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In the Merrell Diorama Contest, we challenged you to depict your favorite fall memory in a shoebox diorama. Your visions were brought to life, and beautifully so! Thank you for sharing your memories with us. The following Semi-Finalists have been chosen by our judges and will now be sent to Merrell's Vice President of Global Marketing, who will choose the top three Finalists.

The 22 Semi-Finalists will each receive:

:bulletblue: $50 USD iTunes Gift Card
:bulletblue: DeviantART Gear T-Shirt of Winner's choice (subject to availability)
:bulletblue: 800 deviantART Points    
:bulletblue: Three-month Premium Membership to deviantART

Congratulations to all!


Autumn Wine by FaithSensei Something About The Fire by DennyKotian Asheville Falls by mini-roshi  Mid Autumn Festival by yingmakes Autumn magic fall by AlviaAlcedo Wish tree by anotherwanderer Merrell Diorama Contest - Autumn by juliedillon Christmas preparation by Mowito Merrel Diorama Contest - Trick or Treat by TRAVALE Autumn symphony by XWalyX Harvest Moon by trinafool Flora and Fauna by Pen-umbra Discovering Fall by MalkBass The International Society of Leaf-Jumpers by lymanalpha Memories of Fall by lea-michelle Paranoia by Jim-Po :thumb335438538: Monkeys in the Snow by FooFootheSnoo apples... by faQy Fox in the Fall by cuddlesandrage Wood Harvest Festival by Creativecodes  Moving In by Atgill Memory of a Dream by Exubiuz 


Please note: If during the Finalist judging, any one of the Semi-Finalists becomes ineligible or is disqualified under the Official Rules, the Semi-Finalist judges will replace the disqualified entry with a new selection to be considered by the final judges.

In the Merrell Diorama Contest, we challenged you to depict your favorite fall memory in a shoebox diorama. Your visions were brought to life, and beautifully so! Read on to see whose diorama made it into the top 25 Semi-Finalists!
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Mowito Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I don't know, but maybe it is because he didn't make himself the buttons and we weren't allowed to use bought materials (unless it wasn't the focus of the diorama). Besides I think he used glass and I guess it is not safe for shipping.
Sad for him but the rules have to be followed, because it is not fair for the people who have follow the rules and weren't choosen.
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Marielishere Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
hey what happened to the buttons? They replaced it with the halloween one? how sad ..... what the heck is wrong with DA judges, I know it clearly violated the rules, but now that person must feel so bad ...
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abou3 Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
An other definition for Diorama (free translation from Larousse dictionary of french language) : «A big painting on canvas presented in a dark room, with plays of light, to get the illusion of reality and movement». A lot of french dictionaries give this definition of a diorama, that is different from the english description (three dimensional scene where are placed objects and figures in front of a background). So to those who think that cutted paper dioramas are not elligible for the contest, let's think that it exists more than one definition for a word, and think too to the differences of meaning between the different languages, that we have a lot on DA. And yes, the important is to get a three dimensional result, but nothing says that the objects and figures in the diorama has to be in 3D.

Then, congratulation to the finalists. I think everybody worked a lot, I spent a lot of time on mine, but it has not been chosen... I'm still proud of my work, and, yes, I was a little upset, thinking that, according to my own tastes, there was some works that were better and deserved much to be shown here, and that the only one of the bunch (among all the contestants) that was not a diorama to me is now in the finalists. But finally, I said to myself : so what?! It's a contest, we can't always win.
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Hellanim Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2012
Congratulations to all the great semifinalists! Great works! I wish you all good luck for the final (hard to have a favorite with such glorious works. :D
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AstralMimi Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Haha some of these responses have been amusing! Well I didn't get through, oh well. I shall move on and await the next contest, I had a laugh making it and my congratulations to the semi finalists!
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anotherwanderer Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Wow, i'm surprised i made it so far :)
To all those concerned about the age, i can tell you they do verify it by asking an ID copy afterwards.
And please, stop behaving like kids, complaining how the buttons shouldn't be there and so on. Judging art is subjective and it doesn't mean someone's work is bad if it's not picked, it just means the jury thought something else to be more in conformity with the theme at a given time.
Everyone who entered contests has failed at least a couple of times, but one must simply shrug it off and prepare for the next challenge. And after all, these entries are not set in stone, some of them might be replaced, and even so, just three will actually get a prize.
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lintu47 Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Congrats for the semi finalists, although i am a bit sad because an exceptional entry didn't make it here ):
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RaffaelePicca Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
The feedback here in the comment section clearly shows how unsatisfied the contestants are with the jury work.
A diorama is normally made with 3 dimensional objects (check wikipedia) not flat papercut stuff. But apart from that, I can spot two entries that clearly violated the rules and even if they get disqualified afterwards, the ones that didn't get a chance to go into the semi finals don't get seen by the final juror and that is really a pity.

