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MAMA Scared Stiff Contest Winners

Wed Jan 30, 2013, 5:29 PM
            
The winners have arrived! We sent the 25 most terrifying Semi-Finalists to judges and MAMA filmmakers Andy & Barbara Muschietti and Guillermo del Toro, and they felt your fears come to life through the entries. Now our deviantART judges won't be the only ones sleeping with a night light!
Read the judges' comments below and see the top three deviations that struck terror in the hearts of our judges. Each of our winners will be taking home terrific prize packages including cash and Points!
WOW!!!! the level of work is outstanding!!!!! We are in shock! Have the feeling that childhood fears resonate quite strongly in the heads of these amazing artists. We are absolutely impressed by the skill, originality and hours, days, poured into these pieces.
$5,000 USD  •  8,000 deviantART Points  •  DeviantART Hoodie of Winner's Choice*  •  dA PRO Digital Artist Backpack  •  A Print of Winner's choice from shop.deviantart.com*  •  One-Year Premium Membership to deviantART
$3,500 USD  •  4,000 deviantART Points  •  DeviantART T-Shirt of Winner's Choice*  •  Six-Month Premium Membership to deviantART
$1,500 USD  •  4,000 deviantART Points  •  DeviantART T-Shirt of Winner's Choice*  •  Six-Month Premium Membership to deviantART
* Depending on sizes and subject to availability. Maximum value: $250.00 USD.


The frightening winners of the MAMA Scared Stiff contest have been chosen! From the 25 Semi-Finalists, judges and MAMA filmmakers Andy & Barbara Muschietti and Guillermo del Toro selected these three spine-tingling winners. See which entries scared them the most!
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:iconlonglovevegeta:
Because it's actually very creative/original while being very simple - that's not easy to pull off, congrats to the winner. The runner up's piece is incredible though, especially technique wise.
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:iconaria-rea:
Aria-Rea Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2015  New member Hobbyist General Artist
That's my opinion too. I like 2nd place more because it's much scarier and creepier and it looks like much more effort.
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:iconenolee:
Enolee Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Don't see why 1st place is 1st. No offence. I just thought some others were a lot more better. I guess I'm no judge. But that's just my opinion. D:
I love 2nd though.
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:iconfunkygame:
Funkygame Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2013
Yeah, that is the word im looking for, creepy XD
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:iconceler-mortalis-095:
Celer-Mortalis-095 Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2013
I thought it was more creepy than actually scary. =)
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:iconfunkygame:
Funkygame Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2013
I know now why,but for me it is not too scary.... :)
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:iconbrit-jack:
Brit-Jack Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
if you watch the movie you'll understand why, trust me (:
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:iconfunkygame:
Funkygame Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2013
i just dont get why is film called mama?
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:iconrivaleka:
Rivaleka Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I actually agree with your statement here. As an artist myself, the first was incredibly simple, and is only a double duplication from top to bottom, that had been painted mildly different.
If Anything, the placement of winners should of been reversed in my opinion. :heart:
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:iconvedabitsaha:
vedabitsaha Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
awesome :D
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:iconlonewolfshadow317:
Lonewolfshadow317 Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
cool... =)
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:iconca12ro34lyn:
ca12ro34lyn Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
mama?!?!?
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:iconmiyudolly:
MiyuDoLLy Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2013
Thank you very much!!
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:iconmiyudolly:
MiyuDoLLy Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2013
can someone send me the link to the 25 Semi-Finalists? I can't find them. Thx
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:iconojansan:
OJanSan Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It's not the medium that makes an artist. Give an amateur a quality art program and they will still produce the work of an amateur. Give a professional nothing more than a pencil and they will still produce the work of a professional.
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:iconbaroquedoll:
baroquedoll Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2013   Photographer
totally agree...
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:iconame-kunoichi:
Ame-Kunoichi Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013  Student Interface Designer
Amazing and truly outstanding!! Congratulations :)

