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Valentine's Day is our favorite time of year to come up with fun and exciting community-centric contests!

Here's the challenge: We want to see you immortalized in huge pixels! Using the contest tool below and only solid colors, create a self-portrait. Portray yourself as creatively as you'd like! It can be an accurate representation, an aspect of your personality, how you picture yourself — anything you want, as long as it embodies you.

And the reward is big! One-hundred winners will receive a set of ultra awesome Emoticon Stress Balls, courtesy of deviantWEAR.

Dazzle us, wow us, and put yourself in pixels! It's as easy as clicking the pretty squares. Try it! It's fun!

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The above contest tool requires Flash. If you are having trouble using the tool, don't have Flash, or simply prefer to create an entry using your favorite image editing software, click here to download the contest template.

  

Please read the following rules carefully:

  • Show the Love is open to all deviantART members (anywhere on planet Earth, and beyond).
  • Submit as many entries as you'd like. The more you enter, the more chances you have to win!
  • All contest entries must use solid colors. No gradients or patterns.
  • All contest entries, whether created with the contest tool or downloadable contest template, must be submitted as a deviation to: Contests > 2010 > Show the Love.
  • The contest begins on February 12th, 2010 at 1:00 PM Pacific and ends February 28th, 2010 at 11:59 PM Pacific.

Submissions will be judged on the following criteria:

  • Representation of self-portrait
  • Visual impact
  • Creativity
  • Ability to spread/show the love

The winners will be selected by a judging panel consisting of:

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zigaudrey Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
So glad that the programm is still here!Desipe is for the contest!

Really useful to make pixel art! ;)

Anyways,GOOD JOB EVERYBODY FOR THIS CONTEST! :love:
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Maleiva Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Please edit this tool for the resource section (flash).
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VASTATORGhost Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
THANK YOU SO MUCH, MON AMI, FOR THE GREAT ADVICE. :)
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Maleiva Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
no problem
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Newbie-387 Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2010
Weird! I didn't even realise that this page was different than the winners' one. I always thought that they just updated the page. I guess it makes sense since this one has about 1,000,000 comments saying "When are the winners announced?", etc., etc.
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DarkRoxima Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2010
Crap. I didn't win! WHY! oh well i had fun!
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BriAcorns Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2010
I'm gonna lose, I didn't know you could animate them/put them together :(
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DarkRoxima Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2010
I have the feeling that the winners will be announced tomorrow at midnight Pacific. Two weeks have passed since Heidi's post. :)
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FANGIE-CHAN Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2010  Student General Artist
It's been WAY over two weeks lol XD But yeah, I think so two. They'll probably wait until the first of April since March is already over. :P
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DarkRoxima Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2010
No i meant Heidi's update on march 7th. Wait,
carry the one and then.
Opps! I miscounted! lol
:stupidme:
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FANGIE-CHAN Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2010  Student General Artist
XD Hahaha it's okay...

I'm so excited to see the winners! :D If I could go back in time I would have just made a pixel of myself blowing out little hearts. XD 'Show the love' was one of the criteria and I missed it with my giant pixel portrait. XDDDD So I added in a lousy little heart at the corner after realizing this back then. :D
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VonHollde Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
tomorrow...

aprils fool....


:| you think?
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DarkRoxima Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2010
that's what makes it better

:evillaugh:
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DarkRoxima Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2010
Well not exactly midnight but whatever!
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boschista Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2010
:juggle:
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muddagoose Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2010
PIXELS:heart:.
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Nohrxinna Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2010
XD I just had fun messing with the giant pixel thing. Some people need to chill over the winners. They're just stress balls. I mean, if we were playing for something more extravagant, like lifetime premium membership or something, then I can see being anxious. :3 I just wanna see the winners to see which deviations the judges liked the best.
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IdioAphotic Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2010
Don't underestimate the stress balls :o
I mean, they are the cause of stress for this contest... so doesn't that defeat the purpose of the stress ball?
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Nohrxinna Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2010
XD Maybe they're planning on causing stress so that the stress balls may be fully enjoyed by the winners.
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Nohrxinna Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2010
For those of you who happened to miss it who are eager, here's what Heidi posted about two weeks ago.


"$Heidi Mar 7, 2010, 9:48:33 PM
A quick update!

1. It's exciting to see how eager everyone is to find out who Show the Love's winners are. We put loads of effort and thought into making this contest one of deviantART's best ever and it's truly rewarding to see how well the community responded. In fact, we're already looking into conducting more contests that allow for easy participation. On behalf of everyone involved with Show the Love, thank you!

2. I apologize that, until now, there hasn't been an official update as to when winners will be announced, but what that said... I ask that everyone please chillax.

DeviantART has run many, many contests in its nearly 10 year history -- none of which were decided right as the submission period ended. It takes time to fairly view each contest entry, something we take very seriously, and with over 45,000 Show the Love entries, you can imagine that it's been a challenging -- yet entirely worthwhile -- task. It's slightly disappointing to read comments from deviants who believe we've abandoned the contest. Nothing could be further from the truth. We've simply been hunkered down in judging mode.

