MachinimaUWA III WINNERS

**PRESS RELEASE**

GRAND PRIZE WINNER of  MachinimUWA III (JOINT) (@L$85,000):
JOURNEY INTO THE METAVERSE by Tutsy Navarathna
JURONEY by Eric Boccara of the Netherlands

“Wow, what an honor and a pleasure to have my work selected from this group of astoundingly impressive submissions!  Many thanks to the University of Western Australia for its pioneering support of 3D artists and budding “machinimatographers,” as together we give birth to this new and exciting art form. Word will spread and the rest of the world will become aware of us soon, no doubt! I would like to specially thank the now-famous Jayjay Zifanwe. Without his vision and enthusiasm, none of this would be possible. And of course, my profound gratitude to all of the 3D artists and builders of Second Life, for their generosity in giving me access to their work, rather than insulating themselves with copyright concerns. I am moved by this display of artistic solidarity and freedom of expression. Special thanks to Blotto Epsilon, for the Spencer Museum of Art, and to SuzeLaRousse Milo, for Risk City.” Tutsy Navarathna

“Its an honor to win this award. I honestly did not see it coming, as while my Machinima had flashy graphics
detailed animations, and all the good things graphics wise. It didn’t have much of a story.
There were Machinimas out in this contest with such a deep story, that i actually wondered if i would stand a chance against it. But to my suprise i won, alongside with the talented tutsy. And guess what. I’l be back for UWA4!” Eric Boccara

Peter Greenaway MachinimUWA III Prize (L$60,000)
RUSTED GEARS by Bryn Oh

“I am honoured to have won this award from Mr. Peter Greenaway.  It is remarkable that a man of his stature would come forward to support the machinima arts. His presence and willingness to engage in dialogue is greatly appreciated.  It helps to illustrate that the critics of this new frontier in art are merely short sighted, as we know most critics are at the beginning of anything which challenges their dominance of understanding.  We are currently in the Salon des Refusés and may we always remain there.” Bryn Oh

3rd prize for MachinimUWA III (L$50,000)
UNPLUGGED by Al Peretz (Alfonso Kohn) of Miami Florida

MachinimUWA III Special Award for JOURNEY AND MACHINIMA ADAPTATION (L$37,150):
THE EGG by Animatechnica Umbarundu

“I am turly honored to be recognized tihs in wonderful celebration of art” Animatechnica Umbarundu

MachinimUWA III Special Award for ‘FEEL’ & MUSIC (L$37,150) :
BAKERMAN’S JOURNEY by Arrow Inglewood

MachinimUWA III Special Award for IMAGERY (L$37,150):
BEGINNING OF KNOWLEDGE AND OF SORROW by Laslopantomik Yao

“Special recognition for Cat Carfagno as she was my right hand in making our little piece posible.
Also special recognition for the great deep australian voice of Talesin Llanfair.  I am amazed how could we ever win such a prize (MachinimUWA III Special Award for IMAGERY ). Imagery sounds magic.  I want to thanx everybody on UWA university, judges and everybody that follows this pioneer event. For me the most important is the journey towards being able to do something that is nice to share with all machinima comunity and makes you feel something. I am very very happy for this recognition. More then all, the best is to  be part of this comunity.” Laslopantomik Yao

MachinimUWA III Special Award for NARRATION AND HISTORICAL CONTENT  (L$37,150):
KAPHD by Hypatia Pickens

I’m so very gratified to receive this award for narration and vocal content.  I think I worked hardest on the voice and singing than even the imagery and animation…take after take after take in Sound Booth.  Thank heavens I learned to sing Hildegard’s antiphon, and I love her invented words.  It was such a pleasure creating this for the UWA; I felt I took a risk focusing on the 12th century. My heartfelt thanks to all the judges for thinking well of it, and to the UWA for sponsoring this challenge.” Hypatia Pickens

MachinimUWA III Special Award for MESSAGE AND IMAGINATION (L$37,150):
ESCAPE by Veruca Vandyke

MachinimUWA III Special Award for INTERPRETATION AND DELIVERY (L$37,150):
WARRIORS OF ALIVENESS by Cecil Hirvi

“UWA III was one of the best, fairest machinima contests ever devised. Leave it to a Physics guy to run a better art film festival.”  Cecil Hirvi

