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Merrell Diorama Contest

Mon Oct 1, 2012, 5:26 PM

Merrell shoes and clothes invites you to get inspired by the change in seasons and bring your favorite fall memory to life in a diorama -- in a shoebox! Please join Merrell in the celebration of "Vendemmia" while paying homage to their unique and sophisticated Fall Collection of shoes and boots. Vendemmia is the age-old tradition of the Italian wine harvest, and for a few autumn months, the terraced hillside vineyards come alive with hard work and passion, and the fruits of this elegant dedication flourish for generations to come. Merrell wants to peek into your most treasured fall memory presented with creativity and love, and a diorama is the perfect way to bring that vision to life.

Choose a treasured fall memory that you've imagined or experienced.

Use a shoebox to recreate that detailed memory on a smaller scale. (Please see our diorama construction guidelines before submitting!)

Take photographs from up to four distinct vantage points to allow us to see every imaginative detail. (Please see our photography angle guidelines before submitting!)

In order to submit, place up to four images in a single JPG or PNG file as a single deviation.


  • $2,500 USD
  • A trip to attend a deviantMEET in either Portland, OR, or Seattle, WA, USA on March 16, 2013
  • A pair of shoes from the Merrell Vendemmia Collection*
  • Nintendo Wii U Deluxe Set
  • 6,000 deviantART Points

  • dA PRO Digital Artist Backpack
  • A Print of your choice from**
  • One-Year Premium Membership to deviantART
  • *
    Depending on sizes and availability
  • **
    Depending on sizes and subject to availability. Maximum value $250.00 USD.

  • $2,000 USD
  • Nintendo Wii U Basic Set
  • 2,000 deviantART Points
  • dA PRO Digital Artist Backpack
  • DeviantART Gear T-Shirt of Winner's choice*
  • Six-Month Premium Membership to deviantART
  • *Subject to availability.

  • $1,000 USD
  • Apple iPod Nano (16GB, Silver)
  • 2,000 deviantART Points
  • dA PRO Digital Artist Backpack
  • DeviantART Gear T-Shirt of Winner's choice*
  • Six-Month Premium Membership to deviantART
  • *Subject to availability.

$50 USD iTunes Gift Card    DeviantART Gear T-Shirt of Winner's choice*
800 deviantART Points    Three-month Premium Membership to deviantART

*Subject to availability.


CONTEST BEGINS AT 12:00:00 AM (PT) ON October 1, 2012 AND ENDS AT 11:59:59 PM (PT) ON October 31, 2012 (THE "PROMOTION PERIOD").

  • Must be a diorama in a shoebox or in a box of the dimensions of a shoebox as specified in the Construction Guidelines at the Contest Site and in the Contest Article;
  • Must represent a favorite memory of the fall season experienced by the Entrant or as interpreted by the Entrant ("fall" is the season between September and December in the Northern Hemisphere of the globe);
  • Must be capable of transport by mail without significant damage to the Work if the Work is a winning Entry;
  • All items used in the Work may originate in any medium provided the medium is safe for international transportation through the mails;
  • For consideration as an Entry, the Work is to be photographed by the Entrant in up to four images in a single JPG or PNG file submitted only as a single deviation (the "Entry Photograph"). Your layout, with the four images, can follow any style you wish following the Photography Guidelines  at the Contest Site and in the Contest Article;

  • May not contain stock images obtained from other members of deviantART or other companies, however the following are acceptable: 1) licensed fonts, 2) licensed stock brushes, 3) licensed textures and 4) small three-dimensional objects which are not the central focus of the Work and which are purchased or made by another person; and
  • Must be entirely the original work of the Entrant however the Entrant may use another person to create the Entry Photograph of the Work for the purpose of the submission to the Contest.
  • other requirements and restrictions apply, please read the Official Rules carefully;
  • Membership to deviantART is required to Enter the Contest. Membership to is free.  You must be over the age of 18 to enter and people anywhere in the world may enter.

25 Finalists will be selected by full-time deviantART Staff. From the Finalists, the final three winners will be selected by Merrell's Vice President of Global Marketing!

All entries will be judged on the following criteria:

Creative Use of the Shoebox Space

Overall Impact of the Work

Successful Interpretation of the Theme  

  Technical Skill

Merrell shoes and clothes challenges you to relive your most treasured fall memory by creating a diorama. Submit photographs of your shoebox diorama from up to four distinct vantage points, and you could win $2,500 USD and a trip to a deviantMEET!
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semi-finalist results are here: [link]
I am going to contact Merrell shoes directly about the "Official Rules and Guidelines" to this contest as they need to
know that when rules are posted and not followed and those who are entering after the deadline are finalist it makes it look like the contest is a SCAM and therefore makes Merrell Shoes look bad. Just Saying Rules are Rules People!!!!! If we don't need them then I can enter a shoe, AN ACTUAL SHOE, as my FALL Memory.
I agree with you on that one, plus i love how it was supposed to be in a shoebox and if you don't have one then you had to make one with cardboard and two of them aren't made like that.
Exactly! Specific Rules and Guidelines were outlined, just want the
community to follow and respect that because a lot of us spent money
and time to be considered and followed the Rules. I thought it was
disappointing to see that some of the finalist as good as they may be did not
follow the Rules. It is a Contest.
Moonbeam13 Nov 7, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer

What entry are you concerned about not following the rules?

Thank you,
There are exactly 7 entries that uploaded after the deadline.
According to the Rules, they would automatically be disqualified.

Otherwise, I support all the entries as I love and support this
community for encouraging us all to express ourselves artistically.

I just feel that if one rule is going to be ignored for some; then
why not change the rules to fit any individuals preferences. This
was a diorama contest about Favorite Fall Memories with specific guidelines.

Moonbeam13 Nov 8, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Not one of those entries is submitted after the deadline, the date you are seeing is reflective of your timezone setting, not reflective of the system time.
Clearly, we will disagree on this point. System time vs my personal timezone setting.
If I am looking at an entry and they submitted on their OCT. 31 11:59 PST timezone why would it not show up on Deviant Art as OCT. 31st PST. There are a few entries that used something other than Cardboard for the base of their Diorama. It LOOKS suspicious to those who are viewing because the entries clearly list NOV. 1st not OCT. 31st. [link] [link]
Moonbeam13 Nov 8, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Ok here we go! This will help

If you go to your deviantART settings here [link] and click on general, at the bottom change your 'timezone' to America/Los Angeles (that's the system time)

Then go and look at one of the entries you were saying showed November 1st and you'll see they are October 31 as you can see here [link]

It's a weird situation I'm trying to fix with the way we display the submission dates but I assure you all of the entries are valid and were entered on time.
You didn't answer the question about the entries, that are NOT made out of cardboard.
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