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Nine years ago when deviantART first opened its doors to artists all over the world it was with the hope that it would prove to be a place where people could express themselves, to be creative and different and original.

If anyone appreciates unique and original works it’s all of us here in CEA, so for deviantART’s ninth birthday celebration we in CEA invited artists to help us send a reminder of that original mission to the community and the world with the Dare to Deviate contest.

Contest entrants needed to combine the slogan Dare to Deviate into an original visual work as creatively and uniquely as possible. We wanted artworks which sent the message that artists should stand out from the crowd and explore uncharted and original territory and dare to deviate from what is considered normal and routine.

We thank everyone who entered the contest and who helped to send our message of creativity to the deviantART community.

Today we announce the winning entries;

First Prize
dare to be different by kimonoitec
Dare to be Different
By kimonoitec

Sometimes simple designs can send the most complex of messages and we thought that kimonoitec
did precisely that with her entry Dare to be Different. While simple and clean in execution the judges believed that her entry best communicated the message embodied in the contest and for that she has been awarded with the First Prize of $50 deviantDOLLARS and the choice of one piece of devWEAR or a Fella Plushie!

Second Prize
The Deviant Book by GanHOPE326
The Deviant Book
By GanHOPE326

While only a deviant for one month his entry The Deviant Book demonstrated what it means to be unique and to stand out from the crowd through creativity. For this he has been awarded the Second Prize of $25 deviantDOLLARS and one tube of Emoticon Stress Balls!

Third Prize
Let your inner light out by Anton42
Let Your Inner light Out
By Anton42

We were immediately struck by the attractive use of the Dare to Deviate which we saw in Anton42s entry Let Your Inner Light Out.The clean design and the unique manner in which the contest slogan was integrated into the work has earned him the Third Prize of $15 deviantDOLLARS and the choice of a deviantART keychain or Emoticon Buttons!

Congratulations to our winners!

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:icontouchedvenus:
TouchedVenus Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Congratulations to the winners! :D
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:iconznow-white:
znow-white Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2009
:iconcheerplz:
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:iconkarma4ya:
karma4ya Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
:faint:
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:iconsharon43210:
sharon43210 Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2009
What about the rest of us?

:(

But, congrats to the winners...
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:iconavielsusej:
Avielsusej Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
a deviant cookie....
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:iconsharon43210:
sharon43210 Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2009
Lol
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:iconavielsusej:
Avielsusej Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
lol indeed
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:iconsharon43210:
sharon43210 Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2009
Ya win, ya lose...
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:iconavielsusej:
Avielsusej Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I lost ;A; but hey, it gave me lots of fun!
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:iconsharon43210:
sharon43210 Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2009
So true!
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:icontophis1:
tophis1 Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2009
(so sad) but congrats to the winners!
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:icondeadassassin:
deadassassin Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2009
congrats to the winners :)
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:iconkrissi001:
Krissi001 Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2009
:clap:
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:iconfixmeknow:
FixMeKnow Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2009
Congrats to the winners! :clap:
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:iconyorkey-sa:
yorkey-sa Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Congratulations to the winners.. Taking nothing away from the winners entries, I just expected a more artistic piece to win. But I guess the competition was more about the message than the art :shrug: Who knew that drawing lines could win these prizes on an art website.
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:iconhermieluver:
hermieluver Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2009  Professional General Artist
You foolish person, how could you expect real art to win over such brilliantly conceptual pieces such as these? :sarcasm:

True art never wins contests. This is a fact of life. I have seen it again and again. Excuse my cynicism. I have a chip on my shoulder. I admit it. I believe it dates from my sophomore year of high school.
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:iconyorkey-sa:
yorkey-sa Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:shrug: Pardon me for being a noooooob
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:iconhermieluver:
hermieluver Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2009  Professional General Artist
Don't worry; you're not alone.
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:iconyorkey-sa:
yorkey-sa Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:iconnoobplz:
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:iconhermieluver:
hermieluver Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2009  Professional General Artist
I know. It's terrible.
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:iconyorkey-sa:
yorkey-sa Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Doctor, I have a bad case of the noobs. :petting:
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:iconhermieluver:
hermieluver Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2009  Professional General Artist
You better start some antibinoobics for that. I hear it's contagious.
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:iconneolafeesucette:
NeoLaFeeSucette Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2009
I couldn't believe it... this isn't art... these are just pure and meaningless computer manipulated pixs. There were a lot of great arts, way more interesting and deviant ones.
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:iconchrisslovesbogdan:
chrisslovesbogdan Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2009   Writer
i think you're right about that but... :) that's what the judge liked.
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:iconcrescentdelusion:
CrescentDelusion Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Darn it. I could've than just not entered the contest :laughing: Whatever, Congrats to the winners :P lucky dogs xD
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:iconxerces:
Xerces Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2009  Professional Artisan Crafter
very nice! congrats to them :-)
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:iconanton42:
Anton42 Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2009
Wow, this is a pleasant surprise, I like winning (barely made it, as 3rd, heh)! Congrats to everyone else, too, this was a fun contest to take part in!
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:iconbdunn1342:
bdunn1342 Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2009   General Artist
Congratulations to all! :)
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:iconkushina2020:
kushina2020 Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2009
congragulations to them!
well I guess theirs always next time.
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:iconwolf-of-malkuth:
Wolf-of-Malkuth Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2009
:w00t: Yaaaay congrats!
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:iconsublimebudd:
SublimeBudd Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2009  Professional Photographer
CONGRATS :clap:

i dont know how i did not see these!
love em :love:
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:iconajglass:
AJGlass Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2009  Professional Artisan Crafter
Sometimes simple designs can send the most complex of messages

Yeah, complex messages like, "Why did the judges prefer the image that won first prize over ones that were obviously far superior in both design, detail, and emotional conveyance?"

   . o O ( what a confusing message )
:confused:



That being said, congrats to those who won as I'm sure every artist who entered put in their best efforts.

:clap:
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:iconthiefoworld:
Thiefoworld Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2009
:clap:
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:icongilestheblank:
GilesTheBlank Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2009
kool
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:iconphaylynn:
Phaylynn Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2009  Student General Artist
Congratulations to everyone!
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:iconb1ue52:
B1ue52 Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2009
Grats to you three and all the other entrants... maybe next time :)
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:iconemprovision:
Emprovision Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Congrats!

I would have entered, but I didn't have enough time... And all I had to do was add the words "Dare to Deviate".
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:iconitt0ryu:
itt0ryu Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2009  Professional General Artist
Deviant Art is my virtual Home, thanks a lot.
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:iconshantypanty:
ShantyPanty Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2009
Congratutaions! I was hoping mine would be chosen, but now I am glad it didn't. Mine wouldn't look so great with a title of "1st, 2nd, or 3rd" above it. "P
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:iconmuckee:
Muckee Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Congratulations!
I like the second one most :) ;)
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:iconsoramidori:
SoraMidori Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2009
Congratulations! The winners are excellent. :)
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:icony2jenn:
y2jenn Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2009   General Artist
The turnout for this contest was absolutely awesome. Thank you so much to all that entered and congrats to the winners! :heart:
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:iconroadkillarteest:
roadkillarteest Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2009
Congratulations are deserved.

The time and effort of my render... wasted.
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:iconallie2590:
allie2590 Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2009   Digital Artist
Congratulations to everyone!
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:iconsatania:
SaTaNiA Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
congrats :clap:
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