MachinimUWA III  Honourable Mention Prize JOINT  (@L$18,575):
REQUIEM by Kobuk Farshore
THE JOURNEY by Soda Lemondrop

“Very inspirational to know your work is being seen and acknowledged and makes you want to try harder and to create more and better art. Loved being a part of the Machinima and really excited to see what I can create for next year.” Soda Lemondrop

MachinimUWA III Viewer Participation Prize 1st Prize (L$20,000)
PIA KLAAR

MachinimUWA III  Viewer Participation Prize  2nd Prize (L$20,000)
CISKO VANDEVERRE

MachinimUWA III  Viewer Participation Prize JOINT- 3rd Prize (@L$2,500)
ZENI RAIN
LALIE SORBET
BAY SWEETWATER
ARROW  INGLEWOOD!

Open This End Awards of Excellence in Film (@L$3,000)
BRYN OH (Toronto, Canada) – Rusted Gears
HYPATIA PICKENS (Rochester, New York, USA) – KAPHD
CECIL HIRVI (Citizen of the Universe) – Warriors of Aliveness
ARROW INGLEWOOD (Toronto, Canada) – Bakerman’s Journey
ED VESPUCCIANO (Ottawa, Ontario, Canada) – The Marine Corps Does Not Want Robots

Open This End Awards of Excellence in Directing(@L$3,000)
AL PERETZ [ALFONSO KOHN] (Miami, Florida) – Unplugged
ANIMATECHNICA UMBARUNDU (Northern California, USA) – The Egg
ERIC BOCCARA  (Velp, Netherlands) – Juroney
PIA KLAAR (Brewster, Massachusetts, USA) – The Red Shoes
TUTSY NAVARATHNA (Frenchman in Pondicherry, India) – Journey into the Metaverse

Open This End Emerging Artist Awards of Excellence (@L$3,000):
ANDY GRAYCLOUD (Moscow, Russia) – I Want to Go Fast
ANRI EMERALD (Riga, Latvia) – The journey of life and death
FUSCHIA NIGHTFIRE (Dorset, UK) – Take the Road Less Travelled
KOBUK FARSHORE (Alaska, USA) – Requiem & Home
LASLOPANTOMIK YAO (Barcelona, Spain) – Beginning of Knowledge and of Sorrow
MIMESIS MONDAY (Oslo, Norway) – Yourney
NICOLEX MOONWALL (New Orleans, USA) – Journey Into
OONA EIREN (London, UK) – Onward & Upward
SILENE CHRISTEN (The Balears Islands, Spain) – Lost Souls’ Island
TAUBCHEN SONNENKERN & MERIT COBA (both of Alkmaar, Netherlands) – Object

For those who are interested, full text of the announcements by Jayjay Zifanwe which took place from 6am slt, Sunday 22nd May as follows:

Greetings everyone, and welcome to the University of Western Australia, or UWA as she is known and also welcome to the Grand Finale of MachinimUWA III: Journeys, the 3rd in the series of UWA Machinima Challenges. 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.

Today brings to an end the amazing journey of MachinimUWA III which kicked off on the 4th of February 2011. It will see the end of the rein of Laurina Hawks and Bradley Dorchester who are now on the judging panel, and see a new champion take the mantle from the 50 amazing entries that have come in from Spain, the USA, Mexico, India, Canada, Poland, Spain, Russia, Netherlands, South Africa, Italy, United Kingdom, Germany, Norway, Sweden & The Ukraine. Both Alaska and Antarctica are represented as well!

Its been an absolute pleasure for me to work with some wonderful people who have gone above and beyond the call of duty to make all of this a success.  Many, many of you helped in inumerable ways, but I do want to take this opportunity to thank LaPiecean Liberty, who is one of the true unsung heroes of second life, and with AviewTV has been instrumental in putting everything together. Thanks also to my co-host, machinimatographer, dancer extraordinnaire, and reigning UWA MachinimUWA Champion, Laurina Hawks. Also to Taralyn Gravois for all her work in the lead up to the ceremony, as I am sure she has been speaking to many of you. Also to Aino Baar and Open This End, co-sponsor, and the craftspersons of quite an amazing surprise, which you will hear of soon. Due to AviewTV, Open This End, Jon Stubbs of UWA, the Cultural Precinct of UWA & the Vice-Chancellery, the Prize pool sits at approximately L$660,000.

