PUPPET CONTEST 2011 - THE TIME MACHINE
By submitting your puppet character to the Contest, you accept the following terms and conditions. Please read them carefully.
All entries must be received by 11:59pm, CT (US), Saturday, October 15, 2011.
Each contestant may enter one (1) puppet character. Submissions consist of four (4) to six (6) digital photos of one original puppet, the name of the puppet character and a character description. ALL SUBMISSIONS MUST BE RECEIVED FROM THE CREATOR OF THE PUPPET CHARACTER. NO SECOND OR THIRD PARTY SUBMISSIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED. Entry into this Contest does not guarantee that your Submission will be posted on the Project Puppet website or PuppetContest.com. Project Puppet reserves the right to accept or reject any Submissions. Rejected Submissions will be disqualified from the competition.
You may submit your character to Puppet Contest 2011 - The Time Machine, by clicking on the "Submit Your Character" button at the bottom of this page.
The puppet must be made from one of the Simple Series patterns available from Project Puppet, that is the Glorified Sock Puppet Pattern, the Roly Pattern, the Pinhead Pattern, or the Melonhead Pattern. The basic unaltered head and body patterns should be used as a base or starting point for the character. The Simple Series Alternate Body Pattern may be used to replace the original sleeve-like body of the Simple Series patterns. The arms and hands may be altered or entirely different. The Simple Series Legs and Feet Pattern may be used as well, but is not a requirement. The puppet must be an original character. Feel free to utilize any of the Puppet Building Tutorials available at Project Puppet.
The puppet character must adhere to this year's contest theme. Any Submissions not adhering to the theme may be disqualified from the contest.
A minimum of four (4) but no more than six (6) digital photos of the puppet should be submitted. We recommend taking the photos with the help of a friend, as the photos should be taken from different angles and of different expressions.
Each digital photo should be sized to one of the following dimensions:
- For a horizontal (or landscape) layout, resize your digital photos to 560 pixels X 420 pixels (l X h) with at least a screen resolution (72 dpi).
- For a vertical (or portrait) layout, resize your digital photos to 420 pixels X 560 pixels (l X h) with at least a screen resolution (72 dpi).
Please size all your submitted photos to one of the above layouts. The orientation of all photos submitted must be either horizontal or vertical. Please do not submit a set of pictures that includes both layouts.
The photos submitted should only include the image of your puppet character. Props, sets, or other background puppet characters can be included if you wish but are not required. Photos showing the creator of the puppet or any other person, will be disqualified from the Contest.
For tips on taking photos of your puppet character, please review the information on the Photo Tips page of this website.
A short write-up consisting of one or two paragraphs must be submitted with the photos of the puppet including the puppet's name and a description of the puppet's character or personality. The name and e-mail address of the creator of the puppet must be submitted as well. The creator's first and last name will be listed wherever the Submission is displayed as it pertains to the Contest.
This year's Grand Prize Winner and First Runner-Up will be chosen solely by a panel of judges.
Once the deadline is reached and all entries have been gathered, the judging process begins. A panel of three (3) pre-selected judges will choose the Grand Prize Winner and a First Runner-Up. The judging period will be limited, and will be announced at the start of the judging period.
The judges are - Ed Christie (The Muppet Wiki and Alden Gallery), Jarrod Boutcher of Jarrod Boutcher Puppets, and Norman Schneider of Figurenschneider. The creator's name or other information identifying the creator will not be revealed to the panel of judges. The entries will be judged on (1) technical skill (construction of the puppet), (2) successful character creation (how well the puppet's physical attributes reflect its personality), and (3) general adherence to the Contest's theme.
While the Grand Prize and First Runner-Up Winners will be chosen by our above-named panel of judges, this year Puppet Contest will include a voting round for the Puppet Contest People's Choice Award.
Shortly after the judges choose the Grand Prize and First Runner-Up Winners, ALL qualifying entries will be posted on PuppetContest.com for the public to vote for the Puppet Contest People's Choice Award. The voting period will be limited, and will be announced at the start of the voting period.
During the voting period, all entries will display the creator's photos, the puppet character's name and accompanying description, along with the creator's full name.
Thereafter, the Grand Prize Winner, First Runner-Up and People's Choice Winner will be announced simultaneously on PuppetContest.com.
WINNING & PRIZES
The Grand Prize Winner will receive a $200.00 USD cash prize from Project Puppet. Instructions for claiming the cash prize will be e-mailed to the Grand Prize Winner at the address used when entering the contest.
The First Runner-Up will receive a $100.00 USD credit with Project Puppet. Instructions for using the credit will be e-mailed to the First Runner-Up at the address used when entering the contest. The credit may be applied to any pattern or patterns already existing on the Project Puppet site or may be reserved for future pattern releases.
The People's Choice Winner will receive a $100.00 USD cash prize from Project Puppet. Instructions for claiming the cash prize will be e-mailed to the People's Choice Winner at the address used when entering the contest.
Confirmation of Agreement
Your submission of a puppet character into this Contest confirms that you have read and agree with the Contest Rules. If you are a minor (under 18 years of age) by entering this Contest you state that you have the permission of your parent(s) or guardian(s) to enter the Contest.
Royalty-Free Right to Use
Display of Submissions is entirely under the discretion of Project Puppet. Project Puppet reserves the right to remove any entry at any time from the Contest, and from the Project Puppet website or PuppetContest.com, for any reason. Project Puppet reserves the right to display any Submissions in the Project Puppet Gallery as pertains to the Contest or in any other Project Puppet media.
Each Submission is the property of its respective creator. By entering into this Contest, you agree that Project Puppet has the royalty-free right to reproduce, edit, display, transmit, modify, publish and otherwise make use of Submissions, in whole or in part, in any and all media pertaining to Project Puppet. To ensure the consistency of Project Puppet content in accordance with Project Puppet's reputation, Project Puppet reserves the right to censor, crop, resize, compress, edit, feature, caption, affix logos to, and to otherwise alter or make use of the submitted photos in any Project Puppet media.
By submitting an entry into this Contest, you hereby represent and warrant that the Submission, in whole or in part, does not and shall not infringe on any copyright laws, rights of privacy or publicity of any person.