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The movie Beautiful Creatures in association with deviantART are pleased to present the "Light" or "Dark" contest. Using the asset pack provided, and with inspiration from the trailer above, get ready to create your most compelling LIGHT or DARK version of Lena!

In the film Beautiful Creatures, based off of the best-selling novel, Lena is a caster, a person who can use magic, and on her birthday she will be Claimed for either Light or Dark. As that day approaches, Lena along with her love interest Ethan uncover dark secrets about their respective families, their history and their town. Is it fate, or does Lena have a choice? Help her decide by creating your vision of her as either a light or dark caster! Dark secrets will come to light when Beautiful Creatures is in theaters VALENTINE'S DAY 2.14.13.

Watch the trailer for Beautiful Creatures above.
Download the Asset Pack for more information about Lena to inspire your original entry.
In the medium of your choice, create a visual depiction of Lena as either a Light or Dark caster. (You do not need to depict the actress from the film but may do so if you wish.)
Submit your entry as a single .PNG or .JPG to the contest. Be sure to read the Official Rules.
  • All expenses paid trip for two to Los Angeles where you will get to attend the US premiere of Beautiful Creatures, take a tour of deviantART headquarters, get a personalized tour of Panpipes Hollywood, and a guided tour of the Magic Castle.
  • dA PRO Digital Artist Backpack
  • deviantART Hoodie of Winner's Choice*
  • dA Notebook Set by Leuchtturm
  • Panasonic 3D Wi-Fi Blu-Ray Player
  • One-Year Premium Membership to deviantART
  • 8,000 deviantART Points
  • $2,000 USD

* (depending on availability)

Panasonic 3D Wi-Fi Blu-Ray Player • Six-Month Premium Membership to • deviantART T-Shirt of Winner's Choice* • dA Notebook Set by Leuchtturm • 4,000 deviantART Points • $1,000 USD
Panasonic 3D Wi-Fi Blu-Ray Player • Six-Month Premium Membership to • deviantART T-Shirt of Winner's Choice* • dA Notebook Set by Leuchtturm • 4,000 deviantART Points • $1,000 USD
Panasonic 3D Wi-Fi Blu-Ray Player • Six-Month Premium Membership to • deviantART T-Shirt of Winner's Choice* • dA Notebook Set by Leuchtturm • 4,000 deviantART Points • $500 USD
Panasonic 3D Wi-Fi Blu-Ray Player • Six-Month Premium Membership to • deviantART T-Shirt of Winner's Choice* • dA Notebook Set by Leuchtturm • 4,000 deviantART Points • $500 USD
dA Notebook Set by Leuchtturm • Three-Month Premium Membership • 2,000 deviantART Points

* (depending on availability)



  • Entrant must be at least 13 years old as of December 17, 2012 and a resident of the United States, Puerto Rico or a U.S. military installation to be eligible to enter the Contest;
  • Entries must be received by 11:59:59PM (PM) on January 20, 2013 and be submitted through the contest gallery on deviantART;
  • Membership to (the "Contest Site") is required to enter the Contest;
  • Membership to is free;
  • Entrant must submit: an original work depicting the character Lena from Beautiful Creatures as either a Light or Dark caster. (You do not need to depict the actress from the film but may do so if you wish.)
  • The Work may originate in any medium but must be submitted as a single JPG or PNG file;
  • You may not use any third party stock images for the Work however licensed brushes and textures are acceptable;
  • You may use the Assets provided for download in your entry if you wish;
  • Your entry should be able to accommodate a logo in the lower left or right corner of the image you submit;
  • You may submit more than one entry;
  • Other requirements and restrictions apply and please read the Official Rules carefully.

25 Finalists will be selected by full-time deviantART Staff. From the Finalists, the final five winners will be selected by the authors of Beautiful Creatures, Margaret Stohl and Kami Garcia! All entries will be judged on the following criteria:

  • Overall Visual Impact
  • Strength In Depicting "Lena" as a Dark or Light Caster
  • Technical Skill

This journal was updated in July 2012 to include some new information and replace outdated terminology.

How can I help?

At regular intervals, new faces appear in the Community Relations team as open positions for Community Volunteers are filled. All these new additions to the team can spark interest in volunteering for dA and can inspire people to ask "What can I do to support my favourite gallery?". You don't have to be a Community Volunteers or have a fancy symbol next to your name to promote and support artists within your favourite gallery.  The suggestions listed below are for everyone, and in case you want something a little more useful than just my ideas I've included links to FAQ entries with more information.

Featuring art

To avoid repeating myself, I'd like to point you in the direction of an article called How to promote other people's work on dA that I wrote back in December 2008.  It's a few years old but the information contained is still relevant, including...

:bulletpurple: Featuring art in your journal
:bulletpurple: Featuring art in news articles
:bulletpurple: Making sure your features are accessible to all
:bulletpurple: Suggesting Daily Deviations
:bulletpurple: Sharing deviations

Contests and collaborations

While dA almost always has a few official contests on the go, hosted by the CR team or run in conjunction with an outside sponsor, anyone is welcome to run their own contest.  Running a contest can be great fun and is a wonderful way to inspire your fellow deviants and encourage participation in a community-wide event.  Please bear in mind though, if you want to run a contest with prizes you can't rely on other people to provide these prizes.