And, what also has been said, the age restriction wasn't controlled, not even by the Deviantart Age (what could be cheated but anyway, at least something...).

So, here is a contest, with a lot of money and prizes involved and then there was some half-hearted jury work.... that always leads to frustration.
I was juror on some international figure contests and the most important job as a juror is that you really OBEY the own rules and do a good job.
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Pen-umbra Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2012  Professional Artist
My dictionary describes a diorama as "a scene, often in miniature, reproduced in three dimensions by placing objects, figures, etc., in front of a painted background." It says nothing about 3-dimensional objects, only that the diorama itself is 3D. My piece is paper (or papercut "stuff" as you call it), but as I can measure my work in length, width and height, it represents a scene, and it has a painted background, it's a diorama. You even admit in your post that a diorama is "normally" made with 3D objects. Not "always." So please don't come down on those of us who did something different.
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juliedillon Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2012
No, the feedback section here clearly shows a lot of people disappointed they didn't win. That doesn't mean people cheated or the judges were evil or lazy or deficient. It means that in a contest of over 300 entries, only 25 got to move on, and naturally a lot of people are going to be disappointed; there is no physical way for that to not happen in a CONTEST. People being disappointed that they didn't win doesn't mean there was foul play, though.

I'm sorry you put as much time as you did into your project and didn't make it, I truly am. I know how crappy that feels, I've been there, trust me. But you aren't the only one worked really hard or cared about your project (mine took WAY more time that I expected and I angsted over it for most of the month). Lots of good entries didn't make the final cut for whatever reason, but that doesn't mean people need to disparage and discredit anyone who dared to get the chance to move forward.

Oh, so now anyone who used layered papercraft is a cheater, too? :roll: Yes, I checked wikipedia before I started; while dioramas commonly contain 3-dimensional objects, they also include layered scenes set up more like a theatrical space, as the papercraft entries were. There are quite a few beautiful examples in art history, like this one: [link]

I know there was some concern about one of the images having 5 photos instead of 4 (easy to overlook given the composition, and undoubtedly an honest mistake), but the judges are reviewing it now that's been pointed out. As for the age restriction, is there any actual evidence that under-aged entrants made it to the final round, or are we just speculating based on the fact that not everyone's age is being displayed on their profile?

Also, do you know that the judging was half-hearted, or do you just assume that must be the case since it didn't go your way this time? The judges might have been lazy, but how do you know they didn't agonize over the decision? With all the great entries submitted, there was no possible way anyone could select only 25 and have everyone be in agreement with the choices. (Personally I'm shocked that some of the show-stopping Halloween entries didn't make it, but I wasn't a judge!)

