Monday, October 31, 2011


'Black Shirt', Misprint Thursday's 3rd and final piece entered to the UWA 3D Open Art Challenge completed a collection of awards for herself as she took the L$10,000 1st Prize for the October Round after finishing 3rd & 2nd in previous previously. It was a close win over Blue Tsuki's heartfelt creation 'In Dreams' which won L$7,500. Harter Fall's protest piece, 99% took 3rd Prize, as well as the Pirats Prize and 2nd Prize for the People's Choice, winning L$11,000 in all. It is only the 4th Non-Scripted work to go through to the overall Grand Finale of the 59 that will feature. The biggest winner in L$ terms were RazorZ & Olga Soulstar, whose work, 'The Wild, Wild World of Illusion' won the People's Choice, The CARP Prize & the SL Art Prize (L$12,500 overall) and a spot in the Grand Finale. A 3-Way-Tie resulted in the Non-Scripted category with Secret Rage's 'Used Pieces', Silene Christen's 'Revolt of the Mannequins' and Rebeca Bashly's 'Small Piece of Hell...' all going through to the Grand Finale. Hl'adanie by Corcosman Voom won the Curator's Choice Award.  This was the final monthly round, and it moves into the Grand Finale Phase across the month of November with the Grand Finale (and the announcement of the winner of the 1st prize of L$100,000) happening from 6am slt on Sunday the 11th of December. The will also be a People's Choice Winner for the Grand Finale. All of SL are invited to send your personal top 10 favourites from the works that qualified for the Grand Finale to Jayjay Zifanwe & FreeWee Ling.

Apmel on the October Round
Nordan Art Blog
LNL Blog 
Temi Sirbu on October PART IPART II, PART III, PART IV
More from Apmel Goosson Blog on October announcements


Complete photo archive of all 99 October entries will be published here:

1st Prize:  (L$10,000)
project Z Prize: (L$5,000)
BLACK SHIRT by Misprint Thursday 

"The quantity and quality of work in the final round is overwhelming.  I feel fortunate to have been selected  and part of such a creative community.  Thank you. I'm in shock thank you!" Misprint Thursday
2nd Prize : ( L$7,500)
IN DREAMS by Blue Tsuki

"UWA has been one of the best and most generous resources for artists to display their work and become involved in the SL art community. Jayjay and Freewee have been the driving forces behind that and I marvel at their tenacity to herd all these cats! As always it is a pleasure working with them  and participating at UWA. I am so surprised and honored to have won this prize!" Blue Tsuki

3rd Prize: (L$5,000)
Pirats Prize: (L$5,000)
People's Choice Award, 2nd Prize: (L$1,000)
99% by Harter Fall

 "Thanks all so much for the prizes. I am overwhelmed by so much appreciation. Thanks to the jurors to vote for a political piece and to Freewee and Jayjay for 2 years of their outstanding work for art and culture." Harter Fall

Best Non-Scripted Prize (3-WAY TIE) : (@L$2,000)

USED PIECES by Secret Rage

"Winning is not everything...but it is very nice to be appreciated by your means so much and especially with this being the last month of the competition...thank you ao much for this award and for the experience!!" Secret Rage

SMALL PIECE OF HELL, The Suicide Forest Infested by Harpias by Rebeca Bashly

UTSA Prize: (L$5,000)

"I came to participate in the last ceremony for the monthly art challenge just to say good-bye. Didn't know I was on the list of winners. It's a great surprise, and a great sadness combined, that the Art Challenge is at an end. It brought artists together... not an easy task in SL. Thank you for your amazing work! What an honor to receive an award from UTSA. Hearing that they will soon be leaving SL, I recently went with a friend to say our good-byes to their art sim of inspiring installations. I wish this were rumor. My deep thanks to UTSA, and the UWA Art Challenge for having brought artists in SL together." Haveit Neox
CARP Prize: (L$5,000)
SL Art Prize: (L$5,000)
People's Choice Award, 1st Prize: (L$2,500)
THE WILD WILD WORLD OF ILLUSION by RazorZ  & Olga Soulstar  

