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Whats the main thing that encourages you to enter contests/challenges? 

122 deviants said The theme
66 deviants said The prizes
9 deviants said The medium
5 deviants said Answers on the back of a postcard
4 deviants said Anybody interested in a new stock use challenge/contest from me? Does anybody care? Is everyone drunk because its a friday?
3 deviants said Something else which I will explain to you in a comment
3 deviants said Oh look Lanny remembered how to make new polls

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Amanda-Kulp Featured By Owner Edited Apr 2, 2019  Student Digital Artist
I find my motivation is the prizes (mainly points) and for inspiration. I often have a stale imagination so I need contest themes to help spark ideas. But I am not ashamed to say a large reason I enter these contests is because of the points. I simply don't have the extra money at this point in my life to purchase points or stock. I rely on these contests to purchase tutorials, stocks, and core membership. 
Samantha-dragon Featured By Owner May 3, 2018  Hobbyist
Time, time, time, theme in combination with medium (if choosen), prizes - in this order :)
MrsSerrano1 Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2017
Elandria Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2017  Professional General Artist
You should have a go, they are great for expanding your skills and broadening your creativity :)
MrsSerrano1 Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2017
I'm really new here and have no idea where to even look for a contest. 
Elandria Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2017  Professional General Artist
Theres lots of groups that do regular contests, best thing to do is get out there and start watching groups and artists in the genre you enjoy working in EG photomanip, also follow your current photomanipulation community volunteer, check out some of these groups:  CRPhotomanipulation ArenaPhotoshop we-HEART-photomanip Stewed-Tomatoes DevNews 

Current community volunteers are listed here communityrelations.deviantart.… photomanip is Gejda - Marta should be able to point you towards more info as I am bound to have missed some!
also check out Lora-Vysotskaya she has a great monthly update list of contests, and theres also an up to date list on her profile too :) 

Hope that helps!
LothrilZul Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
To challenge myself, even if the theme doesn't move me or I don't have enough time. The prizes are sweet, of course.
PirateLotus-Stock Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2017
Probably time, medium, theme, prizes in that order

LualaDy Featured By Owner Edited Sep 30, 2017  Professional Traditional Artist
I like it when it involves collaboration
Like our annual writer + illustration contest at CollaborativeMinds
or the Tandem contest a while ago where I got the awesome experience to mix one of my watercolour textures with a macro picture (wuuuuut???) 

And definitely using stock is something I love. I do use a lot of references for my sketches already. But a lot of the time the stock use challenges are only for photomanipulations and even though sometimes it's open to all media, the stock choices make it so it's difficult for me toproduce something.
I see pegasuswarrior is also interested in drawing from stock, so yay i'm not alone ^^

oh and btw, I prefer small challenges to contests, because it's less stressful, and it's ok it you don't produce a masterpiece. plus the main goal is to have fun in community and improve our art by trying something new!
TrollGirl Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2017  Professional Traditional Artist
Loot and glory!
WDWParksGal Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2017
I would say theme first, then the medium then prizes. If you decide to have a challenge will be happy to promote it at DevNews and other groups I admin :aww:
ConnoRamone Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
The theme and also the medium. I would want it to be open to traditional artists because I like to do traditional drawings. But I like it when other non traditional artists can enter. I like to draw from stock photos.
dragondoodle Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
If I've got the time ^^;
Elandria Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2017  Professional General Artist
lol oh yer I forgot that one XD
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