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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 The Bride by oneKATIE 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 sinphony 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.
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 ...
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.
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
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!
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.
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 ):
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.
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.
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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