But of course, the biggest thank you goes to our Special Guest of Honour, multiple award winning Director and Judge for MachinimUWA III, Peter Greenaway, who not 3 days ago, presented to me the most remarkable series of answers to questions I had asked (and you can find this on the UWA blog). I am honoured to welcome Peter to take the stage.

(Peter Speaks)

Thank you Peter, it was truly a privilege to have you here! At the end of all the announcements, we will be able to hear the amazing voice of Tukso Okey, who has kindly agreed to give one of his much sought after live performances. Someone else I need to acknowledge here are Metaverse TV with Mal Burns and Dousa Dragonash who are covering this event live, and helping to stream voice across the globe. Also thank you for all the amazing exposure you gave to the machinima submitted to the challenge over the past few weeks!

The machinima chalenges would not have started if White lebed had not hounded me into starting the very first one, and which was also the most difficult to organize due to the extremely narrow theme, of displaying the Teaching, Research, Art and Architecture at the UWA SIMS. It was a necessary evil…. as because the machinima created by Chantal, Cisko, Bradley, Pyewaket Bellman and others who were part of this broke through the RL barrier at my university. If you will recall, the prize pool for that started with L$10,000 and increased to more than L$220,000 once it was seen by the RL side of UWA. This led to increased funding for machinima, and we had MachinimUWA II: Art of the Artists, followed by the current. I can now confirm that MachinimUWA IV, which is an ‘Art of the Artists’ challenge tied to the UWA 3D Open Art Challenge, opens immediately after this, and runs through approximately October 2011.

I want to thank our judging panel for their sterling work in looking through the incredible array of 50 entries. It was unbelievably hard to seperate things, and the panel was put to a great deal of work and this was an amazing 26 member panel made up of people from all around the world involved in a diverse array of related areas.

Peter Greenaway (RL) – Acclaimed Director
Professor Ted Snell (RL) – Director, Cultural Precinct, The University of Western Australia
Jay  Jay Jegathesan (RL) / Jayjay Zifanwe (SL) – Manager School of Physics/ Lead of UWA Virtual Worlds
Cristina García-Lasuén (RL) / Aino Baar (SL) International Curator, Art Writer, Founder & Owner of Open This End group
Yesikita Coppola (SL) – Official Machinimatographer for UWA 2011
Laurina Hawks (SL) – Joint Reigning UWA MachinimUWA Champion
FreeWee Ling (SL) – Curator, UWA 3D Open Art Challenge
LaPiscean Liberty (SL) – CEO AviewTV and UWA Virtual World Technical Media Advisor
Nazz Lane (SL) – Journalist and Author
Rowan Derryth (SL) – Art & Design Historian; Writer for Prim Perfect Publications
Apollo Manga (SL) – examiner.com Writer & Novelist
Dr. Phylis Johnson (RL) – Media Professor, Southern Illinois University, Author – Machinima: Aesthetics and Practice (a.k.a, Sonicity Fitzroy, SL Virtual Journalist)
Lowell Cremorne (SL), Owner & Editor-In-Chief, The Metaverse Journal
Mal Burns (SL), Metaverse News Aggregator and Broadcaster
Paisley Beebe (SL), CEO of Perfect World Productions TV
Flimsey Freenote – CEO of Metamix TV (Mixed Reality Television)
Rhett Linden (SL) – Linden Labs
Bradley Dorchester (SL) – Joint Reigning UWA MachinimUWA Champion
Dousa Dragonash (SL) – COO Metaverse Television
White Lebed (SL) – Former Lead of Burning Life Art Department, Director of Special Projects @ UWA
Madeline Bates (RL) – Program Manager (Film), Perth International Arts Festival, UWA
Chantal Harvey (SL) – Founder of MaMachinima Group
Jon Stubbs (RL) – Director of Student Services, UWA
Dr Lisa Cluett (RL) – Project Leader – ALTC Viral Leadership Project, UWA
A/Prof Peter Mudie (RL) – Film: Imagist Avant-Garde, School of Architecture, Landscape and Visual Arts
Thomas Chadwick (RL) – UWA Guild Public Affairs Council President

On to the awards!

