Updated FAQ Unframed-Nature 2017 Part 1

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:iconhugpileplz: Welcome (Back) to Unframed-Nature, and
to Our NEWLY Completed Group FAQ for 2017!
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:note: ***If you JUST need QUICK info. about "Submission Limits, Folder Descriptions, other
certain Rules, or ANY other specific group info.", simply scroll DIRECTLY past this first
section on "Introduction and Welcome" TO the SECTION where you should find exactly what
you are looking for! Hope that helps!
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:iconwhiteflowerplz: Introduction and Welcome! :iconwhiteflowerplz:

First, I would like to take a moment to wish ALL of our Admins., Members, Affiliates, & Friends of
our Group, A FANTASTIC YEAR in 2017! :iconnewyear2plz:

If you are a NEW Member, thank you for joining us, and Welcome to our Group! We really hope you will
enjoy our fun-loving Nature group, and our UNIQUE way of doing things!

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And if you've been with us for a while, THANK YOU FOR YOUR INCREDIBLY IMPRESSIVE LOYALTY, and
returning with us for another fabulous year of expressing our love of Nature through our love of ART!
:love: Infact, this past year of 2016, was our Group's 10th ANNIVERSARY!!! :party: 2006 - 2016
:party:

:party: And yes we partied as much as we could with a few games and activities, and little contest or
two, and one BIG ONE! We didn't get to everything planned, but indeed, with the help of a few Admins,
and even MORE Members, we would deem the celebrations of something like YEARS on DA, quite a success!
:thanks: :)

:iconflower-plz: We even have a surprise for YOU all: an Anniversary Stamp for TEN YEARS on dA, to be
unveiled shortly have we are re-open! More about that, when it is introduced. :excited:

Below you will find our: Group's Updated FAQ, General Rules, and Everything you need to know
about Submitting & Folders & Rules!

This News Article here, intends to contain as much as possible about what you need to know,
about Unframed-Nature. It is a TOTAL FAQ Sheet- and as such will contain all
comprehensive info. about Unframed-Nature all in one place.

Note: However, to find something specific, simply scroll to the HEADER that you need! :thanks:

:new: There are just, A FEW CHANGES, within our group, and to our folders, in order to
hopefully address a couple of issues we had during 2016.

Of course it will help if we ALL read the parts that we NEED to know, or REFER to them in the
future, as we really are not expected to remember everything. "WHAT??? We're not?" :XD: This
FAQ SHEET 2017, will be made readily available through out our Group's Site, for Members AND Admins
alike! :heart:

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ALL Administrators will use this FAQ sheet often ourselves, to become very familiar with the Group,
AND to refer MEMBERS to, when they are having questions that can be answered here inside.

:star: If ENGLISH IS NOT YOUR FIRST LANGUAGE, and you do NOT understand something, PLEASE
TELL US BY GROUP NOTE, or COMMENT. MORE than half of our ADMINISTRATORS speak/write in
several other languages! We WILL TRY our VERY BESTS to help!
Our OTHER Languages (Besides
English)
: ( :note: This list may need updating for 2017. )

*Spanish *German *French *Romanian *Bulgarian *Russian *Estonian *Japanese

Help in some of these languages might be more readily available faster than in our other languages.
Thank you for your patience. We are happy to have any of these other languages at all, to attempt to
be of further service to you. :aww:
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:bulletred: In general, PLEASE, NO spam, NO rude/disrespectful comments, to each other, or to Admins.
These will not be tolerated, and most likely, will simply be ignored.

In ANY other case, we are genuinely here to help, to make things easier, clearer, and more efficient!
We are known to be a group, who loves to help!

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:iconwhiteflowerplz: Submission Limits, Folder Descriptions, Folder
Rules
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:note: Please NOTE: For the convenience of all of our Members, AND our Administrators, this
FAQ sheet will be posted inside ALL individual folders.

THE MAIN SUBMISSION LIMIT IS: ONE [ 1 ] Appropriate Nature Work per WEEK, to the Folder
Labeled: :iconpointrightplz: Members, SUBMIT Appropriate Nature Work HERE!
SWEET-ness Icon 04 by Gasara Change for 2017.

