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[h1]Competition Rules - 2010 revision[/h1]

[h2]Background[/h2]
Once a year the site will be holding The One-Ring Awards, a series of individual competitions for beginners and experts alike, covering various aspects of the hobby: painting and sculpting/converting miniatures, and both terrain and diorama making. The Awards will normally be opened in August for the submission of entries, with voting taking place the following month.

[h2]Categories[/h2]
The Awards are comprised of four specialised categories open to all, and one general category open to beginners only (see below).

Open Categories
Open to all active members who are experienced in one or all of these aspects of the hobby. Active is defined as a member who has made an effort to be part of the One Ring community.

1) Best Painted Miniature
A single LoTR figure, does not have to be from GW but must fit the scale and theme of LoTR.

Members are required to understand and comply with item 2 of the General Rules regarding submission of their own work and the provision of photographic proof if requested.

2) Best Terrain Piece or Diorama
A terrain piece recognisably themed on Middle-earth and for use with 25-28mm scale miniature figures. There is no maximum limit to the size of the piece.

Any diorama must be a Middle-earth themed scene containing a terrain piece and at least one miniature figure. There is no maximum limit to the number of miniatures in the diorama.

Members are required to understand and comply with item 2 of the General Rules regarding restrictions to Terrain Piece or Diorama submissions.

Photographic proof of the terrain / diorama build process may be required by a Competition Committee member to validate your entry. This can be achieved by taking at least two 'Work in Progress' pictures during construction.

3) Best Sculpting / Conversion Piece
A single item of 25-28mm scale figure. Proof of the conversion / sculpting process must be shown in photographic form by supplying at least two "work in progress" pictures.

Members are required to understand and comply with item 2 of the General Rules regarding submission of their own work.

Members can provide a picture with the painted miniature but it is essential that you submit a picture with the original green or with the miniature only undercoated.

4) 'One Ring Master Craftsman' - LOTR Themed Challenge
At the start of each new season, the theme of the Master Craftsman will be chosen from a selection of chapters from Tolkien's books. We will list several chapter titles that you use to can draw inspiration from. The entry must be themed to a scene or inspired by a passage from the chapters mentioned. Miniatures don't need to be from GW, but must fit the 25-28mm scale and theme of LoTR.
The chapters will be in sequence (and you should be able to work out what the next year's chapters will be too). If you've never read the books, then the equivalent phases of the movie are also acceptable.

The idea is to to encourage people to really excel, so the Master Craftsman category must include the following:

- It must be a diorama and have a terrain element in it.
- There must be more than one figure in the entry, unless it is dramatically important to the scene to only have one.

When voting for this award, members should keep in mind how well each entry fits the established seasons theme, in addition to the overall quality of the work itself.

This year's theme
[split][col]Book Chapters:
- Fog on the Barrow-Downs
- At the sign of the Prancing Pony
- Strider
- A knife in the dark
- Flight to the Ford[/col][col]Movie Chapters:
- At the sign of the Prancing Pony
- The Nazgûl
- The Midgewater Marshes
- The spoiling of Isengard
- A knife in the dark
- The caverns of Isengard
- Flight to the ford[/col][/split]

General Beginners Category
Beginners who enter this category can include painted miniatures, terrain models, dioramas, or conversions, so long as they are clearly themed to Middle-earth and intended for 25mm-28mm scale miniatures.

Entry in this competition category is for beginners only and so people who wish to participate must first be approved by the Competition Committee before they can submit an entry. To do this, the member must click on the beginners approval link, made available for the the current competition, and submit a photograph of their work along with a request to enter the competition with a beginner status.

NOTE: This process only applies to the General Beginners category.

All members, including beginners, can potentially enter a MAXIMUM of FOUR entries for each awards. Please see item 5 of the General Rules for further details.

[h2]General Rules[/h2]
1. Members who enter the One Ring Awards agree to be bound by the rules of the competition. Any decision taken by either the Site Administrators or Competition Committee regarding member's entries is final.

2. Each entry must be your own work. Contestants may be required to provide photographic proof of this. Any member who is discovered submitting items that are not their own work will be disqualified from the Awards. This includes miniatures painted on your behalf by another and the submission of major, commercially available, terrain items.

The use of commercially available hobby moulds is restricted to the creative use of simple blocks or the occasional use of a specialist mould. Any member requiring clarification about this restricted use should contact a member of the competition committee for a ruling on their potential entry.

The modification of miniatures, terrain items, sculpts etc. with smaller, commercially available, accessories is allowed as embellishment to the submitted piece.

3. The digital enhancement of images is not permitted. The Competition Committee or Site Administrators reserve the right to remove any entry they feel has been doctored using a graphics package to significantly enhance it's appearance. NOTE: The removal of coloured backgrounds and minor adjustments of brightness will usually be considered acceptable.