Okay, first of all will be a special series of awards by Open This End, led by Aino Baar. This group had a seperate RL based sub committee looking at all the machinima, and they saw such an abundance of excellence, that they decided to provide 20 awards of Excellence of L$3,000 each.

Firstly we have 5 Open This End Awards of Excellence in Film (@L$3,000), and these go to (in alphabetical order):
BRYN OH (Toronto, Canada) – Rusted Gears
Hypatia PICKENS (Rochester, New York, USA) – KAPHD
CECIL Hirvi (Citizen of the Universe) – Warriors of aliveness
ARROW INGLEWOOD (Toronto, Canada) – Bakerman’s Journey
ED VESPUCCIANO (Ottawa, Ontario, Canada) – The Marine Corps Does Not Want Robots

Next, the are 5 Open This End Awards of Excellence in Directing(@L$3,000), and these go to (in alphabetical order):
AL PERETZ [ALFONSO KOHN] (Miami, Florida) – Unplugged
ANIMATECHNICA UMBARUNDU (Northern California, USA) – The Egg
ERIC BOCCARA  (Velp, Netherlands) – Juroney
PIA KLAAR (Brewster, Massachusetts, USA) – The Red Shoes
TUTSY NAVARATHNA (Frenchman in Pondicherry, India) – Journey into the Metaverse

And because they are great believers in supporting the development of machinima from the grassroots up, thera are 10 Open This End Emerging Artist Awards of Excellence (@L$3,000), and these go to:
ANDY GRAYCLOUD (Moscow, Russia) – I Want to Go Fast
ANRI EMERALD (Riga, Latvia) – The journey of life and death
FUSCHIA NightFire (Dorset, UK) – Take the Road Less Travelled
KOBUK FARSHORE (Alaska, USA) – Requiem – Home
LASLOPANTOMIK YAO (Barcelona, Spain) – Beginning of Knowledge and of Sorrow
MIMESIS MONDAY (Oslo, Norway) – Yourney
NICOLEX MOONWALL (New Orleans, USA) – Journey Into
OONA EIREN (London, UK) – Onward & Upward
SILENE CHRISTEN (The Balears Islands, Spain) – Lost Souls’ Island
TAUBCHEN SONNENKERN (Alkmaar, Netherlands) & MERIT COBA (Alkmaar, Netherlands) – Object

When the winners, it will be done in 1 minute intervals. We do 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 :). Hopefully we can get pictures of you attending the event. If you do take them yourself, please email them to me at jayjayaustralia@hotmail.com. These will go into the UWA in Second Life Blog (www.uwainsl.blogspot.com), the Metaverse Journal, Prim Perfect Publications, the SL Enquirer, The Australian Trader and a number of other journals and blogs.

Now to explain  how the judging was done. Each judge listed their top 8 in order of preference. 8 points was allocated for a 1st place vote, 7 points for a 2nd place vote, and so on, with 1 points being allocated for an 8th place vote. The top 3 were taken as a straight aggregate compiling the individual rankings of the 14 judges. The special awards were then selected by discussion among the judges taking into consideration the overall rankings. There was also a special award provided by Aview TV & LaPiscean Liberty.

First of all,  and you can see the trouble started here, we have the Honourable Mention Prize. This is a single prize of L$10,000. However, the judges were hopelessly deadlocked. And so it was, that we had a 3-way tie for the Honourable Mention Prize, which becomes L$3,333 each! And so the Honourable Mention Prize for MachinimUWA II, goes to:
SPYVSPY AEON, I Am Not A Robot

and The Honourable Mention Prize for MachinimUWA II, also goes to:
SUZY YUE, Across A Crowded Room

AND FURTHER, The Honourable Mention Prize for MachinimUWA II, also goes to:
LASLOPANTOMIK YAO, City of Art

Next, we have the special awards, and we start off with The Aview TV  Award, with L$10,000 provided by Aview TV & LaPiscean Liberty.  The Aview TV Award, goes to:
FAKE JEWELL, Song of Medusa

Commenting on this, LaPiscean said, “When identity and prose meet one another, the content is heartfelt. I know, because i was a Medusa in my time. At least thats why I so like the Song of Medusa, as if to say this Machinima was about myself. While a Medusa among Medusas, I shone and now that I’m not among Medusas, remaining one at heart,  I still shine!”