:bulletgreen: It MUST be Nature-Related ONLY, or of course it will be declined.
:bulletgreen: It MUST be APPROPRIATE for OUR GROUP- meaning, it must be a work that
WILL fit into one of our available Nature folders, or it WILL be declined! If it is
accidentally accepted, we do reserve the right to remove it later, and we apologize in
advance, but we do work with new Admins., and plus we're all human, and things happen. Thank you
for understanding.


How will you know if it's "APPROPRIATE"?? Familiarize yourself with our Group, AND what Nature
folders are about, BEFORE submitting! :nod: :eyes: SEE BELOW, for descriptions on EACH folder!
:eyes:

You may ALSO take a previous LOOK :eyes: INSIDE of each folder, to get a good idea. We do NOT have
tons of folders to go through, so it won't take too long. :aww:

Your friendly staff, will be moving your work FOR you, to the correct folder, so you don't
even have to be absolutely sure of which folder is the most correct, and it will save you a bit of
time. So it doesn't get any easier than that for you!
;)

:note: EACH of the following FOUR [ 4 ] folders, are considered are the FOUR Main Folders.
They are the ones, the MEMBERS & ADMINS. get to vote on in our Group's Every OTHER Monthly
Event, "The Top Submissions of (whichever two months)" which we've held for a many years by now!


For the other Four [ 4 ] Special folders, it will be your SENIOR TEAM LEADER'S (Founder's) choice.

:iconpointrightplz: Birds, Invertebrates, Aquatic, Reptiles, Amphibians

:bulletred: NO humans present AT ALL, EVER, in any of the works that go into THIS folder!

:note: If there is a work that includes one of these creatures, AND there IS a human hand or face
showing, it will be submitted/moved to: Humans, Architecture, Transportation in NATURE. For
details, read the folder description and rules for that folder.


:pointr: Birds - This means ALL birds, including what is now considered to be domesticated
birds. If they are birds at zoos, or even pets... AND please, :note: REMINDER: Birds in the
SKY, GO TO THIS FOLDER, and NOT the "ALL 'SCAPES" folder. Sorry we have to choose one, so we are
choosing THIS FOLDER.

:bulletred: However, NO submissions allowed with bars or cages in front of ANY birds. Bars
could be behind them, IF they have to be, but we prefer to think of birds as much in their
natural environment as possible. Thank You for understanding.

:pointr: Invertebrates - “Animals without backbones.” This includes 97% of all animals
species. For anyone who ever wanted to know more about Invertebrates, go HERE:
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Inverteb…

Basically these are your living insects and mollusks. So your spiders, worms, butterflies, snails,
and slugs would also go to this folder.

:pointr: Aquatic - All animals of the sea, lakes, and rivers. This can even include the
domestic goldfish and other aquarium fish. BUT for aquarium fish, be sure we do NOT see too much
the aquarium, in order for it to be accepted.
( :note::note: We improved over the year before,
so just a reminder: with Aquatics- they belong HERE, and NO where else. Aquatics will continue to go
to THIS FOLDER. THANKS! )


:pointr: Reptiles & Amphibians - To understand better what these are, or to compare and
contrast these animals, go HERE: www.diffen.com/difference/Amph…

Examples of Amphibians: Frogs, Toads, Newts, Salamanders Examples of Reptiles: Snakes, Lizards,
Crocodiles, Turtles

:note: Again, TRY to keep terrariums out of any photos, as much as possible.

:bulletred: No mythical creatures or fantasy-type animals to be submitted to THIS folder. :note:
IF you do have such a work, please submit it to: Still Life, Conceptual, Crafts, Abstract,
Fantasy NATURE
For details, read the folder description and rules for this folder.


:bulletred: No dead animals, blood, gore, or violence.

:iconpointrightplz: Land Mammals, Wild and Domestic

IMPORTANT: Mammal - Any of various warm-blooded animals of the class Mammalia whose
young feed on milk produced by the mother’s mammary glands. Unlike other vertebrates, mammals have a
diaphragm that separates the heart and lungs from the other internal organs, red blood cells that
lack a nucleus, and usually have hair or fur. All mammals, but the monotremes bear live young.
www.thefreedictionary.com/Mamm… [3rd of 4 definitions.]

Based on the above definition, of what is a Mammal, such animals, wild or domestic, may be submitted
or moved to this folder.

AND please, :note: REMINDER: If there is a Mammal or Mammals in the image, and they are a bit
far away... they STILL go to this folder,

Similarly, :note: REMINDER: Domestic Animals, especially as PETS, GO TO THIS FOLDER,
and NOT the "Humans, Architecture, & Transportation" folder.