Volunteers (people with ^ and @ symbols in front of their username) do not have a contest prize budget, so while some of us may volunteer to offer prizes for unofficial contests relating to the galleries we moderate it is unfair to expect this.  GMs are here to help though, so we can help you to promote your contest through our journals and news articles.

You can find out more about running your own contests on dA in this dA Life article at fella.

Running a contest with big prizes isn't the only way to hold an inspirational and exciting event for your fellow artists.  If you're not in a position to give big-money prizes but would still like to run your own event, here are some alternatives...

:bulletpurple: Have an art trade, where you create a piece of art dedicated to someone else and they create one dedicated to you.

:bulletpurple: Offer gift art or ask your friends to inspire you by suggesting topics or subjects to base your next work on.

:bulletpurple: Instead of prints and subs, offer journal or userpage features as prizes.  On a site as big as dA, a bit of extra exposure can really make someone's day.

:bulletpurple: Start a thread in the Thumbshare Forum asking people to link you to pieces of art that they'd like critique on, or ask for examples of work on a theme to illustrate a news article or journal entry.

:bulletpurple: Start a collaboration project to encourage people to work together, either on small creations shared between two people or on something bigger than you create as a group.

Be a teacher or a mentor

If you have a brain packed full of useful information, share it!  Anyone can submit a tutorial to the Resources gallery and whatever you write about, someone will appreciate you sharing your knowledge.  If you enjoy writing tutorials, make a folder for them in your gallery and display it on your userpage so that other people can easily find all the useful things you've made.  If you enjoy collecting other people's tutorials, you can feature the collection on your userpage.

:bulletpurple: FAQ #90: How do I customize my profile page?

If you'd like to share your knowledge in a more personal and involved way, you can offer critique on other people's art (keep it polite and constructive, please!) or volunteer your time as a mentor.  Check out ArtistsHospital or write a journal to let people know that you'd like to critique people's work or help a younger or less experienced artist by mentoring them.  I can guarantee that you'll have people jumping at the chance to receive helpful comments on their work from someone who knows what they're talking about!

You can browse deviations with critique enabled here and find out more about how to use dA's official critique feature in this FAQ...

:bulletpurple: FAQ #95: What is the Critique Feature and how do I use it?

Set an example

Who inspires you more - the person who submits three dArama-filled journal entries a day, bitches about other people all the time and publicly insults everything that isn't to their taste?  Or the person who writes tutorials and helpful news articles, features art in their journal and helps out with promoting other deviants' projects?

I'm not saying that everyone should censor their opinions or silently tolerate unpleasantness, but when the majority of your journal entries are based around complaining about things you hate without offering suggestions, you aren't doing anyone any good.  If you've got a problem with something, try and deal with it maturely.

You get out what you put in, so if your interactions are based in positivity you'll have a much more positive experience.  It sounds obvious, but it never hurts to have a unto others, and all that.

Make yourself known

Say hi to a Community Volunteer today!  We aren't scary and unapproachable, and when you send us notes or leave comments talking about the galleries we look after you are NOT bothering us or annoying us.  We want to get to know you better, to be introduced to the artists who submit to and care about the galleries we moderate.  We love it when community members help us out with promoting projects and contests and give us a hand with sharing important information, so displaying stamps and linking to our informative journals is definitely appreciated.

We also want to know all about the contests and clubs YOU run, the news articles you write, the art you love and the artists you admire.  We're here to help you promote your projects and we actively want you to feed us with awesome things to pimp.  We aren't just here for the good stuff either.  We're also here to help you deal with any problems that you're having and bad stuff that you've noticed going on.  If we can't help you directly, we'll be able to let you know who can help or contact a staff member on your behalf if necessary.

So don't be scared to make friends with your GM - we WANT you to and we love meeting active members of the community!  When you dedicate time and enthusiasm to supporting us and each other, your efforts certainly don't go unnoticed.  If you aren't sure who your GM is, you can find a list of the current CR team at communityrelations.

If you do want to volunteer in an official capacity...

If you do want to volunteer for dA, whether as a Gallery Moderator in the Community Relations team or a Message Network Administrator in Community Operations, check out this FAQ for more information:

:bulletpurple: FAQ #85: Can I be a volunteer on deviantART?

:idea: Read this in Spanish, by JacquiJax, and in German by Shadowelve.

:community: :gallery: :star:

Lena's transformation is complete! The entries for the Beautiful Creatures  Light or Dark contest showcased Lena, a caster faced with the choice of Light or Dark, in the midst of making her selection. Lena wasn't the the only one with a tough decision to make! Judges and authors of the Beautiful Creatures  novels Margaret Stohl and Kami Garcia had the difficult task of determining the top five winners from our 25 Semi-Finalists. Check out Lena as Light and Dark, as well as our top winner who clinched an all-expenses paid trip to Los Angeles, CA among other amazing prizes!

Judges' Comments

We each chose this piece for the Grand Prize without even discussing it; We found it to be true to the Lena of our novels as well as the film. We noted the charm necklace, the Chucks, the "Caster breeze" in the dynamic, curling hair, and the "naturalist" element with the doves. Well done!