Next, the Award for Best Art Visualisation (L$10,000), goes to:
RYSAN FALL – MachinimUWA, Art of the Artist

The Award for Best Art Visualization, Single Artwork (L$10,000), goes to:
ED VESPUCCIANO – Lessons in Democracy

The Award for Best Crossover Impact (L$10,000) goes to:
L1AURA LOIRE – CLICK, Immersive & Interactive Virtual Art

The Award for Best Story (L$10,000) goes to:
YESIKITA COPPOLA – Inspiracion

And, the Award for Best Editing & Message (L$10,000) goes to:
PIA KLAAR – Art of the Artists, A Closer Look

Now we come to the top 3 prizes, and we start with 3rd Prize. When all the statistics were done taking into account the judges rankings, this piece finished with 42 points, and 12 of the 14 judges listed this piece in their top 8. A wonderful whimsical story with a sublime message. The L$30,000 3rd Prize, goes to:
TUTSY NAVARATHNA – An Art Form is Born

Next we come to 2nd Prize. Now truly, for 2nd Prize, when I did all the calculations following the judges submissions, I got the shock of my life! I apologize to this person, but I just had to shake my head, I can’t believe this was selected for 2nd and so, the 2nd Prize of L$50,000, goes to:
NOBODY

Yes ladies and gentlemen…. nobody, because incredibly, we have a TIE for FIRST PLACE, on 60 points each. One of the 2 winners appeared on 13 of the 14 judges lists of top 8, while the other had 3 first place votes and 3 second place votes. No other piece had more than TWO  1st place votes and TWO 2nd place votes. So we had to recalibrate the prize, and put the 1st & 2nd Prize together and divide by 2, making that L$55,000 for each of the two 1st Prizes!

So, one of the JOINT-WINNERS of MACHINIMUWA II: Art of the Artists (L$55,000) is:
BRADLEY DORCHESTER – Art of the Artists

this machinima certainly took many breaths away! lets all enjoy the winning Machinima, so please turn on your media everyone, as we play it:

AND NOW, the JOINT-WINNER of MACHINIMUWA II: Art of the Artists (L$55,000) is:
LAURINA HAWKS – No Tomb for the Arts

a film of epic proportions, let us all enjoy it now!

We also had an viewer participation event, where we asked SL residents to predict who would be in the top 8, and to rank the order, and and we have 3 winners, 3rd (L$1,000) is Pia Klaar, 2nd (L$1,500) is EdwardIV Beaumont and the winner (L$2,500) of the viewer participation  event is Beau Aie !

And now, we move to the Grand Finale of the UWA 3D Art & Design Challenge. Before announcing the winners here, there are a few things I do need said.

First please help me thank the curator of the UWA 3D Art & Design Challenge once again, who has for an entire year, magnificently marshalled the 841 entries that I allowed to come in at all times of the day and night with not a single day break as to when the works were submitted, and not a single day when the gallery was closed across the year. Ladies & gentlemen, quadrapop Lane.

And sadly, we have to announce that quadrapop will from today be stepping down as the curator of the UWA 3D Art & Design Challenge, as the Challenge comes to a full stop, and qpop will be able to get the great breat she deserves! Thank you quadrapop Lane!

I would also like to thank Taralyn Gravois for her great work in being the Director of the UWA-BOSL Amphitheatre, and looking after events held at the 4-SIM Theatre. Sadly, she is also stepping down today, as a number of other pressures wont allow her to continue in her role. Thank you Taralyn!

The Torch passes however. FreeWee Ling will take over as curator at UWA & Chantal Harvey will take over at this theatre! 3 Cheers for FreeWee & Chantal!