Pets can't help, but be in their surroundings provided by their human owners, which may include their
homes inside and out, the ONLY EXCEPTION IS IF A HUMAN IS IN THE PHOTO!!!! THEN, put it in the
"Humans, Architecture, & Transportation" folder.

This reminder is already expressed in this section.

:bulletred: No humans present at all in ANY of the works that go into THIS folder!

:note: If there is a work of such a WILD animal, AND there IS also a human somewhere, it needs to
be submitted to: Humans, Architecture, Transportation in NATURE. For details, read the folder
description and rules for this folder.


THIS folder includes ALL animals that are considered wild, but which are NOT any birds,
invertebrates, aquatic, reptiles, or amphibians as these would be submitted to the folder
would contain those.


These CAN include wild animals in captivity, such as in zoos, AS WELL AS, wild animals actually out
in the wild, however, we would hope to not readily be able to tell by looking at the photo that it
is a wild animal in a captive habitat.


:note: It is VERY important to remember that, either way, the animal is STILL WILD.

:bulletred: NO submissions with bars or cages in FRONT of such animals. They could be behind them, if
they have to be, but we prefer to think of them in their natural environment as much as possible, and
of course we just want to able to see them best! :aww:

:note: If there is a work of such a DOMESTIC mammal, and it IS your PET, such as a cat, dog,
or rabbit, AND there IS also a human face or hand visible, it DOES need to be submitted to:
Humans, Architecture, Transportation in NATURE. But, if it IS your PET, exceptions MAY be
made for its surrounding HOME area, feeding bowls, blankets, etc. as long as these are background
items, and the PET is obviously the focus.
.

:bulletred: No mythical creatures or fantasy-type animals to be submitted to this folder. :note:
IF you do have such a work, please submit it to: Still Life, Conceptual, Crafts, Abstract,
Fantasy NATURE
For details, read the folder description and rules for this folder.


:bulletred: No dead animals, blood, gore, or violence.

:iconpointrightplz: Nature Much Closer

:bulletred: NO humans, architecture, or transportation, AT ALL, in any of the works that go into THIS
folder!

:note: If there is such a work that is focused MOST on the Nature, but has a human, or human hand,
or some man made objects, it needs to be submitted to: Humans, Architecture, Transportation in
NATURE
. For details, read the folder description and rules for this folder.


Think the opposite of "ALL ‘Scapes, and anything that is a close up of Nature, is submitted to
this folder.

:bulletred: NO animals or insects submitted to this folder. :note: If there is an animal or insect
in the submission, please submit to the MOST appropriate of the TWO animal folders.


This folder includes closer ranges to, close-ups OR macros of:

single trees where the shape of the land scape is NOT visible, tree branches, pine cones,
leaves, flowers, blades of grass, rocks, feathers, water drops, nests [without birds], seashells,
etc.

:note: Water is allowed as long as it is NOT a waterSCAPE. It MUST be a close up. :note:
Water drops are allowed as long as they appear to be natural, and appear to be in a natural
setting.


However, in the following examples: If any food colouring is used, or the colours are changed to be a
colour other than the colour of water, it becomes a Conceptual or Abstract piece, since the water is
no longer natural looking, and it will NOT belong to this folder.

:note: Such work will be submitted to: Still Life, Conceptual, Crafts, Abstract, Fantasy
NATURE
For details, read the folder description and rules for this folder.


We do NOT want to see manmade containers that this might be experimented in, appearing in the image
being submitted. If it LOOKS natural, it WILL be submitted.

A water drop that was sprayed on a flower did not get there naturally, but since the water is natural
and looks natural on the flower it WOULD be submitted.

Water drops in bowls, where the bowl is visible, or on top of CD’s or other distracting manmade
objects will NOT be accepted to this folder.

:note: Anything where you are creating or using water drops to express a concept or idea about
Nature, PLEASE submit to: Still Life, Conceptual, Crafts, Abstract, Fantasy Nature For
details, read the folder description and rules for this folder.
er :bulletred: No blood, gore, or
violence.

:iconpointrightplz: ALL 'Scapes

This folder seems pretty self-explanatory! :)

:bulletred: No humans, architecture, or transportation, AT ALL, in any of the works that go
into THIS folder! NO EXCEPTIONS!