*wylielise has won
  • All expenses paid trip for two to Los Angeles to attend the US premiere of Beautiful Creatures, take a tour of deviantART headquarters, get a personalized tour of Panpipes Hollywood, and a guided tour of the Magic Castle
  • dA PRO Digital Artist Backpack
  • deviantART Hoodie of Winner's Choice*
  • dA Notebook Set by Leuchtturm
  • Panasonic 3D Wi-Fi Blu-Ray Player
  • One-Year Premium Membership to deviantART
  • 8,000 deviantART Points
  • $2,000 USD
Judges' Comments

This piece so nearly won the Grand Prize! The degree of detail in the paper cutting is so incredible, and the single splash of color in Lena's heart is perfect. Lena is very "Natural" here, but perhaps less dynamic in the piece we ultimately selected for the Grand Prize. Still, well done!

*camilliette has won
  • Panasonic 3D Wi-Fi Blu-Ray Player
  • Six-Month Premium Membership to
  • deviantART T-Shirt of Winner's Choice*
  • dA Notebook Set by Leuchtturm
  • 4,000 deviantART Points
  • $1,000 USD
Judges' Comments

So cute, and so Lena. Clutching her notebook while the world turns into chaos around her. We really found this piece to be charming.

*bluespottedfrog has won
  • Panasonic 3D Wi-Fi Blu-Ray Player
  • Six-Month Premium Membership to
  • deviantART T-Shirt of Winner's Choice*
  • dA Notebook Set by Leuchtturm
  • 4,000 deviantART Points
  • $1,000 USD
Judges' Comments

The technical detail - as well as the character detail - in this piece was overwhelming. We love the way the light hits Lena's face, and the charm necklace wrapped in her hair. Bravo!

*enchantress-lele has won
  • Panasonic 3D Wi-Fi Blu-Ray Player
  • Six-Month Premium Membership to
  • deviantART T-Shirt of Winner's Choice*
  • dA Notebook Set by Leuchtturm
  • 4,000 deviantART Points
  • $500 USD
Judges' Comments

We loved the "turning Lena on her head" idea - because so often she does feel like her world is upside down, and like she's changing into something terrifying. A not very beautiful creature! This one gave us nightmares! Amazing.

*christina-the-weird has won
  • Panasonic 3D Wi-Fi Blu-Ray Player
  • Six-Month Premium Membership to
  • deviantART T-Shirt of Winner's Choice*
  • dA Notebook Set by Leuchtturm
  • 4,000 deviantART Points
  • $500 USD
* Depending on availability

light inspiered

Journal Entry: Thu Nov 21, 2013, 12:01 AM

Val D'Orcia by dfm63

Golden by slickwilly182 The Explorer - Looking for the trail by matthieu-parmentier Autumn splendor by matthieu-parmentier
The green coast by matthieu-parmentier Unknown Germany pt. XXXVIII by TheChosenPesssimist High jump by matthieu-parmentier
Descent from Karchung La by Dominion-Photography Carving green mountains by Lidija-Lolic Mountain - Tatry by miirex

October splendour again by jchanders Autumn walk pt.X. by realityDream Follow the Path by IndigoSummerr
The Rail goes ever on... by Celem Autumn Kaleidoscope by tourofnature -Charming present- by Janek-Sedlar
Kirnitzsch by TobiasRichter The Clarity of Autumn by tourofnature Unknown Germany pt. XXXVI by TheChosenPesssimist

Unveiled by Nate-Zeman

-Moravian lines- by Janek-Sedlar San Francisco, unseen night by alierturk -Moravian fields III- by Janek-Sedlar
Reinefjorden Rainbow by Dave-Derbis Spring by MindShelves :thumb399973891:
Alpine Firmament by davidrichterphoto Small by Nelleke Autumn morning by Aphantopus

Blue Ice by KennethSolfjeld Discoverer by uberfischer Colossus by Inebriantia
Nordlys by steinliland The Horseman by tihomirmladenov Aurora Borealis by porbital
Assiniboine Sunset by Dani-Lefrancois Guardians of the Ice Temple by matthieu-parmentier Giants in Winter by FlorentCourty

A ghost story by RobinHalioua

The Mytic North - Pt. XI by TheChosenPesssimist La Billaude by matthieu-parmentier Muuratjoki by m-eralp
Silent Whispers by Nelleke Maerchenwald by RobinHalioua Light and Dark by erynlasgalenphotoart
:thumb400621531: :thumb405929956: Elder Souls by FlorentCourty

:thumb412162189: Reha nera thunderstorm RN10 after sunset wallpaper by LemnosExplorer Reflected by m-eralp
Behemoth Stranded by uberfischer Winter is Coming by cprmay Iceberg Beach by porbital
Sunlight and Storm by cprmay Puerto Natural by nahojsennah Hell on Earth - Long exposure by matthieu-parmentier

Pinnacle by DMMDesign

Sunrise overture pt.IX. by realityDream Daydreaming the path I meet you... by borda silent hill by KR-2Y-51-3K
The Dawn by cprmay -At beginning of the day- by Janek-Sedlar Darkshines by jkrab
Sunrise overture pt.VI. by realityDream Haute Terre by Annabelle-Chabert Pray for Rain by Questavia

Blue Alps III by Addran Aurora Borealis 9 December 2012 by KennethSolfjeld On Colorado Plains by INTOtheRFD
San Francisco, on clouds by alierturk Far Away by Annabelle-Chabert Autumn Morning by RobinHalioua
Contrasts by kkart Into the Blue by erynlasgalenphotoart Myrland beach I by acoresjo88

Prelude to winter by matthieu-parmentier

Secret Life by ildiko-neer Red Nirvana by DMMDesign Peak Season by hougaard
Cherry Haze by tvurk Blue Berry by Nelleke Hulne Park Autumn by newcastlemale
-Timeless- by Janek-Sedlar Contemplation (4608x3456) by Fan-Gogh Before the Storm by xavierrey

