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The Last Photograph | a horror contest

Mon Oct 15, 2018, 12:00 AM


The ring by corsuse
Mrs-Durden and I would like to invite you to take part in a horror photography contest with a difference - the goal isn't to take the 'best' photo. The goal is to totally creep us out!

Instead of giving you a theme or a topic, we're giving you a story. The end of the story is the photo you take and submit to the contest.

We encourage you to dig around in the darkest depths of your imagination. If you're awesome at costume creating, monster making and effects make-up, that's great. If you're a super experienced horror photographer, that's great too. BUT...if you're none of those things, that's also great and you have just as much chance of winning!

Also, don't worry if you don't have a fancy camera, because shooting your contest entry on your phone will add to the authenticity of your photo and may work in your favour!

So, without further ado, here's how to take part.



[ the story ]

You're out for a walk on your own and you notice a mobile phone lying at the side of the path. The low battery light is flashing but it still has charge, so it must have been dropped recently. As you pick it up, the screen flickers to life and you see the last photo that was taken with it...the photo is your entry to the contest.



[ the rules ]


The contest begins at 00.01 PST on 15th October 2018 and ends at 23.59 PST on 10th November 2018.

Your entry MUST be created - that means shot, submitted to DA and entered into the contest - during that time.

Your entry should be submitted to the appropriate photography gallery on DeviantArt, whether that's Photography > Horror & Macabre or something else. Please bear in mind this is a photography contest, so any submissions that do not belong in the photography galleries will be disqualified.

Your entry should state in the description that it was created for The Last Photograph contest, with a link to this journal.

To enter the contest, simply leave a comment on this journal with a link or thumbnail for your entry (you can find out how to link to deviations here)

Only one entry per person, please!




[ the prizes ]


1st place

6 months Core membership or equivalent Points

2nd place

3 months Core membership or equivalent Points

3rd place


1 month Core membership or equivalent Points

Participation

YES! There is a prize for taking part in this contest! Providing ALL RULES ARE FOLLOWED, including creating an entry which clearly adheres to the contest's story, each participant will get 100 Points. There is a limit of one entry per person and anyone found to be cheating by using alt accounts will be disqualified, so please be honest.

Winners will be chosen by a panel of judges.



[ inspiration ]


~ PORTAL ~ by PhilipPace
. by invisigoth88
Slenderman by kozyafffka hide and seek by Rubengda
From the dust by NatalieVing
Happy Halloween by PassionAndTheCamera
The ring by corsuse
Demonic Face by Onyx-Philomel
Black embrace by NataliaDrepina
Demonic presence 2 by maarkb
A strange night by Mrs-White
The Act of Darkening by pullingcandy


Skin by Dan Leveille
It's a horror photography contest...even (or especially!) for people who aren't horror photographers! Also, there are awesome prizes including PARTICIPATION POINTS! :excited:

Please read the journal in full for details and instructions :aww:
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:iconbattle-for-the-sun:
Battle-for-the-Sun Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2018   Photographer
I'll catch ya. by Battle-for-the-Sun
Couldn't resist, I mean, who doesn't love "Scream". xD
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:icontanyasimpson:
TanyaSimpson Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2018
Awesome! Thanks for your submission :aww:
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:iconbattle-for-the-sun:
Battle-for-the-Sun Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2018   Photographer
^^
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:iconnikongriffin:
nikongriffin Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2018  Professional Photographer
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:icontanyasimpson:
TanyaSimpson Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2018
Yay! Thanks so much for your awesome submission :excited:
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:iconbattle-for-the-sun:
Battle-for-the-Sun Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2018   Photographer
Hmmmm... How edited can the image be? :confused: For example, a double or triple image overlay and a slightly edited eye and lip, would that kind of thing qualify? xD
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:icontanyasimpson:
TanyaSimpson Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2018
If you'd be comfortable submitting it to the photography gallery on DA, it's all good :aww:
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:iconbattle-for-the-sun:
Battle-for-the-Sun Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2018   Photographer
Well, thankfully, I gave up on this idea anyway, I'll be posting a different photo probably. :D
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:icontokyomoonlight:
TokyoMoonlight Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2018   Traditional Artist
My entry :blush: I hope it's creepy enough. :P

Mature Content

The Last Photograph by TokyoMoonlight
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:icontanyasimpson:
TanyaSimpson Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2018
Awesomeness! Thanks very much for your submission :aww:
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:icontokyomoonlight:
TokyoMoonlight Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2018   Traditional Artist
Ahooooy Matey! It was so much fun! I felt like in the movie The Blair Witch Project. :P
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:iconyukadraws:
YukaDraws Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2018  Student General Artist
My entry
The Last Photograph by YukaDraws  
It seems someone already beat me to the dark forest theme tho Sweating a little... 
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:icontanyasimpson:
TanyaSimpson Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2018
Thanks so much for your submission! I reckon there are probably going to be quite a few dark forest kinda photos and it doesn't matter at all - the important thing is creating something and taking part :hug:
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:icondasghul:
DasGhul Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2018   General Artist
here's mine.