"Amazed,  thanks for the support from everyone.  I have really enjoyed building & creating Art in sl, and UWA has been the best inspiration for me to explore new ideas & learn from others with more experience.   I keep my fingers crossed for its future & pay respect.   To win any prize here is a great achievement for me as I have to work extra long & hard to raise my work to the overall level of quality that I seen here each month throughout 2011.   Some very late nights & painful struggles, but in the end I know it is worth it & becomes very satisfying  when a piece is complete, other people are enjoying it & one receives nice compliments.

That particluar piece took a month or so to complete, and was inspired by a Wagon building tutorial a friend gave me, & also, another piece of Art from UWA around May time, called, The Getaway."

Odyssey Prize: (L$5,000)
AERO 1 by Simotron Aquila
"It's such an onour for me to receive this prize, I'm at the beginning, lots to learn here... so, many many thx to people voted and supported me, to Odyssey for the recognition, and also, to Man Michinaga and Flora Nordenskiold to let me show what I've created! Finally, thx to UWA staff for the great work done and the support to SL artists" Simotron Aquila

Nordan Art Prize: (L$5,000)
SMALL PIECE OF HELL, The Suicide Forest Infested by Harpias by Rebeca Bashly

BOSL Prize: (L$5,000)

 "This BOSL Prize is very  much appreciated, my thanks to Frolic & Edi for their confidence in my work. Always feel like the win is the enjoyment  of creation that precedes any piece hitting the UWA floor, having said so and with feet firmly planted on the ground,   it's still a buzz for the extra recognition. My thanks also to Jayjay Zifanwe & FreeWee Ling, you two have invested a massive amount into the Second Life Arts Community via UWA and between that and your amazing temperament wrangling Artists you have my utmost respect." Eliza Wierwight

S&S Gallery OFA Prize (L$5,000)

"I always  like  to  do something  connected  with  the sea  and  the graceful  movement   of  teh surfer  in the  wave  and  I  hope  i've  captured  this  in  Within the waves  so  I'm   very  pleased  to have  won  this prize Thankyou to  The  Dove  and  her panel  :))"  Nish Mip
Tornado Gallery (L$5,000)

"A big thank you for your interest in my work, it was a very difficult month, many matches and always great work , I am pleased to have participated in this last challenge UWA. My build is quite different from what I usually do but I'm glad to see that this style (a little more colorful, lol) also pleases. Thanks again : )" Anley Piers
The Workhouse & Art place d-oo-b Prize (L$5,000)

"I'm no artist and have no idea about art. In RL I have never really taken an interest in art, other than my namesake Leon Botha, who died earlier this year. I have always been a little creative though and SL has given me a medium in which to express this. I make stuff and I enjoy it, if others like it then it's a bonus. I don't know much about art but I know crap when I see it. For the longest time in SL I was in search of "art" galleries/sims/exhibitions in SL, all of which seemed somewhat disappointing, made up mostly of uninspired twisty prims and textures. Then one day I found UWA and my cravings were fulfilled, a rich and thriving art environment full of what I consider the best examples of art and it's in SL. I've been coming back ever since and I'm always pleasantly surprised by the volume and variety of new creations.  I would like to give half (of my prize) to my own favourite piece by London Junkers called "Waiting for Theberge". I really really liked it. The rest of the prize I will divide between my friends in SL who have more use for it than me. A big thankyou to everyone who liked my work, and thanks to UWA." Gfresh Botha

Phi Designs Prize (L$5,000)
BIG WINTER by Miso Susanowa

"Thank you; this was completely unexpected. I am glad I got to enter this piece, and more glad and grateful for the opportunity the UWA 3D Challenge has given me over the years to see so many works by others; to meet them, make friends and discuss art. The Monthly Challenge was a spur to creatitivy for myself and many. Thank you Jayjay, Quadrapop and FreeWee for all your hard work and dedication and to the University of Western Australia for providing the seed ground where so much art grew." Miso Susanowa
Curator's Choice Award (L$5,000):
HL'ADANIE by Corcosman Voom