:note: If there is such a work that is focused MOST on the Nature, but has a human or two, or a
house or barn or two, or a car or boat, or a statue, or monument, or any kind of bridge, or a bench,
or paved streets, or some other man made item, it needs to be submitted to: Humans, Architecture,
Transportation in NATURE
. But for details, read the folder description and rules for this
folder.


This folder includes ALL 'Scapes of Sky, Water, and Land. It includes sunrises and sets. It includes
forest scenes with tree-scapes, too.

:note: Close-Ups of a Single Tree should be submitted to: Nature Much Closer. For details,
read the folder description and rules for this folder.


:note: If there is ANY animal in the submission, please submit to the most appropriate of the TWO
animal folders.

:note: If you are submitting a whole "Cityscape" or "Skyline" be sure that it is NATURE you
are trying to share, in such an image, and that it focuses MOST on Nature- such as the sky or water,
or both. And if so, then it would go to Humans, Architecture, Transportation in NATURE. But
for details, read the folder description and rules for this folder.

:note: DIRT paths ARE okay to this folder. PAVED roads are NOT. PAVED roads MUST go to: Humans,
Architecture, Transportation in NATURE
.

:note: Parks for tree-scapes, MIGHT be possible, IF you can AVOID buildings and statues and
monuments, and park benches.

Otherwise, if it is has these Urban items at all, it needs to be submitted to: Humans,
Architecture, Transportation in NATURE
. But for details, read the folder description and rules
for this folder.

:bulletred: NO mythical, magical, or fantasy-type scenes to be submitted to this folder. :note: IF
you do have such a work, please submit it to: Still Life, Conceptual, Crafts, Abstract, Fantasy
Nature
For details, read the folder description and rules for this folder.


:bulletred: No blood, gore, or violence.

:iconpointrightplz: Animals for Adoption and Animal Welfare

:bulletred: NO humans, architecture, or transportation, AT ALL, in any of the works that go into THIS
folder!

This special folder is for any work showing animals that are currently up for adoption at a humane
society, at the time the work is submitted. For photos or traditional or digital work of such animals
to be accepted here,

:bulletgreen: It is preferred to have a functioning link, Or at least complete info., to or
about the actual humane society, animal shelter, pound, foster care group, or other type of animal
facility, where the animal is up for adoption, and/or receiving care, in the ARTIST COMMENTS of the
image.

In most of the cases, these animals will be cats or dogs, but NOT always!

There are cases where rabbits, horses, chickens, ferrets, goats, and MORE, have found their way to
such animal facilities due to a wide variety of reasons.

:note: This folder is also for any animal work, that seeks to raise any funds FOR donating TO the
needy animals that currently live at such a facility, while waiting for a forever home with a loving
person or family.

:bulletgreen: But again for ANY such work, It is preferred to have a functioning link, Or at
least complete info. about animal shelter, pound, foster care group, or other type of animal
facility, where such donated funds are going, in the ARTIST COMMENTS of the image.

:note: Additionally, this folder is also for any work that seeks to promote the adoption of animals,
in general, from the above TYPES of facilities. Such works MAY include stamps, posters, and
literature pieces!

:pointr: You may ALSO, submit any work that promotes the spaying and neutering of such animals, which
is actually beneficial for MANY reasons, but for ONE- it helps control the the overpopulation of
these unwanted animals, not to mention it is usually required from these adoption animal facilities,
when they enter, and definitely before they get adopted.

:bulletred: Do NOT submit any work advertising animals, such as baby animals, where the owner
is intentionally breeding them for profit, or supplying them to stores to sell for profit.

:note: Sometimes, nowadays, stores like PetSmart receive animals from humane societies and certain
foster care groups, that they partner with, in order to help with the adoption process, and to
alleviate problems of space at the animal facilities. This can be a very beneficial program of
partnership, because it can increase the chances of adoption for many animals, who have not had
anyone show interest in them at the animal facility.

IF this is the case, the ARTIST COMMENTS must be able to reflect this.

:note: It is VERY MUCH preferred that any work showing animals up for adoption, show
them with NO wires or bars of the enclosures in front of them. It is just TOO difficult to
really see these lovely animals with the front part of the enclosures in front of their faces.

It is MORE understandable and acceptable if you can see part of their enclosure behind them or on the
side, but we do NOT need to see the front of the enclosure in front of their faces, to know they are
available for adoption through an animal facility.