It would be awesome more contest like this.
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:iconandrewvatomic:
AndrewVAtomic Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2013
I would have liked it better if entries were not allowed the use of digital media, or at least that they divided winners in different categories because there is an unfair advantage to those who have professional art programs while others have only gimp.
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:iconalexroey:
alexroey Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2013
awesom
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:icontouchedvenus:
TouchedVenus Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Such awesome winners! Congrats to them. :D
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:iconwolf-in-human-flesh:
Wolf-In-Human-Flesh Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
this was an awesome contest and the entries are fantastic!
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:iconjareddennis:
JaredDennis Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2013
The winners were good picks.
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:iconchungphantomhive:
Chungphantomhive Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2013
CONGRATS TO EVERYONE :D now I must say 2nd and third place deserve above the winner. My opinion nothing more, it was still good
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:icontimtoe:
timtoe Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2013   Digital Artist
Wow. The detail and execution in that 3rd place piece deserves a lot more than a $1,500 prize.
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:iconthemousequeen:
TheMouseQueen Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2013
I also wanted to say that #1 was picked because it picked up the theme and feel of the movie, and the girls having a good and bad side. They seem to go with the good/bad children theme. The person who won said this was her good self and her bad self under the bed. It matches the theme of the movie. So congrats to the winner.
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:iconthemousequeen:
TheMouseQueen Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2013
Very good observation!
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:iconthemousequeen:
TheMouseQueen Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2013
I love #2 a lot! The 3D sculpt, "Grandmama" by Forest Rogers was awesome too.
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:iconflametail990:
flametail990 Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2013  Student General Artist
AWESOME!!! I wish I could've participated in this! this is soo epic! I NEED to see the movie!!!! (I luv horror movies, but im technically not ALLOWED to watch them....)
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:iconknockback1:
knockback1 Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
#2 then #3 are on top of my list 4 winners ;P
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:iconkorpsekitten:
KorpseKitten Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2013  Student General Artist
The second place winner has been my desktop background for a long while now. xD
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milliscent1407 Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
wow! that pieces worth it! congratulations!
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ShyneLight Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2013  Student General Artist
#2 is too scary for me! It's way too realistic! but that's a good thing!
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:iconflyingkitterz:
FlyingKitterz Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2013  Student General Artist
One and two are awesome, never really cared for the third place one though...
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:icondagoth-jeff:
dagoth-jeff Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Whoah, snap. Thanks for proving that you're not an asshole.

Is it lazy on my part, or lazy on the writers behind the contest rules? The last time I checked, a jpeg is visual art, I don't see how that aspect becomes so complicated. "Any medium" means "any medium." No literature should have been specified, not vaguely implied.

Most of us got the contest notice with less than a week remaining to deadline, I don't even know how that happened, though I can't wholly fault the contest for it. What "normal" contests do (besides stating clear rules) is have a Q&A session as the deadline approaches, to clear up any confusion. There were several questions and comments regarding literature, which went ignored, no doubt by callous people like yourself.

My overall argument here isn't that a literature entry should have won, I'm just pointing out the unfairness toward such entries and the vaguely written rules. I'm not about to shut up just because you get off on being a dickhead.
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:iconprettymuchit:
prettymuchit Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
we had to draw a picture i wrote a story
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:iconateles:
ateles Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2013
Seriously dude? Real talk?

The fact that you took a picture of your notebook, thought that that made it visual art, and now insist that it wasn't you that read the rules incorrectly, but instead that the whole contest is totally unfair, makes you a complete and utter idiot. I'm not an asshole for insisting that you read the rules incorrectly, you're a moron stubbornly denying it for not admitting that "Wow, yeah, I guess you're right, all the rules DO talk about visual art! I just didn't read them. Gosh, I'm glad I didn't say anything stupid like "Grrr, taking a picture of writing is visual art!""

Come on, read that line back to yourself. "When a written piece becomes a jpeg/photo, it is visual." Really? If you really, truly believe that, and that's not an excuse you pulled out of your ass to deny any wrong-doing, you're even stupider than I thought. If you take a screenshot of a Word document, it's visual art? If you upload a literature deviation, take a screenshot of that, it's visual art? Jesus, even the people who whine about digital art in contest comments have better arguments than that.

Yes, words can become visual art in typography! But let me say it again: You took a picture of a notebook, and called it visual art. You were lazy, you misread (or didn't read!) the rules, and now you're bitching about it. It's not about the rules being unclear, when there were MULTIPLE references to visual art only, it's about you latching on to your own incorrect interpretations.

