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Re: General diorama contest discussion
« Reply #140 on: May 25, 2020, 11:47:32 PM »
Under the suggested "dinosaurs at home" theme, would traditional constructed dioramas still be fair game? Must the entries all be tongue in cheek?

On the one hand I would say they're fair game, because they would be constructed at home and fit the requirement of being at home. On the other hand that might give those entries an unfair advantage against the quirky entries so I'm inclined to think that they should ALL be tongue in cheek. A unique contest for these "unique" times we're living in. Or maybe forget pushing a quirky contest all together and just limit the rules to being indoor only and letting the creators decide? Much to think about and discuss.
Perhaps not all tongue in check, but I do agree that constructed dioramas would probably have an unfair advantage given they aren't under any comparative handicap. I think something as simple as including the dioramas stand/frame/shelf/etc. would be plenty to even the playing field though. Perhaps "must include a visible element of recognizably human-made structure (this can be anything from a bookcase or a wall to a patio door or a bird feeder)" is a good place to call it?


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Re: General diorama contest discussion
« Reply #141 on: May 26, 2020, 01:05:36 AM »
How about a mousehole?


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Re: General diorama contest discussion
« Reply #142 on: May 26, 2020, 01:35:05 AM »
So when will it be announced if approved. I excited to participate in my first diorama contest


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Re: General diorama contest discussion
« Reply #143 on: May 26, 2020, 12:54:54 PM »
I've given it some thought and decided not to run the contest with restrictions. I foresee some organisational headaches and pitfalls doing it that way.

Firstly, I'll inevitably receive entries that break the restrictions and I don't want to be in a position where I must reject entries that would be perfectly acceptable under normal circumstances. Some dioramas will be ambiguous. I don't want to be in a position where I receive enquiries that I have to respond to, or questionable dioramas that I have to interrogate the participant and make a judgement call on.

Secondly, once the entries are revealed, there will be an inevitable debate about whether certain entries should count or not...

"That's got a photograph in the background that was taken outdoors!"
"A greenhouse isn't indoors!"
"If I knew *that* counted I would have participated myself!"

..and so on. You know it will happen, no matter what rules are in place there will be wiggle room for interpretation.

Thirdly, I have to think about the sponsor and prizes – I can't make a unilateral decision that might affect the contest turnout and reach. If the sponsor is unhappy with a change, we could go ahead without prizes, but then turnout would be even lower. Even with prizes, I think we'd only receive about 5 or 6 serious indoor dioramas, and a dozen or so tongue in cheek ones. For me, it wouldn't be worth the investment of time.

So, I've decided instead to put the official 2020 contest on ice for now. Depending on what happens with the Covid-19 situation I will either run it in autumn or cancel it altogether. Hopefully the former.

However, in the meantime, if someone wants to organise an unofficial "DTF lockdown diorama contest", that would be fine by me.
« Last Edit: May 26, 2020, 12:55:32 PM by dinotoyforum »


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Re: General diorama contest discussion
« Reply #144 on: May 27, 2020, 02:53:00 PM »
Well, for a "serious" diorama you may need materials that you can either get in your backyard, a near park or a specialized shop that is most likely safer to visit than the supermarket that you rely on for your daily requirements. Personally I think, never`s been a better time for sch a contest, because a lot of people - though not necessarily in this forum - have more time at their hand then ever and often enough less ideas what to do with that time.

While I personally would welcome the idea to rule out outdoor shots, my motivation for that is, that a diorama by its very definition is someting artificially build up for some permanancy, rather than placing figures out in the garden or nature and take a shot (I myself do that with joy from time to time and also present the photos, but while those shots also require some thought and effort for prespective etc. it is still something vastly different in time and effort from building a diorama). I know a lot of people like those outdoor shots and there were always great shots among them, aswell as there are "lesser" dioramas - the simple way would maybe be to have different categories as it was in the 2017 contest (I think it was that year, not sure).

I endorse this take. I didn't even use all my votes last year because there weren't enough entries that even qualified as dioramas to my mind.