"Thank you so much. FreeWee, for awarding the Curator's Choice prize for Hl'adanie.. UWA's art challenge has been a wonderful experience over the last two years and a big part of that is all the work put in by FreeWee Ling as curator. I am very grateful to have been able to participate in the challenge during the last two years. Thank you to everyone involved in the art challenge, Jayjay and UWA for making it happen, FreeWee Ling and quadrapop Lane for curating, and all the panelists and sponsors who made this such a vital and exciting event."
Corcosman Voom

For anyone interested in seeing the full text of the announcement by Jayjay Zifanwe, delivered from 6am slt on SUNDAY,30th October, it is reproduced as follows:

Greetings everyone, and welcome to the University of Western Australia, or UWA as she is known and also welcome to the OCTOBER round announcement of winners and party for the UWA 3D Open Art Challenge. As is tradition at UWA, I would like to acknowledge that the University is situated on Nyoongar land and that the Nyoongar people remain the spiritual and cultural custodians of their land and continue to uphold their values, languages, beliefs and knowledge.

This is the 12th and last of 12 monthly rounds for the UWA 3D Open Art Challenge.  Following this will be the Grand Finale across the month of November, the the Grand Prize winner being announced from 6am slt on Sunday the 11th of December at the UWA-BOSL Grand Amphitheatre!

The first thing I would like to do is to thank and acknowledge the major art houses and groups in Second Life that are part of this Grand Collaboration. These include The University of Texas San Antonio (UTSA) led by Dr Carmen Fies, SL Art led by Gleman Jun & Sunset Quinnel, CARP led by Josina Burgess & Velazquez Bonetto, Pirats Art Network led by  Merlina Rokocoko & Newbab Zsigmond, Odyssey led by Fau Ferdinand, Jo Ellsmere & Lizsolo Mathilde,  BOSL led by Frolic Mills and Editorial Clarity, Nordan Art led by Flora Nordanskiold, S&S Gallery of Fine Art led by TheDove Rhode, The Workhouse Gallery led by Astarte Haalan, Art Place d-oo-b led by Eifachfilm Vacirca, The Tornado Gallery led by Taralyn Gravois, project Z led by Zachh Cale and UWA with Professor Ted Snell, Chair of the Visual Arts Board of the Australia Council for the Arts as Chair of the UWA judging panel.

UWA would also like to acknowledge fellow sponsors, MidnightRain Glas, Philip Vought, Patch Thibaud and Aino Baar of Open This End. And also TheDove Rhode who has kindly stepped in to be a Grand Finale sponsor as well.

A record 99 entries were received for the OCTOBER round, covering every inch of  this sim-wide 'Living Gallery'! As always, I love seeing new artists (to the UWA Challenges), and in the OCTOBER round we welcomed   briarwinde Magic, Asperix Asp, Bloo Ansar, Dudi, Ha Imako, Leigh Quartz, Lilia Artis, London Junkers, Lovely Huntress, Lucignolo, Luna Metamorphia, Nima Benoir, Pol baxton, Sea Mizin, Simotron Aquila, ytu Shan, Ush Underwood, vasiliki Decosta, Vixen Quandry  and Zeno ochs (fredx).

We have been through 24 amazing  monthly rounds since all this started in August 2009 and more than 400 artists have been involved with more than 1,700 artworks being part of the UWA 3D Art & Design Challenge and the current UWA 3D Open Art Challenge.

This L$1,415,000 challenge has seen more than L$100,000 being distributed each month, and today won't be any different with the Grand Prize winner on the 11th of December L$100,000. The many contributions coming in from everyone through the little donations receiver have this year been put towards special prizes, including the Curator's Choice Award. Anything received after today will go to the Grand Finale pool.