You can expect us to announce the winners in roughly the next two weeks (if not sooner, we're aiming for sooner). As I said, it takes time for each judge to view 45,000 entries and apply the contest's rules and criteria to submissions. It also takes time for deviantART's Creative department to design and code the winning news article. Anyone who submitted a Show the Love entry will be notified via the Message Center of the contest's winners.

Please spread the news and, again, thank you for helping make Show the Love one of deviantART's most successful contests ever.

~Heidi

P.S. - The contest tool will likely remain online and in working condition indefinitely. Feel free to keep using it for whatever you'd like -- you just won't be able to submit to the contest category.

P.P.S. - Thank you to everyone who has come to the defense of the judges in regards to the judging process.

--
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Director of Marketing
deviantART, Inc."
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Wunderwulfe Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you for posting this :]
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:iconnohrxinna:
Nohrxinna Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2010
No prob. :meow: Her post kinda got lost in all the comments. ^^; So I figured it'd be good to post them again.
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DarkRoxima Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2010
I'm sorry but its been more than a month! (since February has 28 days :)) I'm tired of waiting! UGH! XD
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Delude Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2010  Hobbyist Filmographer
It's been just barely over a month.
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DarkRoxima Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2010
Exactly!
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Newbie-387 Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2010
Hahahaha! Finally given in, eh? ;P
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cmdSoniq Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2010   Digital Artist
i wonder how many submissions where made for this contest? 50.000? 100.000? less? more?
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Newbie-387 Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2010
Word is that it is about 45,000 entries. I don't know how that is determined. I think the judges stated so.
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eau-bleu Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
I could be wrong but... I don't think I've ever seen an official contest here that took this long to judge. I imagine it's just a lot of entries to rummage through.

But Saint Valentine's Day is kind of old news now.

I don't think I ever considered actually winning or anything (I don't win contests *shrugs*), but man, I would love to see the chosen few.
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sfosness98 Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2010
While we're waiting I want to say congrats and good luck to all the awesome entries! I saw some pretty original stuff out there; the judges are probably having a hard time deciding which ones are best =D

kudos to the people who didn't just make a tacky heart.
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IdioAphotic Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2010
dang. I made a tacky heart... XD
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Newbie-387 Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2010
Chill dude. You had a tacky heart and that rad giant picture that has 7744 boxes, remember! :XD:
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:iconidioaphotic:
IdioAphotic Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2010
chill? CHILL! HEE HOO HEE HOOO!!! SHE-HULK SMAAAAAAAAAAAASH!
Okay, I'll mellow. :D
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Newbie-387 Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2010
I knew I saw someone talking about Shehulk recently... I found a picture of her a couple days ago, and thought about where I saw her mentioned.

Ieeee don't know if I'll share it though...
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riceforbreakfast Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I made a tacky heart too xP
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:iconidioaphotic:
IdioAphotic Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2010
Hey, don't be underestimating tacky-ness. After all, we all have a little tacky-ness on the inside.
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sfosness98 Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2010
lol! I was kind of aiming that at people who made more than 1, and at least you obviously put some effort into yours. So...kudos for using more than 1 frame :XD:
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obscurecult Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
i wanna winnnnnn T3T
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Blue-Berry-Boy Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
how many judges are judging this contest?
and how many entries are there?
***not whining just asking..
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Blue-Berry-Boy Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
nvm
just scrolled up and saw...
there are 5 judges...
that's a tough job......
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Newbie-387 Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2010
45,000 divided by 5 equals 9,000 entries per judge? That's still a lot.

Well, I guess all the judges have to look at all the entries! Never mind! Good - luck.
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Winrry Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2010  Student Interface Designer
Are you commenting everything here?xD everytime i happen to check this page i see your avatar here in comments xD
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Newbie-387 Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2010
I'm anxious and bored! I keep checking back for results etc., and I might as well spend my time somehow! :P
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:iconwinrry:
Winrry Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2010  Student Interface Designer
Oh ok xD
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Blue-Berry-Boy Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
lol
good luck to you too :D
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RelentlessArt Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
it seems that unlike alot of people here on da the judges actually have a life outside the net. give them time. i am sure this is not an easy task to have to do. weeding out the ones that break the rules and the ones that dont have anything to do with what that contest was about. not to mention talking to the other judges and trying to all come to 100 entries out of 1000's that should win. so we should all take a deep breath and a chill pill
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killabunnies Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2010  Student General Artist
agreed :)
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Shikutokachika Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2010
aaah))How long will be judge??)))))))))I can't wait to know))))
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:iconbook-worm-addict:
book-worm-addict Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2010
Getting people to calm down about this issue seems as impossible as world peace.
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blood-of-the-bush Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2010
Show the love for patient judges! YAY!!! You guys are awesome! (and my condolences for having to put up with the whiners.)
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