Million Miles From Home by jkrab The Journey Continues by Oer-Wout I'll Meet You On The Other Side by jkrab
Silent Waters by Oer-Wout Secret pathway by lieveheersbeestje After The Storm by jkrab
Mt Assiniboine from Niblet by porbital The Odyssey by ColinHSillerud Pebble's View by Dee-T

dawn by vicente-oliveira

Behind the clouds by TomazKlemensak Sulfur Wastelands by JoelBelessa For Such a Time by werol
Legends by Nelleke Where Horizons End by Ondskapens mi querido otono 2 by kriakao
Standing on the Edge of Infinity by georgewjohnson The shire by RobinHalioua Road to Heaven by RobinHalioua
Conway Summit by tassanee Milky Way Rainbow by ExplicitStudios Lake Langisjor by Aphantopus
Big Red by CainPascoe Before Night Falls by SvenMueller lonely tree panorama by acoresjo88

Mothership Landing by fistfulofneurons Mount Teide by A-Motive Light Through the Valley by PeterJCoskun
Yin Yang FAll by Dee-T Cascade Canyon - Wyoming by wyorev Cascades by MartinAmm
the everforest. by etheraiel The last sunny day in October by freMDartet Claree river stairs by matthieu-parmentier
Trinity by A2Matos To the unknown by erynlasgalenphotoart Al-Hada by eyesweb1

Golden October by TobiasRichter The Unknown Lands by ahmedspeculates Out Of The Woods by valiunic

.:Virgin River 2:. by RHCheng

thank you for all your beautiful works

This Journal Skin was designed by Night-Beast
Back light.
Friend or foe of a photographer?

We'd like to go for friend this time. Blind us with light! Forget all you learned in photography class, leave the lens screens at home - let the sun touch the lens. Let the incredible feel and mood of a back light scene touch the viewer's heart.

The scenery itself is open to you: wether it's a landscape, portrait or architecture, we want to see back light!

Rules & Requirements:
:bulletblue: One entry per participant!
:bulletblue: The deviation must be new, please be so fair not to re-submit old deviations.
:bulletblue: Photography only! Slight corrections in Photoshop are allowed but make sure your piece doesn't transform into a photomanipulation.
:bulletblue: Submit the deviation to the category Community Projects > Contests > 2007 > Against the Light.

:bulletgreen: Starting date: March 13th, 2007
:bulletred: Closing date: May 13th, 2007

1st Place: 1 year subscription + Daily Deviation
2nd Place: 4 months subscription
3rd Place: 2 months subscription
4th Place: 1 month subscription
... and several features!

The contest will be judged by:
:iconstaged: :iconsuperkev: :iconequivoque: :icon5inclair: :iconigy:

Let these pieces inspire you:
Hh by bocokok - C o l d - by morfeu Lady in the Lake by Staged monochrome saturday 3 by aykanozener La vie est une gitane by ennil

:community: We're looking forward to all your entries!
The next contest!!!
So I have decided to do it again! The last contest was such a success and soooo much fun! So here are the details!!!!

The theme is "Emotions"
This can be any emotion. The deviation should show a good representation of an emotion.
For example: Anger, Sadness, Joy, Fear

Should be challenging :)

The rules!!!!!

1. The deviation can be created with ANY medium.

2. In the comments you must tell which emotion you are representing.
    The comments should also have a link to the contest.

3. All deviations must be NEW. Meaning created for the contest after the date of May 28th.

4. Be Creative!

5. Start date May 28th
    End Date August 28th

6. To enter note me InLightImagery you entry. Either a thumb code or a link is fine.

Judging will be based on how well you have executed the emotion. And of course QUALITY!!
Judges :iconmatthew-t::iconpoem58::iconjupiterlily::icono0oluxo0o::iconlibis::iconalois-noette: and I will be the tie breaker :iconinlightimagery:  

Current prize list:

1st place

6 month subscription :iconinlightimagery:

Custom cupcake charm :icontigerpaws:

Fractal commission (resolution up to 4800*6000, printable to 16*20 inches at 300dpi) :iconpoem58:
3 prints (8"x10"), shipping free to N. America OR 2 prints (8"x10"), shipping free to S. America, or Europe:iconpoem58:

Journal features:
:iconk-lenx::iconlonedoggy: :iconsynconi::iconpoem58:

2nd Place

3 Month subscription :iconinlightimagery:

Fractal commission (resolution up to 2400*3000, printable to 8*10 inches at 300dpi) :iconpoem58:
3 prints (5"x7"), shipping free to N. America OR 2 prints (5"x7"), shipping free to S. America, or Europe :iconpoem58:

Journal features:
:iconk-lenx::iconlonedoggy: :iconsynconi::iconpoem58:

3rd Place

Fractal commission (resolution up to 2400*3000, printable to 8*10 inches at 300dpi):iconpoem58:

Journal features:
:iconk-lenx::iconlonedoggy: :iconsynconi::iconpoem58:

****Please Note me if you can donate ANYTHING!!! You can still participate!


Let The Light In: Daily Deviations

Sat Jan 12, 2013, 9:27 PM

'Let The Light In (LTLI) is a new  tutorial series from the group Good-Intention that will focus on  the hows and whys of committing good deeds around the deviantART  community. The first article can be found here: LTLI: Art Features

The second edition of this series will focus on the topic of Daily Deviations, and how you can contribute to the community by suggesting them!