It is important to me to also acknowledge everyone who did contribute over the month towards prizes across the year and the Grand Finale. Thank you paleillussion, Eliza Wierwight, Arrow Inglewood, Milly Sharple, Gumby Roffo, Holala Alter, Armany Thursday, Mouehane Sandalwood, Hypatia Pickens, Ruby Miggins, EdwardIV Beaumont, Lanna Beningbrough, Sanadee Darkstone, Thoth Jantzen, Emsi Zobovic and Soundsmith Kamachi.

As always I acknowledge the international connections made through SL, and up to now, the various challenges have seen artists, builders and machinimatographers hailing from Greece, India,  Colombia, Poland, Norway, South Africa, Sweden, Ukraine, Taiwan, Hungary, Latvia, Russia, Venezuela,  Belgium, Mexico, Wales, Canada, the USA, the UK, Uruguay, Scotland,England, Spain, Switzerland, Italy, France, Brazil, Argentina, Chile, Denmark,  Holland, Ireland, Northern Ireland, Portugal, Austria, Cuba, Serbia, Tunisia, Germany, Japan, New Zealand and Australia. More than 40 nations with 6 of the 7 continents of the world represented..... but try as we may, we failed to get a representative from Antarctica!

At this point I would like for all of you to help me acknowledge the amazing work required to keep all of this going. Curator of the UWA 3D Open Art Challenge & Creator of this gallery .......  FreeWee Ling.

Do check out the amazing photo galleries she has put together over the months

As always many things happened since the last announcements.

We had the amazing Pia Klaar produce a sublime winners Machinima for the September round:

And we have the brilliant Bert Jedburgh to bring us home with the October winners machinima! completing the journey started by Iono Allen in the original UWA 3D Art & Design Challenge series.

The amazing artworks have provided the perfect material for the L$300,000  MachininUWA IV: Art of the Artists. The most recent submissions for this have come from Persephone Requiem & Daki Aries, with NicoleX Moonwall submitting a jaw dropping 16 machinima each based on a different artwork! The total number of entries now stands at 54, eclipsing the 50 we had from machinimUWA III.  The challenge here is to create a machinima that features some (or one) of the artworks submitted to the UWA 3D Open Art Challenge. You can choose to film as many (or as few) as you like, and you may submit any number of entries. The theme is wide open, only the subject matter is fixed in that it must have been exhibited at some point for the UWA 3D Open Art Challenge. This is a tribute to all of you, the wonderful 3D artists who have created all the masterful works that surround you now. Under a fortnight remaining before the 10th of November closing date, so do encourage any colleagues of yours who create machinima to work with you and your creations.

Also, the UWA 3D Open Art Challenge Gallery has been the venue for part of a 2nd Year Humanities and Culture Course, "In Other Worlds: Art and Artists in 3D Multi-User Environments" at York University, Toronto, Canada. Rasaec (RL: Lecturer C.Steele), is teaching the course to 30 students through December. UWA have been and will be assisting York University by serving as a conduit between the students and artists.  I knwo some of the students have already contacted a number of you, and I hope to receive the assignments they write.

UWA students also had a joint class with studenmts from the University of Geneva. It was the first time students from Australia and Swiss universities were working on a single project using SL. Here they had to complete an activity that was set in Virtual Dublin, and this activity was created by UWA's award winning lecturer, A/Professor Wade Halvorson. many of you assisted with this. I thank you for it.

In something extremely satisfying for myself personally, 2 fully referreed conference publications on aspects of Second Life I had been co-author of were accepted for publication. One for the 2011 Ascilite Conference in Hobart, Tasmania, which was a collaborative paper between 28 Australian universities,  the other paper being accepted to the 22nd Annual Conference of the Australasian Association for Engineering Education in Fremantle in December

Additionally, both FreeWee Ling and I had separate papers accepted for the proceedings of the 10th International Scientific and Practical Conference at Moscow State University of Economics, Statistics and Informatics (MESI),

On the 1st of October we also kicked off both the LEA FULL SIM ART SERIES and the UWA SKY SIM SERIES with Rebeca Bashly's 'Inferno' and & jjccc Coronet's Art. The will both be there till midnight SLT 31st October. So just about one day and a bit left. if you havent seen them, you have missed something incredible. In particular, I have not seen an art installation that has had the amount of publicity and machinima created about it than rebeca bashly's Inferno. Its all linked on the following. Please save the link and check them out.