The last Photo by DasGhul
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:iconmrs-durden:
Mrs-Durden Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2018  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you for your entry!
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:icon3y3toy:
3Y3TOY Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2018
Nice and smart use of flash! :clap:
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:iconescargot-aircraft:
Escargot-Aircraft Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2018  Student Digital Artist
Here is my entry. I forgot I had this somewhere...

I hope you like it :)

Last Photograph (Contest entry) by Escargot-Aircraft
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:icontanyasimpson:
TanyaSimpson Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2018
Yay! Thanks so much for your super creepy entry :excited:
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:iconescargot-aircraft:
Escargot-Aircraft Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2018  Student Digital Artist
I´m totally joining. I don´t have a lot of experience with photography but I´ll give it a try
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:iconsinistrosephosphate:
SinistrosePhosphate Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
I wasn't going to say anything earlier... because I wasn't sure if I was going to be allowed into this place to take this photo or not... but now that things have all worked out, I present this to you: 

The Basement by SinistrosePhosphate

This is the basement of the school housing unit that I used to live in. There are other tenants living in there now. But when I saw this contest... this is the first place I thought of. Me and my old housemates used to call it "the Murder Basement". 

... doctors and their horrible sense of humour, hein? ^^;
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:icontanyasimpson:
TanyaSimpson Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2018
I am so jealous of your murder basement! And yay for another contest entry :boogie:
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:iconsinistrosephosphate:
SinistrosePhosphate Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Yay! :w00t: 

Well, it's not -my- Murder Basement anymore. ^^; That part of the training is over so everyone in my year moved out. It's now someone else's murder basement. I am just glad to be able to snag a photo! For... er... the memories. ;) 
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:iconinvisigoth88:
invisigoth88 Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2018   Photographer
Thanks for mentioning me :hug:
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:icontanyasimpson:
TanyaSimpson Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2018
Thanks for making beautiful photos! :hug:
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:icon3y3toy:
3Y3TOY Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2018
Here we goooo! :D

The Last Photograph contest by 3Y3TOY
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:icontanyasimpson:
TanyaSimpson Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2018
Our first submission! :highfive:
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:icon3y3toy:
3Y3TOY Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2018
Hello Tanya,
I don't think i'll win, but I have to told you I will be away from DA for at least a week.
Have a nice day!
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:iconcatman555:
Catman555 Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2018  Hobbyist Writer
Wow! :D
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:icontanyasimpson:
TanyaSimpson Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2018
Hope you're going to take part!
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:iconcatman555:
Catman555 Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2018  Hobbyist Writer
I would love to!
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:iconphilippace:
PhilipPace Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2018  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks for the mention !
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:icontanyasimpson:
TanyaSimpson Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2018
:hug:
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:iconredsterfish:
Redsterfish Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2018  Professional General Artist
Love that topic :D
Very inspiring, I already got some ideas
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:icontanyasimpson:
TanyaSimpson Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2018
I'm really looking forward to being creeped out by the submissions for this :excited:
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:iconmouselemur:
Mouselemur Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2018  Hobbyist Photographer
You guys are coming up with some awesome ideas lately :la:

My mind and imagination sucks when it comes to creating creepy stuff, but I'm going to try and think of something to participate in this awesomeness :dummy:
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:icontanyasimpson:
TanyaSimpson Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2018
Yay! If you're a horror fan, there's some awesome stuff happening on Netflix at the moment that might help with inspiration. I've been scaring myself with the TV all week :aww:
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:iconmouselemur:
Mouselemur Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2018  Hobbyist Photographer
I'm definitely going to go and check that out w00t!

Would it be okay to sort of draw inspiration from a TV show or movie?
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:icontanyasimpson:
TanyaSimpson Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2018
You can be inspired by whatever you like!
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:iconnikongriffin:
nikongriffin Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2018  Professional Photographer
This is cool!
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:icontanyasimpson:
TanyaSimpson Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2018
Thank you :aww: Hope you take part!
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:iconsilverace88:
SilverAce88 Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2018  Professional Photographer
Question: Given the story, is it okay to create a paneled style compilation to show the progression of the story up to that point and leading to the final shot? Or, do you just want the final shot of the story itself?
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:icontanyasimpson:
TanyaSimpson Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2018
Just one photo, as explained in the guidelines :aww:
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:iconmemnalar:
Memnalar Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2018
This is a thing of beauty.
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:icontanyasimpson:
TanyaSimpson Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2018
Thanks :D Hopefully it inspires people to make scary stuff!
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:icontokyomoonlight:
TokyoMoonlight Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2018   Traditional Artist
Love the story behind it :P awesome!
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:icontanyasimpson:
TanyaSimpson Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2018
I'm so excited to see what people create for this! :excited:
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:icontokyomoonlight:
TokyoMoonlight Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2018   Traditional Artist
I think if you're not good with the camera and are great at creativity and imagination it will make the best results. I'm curious to see if a pro will win or a newbie :plotting: I'm voting for the last. =D

That out of focus, blurry effects and dark muddy colors you can make as a newbie will be the best. We will see :dummy:
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:iconserial-painter:
Serial-Painter Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, this seems amazing. I've never tried horror photography before so I guess this will be really fun to try :D
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:icontanyasimpson:
TanyaSimpson Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2018
Yay! Do it! :boogie:
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:iconserial-painter:
Serial-Painter Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
I just need some ideas.
That's the hard part D:
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