In short, can we just stop with these posts. Everyone did a great job. A lot of amazing entries didn't make it, but that doesn't mean those that did make it don't deserve it. You don't need to tear down people because you are disappointed with the outcome this time.
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Marielishere Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
yeah i noticed none of the halloween entries got picked. The paper dioramas were amongst my favorite yours included, as well as the trick or treating diorama that was also completely made out of paper. But you're right, no use crying about it, its done and we cant change the outcome
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Marielishere Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Lets all just be thankful that DA and Merrell were generous enough to hold this contest and allow us artists to showcase our talents and be rewarded for it! May the art Gods help Merrell choose the best three!
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Tamabit Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I believe and I see that the judges do not know what are the Dioramas. Too bad for them.
Congratulations to the models that seem Dioramas :trollface:
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Limelight-Night Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2012
Congrats to those that won! There were so many great dioramas, some of my favorite were chosen. I'm surprised there's not a single halloween themed one, i guess it's too mainstream for dA. It's also disappointing that dA didn't even conform to it's own rules for a couple of these.
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LaurenKitsune Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
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Limelight-Night Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2012
oh wow, yall actually replaced the buttons one with the halloween one? thats a sure way to piss people off even more. it seems pretty messed up to revoke someone's prize due to your own fuck up
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Limelight-Night Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2012
how come dA ignored some of it's own rules when choosing, i have to wonder
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BahamutDeusModus Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2012  Professional General Artist
I like a lot of these, even though mine or another favorite of mine aren't in the semi-finalists. :D It was fun entering the contest, though I have to say I wish I had made it this far at least...!
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Amberrant Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
These are very wonderful things! Such beautiful little worlds in boxes :)
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trinafool Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2012   Traditional Artist
Can people just lay off the buttons? And any other dioramas that are being specifically bad-mouthed? It's fine that you don't think it represents fall. Obviously enough of the judges did. Art is subjective. Contest winners are hard to choose. End of story.
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lea-michelle Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2012
Amen to that! Some people are so cruel, not to mention sore losers!It is sad that so many good people are amongst such bad company. Talk about taking the fun out of a competition!
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trinafool Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2012   Traditional Artist
Yeah. Thankfully most of the comments are mature and respectful.
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HarshCritics Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2012
First and foremost, I am not a contestant; merely just an over looker. I buddy of mine suggested that I take a gander at the shenanigans taken afoot; wow. Okay, fine; guilty. HATER!!! But seriously, F-ing buttons; what the hell is that about? Who in their damn mind would nominate a diorama with just buttons? Ha-ha, man. Dude, some of the semi-finalist here is just pure garbage. Look, I have nothing to gain by stating the obvious here; just the satisfaction to say that…double facepalm at the judging. Seriously, paper ghost coming out from a television? Am I NOT THE ONLY ONE SEEING THIS?!? Dude, seriously! The only thing made from that diorama was the garbage cut outs of what looks like ghosts! Did that guy make the wooden furniture? Hey judging, your judging is WHACK!!! It seems as though a monkey had a finger on the right arrow button and were pressing the enter key at random moments. OMG!!! Buttons and garbage cutout ghosts…hahahaha!!! ….buttons
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JaneyArt Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2012   Traditional Artist
lol way to go "oh Brave one", make an account so you can diss people and remain anonymous. Your narrow mindedness epitomises the ignorance of some people. Not a contestant? I beg to differ, your rude attitude is one of a sore loser with sour grapes. Grow the hell up
Btw one of my favourite entries was the buttons, originality and thinking outside the box should be rewarded, so bravo to the judges and the semi finalists.
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Mego-Sama-Lady-Sir Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
It's ok that you disagree with the final choices but please don't single out specific ones its mean and cruel to the ones that made them. I actually like the buttons it you can tell a lot of work was put into it, I could understand your anger toward it if they were just thrown in a box with glitter /: but even then it's rude to single the person out
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FaithSensei Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I like the one with buttons, too. :D People must understand that art is not just boxed into something realistic.
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lea-michelle Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2012
Can you be any more cruel?! People worked hard on these, and put a lot of time and effort into them. To be quite honest, no one really cares what you think because you are simply rude and distasteful. AND you didn't even take part in the competition. If you don't have anything better to do than bringing down others, maybe you should start with GETTING A LIFE!!!
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FaithSensei Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Just chill, ~lea-michelle. :) Let's be thankful that your work got in the semis. I personally like your work. :)
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lea-michelle Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2012
Very glad you liked it, but I will not just chill...sorry. I am very glad I got into the semi-finals, but people who are rude, and put down others for no apparent reason need to be called out. And a heads up, the person didn't make any negative comments on my work, but the way they have responded to others work is horrible. I will always stand up for what I believe regardless of what others think!
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deshy07 Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Congrats to all!!! lovely work, best of luck.
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lymanalpha Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2012
I'm honored to be in the company of all these amazing works. Congratulations to EVERYONE who made a diorama, semifinalist or not -- I've loved seeing the collection of entries grow and reading about each memory. Thanks for making this a really fun contest. :)
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Lou-in-Canada Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2012   Traditional Artist
beautiful works. Congrats to the semi-finalists :woohoo:
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unknowngemini Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
OH MY GOD. All the dioramas look so real :D
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Blackmorewolf Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2012
Nice work Wise I had that talent
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Mego-Sama-Lady-Sir Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Aww I didn't make it in ):
But congrats to the semi finalists :3
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VATalbot Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2012
They're all so amazing!
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babyfangs Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
congratulations to everyone who became a semi-finalists. You are all amazing.
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Blackmago Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
I do feel like a winner already ^_^
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daichan0409 Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2012
As I remember, this contest clearly states to represent YOUR MOST FAVORITE FALL MEMORY, I for once know that some of this are not truly their memories, you for yourselves know that this did not really happened to you, they just did it because it's familiar to the judges or it is striking in the eyes. Another thing I just saw is that you've only chosen a single scenario; where most of the finalists are just playing or walking in fallen leaves which I believe is far too common to be a 'treasured' memory.