In some facilities, there are certain rooms or areas where cats are allowed to roam quite freely.

Also in some facilities, a volunteer or an employee might be available to assist you, if you want to
have the door of a cat enclosure open, in order to photograph them without the wires or bars in the
way.

Additionally, a volunteer or an employee might be available to help you by taking a dog to a
designated outside play area for a photo.

All you can do is ask. :)

If all else fails and all you have is a photo of an animal available for adoption with the enclosures
in front of them... be VERY sure it is at least focused on the animal.

Some artists actually draw, paint, or do digital artwork of animals in need of adoption! We
would love to see these works, too! :nod:

This folder is about helping animals in need of adoption, promoting the idea of responsible adoption,
animals receiving medical care before they are adoptable, the spaying and neutering of these animals,
responsible pet ownership, and the humane treatment of animals in general.

Photos of stray cats and dogs, or other domestic mammals of unknown owners, including feral cats
belong to the folder
: Land Mammals, Wild and Domestic,

A feral cat, may be "wild" due to the lack of human care and interaction from his or her own
individual beginning, but they come from the species of cats which were domesticated by humans
thousands of years ago, by now.

IMPORTANT EXCEPTIONS to the Above: If your intent in your ARTIST COMMENTS speaks to Animal
Welfare, and the lack of care, humane treatment, and lack of spaying and neutering- certain things
which have led to the situation which has led the animal to become stray or feral, then it CAN belong
to this folder!

An animal or pet that already has an owner, belongs to: Land Mammals, Wild or Domestic or in
some cases to: Birds, Invertebrates, Aquatic, Reptiles, Amphibians

:note: If you do update your image later, when the animal has been adopted, that's okay! The image
will stay in the folder. Works from this folder will be periodically featured with "The Top Subs..."
News Articles, for the dual purpose of sharing the artwork itself, AND for reasons to inform
and spread awareness.


:note: Any work is welcome here that speaks to the treatment of Animals and their Welfare, in an
informative way!

:bulletred: No dead animals, blood, gore, or violence.

:iconpointrightplz: Endangered Species- Environmental Issues

We at Unframed-Nature absolutely LOVE nature, especially the beauty of nature. And because we
love the beauty of nature, so much, we are also very much interested in protecting that beauty, and
helping to preserve it, including the protection of our endangered species!

This special folder is for work that brings to our attention issues and problems that adversely
affect nature, and therefore all of life, plants and animals. It is for work that seeks to be
informative and spread awareness about what threatens Nature, and our natural resources, in general.

:heart: :earth::earth::earth: :heart:

:bulletred: No humans, architecture, or transportation, AT ALL, in any of the works
that go into THIS folder! ( :note: Unless, it IS something that is clearly part of
illustrating concerns regarding "Environmental Issues!" )

This special folder is for any work that depicts an animal, or plant species, that is
specifically considered ENDANGERED, and you are submitting it for the purpose of spreading
awareness and information. It would further help if you have stated something accordingly, in the
ARTIST COMMENTS of the submission.

Besides photography, traditional or digital work, of such animals or plants themselves, we would LOVE
other images and literature that reflect issues concerning clean air, clean water, recycling, growing
organically, global warming and climate change, rainforest preservation, urban sprawl, toxins, and
etc., the environmental issues that are important to YOU.

Submissions could easily include: stamps, posters, and literature on the subject of Endangered
Species or Environmental Issues!

The purpose of this folder is to spread awareness about Endangered Species and Environmental Issues,
and possibly inform viewers in general, about how they can help! We would like the work in this
folder to inspire anyone who sees it!

The artist submitting work to this folder, must be knowledgeable and know, for example, if the animal
or animals within their deviation, IS, in fact "endangered".

For a complete list of animals and one of plants, which is each compiled of lists from several
governments and agencies, AND updated DAILY, go to: <a wytiwyg="1" <br=""></a>href="www.earthsendangered.com/list.…">Earth Endangered-ANIMALS, and <a wytiwyg="1" <br=""></a>href="www.earthsendangered.com/plant…">Earth Endangered-PLANTS.

The above links can be used as a helpful resource and reference for both our Admins., AND Members.

:note: This folder is for helping to spread knowledge so we want to make sure that work contained
here is about species that ARE endangered, or about the subject in general.


