Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Caption Contest #3 - The Fall Collection

Ok.  Time for a new Caption Challenge.  We're going to try something a little different this time.

To begin with, the deadline is midnight on Friday 11 Dec!   I'm starting a little later than originally anticipated, but this should still work out with plenty of time for folks.

In one sense, this is probably my broadest theme so far - I'm just going with "The Fall Collection."  That simple term has a few different meanings - and potentially more that can be applied - feel free to ask/experiment.

Specifically we're looking at the new Fall fashion collection by Mistress Arianna for La De Baucherie Magique - and/or the clothing branch[es] belonging to TransRepo Industries.  At the same time, it doesn't necessarily need to be the year 2015 - both these organizations have been around for a while - one, significantly longer than the other, but that just gives more unique opportunities.

And while "fashion" would generally imply "clothing" (and "fall" would generally imply clothing for cooler/colder weather) - please feel free to use that concept as a jumping off point.  I'm also considering both TF and TG concepts - but I'd like to keep things on the female end of the spectrum :)  Similarly, this time frame does include Halloween and a few other holidays - not to mention the various sports seasons.  And certainly the word "collection" has more than one possible definition in this context :)

I will admit that my preferences - when it comes to captions/styles do run in a few different directions, but the reference images provided should give just a taste of the options out there. 

The only real content requirements are that each entry should reference either Mistress Arianna and/or her store La De Baucherie Magique and/or TransRepo Industries.  For background material on these people/concepts, please feel free to peruse the archives of the Transformation Repository - and ask if you have any questions :)

I'm opening this up to multiple categories for the prizes too.  A few variations from the previous contest - due to the general nature of the pics.

This contest is also different from my previous ones - for the first time - not only will there be cash prizes awarded to the winners via paypal, but for every single entry received, I will make a donation of $5 to support Rachel's Haven - payable in a single total amount on 12 Dec.

- Best overall caption(s) - The one that really blows me away (single or sequence). ($50)

- Best single caption - Any single caption using a one-character pic. ($25)

- Best group caption - Any single caption using a pic with one or more characters. ($25)

- Best caption sequence - Any set of two or more captions following a sequence/storyline (can use single or multiple character pics) ($45)

- Best original design and caption - A little different - this category is looking for the really weird/unique/far-out concepts - to include photo-editing/morphing.  Must still conform to all other contest rules. ($35)

I fully encourage you to share this challenge with other friends and artists you may know who don’t regularly read this site. 

On Saturday 12 Dec, I’ll announce the winners in each category.  Prizes - via paypal.

Now the hard and fast rules:

1.  All work must be the original work of the person submitting it.  No exceptions.

2.  Single captions - obviously one pic.  Sequences may comprise as many pics as desired.  Any captioner can submit as many entries as they desire.  I will make a donation to the Haven for every individual entry I receive (themed/connected sequence captions count as a single entry) - even if they're all from the same captioner.

3.  Captions need to be submitted already formatted and attached to the image - I don't have the time or energy to handle the extra work at the moment due to my work schedule.

4.  Limited sexual references will be allowed, but nothing explicit, and no profanity.  No explicit sexual imagery.

5.  All submissions should include the following information (which will also be posted with the picture): captioner's name and site (for linking purposes - if available), intended caption title (for posting purposes - I'd rather not have to make up a title from scratch if you wrote out the caption).

6.  Unlimited revisions are allowed during the submission period.

7.  By entering a submission, you are automatically giving permission for me to post it on the site clearly labeled and identified as an caption contest entry – and although I would prefer to avoid it, if the captioner wishes to remain anonymous, I am amenable to posting their entries in that fashion.

8.  Submissions should be addressed to me: thrandrall@gmail.com – subject line should contain the artist’s name and that it is intended as a submission for the Caption Contest.  I would prefer to compile all the entries for each captioner in their own post for organizational purposes - so if you intend to potentially submit multiple entries, please let me know up front so I don't jump the gun on posting your pics.

Additional Guidance:
a.  Please proofread your captions in advance for spelling/grammar.  Also please try to choose a font size/color/construction that will make reading easier.  If your caption starts running long, consider splitting the images/text and submitting it as a sequential piece.

b.  Constructive criticism by others is encouraged in the comments section, but *should* be accompanied by suggestions on how issues might be addressed, improved, etc.

c.  I will determine the caption posting schedule as I have time - depending on the size and number, some may be posted sooner than others, but every one that I receive that fits the entry requirements will be posted on the site before the results are posted.  You are free to post any of your entries here to other sites/boards - but I would prefer you wait until after they've been posted here before posting elsewhere.

Last note - I reserve the right to reject any entry.

Have at it!

I do NOT own any of the reference pics provided - they're just ones I've picked up across the web.

Reference pics:


By no means are you required to use the images included here, but they provide a small sampling of some of the looks I'm interested in.  I do have a lot more pics I would have liked to have used but I was limited - either by smaller file sizes/lower resolutions or too much text on the images (from magazines/adverts) that would have precluded convenient usage - if I was able to find a larger version of an image through google search, I tried to use it.

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