Also following on from this, the LEA FULL SIM ART SERIES for November will see Tyrehl Byk's Catharsis, which is an immersive, 24 minute adventure ride into the curious, the irreverent, through the sublime, and back out the other side. Using a specially scripted theater, Byk takes control of the audience's cameras and synchronizes a sequence of scenes that rely heavily, but not exclusively on the use of particle effects to interpret a musical track including compositions in a variety of styles from contemporary to classical.

The LEA Blog & UWA Blog will have more details as they come in.

The UWA SKY SIM ART SERIES will see RazorZ take over from jjccc Coronet. The links between these 2 exist is other spheres as well, as jjccc shot a very nice machinima of RazorZ's Wild West October entry to this challenge.

Now a little bit on the Grand Finale and how it works. Again the grand finale will be from 6am slt Sunday 11th December. 59 artworks have been shortlisted for the Grand finale based on them finishing in the top 3 each month OR if they won more than one group prize in any given month. For the Non-Scripted 24 artworks have been shortlisted. As usual there is a large judging panel, and 1st prize overall will get L$100,000,  L$75,000 (2nd), L$50,000 (3rd), L$20,000 (4th), L$10,000 (5th) and L$5,000 each for 6th - 10th. For Non-Scripted it is L$15,000 for 1st, followed by L$10,000 (2nd), L$5,000 (3rd), L$3,000 (4th), L$2,000 (5th) and L$1,000 each for 6th - 10th. There will also be a People's Choice Award. For the people's choice, detailed NC's with locations of artworks are being finalized and will be sent to all. Basically what we will ask you to do is to send in a top 10 in order for both the overall, and for the non-scripted on a NC to both myself and FreeWee. So it won't be voting at the artwork itself. You are asked to set out your own choice for the top 10 on a NC.

I have explained previously, this October Round is the  final monthly round of the art challenges at UWA.  Monthly art challenges at UWA have come to a close. HOWEVER, this DOES NOT mean that its the end of art at UWA. The art gallery will remain, and revert to how galleries normally operate, and FreeWee Ling will continue as curator.

The only thing ending is MONTHLY art challenges. There will be a major art challenge probably in the middle of 2012, and MachinimUWA V will also be run in 2012. Both will have a theme and will be relatively open but loosely tied to UWA's centenary in RL as she is 100 years old. So everything remains the same at UWA, Teaching, Research, Architecture and Art in general. The only change will be that there will no longer be a monthly art challenge.


I would like to acknowledge the members of the UWA judging panel. On the panel were:
1. Professor Ted Snell (RL) - Director, Cultural Precinct, The University of Western Australia
2. Raphaella Nightfire (SL) -  Snr Writer Best of SL Magazine, Owner Sanctorum Gallery
3. Len Zuks (RL) - Award Winning West Australian Sculpturist 
4. FreeWee Ling (SL) - Curator, UWA 3D Open Art Challenge
5. Laetitia Wilson (RL) - Assistant Professor, School of Architecture, Landscape and Visual Arts, UWA
6. Lyn DiCiero (RL) - Editor, WA Artist's Chronicle
7. Julia Alessandrini - Curator (Public and Academic Programs), Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery & UWA Museums
8. And data entry clerk  ...... Yours Truly

Those who followed procedings last year would know that for the Grand Finale, the panel expands to include many SL Art personalities, and for this new challenge, the expanded panel will include:

1. Sasun Steinbeck  -  Creator of the Art Galleries of SL list at
2. Tayzia Abattoir (SL) Owner of  The Oldest Virtual World Art Museum in SL, curator of the Aho Museum & Arts Simulacra on the NMC Campus and Relay For LIfe of SL Event Chair
3. Lumiere Noir (SL) - Creator of the Ivory Tower Library of Primitives
4. Dr. Phylis Johnson (RL) - Media  Professor, Southern Illinois Uinversity, Author - Machinima: Aesthetics and Practice (a.k.a, Sonicity Fitzroy, SL Virtual Journalist)
5. Rowan Derryth (SL) - Art & Design Historian; Writer for Prim Perfect Publications
6. Persia Bravin (SL) -   Journalist and Media Producer (SL newspapers, magazines, radio and television)
7  Dr Carmen Fies (RL) - Second Life Lead: University of Texas San Antonio & UTSA Artspace
8. Apollo Manga (SL) - Writer & Novelist
9.  Jordan Whitt (SL) - Editor in Chief, ICON Lifestyle Magazine
10. Mariposa Upshaw (SL) - Curator - Ventura Art & Jardine; Officer, Arts Council of Second Life
11. Saffia Widdershins (SL) - Owner and Editor of Prim Perfect Publications
12. Phillip Vought (SL) - Art Philanthropist & Founding Patron of UWA-BOSL Amphitheatre
13. Bohemian Ghost (SL) - Art Philanthropist & Owner of Summerland Estates
14. Ally Aeon (SL) - Founder Aeonia Artist Group, creator/owner of the art region Aeonia
15.  Aino Baar (SL) - Owner of the Open This End Group
16. Apmel Goosson - Scandinavian Author/Publisher

Now for the winners. The winners will be announced in 1 minute intervals. We invite everyone to comment and congratulate the winners and for the winners to respond before the next announcement (and if they could please use the SHOUT function).  Also prizes will be given immediately following the announcements, so if you have won, please do stay till the end of the announcements.

First the People's Choice Awards. For this, I always start off by thanking GeeJAnn Blackadder, who created this wonderful voting system for us.  Its been working a treat since being set up, and greatly assists in the running of the People's Choice!

The People's Choice Award, where all of SL is invited to vote, carries a 1st ($L2,500) and a 2nd prize ($L1,000).  More than a 1,000 votes/points were split across the the artworks

For the PEOPLE'S CHOICE AWARD, 2nd prize (L$1,000) goes to:
99% by Harter Fall

AND, in a close battle, the winner of the OCTOBER PEOPLE'S CHOICE AWARD (L$2,500) is:
THE WILD WILD WORLD OF ILLUSION by RazorZ  & Olga Soulstar   
Very strong in the voting for the People's Choice Award (and in no particular order) were:
Unplugged by Dudi, In Dreams by Blue Tsuki, Mirrow Worlds by Fae Varriale, Mourning Goya by London Junkers, The Fly-By-Night Eggs by Kobuk Farshore, The Kachinas by Fiona Blaylock, History of Falls by Anley Piers and Waiting for Theberge by London Junkers.

TWELVE Art Group Prizes of L$5,000 each have been awarded by the various judging panels for the OCTOBER Round of the UWA 3D Open Art Challenge:

The Odyssey Prize (L$5,000) with a panel led by Fau Ferdinand, Joe Ellsmere & Lizsolo Mathilde goes to
AERO 1 by Simotron Aquila

The CARP Prize (L$5,000) whose focus is on scripting with a panel led by Velasquez Bonnetto & Josina Burgess goes to:

Said the panel, "The CARP Prizeis  for best use of script and originality. It was again difficult because there were several works with a nice use of scripts. Idea (concept),  artform, scripting,  and possibilities of the script was for CARP a great joy to watch. CARP gives the prize to Razorz & Olga for their work with humor, interaction and build quality . .."

The SL Art Prize (L$5,000) with a panel led by Gleman Jun & Sunset Quinnell goes to:

2 group awards for RazorZ and Olga, means this work is the first one through to the Grand Finale for the October Round!