:bulletred: Works solely about animals/species which are already extinct- such as prehistoric art, go
to: Still Life, Conceptual, Crafts, Abstract, Fantasy Nature. For details, read the
folder description and rules for this folder.

Since we also welcome Environmental work to this folder to help spread the news of what problems our
planet faces, and ways we can be a part of the solution.

Here are TWO lists of Environmental Issues:
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_… and
www.globalissues.org/issue/168…

:note: To be accepted to this folder, the work needs to have an obvious clear message about the
protection of Earth and Nature, and the promotion of Earth's wellbeing. If it's not readily obvious
by the submission itself, the message must be stated in the ARTIST COMMENTS of the submission.

:note: Works from this folder will be periodically featured with "The Top Subs..." News Articles, for
the dual purpose of sharing the artwork itself, AND for reasons to inform and spread
awareness.


:bulletred: We will NOT accept work that is volatile, or that expresses violence, including
profanity, in any part of the work. While many of these issues can make us compassionate Artists,
feel incredibly passionate to the point of anger, be sure the submission is MUCH MORE about the ISSUE
and/or the SOLUTION... and LESS about ranting and raving.

:bulletred: No dead animals, blood, gore, or violence.

:iconpointrightplz: Humans, Architecture, Transportation in NATURE

HERE is the folder for ANY Nature work that MIGHT also contain a human being or two, or
a house or barn or two, or a car or boat, or a statue, or monument, or a bridge, or a bench, or paved
streets, or some other man made item.

:note: However, it is VERY IMPORTANT to understand that the submission MUST still be
about and focused on NATURE! The intent of the submission is about NATURE!
Think of it
like this: It just so happens that there is a human or something man-made as part of it,
but it is a small part.


:bulletred: Examples of what NOT to submit: If your intent is to actually share a
PORTRAIT of your child, and they are the MAIN focus, front and center, it would be declined. But, if
there is a child in a landscape holding a flower, or playing with leaves, and they are interacting
with Nature, it is okay.

Similarly, a couple of people on the beach is okay, but if ALL we can see is a crowded GROUP of
people, it would be declined.

If you want to show an airplane or car, and it takes up the WHOLE image, it would be declined, but if
it is a small part of the image, where we see mostly sky or mostly trees, this would be okay.

Similarly, if a boat is front and center and takes up most of the image, and we can barely see the
water, it would be declined. But if the boat is just PART of the waterscape, and we can see LOTS of
the water, this would be okay.

If it is a CLOSE-UP of a JUST a park bench, it would be declined. But a park bench as PART of the
'Scape, and we can see lots of trees, etc., this would be okay.

If the whole intent and focus is on a statue or monument, it would be declined. But if the statue or
monument is simply part of the 'Scape, and we can see lots of trees or land, this would be okay.

A WHOLE City-Scape, is NOT acceptable for this group. If it is about the city, and the image is
mostly the city, it is just NOT appropriate for our group. A couple of buildings far away okay, IF we
can mostly see land or water, and sky formations.

:note: I hope this helps! :fingerscrossed:

So, basically if such items are simply a PART of the NATURE-themed submission, it would be
accepted.

NATURE MUST still be the focus of this folder, because it is the focus of this GROUP! :D

:note: Similarly, if there is a human HAND, holding a puppy, or flower, it would be submitted to THIS
folder. If it is an image of a person WITH their pet, it would be submitted to THIS folder.

:note: Works from this folder will be periodically featured with "The Top Subs..." News Articles.

:bulletred: No dead animals, blood, gore, or violence.

:iconpointrightplz: Still Life, Conceptual, Crafts, Abstract, Fantasy NATURE

(The reason why "Crafts" is underlined *here* is because, there has never been space to fit it in the
title of the gallery folder itself- but it is just as welcome, as the others.)

This special folder includes other ways to be creative in different ways, when expressing NATURE
artistically!

Still Life NATURE

NATURE depicted in still life, such as vases of flowers, and other artistic arrangements of nature,
like pumpkins, fruits, nuts, pinecones, shells, etc.

:note: In still life, it is understood that there is a setting, such as a vase, bowl, a table top,
a window sill or a step, etc., that is housing the presentation. Submissions of such still life
showing the setting is okay, but should be minimal. We still want to see the nature, first and
foremost! :aww: It is also understood that it is purely the Nature itself, that is the intention, in
such work.


