This months contest is based on a bit of archaeology and a bit of fantasy. The most ancient myths may have been created by the first humans and passed down over thousands of years until finally reaching the present day. Some of these myths originated with the discovery of ancient bones these early peoples didn't understand. By the time of the Greeks, the earliest foundations of science came to bear and determined these bones were those of gods and monsters. In other cases, ancient humans assembled the bones of different animals giving rise to beliefs in dragons and other mythical creatures.

Using their knowledge and imagination, when they found the bones of a mastodon, they didn't think of it as a relative of modern elephants... they saw a giant one-eyed humanoid creature descended from the gods.

Your challenge this month is simple as we're not going to hold you to a contest about archaeologists digging up bones in the Arizona desert (although there's nothing wrong with that). Instead, we're asking you to use your imagination to create art about the ancient beasts that may have puzzled these ancient people... and the people who created the myths. Art about dinosaurs and the great megafauna or... create images of mythological creatures that might have been created because of it.

Mythological creatures like dragons, mermaids and so forth might have come from this process first begun by ancient peoples. Unicorns may have come from extinct rhino bones among peoples who had never seen a rhino, or maybe from the woolly rhino their ancestors knew during the Great Ice Age.

Sometimes, the best monsters are the ones that actually lived and that we wouldn't even have known about if archaeology hadn't discover their bones.

Consider this a competition about dinosaurs and dragons if it simplifies it for you.

But most of all... have fun


RULES

IMPORTANT: ALL Prize lists MUST be in within TWO days after the contest is over. please remember to include prizes in order that you might like them along with links to the items you want unless its a gift card item, email address and usernames and for software/shippable items please include real names and home address thank you

1) First and foremost, we want everyone to enter. If you do not wish a prize but want to participate in the spirit of showcasing your talent, we will be creating a list of those members who will officially receive a DSA No Prize. We've had trouble in the past where members enter who actually do not want to win. These members don't want to take anything away from members who are participating to win prizes and we've had issues in the past where we tried to accommodate these members but not every judge understood or read comments by the artist not to choose their image. When the official contest topic is posted, we would like any member who only wants to participate in the spirit of competition to contact us and we will officially add them to the No Prize list.

2) Your images must follow the theme to the best of your ability. But how you do this is up to your individual creativity and imagination. So ask if you have questions about the theme.

3) There is a post limit of one image a day... no reworks as all images must be original for this contest. Try adding different races and different cultures... explore the variety that makes up who and what we are.

4) Images cannot be posted anywhere else for five days and must include links to this contest or statements that it is for this contest.

A) Images posted late will be excluded from judging

5) Artistic nudity is allowed but our rules on child nudity apply. No child nudity is allowed. This is defined as genitals and nip's so cover them up or risk violating our rules. A good alternative would be anime.

6) The contest is open to any medium that you wish to use. You can enter with Computer generated images, photo manipulated, hand drawn, painted, or any other type of medium you can think of. Make note of the prizes being offered as only rarely might they not be 3d oriented.

7) We consider it trolling if criticism about content is made when images are within the rules.

8) Unless otherwise specified, make sure to add an alternate prize selection should you want a bundle or partnered item. Some of our sponsors allow this, some do not and some may on certain items of which we have no way of knowing.

9) Consider adding some written text to explain your illustrations to help others better understand your image and leave comments on the entries of fellow contestants to show your appreciation.

10) Make sure to check and see if the prize you have won is a coupon or a gift certificate. If it clearly says it is a coupon, do not apply it as a gift certificate at the sponsors site or vice versa.

11) The theme should focus on myths, monsters or the people who created the myths or discovered the ancient remains that made them think of monsters and gods..

12) Include the following information ~

A) Username (for DSA and sponsors site)
B) Email Address
C) Real Name & Physical Mailing Address (for software and physical prizes)

13) Beginning June 1st, 2015; At the end of the month contests will be judged within 7 business days. Winners will be contacted but are also expected to check back in to avoid oversights barring unforeseen circumstances.

Again, please click the link at the top of the rules list to view the page set aside for this specific rule and discussion.

14) Winners will provide a list including each sponsor in order that they would like to have the prizes. We will then choose what prizes you win on a first come, first serve basis. Our First Place winner will receive the first item on their list which will be removed from all other winners lists. Our Second Place winner will be given the first item remaining on their list and so forth. When each winner has been awarded a prize, we will begin again with the First Place winner until all prizes are awarded.

A) Our normal monthly contests will have 5 winners. Our larger contests will have up to 31 winners. We will alert members should this change at any time or if the sponsors have alerted us to award items to runners up.

B) You may provide a list to us at any time during the month. Providing the list does not guarantee a prize. Items given to runners up, if any, will come from these lists or be donated by prize winners.

15) If you do not provide the items you would like where you have won a "choice" of items from the sponsor, on the list you provide to us, you will have 5 business days after notification to contact us. It is unfair that, in cases where a sponsor provides a prize to multiple winners, that winners who reply quickly must wait of winners who reply late.

16) Remember, if you have any questions, please ask them in the contest topic so that staff or fellow members can explain and help you to understand rules or themes in our competition


Prizes include:

One $100.00 Gift Certificate From DAZ3D



Prize: One DAZ Gift Certificate for $100.00







Prize: three items of choice from Mortem Vetus rendo or daz store

$50.00 Gift Certificate From Forender
$25.00 Gift Certificate From Forender
$12.00 Gift Certificate From Forender
$12.00 Gift Certificate From Forender
$12.00 Gift Certificate From Forender
(New Rule ~ Forender Wants To Spread Things Around A Bit More. So If You Have Won From Them Recently, Please Choose A Participant That You Would Like To Donate This Prize Too)




$20.00 Gift Certificate From Content Paradise




One Item of Choice From Mercenary Studios





One Item of Choice From AngellsGraphics




DSA Lycan DreamslayerVisions




One Item of Choice From Avros





One Item of Choice From Spookielilone




One Item of Choice From Jepe
(No bundles or partnered items)





One Item of Choice From Hongyu from Renderosity or DAZ3D
(No partnered items or bundles)




One Item of Choice From Prae




One Item of Choice From Darwins Mishap(s)(NO DAZ ORIGINALS)




One Item of Choice From Sveva