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Hurry! There's still time for deviant artists to participate in the NVIDIA Speak Visual™: Design Digital contest … now with upgraded prizes worth over $12,000!

Here's what's available to win:

        
  • $6500 in American Express gift cards
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  • Five deviantART Artist's Bags
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  • Five one-year deviantART subscriptions
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  • An all expenses paid trip for two to Austin, Texas, to attend and be featured at the NVIDIA® Speak Visual™ Show to be held during SXSW 2009
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  • An Alienware® Area-51® m15x 15.4" notebook computer


       
  1. Choose from one of five artistic mediums (vector art, fractal art, painting and airbrushing, 3D art, or pixel art)
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  3. Use the 'NVIDIA® claw' and incorporate it into a piece of art that features the theme "Speak Visual™"
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  5. Write a brief description (250 – 500 words) explaining how your art speaks visually

Read below for additional details on how to enter, but remember, time is of the essence!  The Speak Visual™: Design Digital contest ends at 11:59:59 PM (PT) on January 14th.



Vector art produces images through the utilization of mathematical equations to represent geometric forms such as points, curves, polygons and lines.
This abstract variety of digital art uses fractal geometry through the use of algorithms to render spectacular forms which often evoke the realm of fantasy.
Digital painting utilizes traditional painting techniques, such as oil or watercolor, through the digital tools like graphics tablets and stylus pens to create images directly into a computer.
3D art emphasizes the creation of art that scales to the Cartesian coordinates (X,Y,Z) on a 2D digital canvas. Such items include 3D renders from a 3D program, or art where 3D depictions account for the majority of the artwork.
Pixel art makes use of raster graphics software to create images on a pixel-by-pixel level in miniscule detail.


      
  • Full-time deviantART Community Relations, Community Operations, Creative Staff will select Ten (10) semi-finalists for each of the Five (5) categories of digital art specified for this contest for a total of Fifty (50) semi-finalists. On-site popularity will not be a factor in the semi-finalist selection process.
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  • The five (5) finalists and the Grand Prize winner will be selected from the 50 semi-finalists by a judging panel consisting of David Wright, Creative Director, NVIDIA® and Fabio Costa, Cutwater, Creative Director, a creative agency out of San Francisco.
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  • The Grand Prize winner will be selected from the 5 finalists.
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  • The judges' decision will be based on Visual Impact (40%), Originality (20%) Technical Skill (20%) and the "How does my art Speak Visual™" essay component (20%).


NVIDIA® knows that you speak through digital pictures and movies, through the video games you play, and the worlds you create.  The deviantART community brings your digital voices together to be heard across the Internet.  Is it any wonder these two powerhouses have joined together to ask you to share your digital voice with the world?  Help us explore the digital divide, and answer this simple question: What does it mean to Speak Visual™?

There are two components to Speak Visual™: Design Digital
  1. Create a visually stunning entry of any subject matter that features the theme "Speak Visual™".  This entry must incorporate the 'NVIDIA® claw', an abstract digital representation of the NVIDIA® logo, available for download above. The claw does not have to be the featured component, as long as it is integrated into your work.  In fact, we're looking forward to playing "Where's the claw?" with your entries!  Get the NVIDIA® claw here and start working! We are looking for entries that showcase crisp colors and jaw dropping visuals.  Are you up for this challenge?  
  2. However, it doesn't end there. Each submission must also include a short essay explaining how the art "Speaks Visual".  Be compelling!  There is no right or wrong answer; we're simply looking for a wide variety of responses from a vast pool of truly talented artists.



  • We're looking for awe-inspiring entries with visual impact. Your work must be submitted into one of the five contest galleries for consideration.   
  • When submitting your entry, enter your essay (between 250 – 500 words) describing how your art speaks visually into the Artist's Comments section
  • Entries must be completely original; no stock art is allowed for this contest except for the use of the NVIDIA® claw.  All entries must be created specifically for this contest.
  • You can enter as many Works as you want, duplicate entries are allowed (entering the same entry into more than one category) however duplicate entries will only be judged as a winner, if at all, in one category.
  • This contest is open to legal residents of the United States over thirteen (13) years old as of December 23, 2008, and is a registered member of deviantART (paid subscription is not required for entry). The contest is void where prohibited or restricted by law and is subject to all applicable federal, state and local laws and regulations.
  • Contest entries must be entered by 11:59:59pm PST January 14, 2009



Winning Entries
There will be a total of five winners, one selected from each category.

Each of these winners will get:
  • $300 $1300 American Express Gift Cards
  • 1 year deviantART Subscription
  • A brand-new Artist Bag


Best In Show
One of the five winners will be selected as 'Best in Show'. This grand prize winner will have his or her winning piece showcased at the NVIDIA® Speak Visual™ Show to be held during SXSW 2009 in Austin, Texas.  He or she, and a companion, will be flown to Austin, where they will receive a complimentary two-night hotel stay during the event.  The winner will also receive a sweet Alienware® Area-51® m15x 15.4" Notebook Computer!
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:iconkeremgo:
KeremGo Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
oh I see that's another "US only" contest...
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KeremGo Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
wow! I had no idea Nvidia running a contest here. Devious Staff should find a solution for that announcements. Because there's no such thing as "announcement" here. At least for me.
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:iconemiscence:
Emiscence Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2009
:O
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:iconfear-is-spreading:
fear-is-spreading Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2009  Professional General Artist
you had to write a description on how your work speaks visually? does anyone here sense a bit of irony?
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:iconminigunner:
Minigunner Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2009
Lol, Nvidia FTF.
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:iconfoggypebble:
FoggyPebble Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2009
But.. no fair; not everybody with talent is rich enough to get those awesome fractal-building/digi-painting-producing/editting programs, and those who have money/time for those kind of computer programs don't need the prizes as much!
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:iconume345sa:
ume345sa Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2009
cool!!!!!!!!!
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:iconisiacdagraca:
IsiacDaGraca Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
anything yet????
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:iconcrack-montage:
Crack-Montage Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2009   Digital Artist
the categories of art you can submit in a very narrow. shouldn't it just be all of digital art?
all of those except for vector and fractal are derived purely from traditional art anyways, if anything, i think that the submission categories should be limited to digital art that would not exist similarly or in any form if it were not for the concept of digital
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:iconfanficbug:
fanficbug Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:shrug: NVIDIA's contest, NVIDIA's rules.