Now, what is there to take over at UWA? Well, I won’t have a NC to distribute for a few weeks yet, but basically once the curtain comes down today, the UWA 3D Open Art Challenge (L$1,000,000 Prize Pool), which again will run for one year will kick off. This will be a Grand Collaboration among the major art houses of SL, and aside from the top 3 monthly awards, in place of the Honourable Mention Awards, we will have a monthly Pirats Prize (selected by Merlina Rokocoko & Newbab Zsigmond), an Odyssey Prize (selected by Fau Ferdinand & Lizsolo Mathilde), an SL Arts Prize (selected by Gleman Jun & Sunset Quinnell), a Show & Tell Prize (selected by Florenze Kerensky & Barney Boomslang), a CARP Prize (selected by  Josina Burgess & Velasquez Bonetto) and a BOSL Prize (selected by Frolic Mills & Giela Delpaso).

The rules for this will be simple. The theme is ‘Create something that will take our breath away’, and the prim limit is 100! As it always has been. So anyway, the receiver for the works is in the same location as before !

Professor Ted Snell, Director of the UWA 3D Art & Design Challenge whose 5 minute meeting with me 2 days before the very first mini-Launch we had at UWA in August 2009 sparked off these challenges said, It began with a rush but the entries just kept coming, rising from over thirty in the first month to a final total of over one hundred artworks in the final competition. What was most exciting was the obvious increase in
the standard of entries, the increasing sophistication of the conceptual basis of the works and the extraordinary skill in rendering them within the
virtual world. ”

As with the Machinima, I want to thank and acknowledge the judging panel. There were 23 judges in all, however 22 for either the Flagship or Imagine side as one of the judges, only looked at the Flagships, while another only looked at the Art.

JUDGING PANEL for GRAND FINALE of the UWA 3D ART & DESIGN CHALLENGE
1. Lumiere Noir (SL) – Creator of the Ivory Tower Library of Primitives
2. Sasun Steinbeck (SL) – Founder of the Art Galleries of SL list
3. Lowell Cremorne (SL), Owner of The Metaverse Journal
4. White Lebed (SL) – Founder of AppliedGameology.com
5. Phillip Vought(SL) – Art Philanthropist & Founding Patron of UWA-BOSL Amphitheatre
6. Lanai Jarrico (SL) – CEO SL Enquirer
7. Reslez Steeplechase (SL) – Founder First Call Musicians Co-op (FCMC), CEO Matters of Music Media Group (M3)
8. Mal Burns     (SL) – Metaverse News Aggregator and Broadcaster
9. Apollo Manga (SL) – examiner.com Writer & Novelist
10. Raphaella Nightfire (SL) – Snr Writer Best of SL Magazine, Owner Sanctorum Gallery
11. Dr Gary Zabel (RL) / Georg Janick (SL) – University of Masachusetts
12. Saffia Widdershins     (SL) – Owner and Editor of Prim Perfect Publications
13. Jordan Whitt (SL) – Editor in Chief, ICON Lifestyle Magazine
14. Rowan Derryth (SL) – Art & Design Historian; Writer for Prim Perfect Publications
15. Courtney Linden (SL) – Linden Lab
16. Paisley Beebe (SL) – CEO of Perfect World Productions TV
17. Bohemian Ghost (SL) – Owner of Summerland Estates
18. Jopsy Pendragon (SL) – Founder of the Particle Laboratory Learning Center
19. Professor Ted Snell (RL) – Director, Cultural Precinct, The University of Western Australia
20. Frank Roberts (RL) – The University Architect, The University of Western Australia
21. Jayjay Zifanwe (SL) – Owner of The University of Western Australia (SL), Creator & co-host of the UWA 3D Art & Design Challenge
22. Dr Chris Thorne (RL) – Co-Founder of the UWA (SL) & UWA Honourary Research Associate (RL) (judged Flagship only)
23. Frolic Mills (SL) – BOSL & CO CEO (judged the IMAGINE sections only)

First though, the results for the People’s Choice Awards. For the people’s choice, all of SL could vote for their favourite pieces across the month of September, and had to use a HUD (created by quadrapop) to visit all the builds rezzed across the grid, as it needed more than 30,000 prims to have everything up. And I need to thanks Caren McCaw & Nyx Breen (Annapurna), Dijodi Dubratt (Toor), quadrapop Lane (Poorlatrice), Kip Yellowjacket (Virtlantis), Lilli Field (Mysten), Phillip Vought (Acquitaine), Cuwynne Deerhunter & Eliza Wierwight (Patron) and the LEA for valuable space to rezz the works.

