To be blunt, cecause I think the judges on DA have been awful at doing their job appropriately given the circumstances, I have judged the Onmyoji Fan Art Contest myself. Keep reading if you want to know more!
1) They could not have won 1st, 2nd, or 3rd of any past DA official contests. Semi-finalists are fine!
2) Style, genre, expressions, emotional impact, how unique it is, and color usage MATTER. If you have a blank face, I'm over it. It officially isn't worth it - emotion is everything. Blank faces are stupid, they leave you feeling empty, and the fact that DA chooses so many of that crap is unforgivable and stupid. DON'T. DO. IT. Make me feel something!
3) A lot of people did the same character. So, I will be narrowing it down to different characters. However, more than one of the same character will be chosen because sometimes, quality is just not up to par.