4. Members found to be encouraging other members to vote for their entry will be disqualified from the current One Ring Awards. Potential further action may be considered on a case-by-case basis.
Entries are to be kept as anonymous as possible. Names and usernames should not be included in pictures of the entry.

5. The aim of the General Beginners category is to encourage True Beginners to the hobby. With this in mind, any beginner is eligible to enter one Painted Miniature, one Terrain Piece or Diorama and one Sculpting / Conversion Piece for each awards, i.e a maximum of Three pieces. This is the equivalent of a more experienced member submitting an entry into each of the Three Open categories.

As stated above, ALL members are eligible to enter the 'One Ring Master Craftsman' - LOTR Themed Challenge so everybody can potentially enter a MAXIMUM of FOUR entries for each awards.

6. If you win the General Beginners Category you will be no longer be considered a beginner and will have to enter the Open Categories in future. In addition, if you are good at one aspect of the hobby, say terrain making, but poor at miniature painting then you will NOT be considered a beginner. You will be expected to enter the appropriate Open Category. If you have an entry accepted for the General Beginners Category you will not be allowed to also enter a Open Category in the current competition. i.e you cannot be a beginner if you are entering any of the other categories. The 'One Ring Master Craftsman' - LOTR Themed Challenge is an exception as it is open to all.

7. Any member who is not entering the Beginners Category is eligible to enter the maximum of one entry for each of the Open Categories they wish to enter.

8. A unique piece of work must be entered for each category you decide to enter e.g. you cannot use a miniature you have entered as a Painted Miniature and then also include it as part of a Diorama. Also an entry placed First, Second or Third in a given category is not eligible to be entered in future One Ring competitions. This is to encourage new work to be created for the One Ring Awards.

[h2]Selection and Voting[/h2]
1. Entries will be accepted up until the closing date and from then on all entries may be voted on by members. Each member may vote for up to three entries per category. Their first vote is worth 5 points, their second vote is worth 3 points and their third vote is worth 1 point. All votes must be used within a category to validate the voting process. The exception to this is a category with less than 3 entries.

If you have already cast your vote, clicking on the button will only display a message informing you that you have voted for this category already.
You are allowed to cast a vote for your own entries to the One Ring Awards. At the end of the voting period, the votes are tallied up and the entrant with the most votes is declared the winner.

2. To enter the One Ring Awards you must be a registered 'active' member and not have been banned from the One Ring site. A message will be displayed if you have. If so, you should contact the Admin team to find out why. If you have registered and are not banned and you still cannot log in then check and double-check your username and password. Usually this is the problem; if not, you should contact the site Admin team.

3. The competition is intended for members of the One-Ring community website and is not open to outsiders, so we are trying to discourage people from joining the site just to enter the competition. As such, we ask that entries are limited to only those members who are regular visitors in the forums, galleries, chatrooms and chatbox.

[h2]Prizes[/h2]
1. The provision of physical prizes for The One-Ring Awards is not guaranteed. Prizes depend upon the level of site funds from donations received from general members and the goodwill of the Staff and Admin team. Any physical prizes for the categories will be advertized at the appropriate time.

2. In addition to any physical prizes (see above), winner, 2nd and 3rd places will be rewarded with One-Ring Awards profile Icons and Gold Coins.

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you said- mada: If you plan to enter the Beginner Category you need to be approved by the Competition Comittee- ya i know but I want to no what you think :) o ya and nice Ent by the way

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Thanks mate, but lets keep this on topic please, as its an important topic.

About your question, I can only give you my opinion and not an official statement. My opinions is yes, you could enter beginner.

Please read the rules carefully though. Anyone who plans to enter ANY open category will not be ellegible to enter as beginner, exception made to the special Master Craftsman category.

For instance, if you consider yourself a beginner in sculpting but plan to enter the open category for painting, you cant. Either you decide to enter beginner and skip any open category, or you drop the beginners and enter an open category. You cant do both.

You can, however, enter beginner and the Master Craftsman category.

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ok thanks 8)

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So since the awards are opened in august, does that mean that you can submit a piece anytime during august?

Also, how much before the competition should people considering entering the beginners category submit an entry to the Competitions Committee?

Sorry i know these questions make me seem like im being a pain, but I;m curious. :o

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You said conversions must be on 25-28mm models. Does this mean we can't do a troll/ent/etc. conversion? What about mounted models?

And can you enter more than one entry into one category? (i.e. could I have two entries in the painting category?)

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@Noddwyr :
Yes, something like that. The specific timing is not totally clear yet but that should be the case. There will be plenty of time (usually a month) to enter your pieces, doesnt matter if you do it in the 1st day or the last. Its safer if you do it with time, to avoid nasty surprises though. Internet can be messy at times and we are strict with the deadline.
The period for registration starts two weeks earlier from the actual entries.

A proper timeline will be announced, but its probably something like this:

1st August - 15th August: Beginners Registration;
16th August - 15th September: Entry Submition;
16th September - 30th September: Voting.