And so for the PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARD, IMAGINE ART- NON SCRIPTED 3rd prize goes to (L$3,000):
THE WHITE  GODDESS TREE by Soror Nishi

For the PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARD, IMAGINE ART – NON SCRIPTED 2nd prize goes to (L$5,000):
THE ABYSS by Sharni Azalee

And the WINNER for the PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARD, IMAGINE ART – NON SCRIPTED (L$8,000) is:
MEDUSA’S GAZE by pravda Core

Now we move to the People’s Choice Awards for the FLAGSHIPS

For the PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARD, FLAGSHIP 3rd prize goes to (L$5,000):
NYX BREEN: UWA AXS LAB  (August 2010)

For the PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARD, FLAGSHIP 2nd prize goes to (L$7,000):
NYX BREEN:  UWA AXS LAB  (July 2010), replaced the destroyed Dec build!

And the WINNER for the PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARD, FLAGSHIP (L$15,000) is:
DIJODI DUBRATT: UWA Bridge to the Future

Now on to the IMAGINE ART SECTION

For the PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARD, IMAGINE  3rd prize goes to (L$5,000):
WHAT A WONDERFUL WORLD by Lea Supermarine

For the PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARD, IMAGINE 2nd prize goes to (L$7,000):
THE SATIRICAL POLEMICIST by Eliza Wierwight

And the WINNER for the PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARD, IMAGINE (L$15,000) is:
UMBRELLAS by Nish Mip

And now we come to the crunch. The overall juried Grand Prizes for the UWA 3D Art & Design competition. The results are extremely interesting, and I do need to explain how the Judging was done. Each judge listed their top 10 in order for IMAGINE & FLAGSHIP & top 5 for the non-scripted. Works receiving a 1st place vote were allocated 6 points, 2nd place 5 points, 3rd 4 points, 4th 3points, 5th 2 points, and 6th – 10th place votes received 1 point each. The winners are taken as a straight aggregate compiling the individual rankings of each member of the judging panel. No one individual had any greater influence than any other. Every single piece featured in the top 10 of at least 2 judges. Every single piece was also NOT in the top 10 of at least 2 judges. So there was great individual variability, however, when put together, I am staggered by how clearly the results come across.

First the Non-Scripted. I will reveal the aggregate points received by the winning pieces, and also of the ones which just missed out. The Prize winners will receive special trophies created by Miso Susanowa who won the Trophy Challenge some months back run by FreeWee Ling and the Residents of Artemesia. There are 3 prizes for the non-scripted. It was very close, between 3rd prize and the works in 4th – 6th. There was in fact a 3-way tie for 4th place in the non-scripted, these being:

4th (non-scripted) BLACK PEARL by Solkide Auer – 30 points
4th (non-scripted) THE NIGHT ORCHID by soror Nishi – 30 points
4th (non-scripted) BLOOM GLOW by Sledge Roffo  – 30 points

All said and done, the overall IMAGINE ART- NON SCRIPTED 3rd prize, on 37 points goes to (L$5,000):
CONCENTRIC SHELLS by Ichiko Miles

For  overall IMAGINE ART – NON SCRIPTED 2nd prize, on 73 points goes to (L$10,000):
MEDUSA’S GAZE by pravda Core – 73 points

And the runaway WINNER for the overall IMAGINE ART – NON SCRIPTED, on an incredible 95 points (L$14,000) is:
THE ABYSS by Sharni Azalee

Now for the Flagship. There are 5 prizes, but I will reveal the relative positions and point allocations for the top 10 so everyone can get a sense of how things shaped up. Again remember, these are not ratings of artworks…  these are more similar to how things work when selecting the MVP for a football game or the world footballer of the year. 6th through 10th place from the 23 builds overall fell as follows:

6th FLAGSHIP : HERICK STRAAF: Concept Building for AXS Lab (July 2010)  –  30 points
7th FLAGSHIP : ELIZA WIERWIGHT: The Patron Gallery Build – 23 points
7th FLAGSHIP: OWL RAE (MOTH REXEN): Arcapelus Sanctuary – 23 points
9th FLAGSHIP:  NYX BREEN: UWA AxS LAB (Feb 2010)  – 20 points
10th FLAGSHIP: NYX BREEN: UWA AXS LAB  (June 2010) – 18 points

