This months contest centers on the subject of time, altered reality and a little bit of Unfinished Business. Two separate themes which relate to altered reality for which you may choose one theme or try to find a way to incorporate both into a single image.

The concept of alternate realities really centers upon a What If scenario where there's a twist in time and reality takes a new direction from the established timeline. The Terminators, Planet of the Apes and similar concepts are examples of alternate realities set in the future. The Star Trek reboot is set in an alternate reality where Nemo and Khan both had a little Unfinished Business to tend to. Comic books seem to thrive on changing timelines where maybe Peter Parker is bitten by a radioactive cockroach or Superman arrives in Germany at the end of the First World War. Or maybe it's actual history where the Nazi's win WWII, the Confederacy wins the US Civil War or the asteroid that wiped out the dinosaurs struck the Moon instead. What if the chemical warfare of the First World War had brought about a zombie apocalypse?

Unfinished Business is our dark homage to time-related ideas and altered reality. A "What If" scenario which generally focuses on zombies and ghosts returning from the dead to finish what they started. We live in a world of violence and darkness where innocent victims are never avenged or we find ourselves wondering how things might be today if events in the past didn't happen the way they did. While the theme tends to be a focus on dark fantasy, it doesn't have to. Sometimes they come back to be helpful, to fulfill an objective like healing the heart of the one they loved or just to say good-bye. Maybe Cinderella had a little payback in mind for her wicked stepsisters and stepmother? Nor does it have to be human as animals are known to sometimes have a little Unfinished Business of their own. Fantasy characters can be used as long as you stick to the theme.

It doesn't really have to be about anything other than you doing your best to work with a supernatural theme where something, or someone, has come back to finish what they started or time takes a different course which you are visualizing for us. Maybe your inspiration comes from a different source like the ending of the movie Deliverance? That would work for Unfinished Business. The general theme is that they have returned to "finish what they started" which leaves it up to you to decide what that means to you. Maybe you have a favorite movie franchise where an unstoppable killer keeps returning no matter what you do to them... whether human or something else like a 1958 Plymouth Fury named Christine.

This contest, however, is a focus on fantasy. A What If situation and not the mundane day to day activities like the mailman returns to give you a package he forgot to deliver... that's not exactly finishing what he started from the viewpoint of fantasy. Unfinished Business is where someone, or something, is back to say it ain't over til it's over... and it ain't over yet! Sometimes what you thought was dead and buried isn't quite so dead after all so that reality changes in the most unexpected ways imaginable.

Then there are the Timelord, time machines and so forth always meddling with time. Their very presence in the timestream changes reality and creates alternate realities.

But let's say you don't understand the theme? Maybe it's a bit too complicated?

Remember, post questions and don't run away... we'll clarify anything that needs clarifying


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, phhand-drawnlated, 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 things people or animals Unfinished Buisness.

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:



Prize: One DAZ Gift Certificate for $100.00



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


ONE ITEM OF CHOICE SPONSORED BY ADAM THWAITES & MOST DIGITAL CREATIONS



$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)



One Item of Choice From HinkyPunk



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(no items partnered with Rpublishing)



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



One Item of Choice From Sveva