Mantaray's Flight:

Pandora Box of Dreams Photo Contest Aug 16 – Sept 16, 2015

Greetings, Virtual Gods and Goddesses! If you’ve seen my Twitter posts or Flickr photostream or even other posts in this blog, you probably know I’m a big fan of the Pandora’s Box of Dreams sim. This gorgeous sim, owned by Mizaki Cupcake Verlack and Lokhe Angel Verlack, is a master artwork in its build. The sim itself has been changed a number of times, which is something I like about it very much, and which keeps SL explorers and photographers coming back again and again like Doctor Who fans coming back to check out the new Doctor.

Each new build is a new Dream, and Pandora’s BoD is currently in its 4th incarnation, Dream 004: Del Mar Dream. The Del Mar Dream is a breezy, perfect, lazy summer day island build that uses beautiful sights and happy, soothing sounds to create a space where you can let all your RL stresses slip away and actually believe the waves are lapping at your toes.

Pandora's Box of Dreams - Dream 004: Del Mar Dream

Previous incarnations have held Asian flavored pagodas and cherry blossoms, the country farm feel of grassy fields with lemon trees, and even an all water sim with imaginative light bulb candle head birds and blossom seats.

Candle Birds

One thing they all have in common is plenty of spots to keep SL photographers squealing in delight! And as if that wasn’t enough, Miza and Lokhe have announced the first Pandora Box of Dreams Photo Contest!

Dream 004: Del Mar Dream Photo Contest: Life of the Dream Island

Everyone is invited to participate in this contest, however I highly encourage you to join their in-world ~Pandora Box of Dreams~ group to keep updated on contest info and opening dates when the Dreams change. But for now, here is the contest info, copied from the notecard sent to group members:

Contest Theme:

~Life of the Dream Island~
Capture the moving life within Del Mar Dreams. There are plenty of beautiful creatures and abundant of nature. Tell us a story from your point of view with just a click of the camera.

Start of Submissions:
August 16th, 2015

End of Submissions:
September 16th, 2015

Winners Announcement:
September 23rd, 2015


Flickr Submission Only:
Please submit your entries into our flickr group for contest only. Check the Flickr contest group discussions for updates.

There should be the words “-Life of the Dream Island” at the end of your picture’s title.

Editing is allowed as long as the Second Life view is retained. No texts or excessive changes to the environment.

No nudity.

Entry Limit:
There is no limit to the number of entries a person can enter. Each entry by the same person must be unique and with a different scene.

The pictures will be judged based on the theme, creativity, story and amount of dedication in each picture that is presented.

1st Price: 2000L$
2nd Price: 1000L$
3rd Price: 500L$

The top 5 winners will be given a chance for a sneak peek into the next dream before the public and will have their winning pictures displayed in the landing point till the next contest.

The featured pic way at the top of this post is my first submission into the contest, woot!

Do check out the Flickr contest group, there are lots of beautiful submissions there. Though I must say that some of those people are not following the guidelines, which call for capturing the abundant life found in the creatures that make their home in Del Mar. I’m seeing lots of avvie shots with none of nature’s critters in them at all. Hopefully that will give better chances of winning to the folks who do follow the guidelines!

Got Thoughts? Please share them 😊. I love to hear your ideas and suggestions for new realms to visit!

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