in the real-life AM. You’ll have until 12:01 SLT following the end of the Oscar ceremonies (on February 28) to get in your entry. For reasons unknown to me (can’t say why they didn’t consult me on the matter, but there it is), the Academy has decided to keep a tighter voting period this year, which is why I’m again offering an advance warning before the contest actually opens up.

The prize fund is now under consideration. I can promise that it won’t be any less than last year’s guaranteed pool of $28,500, but it may go up this year, depending on how I slice the rent. (Grin) Here’s a link to last year’s rules, but don’t count these as completely gospel for now, as there are often tweaks made. This year’s rules will be published officially on January 8. It goes without saying, but I’ll say it anyway: read them in full and carefully.

For designers:  I’ll be putting together, as soon as possible, a sign box that you can display at the information point in your stores.  This should dispense a notecard with the press announcement and a link to the rules article.  If you would like a vendor at your store, please contact me by IM or notecard.

For other bloggers:  a press release will be available on January 8, containing the link to the rules article for 2016.  This will be for immediate release.  All publicity is appreciated!

For participants:  have fun with the contest, and let’s see what you can make of it!


Here are the past winners’ announcements. Remember, the Flickr group will open on January 8!

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6th Annual Oscar Fashion Photo Contest — And the Winners Are….

Normally, I like to note how difficult the judging on the year’s Oscar Fashion Photo Contest is, how many excellent photos were submitted and how many cuts I had to drive through to get to a final seven — and then how to arrange them out.  This year, it wasn’t that difficult, at least in one sense.  The final tally of entries was less than 40.  This is a little disappointing, but I can put it down to the “fun” I experience in getting the word out every year.  It’s always been a struggle for some reason, and I’ll need to rethink how I go about this in 2016.

But we did get enough entries for an actual contest, between people doing it themselves, advertising, and some pure out-and-out wheedling on my part, so here we go!

Turn the page for this year’s winners.

6th Annual Oscar Fashion Photo Contest — Final Update

It’s not going to be over-difficult to judge this year’s OFPC, at least in one sense.  I still have less than 20 entries this year.  If you’ve been trying to make up your mind over entering, it’s time to get off the dime; there’s under a week to go before it closes for this year.  Come on, folks, it’s usually not this difficult to give away money!


Of course, it’s always a tradition for me to show off what I’d wear to the Academy Awards.  Several nice gowns came out just recently, and I was thinking of a group gift from PurpleMoon, to be truthful.  But, in the end, I chose this:

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Luscious emerald silk from Baiastice in this case, supported halter-style by a gold necklet looped through a slit in the cleavage.  It catches attention with the rich color, the sinuous hugging of my curves, and that little peekaboo right there, and that daring yet demure slit.  And it’s framed in a location that works well for functions like the Oscars — or would if it was real:  the Rose Theatre complex.  This is something of a go-to location for red-carpet photographers, and not just because of the red carpet; it has all these wonderful vistas and long hallways, making for lots of Grand Entrance possibilities.  It was the most often used backdrop in last year’s contest, and the one I chose for my own photos.

My Oscar Gown 4


I was going to wear my usual red hair — one reason I went with green, of course — then threw tradition to the wind on a whim, and went blonde.  The jewelry is from Chop Zuey — Belle Roussel is becoming a tradition for me for evening wear, unless I plop for Lazuri.

My Oscar Gown 5

My best prim lashes — meaning the ones I have the best adjusted to my eyes — are an old set from Miamai.  A little glittery, but that works with evening wear.


The details:

  • Skin: Glam Affair Cleo (America – Clean B)
  • Eyes: Vision by A:S:S Adref eyes (evening sky)
  • Hair: Truth Sally (blonde)
  • Attachments: SLink Casual hands and Medium feet
  • Nails: A:S:S Serenata (SLink applier)
  • Gown: Baiastice Karin (Emerald)
  • Shoes: ANE Opulence Heels (Black – SLink feet)
  • Jewelry: Chop Zuey Hearts of Hope suite (platinum)
  • Makeup: Senzafine Safira Eyeshadow (Azure); Buzzeri Gem Lips (Ruby – no longer available?); Miamai Catwalk Lashes

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6th Annual Oscar Fashion Photo Contest — Update 2; Red Carpet 2014

The good news is, we have a competition; there’s enough entrants to award all the prizes as scheduled.

The bad news is, there are exactly eight (yes, that’s 8) entries right now.  I’m hoping that this only means everyone is working on their photo.  I usually go through something of a struggle to get entries in at first, as well, at least historically.  It’s still distressing, though, that so few have entered at the three-week mark.  If you haven’t chosen to give it a shot, try this contest once!  There’s no simpler way to have a shot at a slice of nearly 30,000 lindens, and it can be fun.  Click here for this year’s rules.


What did the real stars wear last year? Turn the page for some photos.

6th Annual OFPC — Update 1: Rules change and Renée Zellweger

Progress is slow on this year’s Oscar Fashion Photo Contest, as it usually is at this stage.  I only have three entries at the moment, but I know there’s interest in the community.  However, I’d encourage any Second Life fashion bloggers to spread the word, as publicity for the contest is always a difficult thing.  I’ve put up ads on several popular blogs and feeds, but the more news that circulates, the better.  Just link back to this year’s rules article, so everyone will have a chance to read them, and all shall be well.

Speaking of the rules, there’s one tweak I’ve had to insert.  Rule 4 now states clearly that you cannot post the same photo on both groups.  This doesn’t improve your chances; however, only one copy will be deleted.  Similarly, to be clear, you cannot put up two entries with different photos, one on each group.  Please take this into consideration.


Turn the page for this year’s featured actress, Renée Zellweger.

6th Annual Oscar Fashion Photo Contest Announcement

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Other bloggers are free to copy this photo for republishing on their blog, with a link pointing back to this article.


After consulting with the Editorial Staff of Around the Grid — meaning the voices in my head — and taking into consideration that the time frame for this year’s Academy Award voting is going to be shorter than usual, I’ve decided to go ahead and kick off this blog’s annual tradition.  Once this announcement goes up, I’ll be opening up the groups on Flickr and Koinup for submissions, and the 6th Annual Oscar Fashion Photo Contest will have begun.  If you haven’t already started putting together your look for walking down the red carpet at the Dolby Theater on February 22, now’s the time to get going on it.  You’ll have about five weeks to build a look and get your photos submitted.

Please note, men as well as women are welcome to enter!!!  We’ve had a few fellows in the past, and they made it nicely through the cuts, though they were usually more escorts for the women.  My only criteria in this area is that the photo has to be good.  So find yourselves a good formal suit, all you Male Models, and give this contest a shot.

The prize pool is once again a guaranteed L$28,500, with L$10,000 to first place.  That’ll get a lot of shopping done at Azul and PurpleMoon (grin).  So, if you want a chance at filling your virtual closet at my expense, come on and enter!

Read the rules after the break.

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