The UTSA Prize (L$5,000) with a panel led by Dr Carmen Fies goes to:

haveit almost didnt submit this, as he was preparing for the LEA FULL SIM ART Series, but in the final week decided to send in a preview, and good thing he did!

Next the joint Workhouse & Art Place d-o-o-b Prize (L$5,000) with a panel led by Astarte Haalan and Elfachfilm Vacirca goes to:

In discussing this work, the judges explained, "Both for great artistic merit and in a spirit of solidarity with the various Occupy movements in SL and around the world, Art Place d-oo-b and the Workhouse Gallery select I Got 99 Problems and the Rich Ain’t One, by Gfresh Botha, for their October award. Only our lackadaisical press corps could miss the irony of the title, as a giant fist shatters the US Bill of Rights and replaces it with a projection of the source of so much conflict, the Almighty Dollar. Like greed and envy, the dollar glows a putrid green, hanging above us, ominous, wraith-like in its haunting power. We agree—the rich are not the problem. But the concentration of wealth and power in the few, and the trampling of our rights and freedoms, the disregard of our security and well-being is. Keep your lousy dollar. We want our world back."

Don't you just love Eifa's descriptions. They deserve an award in and of themselves.

The BOSL Prize (L$5,000) with a panel led by Frolic Mills & Editorial Clarity goes to:

The Nordan Art Prize (L$5,000) with a panel led by Flora Nordenskiold goes to:
SMALL PIECE OF HELL, The Suicide Forest Infested by Harpias by Rebeca Bashly

Commenting on the work, the panel said, "This work is part of larger work named Inferno, which in turn is based on the first part of Dante Alighieri’s Fourteenth-Century poem, the Divine Comedy. The suicide forest is part of the seventh circle (Violence). The Suicide Forest Infested by Harpias consists of trees and two figures. Textures, shapes and composition are outstanding. The trees are gray and barren; their trunks firmly positioned in the ground and branches stretching to the sides like spears. The figures are gray as well; rib cages pronounced, birdlike legs and feet, feminine frozen faces and large wings. Watching this scene, one is overcome by the dread and beauty of it. There is a sense of having become part of a movie or perhaps a painting. Rebeca's work stands out to Nordan Art because she utilizes the highest level of craftmanship to express emotion and with it captures a sense of melancholy beauty, so rare. ."

The Pirats Prize: (L$5,000) with a panel led by Merlina Rokocoko & Newbab Zsigmond goes to:
99% by Harter Fall

The Tornado Gallery Prize (L$5,000) with a panel led by Taralyn Gravois goes to:

The S&S Gallery OFA Prize (L$5,000) with a panel led by TheDove Rhode goes to:

Commenting on the work, the panel shared, "...something from a time of warm days and warm rays... rising up and moving forward... smiling along the way.... with careful balance, and a of mind full of expections ...  nerves steady and eyes forward..  I stood and held a moment of splenor... the wall of blue... seas thunder ...  Like a moment in time, once again I see the beauty..."

The project Z Prize (L$5,000) with a panel led by Zachh Cale goes to:
BLACK SHIRT by Misprint Thursday

The Phi Designs Prize (L$5,000) with a panel led by Ginger Alsop goes to:
BIG WINTER by Miso Susanowa

The Phi Designs panel had a difficult time with submissions this month because the quality made it very difficult to judge.  14 submissions were considered for the award, and  the following 2 where also ranked very highly, "Flight to freedom" by Fae Varriale and "The Machine" by Cherry Manga.

Said one of the panel, "As a resident of Canada, there is a reality of the harshess of winter that those in warmer climates may appreciate but don't really understand.  I could have been in that situation.  It hits you when a piece reminds of you of what could have been.  For me there was a coldness ... not in temperature, but in the desolation of what it meant.  I felt sorry for a figure who seemed abandoned.  It released a lot of emotion and nearly brought me to tears.  For me that's what good art is.  It's not the piece itself, but the what the piece says to you.  To me, 'Big Winter' was 1st, nothing else really moved me the same way."

