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Okay! It took a little longer than I hoped it would, because I simply had such a hard time calling these shots, but in the end, I had to be honest with myself. ;v;

First of all, I'm going to do all the runners up!
Every single entry had something about it that made it super hard for me to make a call-- and I want to share all the love I couldn't share in the comments, in the interests of keeping relatively neutral!
remember that if you entered at all, you receive a free coloured sketch of one original rookie/child-level digimon, so be sure to get in touch!

RUNNERS UP

Let the Music Fuel Your Fighting Spirit! by alphaofdarkness
alphaofdarkness' entry is such a cute, in-character piece puts a huge smile on my face every time I look at it -- Oremon can be a grump, but it's nice to know that the readers are seeing through his facade enough to get a smile out of the big grumpy goat. >: P I love the expressions and the concept at work here!

Don't Stop Til You Drop (Contest Entry) by Vusby
Vusby's entry has such cute colours and an endearing style but honestly the thing I need to comment on most is that i've had drop pop candy stuck in my head for the past week and i want nothing more than the sweet relief of death and that's all on you.

re:CONTEST Meghan and Oremon by Zweicrusaders
Zweicrusaders' entry is super cute and poppy! I can't explain quite what, but I just love the style they drew Oremon in-- maybe it's those big round shapes on his arms and legs? It's such a cute entry that I just feel really fits Meg and Oremon!


TheArtsyDigimon put forth a really fun, 'free' feeling entry! With a great song to go with it -- that will absolutely be finding its way to one of the later OSTs, mark my words -- I feel like you can tell how much effort the artist put in! (I always have a soft spot when people who don't draw humans very often still try to do it anyway-- it's a problem I have, myself!)

Fight in the ParkNatalie ran until her lungs felt ready to burst, she looked back at her family’s apartment building, bricks torn off the exterior and shingles misshapen and malformed on the roof. The roof where she and Raumon once sat, late nights sitting and doing nothing more than enjoying the other’s company. Her family was safe and content for now, save for no B-Rated movies about giant tentacle monsters.  Now though, now she and Raumon had things to do, strapped in the car they blared their favorite music as they speedily drove around rubble and other hazardous road blocks. She ran her hand through her short red hair and tried to act braver than she was, the music calming her ever so slightly. But nothing calmed her more than her feathered friend’s talon overtop her shaking hand, that had a death grip on the steering wheel. They were partners after all, and even with how busy she had been, he remained her constant rock and best friend.
A screeching stop upon the park where

MalgrimTheMad really impressed me with his written entry-- it's got brisk, snappy action, and I feel it really captures the relationship between Natalie and Raumon spot-on! (Really a shame about the bridge, though...)

:star: THIRD PLACE :star:

And thus receiving:
  • Shaded 'line art' of their original digimon character, from baby to champion (style example)
  • One dynamic, shaded illustration (no/simple bg) of their tamer OC and their digimon partner in rookie form
  • $5 USD OR 500 dA points


...
Is a tie!

:iconrazenx: and :iconsushy00: !
Digimon Re:Contest Entry- NoiseThump. Crinkle. Thump. Crinkle.
“I’mma give you one more chance to shut the fuck up before I throw you down the fucking garbage chute.”
The exasperated, bitter statement was slightly muffled by the pillow into which the twenty-something’s face was currently buried, but the only other inhabitant of the small apartment heard it loud and clear.
THUMP CRINKLE THUMP CRINKLE                                  
“OK! I’ll be up here any time you feel like moving,” came the reply from the talking blue bat who was currently devouring a bag of chips in the noisiest way possible and ignoring her partner’s threat.
Another garbled response from the pillow which sounded like a mix between “fuck you” and “kill you” was the answer.
Xander Neal hadn
sheetpaper by sushy00

I love all the detail work that went into :iconsushy00:'s piece -- all those posters ! -- and there's something to be said for an entry that makes me laugh, which :iconrazenx:'s did more than once! I struggled for a while on which of these two awesome Xander-centric entries to place, and in the end, I couldn't decide-- so both of them get the honor! A little more cost and a bit more effort for me, but I think I can manage.

:star: SECOND PLACE :star:

And thus receiving:
  • Their original (rookie-level only) Digimon and tamer recieve a minor recurring cameo role in Digimon re:CONNECT
  • Shaded 'line art' of their original digimon character, from baby to champion (style example) and tamer
  • One dynamic, shaded illustration (no/simple bg) of their tamer OC and their digimon partner in rookie form
  • $10 USD OR 1000 dA points


:iconawesomebyaccident:
CE: Everything Remains as it Never Was by AwesomebyAccident

In addition to providing me with a killer writing inspiration song, I simply love the concept behind this entry! I feel it really captures the spirit of the characters in a way I can't quite explain without venturing into spoilers, but I think it's appreciate-able even without the fore-knowledge I have.

:star: FIRST PLACE :star:

And thus receiving:
  • Shaded 'line art' of their original digimon character, from baby to mega (style example), and tamer
  • One dynamic, shaded illustration (no/simple bg) of their tamer OC and their digimon partner in champion form (or any lower level)
  • $15 USD OR 1500 dA points
  • Their original (rookie-level only) Digimon and tamer receive a recurring cameo role in re:CONNECT, central to the plot of an upcoming chapter, and making recurring minor appearances afterwards. You'll get a special preview of this chapter before it goes live, and will be granted some degree of control over your character's portrayal!


is... (drumroll, please)

:iconflykiwifly:
Digimon Re:Conn - Beat of Life by FlyKiwiFly
The original Peter-only version of this entry, I already loved for its style and concept, but the full version with the entire main cast-- I've got to give points for the effort that clearly went into this entry! The stylish vector-y background, the characters reacting in subtly different ways, the overall mood of the piece-- it was a really tough call to make, but I have to tip my hat to Kiwi on this one.


I have to give a million thanks to literally everyone who entered-- I got so many more entries than I really expected to, and every single one of them put a big smile on my face!

If you entered, please get in contact with me by sending me a note-- remember, even if you didn't place, you still get a free sketch, so I need to know which of your characters you want me to draw!

Thanks a million-- and if you still want another shot in the future, there will be another contest a bit later down the line! (Not until the mid-30s chapters, I believe, but still, that'll come sooner than I think any of us think...)
Contest entries are now officially closed!

I'll be judging over the next day or two-- the absolutely latest that the announcement will be out should be the eighteenth, but I'm kind of hoping I'll get my ducks in a row to announce the winners tomorrow! Stay tuned!
Just a reminder that the deadline is coming up!
I've gotten three requests for it, so yes-- I'm pushing back the re:CONTEST until the fifteenth of next month!
July 15th, 2017 is the new deadline.

I was starting to worry I'd have to cancel it haha ;^;
digimonreconnect.deviantart.co…

I'm more than happy to give an extension if anyone needs one. :U