Fall Photostory Competition (aka the Big Surprise): The Rules, What it is, & How to Enter!

Hey, marshmallows! I’m so excited that FPC is finally getting out there after half a year of planning and stalling on my part this awesome event. Ahh, I can’t wait!

Wait, back up. What is FPC, you ask?

  • FPC – Fall Photostory Competition – is exactly what it sounds like! It’s two-round competition hosted by Natalie from The AG Spot and me!
  • Here’s how it works:
  • In the first round, the Audition Round, you will write and photograph a 200-600 word photostory based on the two Audition Round prompt! (The Audition Round part of the contest is loosely inspired by this contest by foreveranddollways.)
  • We’ll have two weeks for everyone to put together and enter their photostories, and then Natalie and I will pick six (or more, depending on how many people enter!) photostories to continue to the Finals!
  • The finalists will write and photograph 400-800 word photostory based on the three new prompts!
  • The top 3 highest scoring winners will receive special prize packages!

Third place will receive: A winner graphic and their photostory featured on our blogs!

Second place will receive: All third place prizes and a guest post on each of our blogs!

First place will receive: All second and third place prizes, a doll trophy made by me, a TAGS t-shirt, and signed photos of our dolls! *Note: If the first place winner is not allowed to give their address to us so we can send the first place prizes, then the second place winner will receive the prizes, and if they can’t then third place, and so on.

Now that you’ve got a basic idea of the competition, let’s list the rules!

  • All photostories must be your own and original (no remakes of old photostories, books, movies, classic stories/fairytales, etc.)
  • You are allowed to edit your photos.
  • The Audition Round photostories must be 200-600 words long and include at least ten pictures. The Finals photostories must be 400-800 words long and include at least twelve pictures.
  • Although American Girl Dolls are the preferred subject for your photos, you can use stuffies, other dolls, clay figures, etc.
  • Please keep your photostory G-rated and God-honoring!
  • Your photostory will be judged in five categories based on a point system: Photo, props, doll, writing, and story.
  • Please, do not post your photostory on your blog until after the competition ends.
  • When you enter, you will have to give me and Natalie your email address. We will never use it for spam purposes, only to notify you if you have made it to the finals, answer or ask questions, and remind you of deadlines.
  • When you have entered, you will email us your finished audition photostory by December 1.
  • You do not need a blog to enter.
  • The deadline to sign up was originally November 22, then it was changed to November 29, and now is currently December 1.

What are you waiting for? Just enter with the sign-up form here!

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The audition round prompts are:

Feel free to take the prompts in any (appropriate) direction you’d like! Remember, try your best and be unique. Good luck!

During the audition round, we are looking for many things in your entry, most importantly; 

  • Quality photography
  • Nice ‘actors’ (your dolls)
  • An interesting storyline

And while we can’t give you instructions on exactly how to win, we can give you a few tips:

  • Dolls who look like they’re staring into space, are half-dressed, or have messy hair are a serious turnoff to us.
  • Lighting is key! Dark and/or grainy photography is always a no-no.
  • We LOVE fresh, compelling stories, so don’t be afraid to be creative or even slightly weird!
  • ANY plagiarism (a story very similar to another blogger’s photostory, past or present) we find will be automatically disqualified from the competition

Good luck and be creative! I can’t wait to see all your awesome photostories!

~Emmie

Springing Into Life Photography Challenge (SIL) Challenge: Challenge 3

Hello everyone! One of my BBFs (Blogging Best Friends) Hannah is hosting a photography challenge. Sadly, I wasn’t able to enter the last two times, but this time I could! I’m on Team Leaf. Here’s my entry for the category Light Pink:

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I’m very proud of it! Those flowers are BEAUTIFUL, don’t you think?

Now, for a photo for the bonus challenge, which is Sparkly!

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I am in love with this picture! It is definitely one of the most creative I have done yet. I’m not a huge fan of the big shadow, though.

I hope you enjoyed this random and fairly short post! Speaking of random…

The Random Edit! (1)

Random word of the day: Rottweiler (how random)

Random post I’m digging right now: Free Inspirational Quotes to Uplift and Inspire

Random and weird fact: Tigers have striped skin, not just striped fur!

*Arg can’t find sign off*

Christmas Collab Day 8: The Milk Maid Menace + Updated Which Doll are You Most Like Quiz! + HELP MEEEE!

Hello, people of the Earth!

VIFE YADS NITUL MASSCHRIS!!! Eeeeeep! I nact blivee ti. M’I OS PAPHY!!

Five days. Can you believe it? FIVE DAYS!!!

Anyways….on with the post! Which will be very long, according to the title.

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(Popcorn will be in Yellow, Jade in purple, and Lea in pink.)

Hmm, I wonder what today’s advent activity is?IMG_1854.JPG

It says to perform a play about milk maids. What’s a milk maid?

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Good question.IMG_1857.JPG

So do you know what a milk maid is? Umm…*Googles milk maids* Now I do!

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What does it say? According to Wikipedia…IMG_1859.PNG

So yeah. Basically. Okayyyy…IMG_1863.JPG

~10 Minutes Later~

**In an old lady voice** Yipeeee! I’m gonna go milk theese ol’ dog–erm, cow, so I can get me wayyyges for this weeeeek!

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BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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*Whines*IMG_1868.JPG

RUFF RUFF RUFF! Bark! Bow-wow…

Translation: Yeah I’m getting out of here…

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AHH WAIT MY COW! Ow.IMG_1871.JPG

I think the dog quit.

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But the show must go on! Sew, heeeere me is milkin’ me inveeeesible cow!

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*LICK*

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I think the dog came back… That’s it! I’m outta here!

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The End…?

AMERICAN GIRL W-2

So, remember the What Doll Are You Most Like? Quiz from like 8 months ago? Well, I’ve gotten a few dolls since then, so i decided to make a new one! (Partly cuz I was bored XD)

Take the quiz!

Which doll did you get? Say so in the comments below! (I got Isabel, btw.)

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I NEED YOUR HELP!

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He he, I’ve used this one before

American Girl World’s blogaversary is TOMORROW! 😮 Annndddd…I have no idea what to do. XD I’m literally screaming at myself because i’m so last-minute. And seriously, I’m traveling tomorrow, so I need your ideas by…like today? Something besides a giveaway, because i have nothing to give away. (Plus the last time I did a give away I only got one entry…)  I’ll decide this evening, when I get the post up! I’ll make you a blog button if you help! PLEASE I’M DESPERATE

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Aaaaannnyways…

Emmie

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Emmie Awards 2017 VOTING!

Hello, people of the Earth!

Now, for what you all have been waiting for….THE EMMIE AWARDS VOTING!! If you need a reminder, The poll for the Emmies will close on December 25, Christmas day. Like on the Emmys, all of the winners will be alerted on December 26 so they can write their “acceptance speech”. Lastly, the winners will be announced on December 31.

To vote, click the link below!

So what are you waiting for? Get voting!

Best of luck to the nominees!

Emmie