Next, the Curator's Choice award is chosen by FreeWee Ling:

The OCTOBER Curator's Choice Award (L$5,000) goes to:
HL'ADANIE by Corcosman Voom

In FreeWee's words::
Corcosman is one of those artists who never fail to intrigue me. His pieces often not obvious, They may seem simple at first glance, but if you take the time to really study them, you will often find there is much depth of thought behind them. I was curious about the title of this piece, so through some arcane Google searching I finally discovered that it is a Slovak word that means "search" or "seek". I couldn't just leave it at that, so I talked to the artist,  I learned that this is a metaphorical piece -- the complex insect-like figure emerges from a simple prim base in a quest for understanding, the very literal apple being the archetypal symbol of the desire for knowledge, ... I'm glad I asked :)

Now for the Best Non-Scripted entry. The OCTOBER round had any number of works that could have taken first prize. The panel however had a responsibility to select a winner from this amazing collection of art, as the winner goes straight to the Grand Finale. And so, the OCTOBER winner of the Best Non-Scripted Entry is:

USED PIECES by Secret Rage

Remember I said the panel had a responsibility to select a winner? Well, we completely shirked our responsibility, but only due to the quality of the works. We have a joint winner for the Non-Scripted. And so,  the OCTOBER winner of the Best Non-Scripted Entry ALSO is:


BUT WAIT! The responsibility shirking was complete in that we have a 3-WAY TIE for the Best Non-Scripted Artwork prize. And this to complete the list, the OCTOBER winner for the Non-Scripted Category is:

SMALL PIECE OF HELL, The Suicide Forest Infested by Harpias by Rebeca Bashly

Each work will receive L$2,000 (which is a little more than a straight split of the L$5,000 allocated for the Non-Scripted Prize)
Now for the top 3 Prizes.  All of these works also go straight to the Grand Finale round. It's no fun at all choosing 3 works out of 99 from such a high quality round. We however did manage to get through the top 3 without any ties.

3rd Prize (L$5,000) for the UWA 3D Open Art Challenge  fo OCTOBER goes to:

99% by Harter Fall

If  I'm not mistaken its only the 4th time a non-scripted piece has finished in the top 3.  Was touch and go between this piece and the 2nd place winner.

Moving on, 2nd Prize (L$7,500) for the UWA 3D Open Art Challenge for OCTOBER is:

IN DREAMS by Blue Tsuki

A brilliant artwork that inspired Sophia Yates to create a machinima about it within 24 hours of it being set up at the UWA Gallery.

Now to the winner of the UWA 3D Open Art Challenge for OCTOBER, following in the footsteps of past champions Snubnose Genopeak, Glyph Graves,  Atomic Gaffer, Fuschia Nightfire/Flivelwitz Alsop, Julez Odigaunt, FreeWee Ling, Bryn Oh, Nish Mip, Josina Burgess, Cherry Manga, Igor Ballyhoo, Suzanne Graves, Lea Supermarine/Jarapanda Snook, Ginger Alsop, Gleman Jun, Dusty Canning, L1aura Loire, Emilin Nakamori, Artistide Despres and paleillusion.

The final month adds a new name to that illustrious list! It is with great pleasure that we announce that the Winner of 1st Prize (L$10,000) for the UWA 3D Open Art Challenge for OCTOBER 2011 is:

BLACK SHIRT - Misprint Thursday   

This completes a remarkable sequence for Misprint, as her first piece this year won 3rd, her 2nd piece finished 2nd, and her final piece taking 1st at the final monthly round at UWA!

If anyone wants an NC with the full results, please IM myself or FreeWee Ling

Congratulations to all the winners and a big thank you to all the artists who have entered the UWA 3D Open Art Challenge across the year. We are officially receiving machinima for 10 days and a bit, and it closes on the 10th of November. If you are a machinimatographer, we hope to see some works from you, if your colleagues are machinimatographers, do work with them to showcase your work and those of others! Also, do remember the date for the grand finale round, which is 6am slt Sunday 11th December.

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