That being said, this is the first time that I have ever seen fractal art being remotely considered as suitable for a contest--normally drawings, photos, and other representational forms of art get the preference. So kudos to NVIDIA on that one.
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Casperium Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
I am with you on that one.lol.... kudos to nvidia!
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:iconfanficbug:
fanficbug Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Going crazy over here . . . how about you? :lol:

I know I'm probably not going to win, but UGH, the suspense is killing me! :XD:
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:iconcasperium:
Casperium Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
me too! I am so antsy i can't stand it... there are so many great entries, it is hard to predict what the judges are looking for.. you stand a great chance of winning i think..
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fanficbug Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You do too. :lol: Yours is primarily the one that I liked, actually. So if you win I'll be happy for you. :aww: It's a great piece!

I've been antsy since I found out I actually had a chance. :XD: I wish they would just put me out of my misery already!
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:iconcatrina339:
catrina339 Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
waitin waitin waitin ... tick tock tick tock.....
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:icon300pockets:
300pockets Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2009
tick tick tock tock
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:iconcatrina339:
catrina339 Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
lol
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:icon300pockets:
300pockets Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2009
WHO WON?!
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:iconcatrina339:
catrina339 Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
i dunno as far as i can tell nobody yet
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:iconfunnahguy:
funnahguy Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2009
[link] I didn't place
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:iconisiacdagraca:
IsiacDaGraca Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
(12pm)nothing yet?
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:icon300pockets:
300pockets Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2009
When do I find out if I winrar or fail!
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:iconisiacdagraca:
IsiacDaGraca Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
3pm here XD, wheres those winners?
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:iconlaurielefebvre:
LaurieLefebvre Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
You all did great, good luck and keep creating.
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:icondj-sypher:
dj-sypher Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2009
Have the results been released yet, I am interested in who placed. I am not even holding my breath, I am interested in who got first and such :)
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:iconkorr84:
korr84 Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2009   Interface Designer
I dont think they're releasing who won and such until around the 25th.
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:iconmagicswordz:
magicswordz Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2009  Student Digital Artist
GAH! i missed the deadline D:

phail.......................
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:iconcatrina339:
catrina339 Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
grrrrr i wish i had spent more time on my entry there are so many amazing entries out there good luck to everybody
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Seafrai Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Aw man. D:
Now I have to wait until the 25th to see the winners. Time for a reallyreally long week.
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:icondianaacastle:
DianaACastle Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
at least you can see the semi-finalists in the meantime?
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:iconseafrai:
Seafrai Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Nope. Not that I know of. D:!
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:icondianaacastle:
DianaACastle Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Uh, well, I'm pretty sure the favs in ^moonie13 's accounts are the list of semi-finalist because its one of the DA staff's account for handling contests. The entries favorited are the semi-finalists that are picked to be shown to the NVida judges so they can pick the top ones in each category.

Again, I'm not 100% sure but I am %90 because there's a fav section for each big contest DA has had so far, and all of the winners picked for those contests have been in these lists : )

Fav section ---- > [link]
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:iconfanficbug:
fanficbug Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Actually, there was an official announcement. :) [link]
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:iconisiacdagraca:
IsiacDaGraca Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
jeez that long T_T
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:iconseafrai:
Seafrai Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I know. D:
I am going to be dead by then.
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:iconisiacdagraca:
IsiacDaGraca Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
you know, that is a possibility XD
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:iconseafrai:
Seafrai Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It is... >.>
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SCOm1359AP Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2009
AAUUGHH!! Missed it by thirty seconds!
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:iconisiacdagraca:
IsiacDaGraca Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
wow dude...
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:iconmarine84:
Marine84 Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2009
I'm in!! [link]
For some reason I'm nervous. I was nervous just uploading the image. :blushes:
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:iconfanficbug:
fanficbug Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Eh, don't feel bad. :XD: I've been having trouble sleeping and angsting about my entry since I uploaded it a few days ago.
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:iconisiacdagraca:
IsiacDaGraca Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
we all want the laptop dude...
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:iconlaurielefebvre:
LaurieLefebvre Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Nope I wanted the trip
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:iconisiacdagraca:
IsiacDaGraca Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
OH the trip to speak visual, yeah i wanted that too :D. probably gonna be a whole lotta great artists there...
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:iconisiacdagraca:
IsiacDaGraca Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
trip?
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:iconfanficbug:
fanficbug Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:shrug: I'm not actually terribly excited about the laptop, seeing as I already have a top of the line computer. I'm more worried that I'll disgrace myself. =p

Also, not dude, but dudette. :aww:
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:iconisiacdagraca:
IsiacDaGraca Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
:P, well i want it, its better than the one i have...
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:iconfanficbug:
fanficbug Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Good luck, then. :aww:
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:iconisiacdagraca:
IsiacDaGraca Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
yeah pist*(theres way less competition than in the 3d and fractal categories so i have a pretty good chance if i'm lucky to have something(of the two i have) stand out!
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michaelthezombie Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2009
pist* This is an annoying way to suggest you are speaking in an aside.
:ninjastar:
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