What Is A Daily Deviation?
FAQ #61: What is a Daily Deviation?
A Daily Deviation is a one-day feature of artwork from various galleries that is chosen by a Community Volunteer (CV). These are showcased at the bottom of most pages on deviantART, as well as displayed in a chronological archive.

There are many misconceptions regarding Daily Deviations, from users believing they're given away as prizes, or given only to friends and popular users of the community. My aim with this article is to help to shine a light on Daily Deviations, and how you can impact these in your own way.

Who Selects a Daily Deviation?
FAQ #18: Who selects Daily Deviations and how are they chosen?
The above FAQ has an updated list of the current Community Volunteers that choose Daily Deviations. All of these volunteers accept suggestions for Daily Deviations. The real answer to this question, however, is that you have the power to select Daily Deviations, by simply suggesting deviations you feel deserve exposure to the proper CV. While the corresponding Volunteer has the final say on what does and does not get featured, the bulk of DDs are chosen from the suggestions they receive.

How Do I Suggest a Daily Deviation?
1.) Once you've discovered a deviation that you would like to suggest for a Daily Deviation, the first thing you should do is check whether or not they have had previous DDs.  The CVs have a rule that a deviant is not eligible for another DD if they had received one within six months.

To check this, go to the deviant's profile, and type in /dds/ afterward. I suggested a piece by Violetessa, so the URL read:
At the time, she did not have any previous Daily Deviations. If the user does have any, it will show which deviations, and the date it was given.

2.) If they did not receive any previous DDs, or if they received one over six months ago, return to the deviation you wanted to suggest, and check the gallery that it belongs to.

Screen Shot 2013-01-12 at 1.44.30 AM by Kendra-Paige

3.) On the same page, go ahead and copy the Thumb Code from the appropriate box on the right side of the page.

Screen Shot 2013-01-12 at 1.44.12 AM by Kendra-Paige

4.) Since we now know the gallery the deviation belongs to is 'Photography / People & Portraits / Emotive Portraits', I know who to look for to suggest it to, by visiting the Gallery CV list.  On this list, I see that Kaz-D and 3wyl are in charge of the photography galleries that are not taken by the other CVs listed below.  I chose to suggest this piece to Kaz-D.

Screen Shot 2013-01-12 at 1.48.30 AM by Kendra-Paige

5.) Create a Note, or visit the appropriate CV's profile and select 'Send a Note.'  The title of the Note should show that it is a DD Suggestion, and if you'd like to include the specific gallery, feel free.  In the note, I added the Thumb Code, and some formatting to neaten it up. This is just my personal preference, but I've also chosen to include the reason why I feel it should be featured, and let the CV know that the user did not receive any previous DDs.  Most Communtiy Volunteers like to showcase artwork from unseen artists, so this can be a deciding factor for some.

Screen Shot 2013-01-12 at 1.46.40 AM by Kendra-Paige

6.) You'll also notice that my Thumb Code has 'big' in front of it, which makes the thumbnail larger, and gives the CV a bigger image to look at.  This is also preference, but I've shown the difference below, despite the window cutting off some of it in the preview.

Dd1 by Kendra-Paige

7.) It's a big difference. It doesn't hurt to grab the CV's attention, and a larger thumbnail will help to accomplish that.

Dd2 by Kendra-Paige

8.) Make sure everything looks the way you like it to by using the Preview option, and send it on its way!  If you've chosen a piece the CV feels deserves to be featured, then you might just find your suggestion has been chosen, and you've helped an artist gain exposure!

Screen Shot 2013-01-12 at 11.48.39 PM by Kendra-Paige

An Interview Regarding DDs with Kaz-D
Speaking of Kaz-D, she has been gracious enough to participate in an interview for this article, to help shine some light on the subject of Daily Deviations.

What are general aspects of a deviation that you look for when selecting a Daily Deviation?
:bulletblue: Photography, firstly. The piece must be manipulated as little as possible. Then I look for quality, concept, execution and creativity. :)

What advice would you give someone who is new to suggesting DDs?
:bulletblue: Don't just  pick from the most popular pages. Delve deeper and you'll find some fantastic hidden gems. Don't be disheartened if your suggestions aren't  immediately accepted either, we do get a few!

What sort of research do you perform to ensure authenticity of the deviation?
:bulletblue: I run all images suggested through a multiple image checker add on for  firefox. That includes tineye and google images as well as a few other  sites. I check metadata, I check the rest of the artists gallery to ensure the same level of artwork there and I sometimes even ask the  artist.

What is the average amount of DD Suggestions that you receive a day?
:bulletblue: Around 20 - 30 :)

Is there a certain format that you prefer for users to use when sending you a DD Suggestion?
:bulletblue: I love getting notes with explanations! Reasons behind why you want a  piece to get a daily deviation are always welcome. Also so are  thumbcodes :D

Is there anything else you would like to add on the topic of Daily Deviations?
:bulletblue: Daily Deviations aren't prizes, they're not awards. They're features, for one day :)

Daily Deviation: Tips & Tricks
When it comes to suggesting Daily Deviations, here are a few tips and tricks you may want to know.
:bulletblue: You can suggest your own work to be featured, as most of the CVs welcome it.
:bulletblue: Research the CVs previously selected DDs for a better idea of the type of work they like.
:bulletblue: Most CVs will have a journal explaining their own guidelines and preferences for Daily Deviations.
:bulletblue: The DD system does not allow for the same user to be featured more than once within 6 months.
:bulletblue: Be sure your deviation is in the right gallery, because it could prevent you from receiving a DD.
:bulletblue: Users are not informed prior to being featured, it's a complete surprise to them!
:bulletblue: Most Daily Deviations are the result of suggestions, so be sure to contribute your own!