OK, so for the FLAGSHIP Grand Finale, 5th prize, on 40 points goes to (L$10,000):
HERICK STRAAF: Concept Building for AXS Lab (August 2010)

For the FLAGSHIP Grand Finale, 4th prize,  goes to (L$12,000) :
NOBODY – as we have a tie for 3rd place on 46 points apiece

For the FLAGSHIP Grand Finale, we have a JOINT 3rd Prize, and this goes to (L$13,500):
DIJODI DUBRATT: UWA Bridge to the Future

3rd Prize for the FLAGSHIP  Grand Finale, also goes to (L$13,500):
NYX BREEN: UWA AxS LAB (Jan 2010)

I had told Nyx a couple of times that this was my personal favourite of his many amazing builds!

Next the FLAGSHIP Grand Finale, 2nd prize on 57 points goes to (L$16,000):
DB BAILEY & PATCH THIBAUD: UWA Cultural Precinct Gallery & Labs

And now for the winner. This build will remain on UWA grounds as long a UWA in Second Life stands, and will be looked as as a foundation for the design of the real Cultural Precinct Flagship build at UWA in a few years time.

The WINNER of the FLAGSHIP Grand Finale, on 63 points goes to (L$75,000):
PATCH THIBAUD: UWA Cultural Precinct Nexus

Finally, to the IMAGINE Grand Finale. Again, there are 5 prizes, and I will reveal the top 10. Things were very close just outside of the prizes, and the gap between 5th place and the 3 way tie for 9th is only 6 points, and here they are:

6th IMAGINE: THE SATIRICAL POLEMICIST by Eliza Wierwight – 23 points
7th IMAGINE: CYBERSHARK by Igor Ballyhoo – 22 points
7th IMAGINE: ATOMIC-GO-ROUND by Atomic Gaffer – 22 points
9th IMAGINE: IMMERSIVE ART: THE MAZE by Alizarin Goldflake – 21 points
9th IMAGINE: 26 TINES by Bryn Oh – 21 points
9th IMAGINE: WHAT A WONDERFUL WORLD by Lea Supermarine – 21 points

OK, so for the IMAGINE Grand Finale, 5th prize, on 27 points goes to (L$10,000):
TENDRILS by Glyph Graves

4th Prize for the IMAGINE Grand Finale, on 38 points, goes to (L$12,000)
WILLOW by Bryn Oh

3rd Prize for the IMAGINE Grand Finale, on 44 points, goes to (L$15,000)
CHAOS IN ORDER by Igor Ballyhoo

a real favourite especially among the machinimatographers, as it is the most filmed artwork

2nd Prize for the IMAGINE Grand Finale, on 54 points, goes to (L$16,000)
THE LAST OCEAN by Nish Mip

Now its a stunning result for 1st place, and in fact what happened with this was the reason why I decided to release the point totals of the cumulative judges rankings, and ensure that the prizes extended to the top 5, instead of what is was going to be initially, which was a top 2.

And so, the GRAND CHAMPION of the IMAGINE ART CHALLENGE, on 61 points (L$75,000) is:
UMBRELLAS by Nish Mip

Its almost unfathomable. To achieve what Nish has, in taking the Top 2 spots from amongst 772 artworks across the year. I cannot begin to calculate the odds against that happening. UMBRELLAS received SIX 1st place votes and only 2 other works received more than ONE 1st place vote being WILLOW & THE LAST OCEAN which each received THREE.

Congratulations Nish! Anyone wanting the full results, please send me an IM. Do check and link to the blog as well, as everything will be there in 24 hours http://uwainsl.blogspot.com/

The UWA 3D Open Art Challenge is now officially open! And with that ends the formal part of today.

Thank you so much Eifachfilm Vacirca for helping stream voice to all the 4 sims during the announcements!

I now hand the floor over to the incredible Mommaluv Skytower who has wowed many an audience with her incredible performances! Please give her a warm welcome all!

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Congrats to all of the days winners from me! All did an awesome job, and events like this make SL even more of an awesome place to be apart of!

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