@General Elessar :
25-28mm refers to the scale. Just means that your model has to fit the scale. For instance, can't be a mini from/for BoFA or a 54mm model.
Of course it can be a troll or a mounted figure, as long as it fits the 25-28mm scale.

No, its not possible to enter more than one entry for a category. The only exception is the beginners category. As this category is not specific to any part of the hobby, each member can enter one painted miniature, one terrain/diorama item and one sculpt/conversion. There will only be a winner though.

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@General Elessar :
25-28mm refers to the scale. Just means that your model has to fit the scale. For instance, can't be a mini from/for BoFA or a 54mm model.
Of course it can be a troll or a mounted figure, as long as it fits the 25-28mm scale.

No, its not possible to enter more than one entry for a category. The only exception is the beginners category. As this category is not specific to any part of the hobby, each member can enter one painted miniature, one terrain/diorama item and one sculpt/conversion. There will only be a winner though.


Thank you. 8)

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Thanks for the info. :-D

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1st August - 15th August: Beginners Registration;
16th August - 15th September: Entry Submition;
16th September - 30th September: Voting.


So is it just the time between Beginners Registration and entry submission that we can make our entries, or can we start whenever we want as long as we have proof pictures? Thanks 8)

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Not at all, its nothing like the Painting Challenge that we run every month, where you need to paint a mini in a specific period.

This is more like a regular contest, like GD and other similar ones. You can start right now if you want.

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As I mentioned to you earlier, the rules look like they are fair and solid once again and should produce a great competition. 8)

I do have a question though. Two of the entries I'm planning I'm hoping to also write articles about. Would I have to wait untill after the awards to submit the articles? Or would it be acceptable to submit it before?

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We'd rather have new and never seen before stuff on the Awards but we know that isn't always possible. For instance, last years Dragon from Natarn would probably never happen if he didnt use the forum as a way to just hang in there and keep going.

The rules are not explicit on that, or having the entries on the personal gallery, but they don't say you cant. I would wait and submit the articles after, but thats just my personal point of view. I'll have to check with the rest of the staff.

What is everyone's opinion on this?

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I'd say submit the articles after the awards just to keep them a little more anonymous . Good luck.

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Thanks for the clarification here and in the PM Miguel. 8)

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After re-reading the rule and considering the spirit of it and the whole Awards, here's my understanding. Please note, this is my opinion, not the official position on the matter.

The rule says, keep the entry anonymous as possible. That means no name tags in the picture and no 'check my gallery for more pics' or 'check this wip for the process' in the title or comments box. Basicly, no free advertising. We are voting an entry, not a name or even a process...

The rule doesnt state anything about having the pictures on the gallery or a wip thread, or even an article. In the past that was never an actual issue and the entries were always accepted. It makes no sense to deny someone the possibility to participate on the Awards just because he had a wip going or actually took the time to explain how he did it in an article. Not to me at least.

Now, the spirit of the rule asks for a bit of common sense too.
I would avoid posting my entry on my personal gallery in that period, and would avoid stating in my wip that "this will be my entry".... but the rules dont say you cant. They just sort of ask you to.

The same goes for articles for instance. Publishing an article about your entry during the Awards period can be free advertising. Its not much of an issue because the staff can hold it on for a bit and only approve it after the voting.
But what if the article was published before the Awards? Well, is that a real reason to exclude a good entry? Makes no sense to me.


Common sense is the key, really. In the end, we cant go check all the blogs, forums or whatever that are around... and many of us will be able to know who did many if not most of the top contenders just based on the style anyway.

Like I said, this is how I see it. I will raise the question on the staff room.

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What is exactly an active member? I would like to enter at least one entry but i dont know if im one of these members XD

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If you read the section called Selection and Voting then rule number three explains what we mean by an 'active' member.

We feel it only fair that members who only join the site to try and win something are not allowed to enter but encourage members who want to really be part of this community.

Fairly recent new members might be allowed to compete provided they have made a real effort to get involved with the community i.e. are Active

If you are unsure if you would be classed as an active member then feel free to contact a staff member for clarification.

Emi78, you have uploaded pictures in the galleries and posted in the forums so I have no problem in saying you are active. It is worth noting that since this is an English language site some allowance would be given for members who don't have English as their first language. Having said that members always amaze me with their language skills.

Since you have helped me modify the rules slightly due to your question I have awarded you some gold coins. Thanks :-)
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2. To enter the One Ring Awards you must be a registered 'active' member and not have been banned from the One Ring site. A message will be displayed if you have. If so, you should contact the Admin team to find out why. If you have registered and are not banned and you still cannot log in then check and double-check your username and password. Usually this is the problem; if not, you should contact the site Admin team.

3. The competition is intended for members of the One-Ring community website and is not open to outsiders, so we are trying to discourage people from joining the site just to enter the competition. As such, we ask that entries are limited to only those members who are regular visitors in the forums, galleries, chatrooms and chatbox.

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