Most often, the artist would categorize such work under Still Life.

Conceptual NATURE

Images of work which express a certain idea or concept ABOUT Nature, where certain special materials
are used to to share something very specific about Nature. It is the intent to bring some IDEA across
about Nature.

:note: Be sure the concept of NATURE is somehow obvious. More often, the work would be
categorized under Conceptual.

Crafts of NATURE

Any craft work that YOU, yourself, have created by hand, and represents NATURE in some way,
would fit well in this folder.

:note: It must be obviously about nature, for it to be accepted. For example: homemade
bowls with trees painted on them, animals sculpting, nature-themed quilt, or a necklace that has an
animal pendant.


Abstract NATURE

These are works completely about NATURE, where the view of what is real is bent or departed from.

:note: As Administrators interpreting an image, it may not be readily understood as an expression
about Nature. In order to accept it, the TITLE or even a description in the ARTIST COMMENTS of such a
work should be descriptive of the NATURE that the work seeks to represent.


More often, the work would be categorized under Abstract.

Fantasy NATURE

This is for artwork that depicts something about NATURE through magical, supernatural types of
themes. Or themes about animals depicted that no longer exist, like dinosaurs and other prehistoric
creatures.

:note: They could include mythical or magical creatures, as long as they are OF nature... such as
fairies, or a humanistic beings, fantastical animals, or extinct creatures, interacting within
Nature, and that the WHOLE piece does speak to NATURE!


More often, the work would be categorized under Fantasy.

:note: Works from this folder will be periodically featured with "The Top Subs..." News Articles.

:bulletred: No dead animals, blood, gore, or violence.

:note: OTHER TYPES OF FOLDERS

:iconpointrightplz: Featured News and Journals

THE TYPE OF NEWS AND JOURNALS ACCEPTED: :bulletgreen: HIGH-QUALITY NATURE-RELATED
JOURNALS
:bulletgreen: ANY news or journals that contain causes related to nature and
animals. :bulletgreen: ANY news or journals that supports other positive, helpful, or
compassionate events or causes. In other words, it does NOT have to be nature-related, but we as a
nature group, would support other happenings in news, that would be considered kind, good, and
helpful, in some way, humanity-wise, too. :bulletgreen: ANY news or journals containing
contests or projects related to ANY of the above! :bulletgreen: ANY news or journals
with helpful tools or tips, on how to DO something on dA-- such as tutorials! We will look for any
such WONDERFUL NEWS and JOURNALS!
:heart:

WHAT NOT TO SUBMIT: :bulletred: Highly personal news- journals which are mainly only
about your personal life. :bulletred: Negative news- such as public gossip about other deviants, or a
lot of complaining in general. etc., Simply NOT what we're looking for. :bulletred: Mature Content,
or anything that would be considered dark, as in blood, gore, or violence, for the sake of promoting
such things themselves.

:note: News about subjects like Medical discoveries or ANTI-Violence WOULD definitely be
considered.
:bulletred: A random feature of work, with no explanation of the intent or purpose
for which inspired you to make such a collection.
That would be a basic journal feature, and we
would only be submitting high quality news, which would need to have an obvious meaning and theme.

Remember... HIGH QUALITY, and positive, helpful, news! ENJOY! :love:

(Admins., while still in the Spirit of following these same rules, may have a bit more lee-way, with
number of journals submitted, and various subjects as long as there's something positive to share!
:nod: )

:iconpointrightplz: Group DONORS' Folder

This folder is reserved specially for our Members and Admins. who have donated, continue to donate,
and newly donate ANY amount of points to our Group.

Depending upon the amount of points donated, each donor of points gets a certain number of works
REQUESTED to this folder, [ 10 :points: or more] and with those SAME works, they are thanked with a
feature in the next appropriate Group Journal. Even donating LESS than 20 :points: each donor is
mentioned and thanked in the next appropriate Group Journal.