Thank You for Reading!
As always, I very much appreciate those that take the time to read these articles, and I hope you'll have found this useful. A big thanks to Kaz-D for collaborating with me on this tutorial.  If you have any suggestions for a future installment of Let The Light In, then please do leave a comment here!

Please :+fav: to help promote this article! :iconkendra-paige:

Do you ever wonder sometimes...sit, ponder and stare at a photo and can’t figure out why its so remarkable…because no words could explain it, it just really is, when the photographer just nails the composition, the colours and the contrasts...
...and the remarkable lighting?

Photography is the art of painting with light, and light really does create different moods depending on how the artist uses it. I’ve selected a few photos, which may be considered chiaroscuro (some selections have been drawn using a photo as a reference) where light is the main focus, it sets the ambiance and gives a whole new aura to an image.  

Stone Henge II by GreenEyedHarpy  :thumb78667302:  d e r e l i c t by nilgunkara  Seascape VI by BlasphemedSoldier :thumb79900402: Cat by Dragarta 1967 by szuwar rope I. by KeremOkay CBL - Study CXLV by pedroinacio Memories of the past by WiciaQ  290407 by ThierryHuchet :thumb73773532: :thumb72502830: Petey by theCAB On the Eve of Spring by pheelfresh
Oh no, THEY are coming by AnatemaDevice The Stone II by BoholmPhotography Time Train by DREAMCA7CHER  :thumb73515749: Hands - 6 by kelebarapictures :thumb71256626: Come to me by florapudelkova :thumb65668967: smoke by dechobek 133 by mil0u :thumb70813169:
The great below by Violator3 O_O by nasht-01 Play Of Light by h-aniko Mushroom Paradise by SAMLIM  I cry alone... by incredi In The Eye Of The Beast III by neodecay  MOODY by ictenbey life 095 by metindemiralay Badshahi Masjid- by UsmanBaloch  

The shire by Husckarl Precious pearls by ChristineAmat Emotions by AnaViegas flowers of night by julie-rc Voyage by SortvindGoldenTearsII by AnaViegas Apparition by julie-rc The Gallery by arctoa Sunset2 by julilla Blasting Your Eyes by tonyelieh Longji by foureyes Golden explosions by CatchMe-22 Pulling Out The Sun by gilad Eternal by Nicolas-Henri Dream about falling down by bucz .iiii. by hircine Ceasar by theCAB If by theCAB
Behind Your Illusion ll by littlemewhatever :thumb82614294: :thumb82493140: Death Valley by Brettc Parfaitement by favocal W E T :. by estellamestella My Little Garden by jadden :thumb73694205: Tall Oaks by bamako :thumb66858949: Holiday from Real by KsenKAT no problem . . . by mehmeturgut  A Provoking Paradox by Stew-Luvulongtime :thumb79768039: :thumb77446139: :thumb57054467: :thumb74771875: :thumb76155301: Yellow Rose 5. by human-zamboni Crimson II by o-erin-o
:: Blue diamonds :: by Liek sincerely by detail24 Alone I Break. by xMEGALOPOLISx :thumb76351710: Parallel World by EmilieDurand Cosmo Love by Sortvind patience by werol Brackish Waters by wafox A Fiest for the Soul by KsenKAT   Cemlyn II by Photosbykev Stormy Weather by lowapproach My soul by NorbertGal

Light plays an important role not only in photography but in the artistic world and real life.  Without it we'd have no colour, we'd be in complete darkness. Light illuminates, it highlights and creates some magnificent atmospheres.
Hello everyone ! :wave:

It is with great honor that I present to you our newest contest, The Light Source Contest. It is a contest hosted by :iconskyandnatureclub: and co-hosted by :iconfeature-club: and :iconunknown-artists-club:

SkyAndNatureClub's Blog entry

Feature-Club's Blog entry

Unknown-Artists-Club's Blog entry

:bulletblue: About the groups

:iconskyandnatureclub: is a group for all sky and nature lovers ! It's for APN photographers ! It's for anyone who enjoys Nature :heart:  The reason for starting this group is to support all nature photographers, and to show other members the beauty of nature from all around the world! :D

:iconfeature-club: is a community of new and old, seen and unseen artists who just want to share what they have. The group aims at featuring only 5 deviants a day to allow them to be seen by the entire group.

:iconunknown-artists-club: is a group that tries to help unknown artists get more attention here on deviantART.

:bulletblue: About the theme:

This contest is about "Light", and how you best show it in your entry. The "Source" of light could be anything. It could be natural (eg: sunlight), or artificial (eg: lamp). Light could be directed on the object from any angle. Back Lighting is an example.

For the visual media (photography, traditional art, digital art), the objective will be to use a source of light in your work. The objective is not to show us the lamp for example, but to show us how it lightened the work.

As for Literature, the objective is to write about Light.

Your deviation does not have to be nature related. There are a few examples below to show you what we need.