Also: 1) Stop saying "all the writers who entered". Browsing all the entries, it's just you and one other person. Wow, gosh, the rules were obviously sooooooo unclear because soooooooo many writers entered! 2) It's "couldn't care less". As in, I couldn't care less about the feelings of an idiot. If you say "could care less", that's mistaken, because I really couldn't. I could care less about kittens, because I have so much care for them! But for you, I couldn't care less.
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snowfeatherr Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Good job energy one!!! I think all the pictures were scary all hell! X3
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:iconcitruslisp:
CitrusLisp Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Congrats to the winners, and applauds to all those who participated! All the works are amazing :D
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:iconcarol-colors:
carol-colors Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013
Congratulations!
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:iconiburntires:
IBurnTires Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013
I can see why 3rd place is 3rd. But I honestly hoped this one would make 1st, maybe 2nd. I like the storybook feeling to it. Because after all, monsters are just silly stories told to keep us eating our spinach and keeping us in bed by eight -- right? And honestly, those are scary toads and turtles! Not in the obvious fear factor of 2nd place, but in the idea of seeing through a child's eye. It's the simplicity of the monster that provokes our imagination.

This probably doesn't look very professional, but I'm no good at explaining my thoughts. xD
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:icondagoth-jeff:
dagoth-jeff Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
"Any medium" is misleading, now matter how you slice it. The fact that we're arguing over these rules should be an indication that they should have been written more clearly.

When a written piece becomes a jpeg/photo, it is visual. Do you understand that?

Aside from this rule-following, any other "create" "depict" "image" key word becomes figurative, especially since literature is included when "any medium" is.

It's a shitty thing that you insist on doing--you stand your ground with your own interpretation of the rules when they obviously weren't clear enough. This has been a blatant insult to all writers who entered and the fact that you could care less makes you an asshole.
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DarkTyrannosaur Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013
Very very Nice !!!
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:iconateles:
ateles Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013
"Use your imagination and create a visual depiction of your most frightening apparition."

"...depict the most frightening image from your childhood coming out..."

"Entrant must submit: an original work depicting the most frightening image from your childhood coming out from underneath a bed, from a closet, an attic or a basement;"

All from the original contest listing. If that's not enough for you, on the very first page of comments (the third comment, in fact!), someone asks about literature submissions, and the dev staff says "As per the official rules, it's visual mediums".

Again, just because you didn't read or understand the rules, doesn't mean that it's "misleading" or "halfassed".
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:iconaqabrar:
aqabrar Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013
great works
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:iconnervene:
nervene Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013
And do you deserve some kind of credit for being more comfortable with traditional mediums than digital? In response to: [link]
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:iconchikitawolf:
ChikitaWolf Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I feel like some people need to realize that just because something doesn't scare them doesn't mean someone else isn't scared by it :'D
Everyone has similar, but also different fears. For instance, while the 2nd place piece truly /looks/ the scariest of them all, the 1st place piece actually voices a fear for me (and many others) greater than that of something in the basement. You can stay away from the basement, but you can't necessarily stay away from your bed (you sleep in it after all!). The piece itself doesn't look terrifying, but it definitely portrays that fear of something being under the bed.
Anyway, excellent choices and congrats to the winners!
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:iconclxcool:
CLXcool Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I m not agaisnt doing art digitally. Its just that I'm not used to creating art through digital methods since I'm more used to using traditional pen and pencil art.
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:iconnervene:
nervene Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013
You originally seemed to imply that traditional mediums require more effort ("... work their butts off while doing it the old fashioned way", along with stating that all winners were digital, as if the mediums themselves should determine worthiness of winning), but then follow it by saying that you have a hard time understanding the software required to create digital work.

Does it not strike you as strange to suggest that method B is easier than method A, but that you have a hard time understanding how to use B? Doesn't that mean that you have no personal basis to suggest that it is easier when you aren't yet even capable of using it effectively, and doesn't the time required to overcome that hurdle of learning how the software works and how to master it count as a significant effort not at all unlike learning how to effectively use a pencil, paintbrush, chisel, or clay? Is it because digital isn't messy?
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:iconkristinamelina:
Kristinamelina Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
*shudders* the second one is horrifying.
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