Welcome to ds9_stillness, a Star Trek Deep Space Nine icon challenge for non animated icons from the show. This community is unelite. This means that even if you're a complete newbie or don't think you're very good, you are welcome to enjoy making/submitting icons. The idea is that you can use the community to improve your skills to the ultimate benefit of the community (I've seen this happen).
We offer five kinds of challenges here:
1. Photo. We provide a picture (or pictures). You can add text and effects as you will, anything except animation. 2. Concept. In this challenge, we give you a simple concept (like 'love') to icon. You are free and clear to use any image and text you like. 3. Quote. We provide a quotation from one of the shows or movies. You are free to design your icon using the DS9 image(s) of your choice. Please note that it isn't necessary to use the quotation in your icon design. 4. Hush. The hush challenge is a variation of one of the other three challenges (photo, concept, quote), except that no text is allowed in the icon entries. Tiny text will be allowed, but it must be too small to read. 5. Lyrical. We provide a set of lyrics; you use the words as inspiration for your entries. The lyrics you chose must be a visible and readable part of your icons.
There will also be a monthly challenge. Each month will be a different theme, which will be announced with the first challenge of the month. The 1st place winner of each weekly challenge will automatically be entered in a contest for the best icon of the month (or the best for the whole theme). The voting for this will go up as soon as winners are announced for the last week of the month (Wednesday). The winner for the month will get their icon featured in the community, as well as a layout and info page centered around their icon. If you do not want your icon used, let me know and I will just put my own up. Either way, you will also get a special banner that will be posted here in the community info.
Challenges will be posted on Mondays along with the theme of the month and your entries will be due on Sundays by Noon EST (5:00pm GMT). You will get a reminder to enter the challenge on Thursday. Voting will be posted Sunday, sometime after noon when I can get all the entries together and post. You will have 3 days to vote, so voting will end Tuesday night. I will post a reminder to vote when I post Monday's new challenge. Winners will be announced on Wednesdays, and banners will be posted a day or two later. If you're interested in being a banner maker, please email me.
Questions? Comments? Suggestions? Challenge ideas? Feel free to email or reply to this post.
1. Your submissions cannot be animated. 2. Your submissions must remain anonymous. 3. Do not use icons made for the contest until after winners have been announced. 4. Do not vote for your own icons. 5. Do not tell your friends to vote for you. It breaks rule #2 and it's mean. 5. Make sure your submissions fit LJ's requirements. (No bigger than 100x100 pixels, no more than 40kb) 6. Please don't take any of the contest icons without the creator's permission. 7. You can only use pictures related to DS9 in this community. Depending on the challenge, you may be able to use pictures of the actors instead of the characters, but mostly it will be screencaps from the show.
1. At the beginning of each contest (Monday) I will make a post where you can reply with your submission. Comments will be screened so the only people who can see your submission are you and me. 2. Please include URL of the icon when posting (just in case a hosting problem occurs). 3. Alternately, you can email your submissions if you don't have a place to host your icons. Just use the email listed here in the community info.
1. The day the challenge closes (Sunday), I will post a poll with all the icons numbered. 2. Vote for your favorite three icons. 3. You don't have to be a member of the community to vote, but you must be an LJ member. 4. The mod's choice award is given to an icon of my choosing. Basically it's just an icon I thought was well-made but was overlooked in the voting. This will only apply if we have more than five entries. 5. When there are more than ten entries, I will add a few extra categories such as Most Creative and Best Use of Color. 6. I, the maintainer, am allowed to participate in the contest, as it is anonymous, but will not be eligible for mod's choice.