:la: However, regardless of the amount donated, ANY DONOR MAY SUBMIT TWO [ 2 ]
appropriate works per WEEK, to this folder!
:aww: :heart: :thanks:

What is submitted to this folder must follow ALL of the other rules of this Group, meaning must be
ANY work, that could likewise also fit into any of the other Nature Folders! :aww:

For the detailed information on this subject, feel free to read the Journal at:
Unframed-Nature-PTS

:points: Thank You All Very Much:iconbigpointsplz: WELCOME to UNFRAMED-NATURE'S POINTS POOL :iconbigpointsplz:
FIRST off, we at Unframed-Nature would like to thank you in advance for every - single - point  that you donate!
We absolutely understand the value of each and every point, and we need you to know this, AND, how much you are appreciated for your generous donation, of whatever amount you donate! 
:love:
Our Group, Unframed-Nature is an old, large and still very active and talented Group, with a SUPER Administrative Team, and an OUTSTANDING Membership, full of truly supportive Members who seem to really care about the Group, everything that we strive to do, and our many activities.
:iconspreadmoreloveplz:
:heart: Because of her "age" we DO want to pay a lovely kind of attention to her, and take extra good care of her, too. ;)  But it's true! :heart:
To understand more about our Group, please feel FREE to visit us at:
:points:

:bulletred: If you have not ever donated points, this folder is not yours to submit to. If you submit
to this folder anyway, your work will be declined. Please submit to the folder labeled: Members,
SUBMIT Appropriate Nature Work HERE!


:star: We have Admins. keeping a list of our donors. If you are a brand NEW donor, give us a bit time
for your devname to be updated on our, before you will have your full access to this folder. If you
do submit, and we do ask you about it, just tell us that you have recently donated, and we will
double-check on it! Thank you for understanding! :aww:

:note: Remember: Many of the works from this folder, will be moved to the FEATURED
FOLDER
. THEN from here they eventually receive a :+fav: from the account at:
Unframed-Nature-PTS :iconunframed-nature-pts: and then they will appear on that account's
profile page in the Featured Box called: "Random Favourites".

:rose: Thank you to ALL who have ever donated, and thank you in advance to those who donate in the
future! :rose:

We couldn't do everything we do, without YOU!

:iconshinyheartplz:

:iconpointrightplz: FEATURED FOLDER

This folder is reserved for Admin. use only.

The FEATURED FOLDER is used for:

:heart: The Art that is voted with "the slightly more votes" that we see at the top of each
folder section featured in the :new: (NOW)- QUARTERLY TOP SUBMISSIONS News Article, as voted
on by the MEMBERS who vote on the folders, each quarterly term.

:heart: The Art that is featured out of :new: (NOW)- QUARTERLY TOP SUBMISSIONS News Article.

:heart: Much of the Art from the Group Donors' Folder, that is chosen and COPIED by a SENIOR
TEAM LEADER- in COMMITTEES. (aka one of your Founders.)

:heart: The Art that wins in any of our Contests or Monthly Theme Challenges.

:note: Additionally, every piece of work that makes it into the Featured Folder, in one of the ways
described above, will receive a :+fav: from our :points: Points Account: Unframed-Nature-PTS
:iconunframed-nature-pts: and as a result, will appear on that account's profile page in the Featured
Box called: "Random Favourites".
:iconcatlaplz:

Arrow left by Drawn-Mario PART 2:

Updated FAQ Unframed-Nature PART 2    
PART 1:

    
Continuing with other folders that we will sometimes see, as opposed to Part 1, that contains ALL of our Folders.
:iconpointrightplz: Monthly Theme Folder
We will hold Monthly Theme Challenges, Several Months during the year. They may last anywhere from
4-6 weeks. None should run during the time of a BIG CONTEST.
Themes are NOT considered FULL Contests. They could be considered Mini-Contests, or
Challenges.
Most of the time, winners will be offered point prizes, though smaller in amount compared to our
TWO BIG CONTESTS per year and featured by at least our own group. Though sometimes, we DO get
offers from other groups, AND individuals willing to feature the Winners of these events! :aww:
The purpose is to find a theme, where artists of a wide variety of media can participate
TOGETHER.
It is meant to prompt and motivate us to feel


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bergunty's avatar
Thank you for updating Tea - it's certainly cleared up a few things (I know you were worried about having to FAQ down every concern...looks like you have them covered so far!)

Just a note regarding the links in "Endangered Species" they look a bit broken. I opened up the Edit screen but I can't work out why they are broken....the brackets look closed to me? Copied below:
<a wytiwyg="1" wytiwyg="1" <br=""></a>href="www.earthsendangered.com/list.…">Earth Endangered-ANIMALS, and <a wytiwyg="1" wytiwyg="1" <br=""></a>href="www.earthsendangered.com/plant…">Earth Endangered-PLANTS.