Anyway, it's a bit of a pity there might not be a contest just when some of us will actually have time to do it for once, but it's understandable. You can't police anyone else's behavior, but you can avoid creating incentives for unwise choices.
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Re: General diorama contest discussion
« Reply #145 on: May 29, 2020, 01:06:52 AM »
Or maybe it could be a comedy diorama contest. Not having to be natural, documebtry-esqe, or anything like that. It could be indoors(or anywhere depending on how long this lasts) and it could be about funny scenes and moments. I saw a picture in the contest called "Sent to the principal's office" or something like that. It was pretty funny.  Just a suggestion, not begging


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Re: General diorama contest discussion
« Reply #146 on: May 31, 2020, 08:31:38 PM »
I agree with Gwangi here. The virus has taken so much from some us already, myself in particular being in the aviation industry, so why allow it to take even more? An indoor-only contest would be great, because it encourages people to stay home and it gives us something to look forward to and work on during these questionable times.

Under the suggested 2020 theme, I think homemade dioramas should still be fair game. I personally have a lot to work with here at home. Allow the creators to take their ideas wherever they please (within the rules).

I am also in agreement with Lanthanotus. I personally have purchased all my diorama materials online and never in-person. Not because of the virus, but simply because I find exactly what I’m looking for easier on the internet. I don’t think “serious” dioramas should be outlawed in an attempt to discourage people from running to buy supplies.

Postponing the contest is understandable, but I think by the autumn, most of us will be back at our jobs or in school. Perhaps a contest without a sponsor this year wouldn’t be too bad. You could pick some decent things from your collection or buy something relatively affordable that would be a desirable reward for the winner.

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Re: General diorama contest discussion
« Reply #147 on: May 31, 2020, 08:47:13 PM »
As I said, if someone wants to take responsibility for organising an unofficial unsponsored indoor-only 2020 contest, I give my blessings. I agree it would be nice, I'm just not going to invest time and energy organising such a contest myself, for the reasons I gave above. Note that organising the contest doesn't preclude one from participating in it, so it's a win-win for one of the more enthusiastic members.

If the official 2020 contest goes ahead in the autumn after all, it just means there will be a year with two contest – no problem.


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Re: General diorama contest discussion
« Reply #148 on: May 31, 2020, 09:16:19 PM »
The last time I assisted in a contest I brought a slew of technical issues along with me (some entries getting deleted when I zipped the folder, and other more benign strangeness). Hence my reluctance to do so again.

If someone else is interested, I could do up some drafts of formats/rules/banner ads/etc. and send those your way to cut down on the workload some.

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Re: General diorama contest discussion
« Reply #149 on: June 04, 2020, 06:44:54 PM »

So, I've decided instead to put the official 2020 contest on ice for now. Depending on what happens with the Covid-19 situation I will either run it in autumn or cancel it altogether. Hopefully the former.

However, in the meantime, if someone wants to organise an unofficial "DTF lockdown diorama contest", that would be fine by me.

Oh no, I completely understand but that's a bit of a bummer.  I'm going to keep working on mine and hopefully will have it ready in advance for either the fall or next year.  Stay safe everyone!

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Re: General diorama contest discussion
« Reply #150 on: June 06, 2020, 01:12:20 AM »
Hey Pals!
What about to just make a showcase, not a contest. No votes, no prices, no awards, no honorable mentions, no discualifications.
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1) Receive dioramas with no rules o restrictions. (Or very basic rules)
2) Just name a start day, and show 5 dioramas daily for the members to comment on them.
3) Repeat step 2 until you get out of dioramas.


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Re: General diorama contest discussion
« Reply #151 on: June 06, 2020, 07:44:04 AM »
Hey Pals!
What about to just make a showcase, not a contest. No votes, no prices, no awards, no honorable mentions, no discualifications.
Dr Admin:
1) Receive dioramas with no rules o restrictions. (Or very basic rules)
2) Just name a start day, and show 5 dioramas daily for the members to comment on them.
3) Repeat step 2 until you get out of dioramas.

Honestly,  this sounds a little boring.  The contest character is what gives it the special thrill.
  And maybe someone does not want to 'waste' her/his entry on a showcase. One crucial rule for the contest is that the pictures must never have been seen anywhere else before. I accept what @dinotoyforum said.
« Last Edit: June 24, 2020, 06:46:47 AM by Libraraptor »