Yes, I know Fall is literally like that in the western hemisphere but this is an INTERNATIONAL contest, some countries don't have that kind of Fall. It just shows that you're not open minded enough to let others express their experiences and given them chances to let their culture to be known. While a couple of the finalists memories are just too impossible to even happen. :no:

Also have you even notice that almost all of the finalists hid their age and even their location, with that, how will you know that they are truly 18 years or above and a few even didn't state where they're from when I checked their profiles. Shouldn't that be shown to be fair? You also said in the journal above about the judging process that in the case that the finalist did not follow the rules they will be replace by another. Wow this is truly unethical, the finalists who might be latter be cut out from this selection because of disqualification will most likely feel more depressed and even offended by it when you for yourselves know that they were disqualified if you've read your rules from the very beginning! Why post the results when you doubted that the finalists deserved it?

I had really admired you people for bringing this kind of site to artists but this contest made me realize that you people (DA staffs) are not quite the people I have imagined you'd be.

But oh well, CONGRATULATIONS to the chosen finalists. :|
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LaurenKitsune Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
The rules state that the entries "must represent a favorite memory of the fall season experienced by the Entrant or as interpreted by the Entrant." The latter part of the sentence means that it can be a fantastical or imagined memory.
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Marielishere Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I somewhat agree with your comment ~daichan0409. In the contest rules it states that small 3d objects may be used (not created by the contestant) so long as it is not the main focus of the diorama. Am I the only one that sees that a couple of the semi-finalist has clearly violated this rule? When I joined this art website/community I was awed by all the amazing artists out there, this contest has surely showcased some of them. I am not a sore loser, nor do I care that I wasn't chosen, I am sure everyone worked extremely hard on their entry; however, it seems the judges have overlooked some of the rules. Personally, I am happy for the semi-finalists although there certainly were many favorites of mine which were better thought of and overall better put together. I'm rooting for "A Wonderful Day" by Blackmago. Good luck to all of the finalists!
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lea-michelle Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2012
Talk about a sore loser! If you look closely, some of these dioramas had nothing to do with the western hemisphere. I believe they covered a pretty wide variety of cultures and events. I kind of take your comment personally considering I was one of the semifinalists who did a diorama of walking in fallen leaves. This IS in fact a VERY special memory for me, as it is something I have done since childhood with loved ones, and is something I continue to do as a fall tradition to this day. I am poor, and do not have the option to do big, expensive things for any season. Honestly, get a grip, you kinda sound like a little miss pissy pants, and even if I wasn't one of the semifinalists, I would have graciously congratulated the other artists and there works, which I'm sure EVERYONE worked very hard at! Come on, there were over 300 entries not everyone is going to be a winner and not everyone is going to agree on whose they thought was the best. You really need to stop being such a poor loser and grow up!
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vaunu Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2012
I was just thinking the same thing...
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tatsuyabocchan Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2012  Professional General Artist
depressed, mine is probably disqualified because adding 6 photos in 1 frame, i wish i knew the detail is only need 1 picture, i wish i have better camera too.
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Marielishere Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
you shouldn't be sad, some of these finalist violated rules, yet they were chosen.
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tatsuyabocchan Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2012  Professional General Artist
yeah I know, but it's already past. move on move on :XD:
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Mego-Sama-Lady-Sir Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Same here I guess my dyslexia made me misunderstand that rule ): that's what I get for looking at others as an example.
Guess we will read it better next time.
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tatsuyabocchan Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2012  Professional General Artist
well next time i probably didn't enter... it wate money for nothing, btw let's make a card!! yey
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Mego-Sama-Lady-Sir Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Yah no tangible contests for quite awhile now XD only digital so I don't get stuck with a project I have no room for lol
And yess <3 that will be fun
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juliedillon Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2012
I know that a lot of really great entries didn't make the cut; I was shocked that several of my favorites didn't make it. But there were over 300 entries, and only 25 people could move on. We all knew that going in. I don't agree with all of the judges' choices, but I'm sure a ton of people would have been upset with my choices if I had been a judge, too, because there were just so many great entries and there isn't going to be a consensus. It must have been a very difficult decision, and the fact that they didn't include one entry or another doesn't mean they were close-minded or mean. That's just how these contests go; not every single entry can be selected, as much as I'd like for that to be the case. I was fully expecting to not make it to the semifinals, and if I hadn't made it, I would have understood- there were 300 other entries that were all great. But it's not up to me, or you, or anyone else but the judges, and I highly doubt they went in with the intention of being unethical or mean or closeminded.

I know you're upset, and I'm really truly sorry. But this kind of negativity, insinuating that people didn't deserve to win or that they cheated or lied etc, just makes everyone feel bad.

Also, the rules did state that it could be an imagined scene; it didn't have to be a real memory. It also isn't unethical for an entry to be later be disqualified if it turns out they didn't follow the rules; again, that's how contests go.
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