Good Luck ! :w00t:

:bulletblue: Examples:

:bulletblue: Contest Guidelines/Rules: (Very Important!)

:bulletgreen: This Contest is open to everyone worldwide!

:bulletgreen: You MUST be a member of at least ONE of the three groups to be able to submit your entry.

:bulletgreen: The media allowed are Photography, Digital and Traditional arts, and Literature.

:bulletgreen: Mature content deviations are NOT allowed.

:bulletgreen: Every person is allowed to submit ONE entry, to ONE of the three groups only.
(You may not submit both literature and photography for example. Choose one.)

:bulletgreen: Submitting more than one entry will DISQUALIFY all your entries!

:bulletgreen: Your entry MUST be submitted to your gallery either in 2009 or 2010.
(We will not accept any deviation submitted to your gallery before 2009)

:bulletgreen: Online entries only. Hard copies are not accepted at any time.
(Details of entering is written below)

:bulletgreen: If you use stock, please credit the owner. Your entry won't be accepted otherwise.

:bulletgreen: Entrants MUST be at least 13 years old as of the date of their submission.

:bulletgreen: Entries must abide by deviantART Rules.

:bulletgreen: The Contest's Deadline is September 19th at Midnight GMT.

:bulletgreen: Please think carefully before sending an entry! You wont be able to change the entry you submit!

:bulletgreen: Judges have the final word. Deviations will be judged on quality, and use of the theme. Judges will not take notice of aspects such as the number of favorites, comments, popularity, etc. or to pieces that have received a Daily Deviation.

:bulletblue: How to Enter:

:bulletred: You could only submit to ONE of the groups (SkyAndNatureClub Feature-Club Unknown-Artists-Club)

:bulletred: There are 4 folders to submit to. If you are submitting a photograph, then submit it under the "Photography" folder. and so on.

:bulletred: You may only submit to ONE folder, otherwise all your entries will be DISQUALIFIED.
(i.e. Choose one medium only)

:bulletred: Submit your ONE entry to SkyAndNatureClub's folder.


to Feature-Club's folder.


to Unknown-artists-club's folder.

:bulletred: You will not get a message in your correspondence items that you submitted an entry, but don't worry, we will receive your entry. Once you submit, you should get a message that says: "Your submission is being reviewed".

:bulletblue: The Judges

:iconpurpelblur: :icontimberclipse:

:iconuae4u: :iconanoya: :iconmoonbeam13: :iconayame-kenoshi: :icondantastic202: :iconlazdude:

Traditional Art
:iconegil21: :iconhellobaby: :iconsraffa: :iconfourteenthstar:

Digital Art
:iconnorke: :iconyasny-chan: :iconcsnyder: :iconconzpiracy: :iconlokiev:

:iconkaz-d: :icon3wyl: :iconladylincoln:

This list is not final.

:bulletblue: Prizes:

:bulletorange: First Winner: :bulletorange:

:bulletgreen: 1500 points :points:
:bulletgreen: 6 month Premium Membership from dantastic202
:bulletgreen: 3 month Premium Membership from LadyLincoln
:bulletgreen: Stamp or Avatar (winner's choice) from 12knight12
:bulletgreen: A photograph commission from xSakuraSyaoranx
:bulletgreen: A Drawing commission from Lesronheart
:bulletgreen: A Digital Drawing commission from xanadu125
:bulletgreen: A chibi sketch commission from blaze-faerie
:bulletgreen: A Full sketch from Hardrockangel

:bulletorange: Second Winner: :bulletorange:

:bulletgreen: 1100 points :points:
:bulletgreen: Stamp or Avatar (winner's choice) from 12knight12
:bulletgreen: Stamp from TimberClipse
:bulletgreen: A Drawing commission from Lesronheart
:bulletgreen: A Drawing commission from Das-Pfanntom
:bulletgreen: A Digital Drawing commission from xanadu125
:bulletgreen: A pixel avatar character from Hardrockangel
:bulletgreen: A story request from DazzledByNorrington

:bulletorange: Third Winner: :bulletorange:

:bulletgreen: 500 points :points:
:bulletgreen: 3 month Premium Membership from Twins72
:bulletgreen: Stamp or Avatar (winner's choice) from 12knight12
:bulletgreen: A Drawing commission from Lesronheart
:bulletgreen: A Digital Drawing commission from xanadu125
:bulletgreen: A pixel avatar character from Hardrockangel

:bulletorange: All Winners will recieve: :bulletorange:

* Journal Feature by SkyAndNatureClub
* Journal Feature by Wonderful-World
* Journal Feature by Cityscapes-Club
* Journal Feature by Close-Ups
* Journal Feature by NaturPics-club
* Journal Feature by sunsets
* Journal Feature by Photo--Assignment
* Journal Feature by ProjectEarth
* Journal Feature by Scapes-club
* Journal Feature by Shutter-Vision
* Journal Feature by Shutter-Scene
* Journal Feature by The-Big-Cats-Club
* Journal Feature by Abstract--Reality
* Journal Feature by theskyclub
* Journal Feature by Belle-Art
* Journal Feature by PhotographersClub
* Journal Feature by Craftcycle
* Journal Feature by PurpleClub
* Journal Feature by alwaysmotivated
* Journal Feature by Elements--Club
* Journal Feature by ILoveAnimals
* Journal Feature by MountainShots
* Journal Feature by Insect-Lovers-Club
* Journal Feature by ProjectComment
* Journal Feature by Feature-Heaven
* Journal Feature by blue-club
* Journal Feature by DigitallyCreated
* Journal Feature by Feature-Club
* Journal Feature by TimberClipse
* Journal Feature by uae4u
* Journal Feature by Hellobaby
* Journal Feature by Unknown-Artists-Club
* Journal Feature by Lokiev
* Journal Feature by 3wyl
* Journal Feature by eschlehahn
* Journal Feature by alone-maggie
* Journal Feature by xSakuraSyaoranx
* Journal Feature by Kostandina
* Journal Feature by Psi-Psiana
* SitBack Feature by quarterbacker
* Journal Feature by BelleMeansBeautiful
* Journal Feature by butterfly-mayutzu
* Journal Feature by NikolasBrummer
* Journal Feature by Wolfpackwithme
* Journal Feature by Gex78
* Journal Feature by Egil21
* Journal Feature by TheFavouriteShowcase
* Journal Feature by Aspiring-writer16
* Journal Feature by Twins72
* Journal Feature by OmiAna117280
* Journal Feature by Penguinsontoast
* Journal Feature by Elephants995
* Journal Feature by Zwoing
* Journal Feature by Shadow-and-Flame-86
* Journal Feature by VirtuallySane
* Journal Feature by Ciarameow
* Journal Feature by WALKING-GIRL (or news article)
* Journal Feature by That-Feeling
* Journal Feature by GramMoo
* Journal Feature by Jolly-Imp
* Journal Feature by LAPoetry-n-Photo
* Journal Feature by gold-rose
* Journal Feature by FlyingMantaRay
* Journal Feature by Krissi001
* Journal Feature by sillysally3456
* Journal Feature by kerrybushphoto
* Journal Feature by AelizeA
* Journal Feature by HungryxHungryxHippos
* Journal Feature by BillyTheKid-90
* Journal Feature by daisukekuroneko
* Journal Feature by sillysally3456
:bulletgreen: Virtual hug from eschlehahn
:bulletgreen: Virtual hug from Zwoing
:bulletgreen: LLama Badge from dusmo
:bulletgreen: LLama Badge from xSakuraSyaoranx
:bulletgreen: LLama Badge from Lesronheart
:bulletgreen: LLama Badge from Kostandina
:bulletgreen: LLama Badge from Wolfpackwithme
:bulletgreen: LLama Badge from Aspiring-writer16
:bulletgreen: LLama Badge from Elephants995
:bulletgreen: LLama Badge from Zwoing
:bulletgreen: LLama Badge from jasmine111196
:bulletgreen: LLama Badge from Tulla-Morwen
:bulletgreen: LLama Badge from monchito001

:bulletblue: At the end ..

:groups: Please read all rules carefully, and then look for a good entry and submit it ! :w00t: If you find a nice deviation that you think would fit for the contest, please recommend that person to enter the contest :)

:groups: Please let us know if you can give any prize, ANYTHING, even llama badges. It really will mean a lot. Thanks in advance! :heart:

:groups: If you have any question, feel free to contact:

uae4u of SkyAndNatureClub
TimberClipse of Feature-Club
Lokiev of Unknown-Artists-Club

:star: We wish you the best of luck !! :iconcarameldansenplz:

uae4u on behalf of SkyAndNatureClub
:rose: Narmo
:heart: these are some Amazing works that touched my soul ..
please Enjoy :rose:

bcnk III by foart And I Were All Alone by truth--hurts
slide away. by angelcurls Sam 887 by MichalTokarczuk
distance :.. by estellamestella bubbles I by Freeq22
Two by kosmodisk and we'll run to paradise. by gnash-pie
Fragile Flame by DilekGenc Close Up by SilentPain0
:thumb144729241: Out of darkness by Deeevilish
Wild is the Wind by CameraDude the seamstress' daughter by bailey--elizabeth
Stay away from me by DoraLovey leave me alone by vi-ol-et
water colours by meyrembulucek New hair 5 by LoMiTa
Death Note II New World by Sortvind Talk To Me by DREAMCA7CHER
silently screaming by BlueMeadow193 :thumb146774433:
:thumb145798857: Alien meeting by el1as
:thumb146099125: Dont Hate Me by Ageel
II by ucilito the two men. by M0THart
Soft by AlexandraSophie my tired head by kylieGOESggrrrr
Wondering by ds28 Dreaming of.. by ZanaSoul
:thumb146408189: :thumb112428847:
Miss you... by ruuca .:kIrgIn:. by hayal25
discover your fear by EbruSidar miserere by JuliaDunin
Brave - 4 by jsmonzani St. Stephen's Beach I by Jez92
Simplicity by jamielf :thumb147236409:
Sandymount Streets by Yassser84 man in the fog... by reddog54
the boat and the pond by julie-rc Les dessous de la Dame by xavierrey
December by Soyismyhomeboy abortion by movieaddict
Hair by LaMusaTriste Je suis pendue by iNeedChemicalX
Magic Fall by bittersweetvenom
:thumb147234332: enlightened by JuliaDunin
Magie noire... by ChristineAmat - hesitancy - by A-T-I-S
:thumb144148766: Retouching 1 by sympa-inspir

my works :

It's not too late . .. by light-from-Emirates lost in ur eyes . .. by light-from-Emirates
I wonder if I cross ur mind... by light-from-Emirates no Hope . .. by light-from-Emirates