~~The Royalty Contest~~
It's fast-approaching Christmas, which is a time that a lot of people enjoy. In the spirit of things, we wanted to run a Christmas contest, but, by scanning over DeviantArt and other groups, we saw that, naturally, a lot of other groups had the same idea. We don't much fancy running a contest that's almost identical to other contests on DA – a simple Christmas-themed pony contest is something that you can take part in elsewhere. We also realised that, if we did do yet another Christmas pony contest, we'd likely see a lot of people submitting a single contest entry to several similarly-themed contests. It would be the natural thing to do, and so we wouldn't necessarily blame anyone if that did happen, but, as always, we're interested in the pursuit of originality, as we know that you guys can be pretty darn original.
Our latest contest is, broadly speaking, called the Royalty Contest, primarily to make use of the pun on the word 'Royalty', as meaning both a representation of a monarchy and some sort of financial gain. We're not offering money as the prize, but, as was the case with our last contest, we will be offering a full year of Premium Membership as the top prize. Interested? Read on.
This contest is linked to the “Hearth's Warming Eve” episode of the show thematically. We fell in love with the concept of a Middle-Ages-esque Equestria, with its focus on different royal factions and the like. Equestria and “Friendship is Magic” in general has an extensive and interesting fantasy lore, and we really want to tap into the 'Old Equestria' aspect. It just so happens that, judging by the “Hearth's Warming Eve” episode that 'Old Equestria', with its winter-themed locations, has a very Christmas-sy feeling to it that should feel very festive.
We want you guys to explore the theme of Royalty in this contest. That means you could draw Princes and Princesses, Queens and Kings, or Knights, or Castles, or Wintery Scenes, or ponies taking shelter around a fire in an abandoned keep, or anything like that, really! As long as it has a fairly Medieval-feel to it, we're happy! It doesn't necessarily have to include 'royalty', as in Kings and Queens; that's just an all-encompassing title for a large variety of potential themes you could explore relating to the Medieval motif. However, that's not all:
Your image must include, in some way, shape or form, the little black pony silhouette from our group icon (it doesn't need to be an exact image rip as long as it resembles the pony):
We've added the 'black pony silhouette' to the contest rules so that it's easy to tell which deviations are made specifically for this contest. People stumbling across our contest who may just happened to have recently drawn a Medieval-style picture won't be able to cheat by entering their existing deviation, as they wouldn't have the silhouette in the image. Having that as part of the criteria will keep things fair – only those who have put effort into the contest will be in for a chance of winning, rather than people simply seizing on an opportunity.
You are allowed to include:
• Characters from the present-day show (Celestia; Fluttershy etc.)
• Characters from the “Hearth's Warming Eve” episode envisioned as you like (Private Pansy; Starswirl the Bearded etc.)
• Original Characters (If choosing this option, you're free to go into detail on their nation and monarchy and so on, if you feel the need – be creative!)
• 1st prize = 12 months premium membership (thanks to SAB3600!)
• 2nd prize = 9 months premium membership (thanks to SAB3600!)
• 3rd prize = 6 month premium membership (thanks to SAB3600!)
The deadline for contest submissions is December 10th, giving you just over one month to enter! Deviations will then be chosen and the poll will be put up!
Best of luck to everyone who takes part! Tell your friends, and let's make our second contest into a massive success, just like the first! Again, many thanks to SAB3600 - it's because of him that we're going ahead with another contest! Thanks so much!