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Karen Lorraine
31st Oct 2016, 2:59 PM
Official MTS 2017 Calendar Contest: The Sims 4
Use your creativity to showcase your sims in a shot fitting for each month of the year. The picture should be a landscape or build/decor picture without sims representing the "feel" of a particular month. Have the living room decorated for Christmas? Take a picture! Have a pumpkin patch to visit for Halloween? Take a picture! Please use northern hemisphere seasons.

Rules
1. 1 picture per entry. You may only enter a month one time but may enter 2 separate months. (If you enter twice, you need to submit two different posts)
2. Only 15 entrants per month. Please no place holders. Each spot is only filled once the picture, that meets all the rules, has been submitted.
3. CC is allowed. However, please make sure to follow MTS rules for CC; no pay content.
4. Pictures must be 1000 (width) x 750 (height).
http://www.modyourpanties.com/hosting/51911_1311151032391000x750.gif
5. Minor photoeditting is permitted to create weather effects since TS4 does not have anything to simulate weather at this time. Your picture must still look like a game picture though so blurring, drawing objects/accessories/etc in, adding borders, etc is not permitted. For further details, please see the info button at the bottom of the rules list.
6. When posting your picture, please make sure to include the month it belongs to.
7. Sims 4 only. For Sims 2 version, please go here (http://modthesims.info/showthread.php?p=5108877) and for Sims 3, please go here (http://modthesims.info/showthread.php?p=5108880).
8. REMEMBER: This is a PG-13 Forum! Your entries may not include adult content, pornography, or other inappropriate content.

Photoshop Rules
Typically these contests do not permit photoshopping but since TS4 doesn’t have all the fancy in-game advantages that TS2 and TS3 have, we’re gonna alter that rule a little to help you with your seasonal stuff. :) So, you may edit your image to add seasonally appropriate weather effects. This could be as simple as adding a few faint white dots to look like gently falling snow or as detailed as hand painting storm clouds with lightning bolts or drawing orangey-red leaves to trees. You may also adjust the lighting/brightness, saturation and perhaps add a faint tint to your image if your chosen weather effect isn’t suited to the day-glo green scenery of the game. Remember you can also experiment with taking your picture at different times of day for different lighting effects.

The important points to note are:
Whatever weather related edits you make should blend well and must look like it’s part of the game. That means no copy and pasting a sky from a real life photograph and if you plan to fiddle with the brightness, saturation or add a tint, it must still look like a game pic, so shouldn’t be too washed out or neon etc.
No photoshopping of the actual sims please (except if you’re doing something that edits the whole image like adjusting brightness).
No photoshopping anything that can’t be described as a seasonally appropriate weather effect. That means no adding objects, accessories, borders, or text etc.
This is absolutely not a requirement. If you can make your image without adding outside weather effects, you’re more than welcome to do so and you won’t be judged any differently. :)

This quick before and after example is intended to show you what effects can be added and how they can be used. It’s not perfect (excuse the wonky rain!) but should give you an idea of the levels of editing that would be considered acceptable. If you're unsure, please just ask.
http://www.modyourpanties.com/hosting/62356_141101144804Before%20and%20After%20Example.jpg
Effects Used:
Brightness/contrast
Slightly de-saturated
Slight tint/colour change
Shaded clouds
Drawn on rain

How to Enter
1. Pick a month and take a picture to represent that month.
2. Upload the picture to any image host - Tinypic (http://www.tinypic.com), Photobucket (http://www.photobucket.com), Flickr (http://www.flickr.com), ModYourPanties (http://www.modyourpanties.com), etc
3. Start a new post on this thread - click Go Advanced, and you can click the little "Insert Image" icon in the toolbar, or just copy-paste the image location into some tags. Make sure to include which month your picture is for.
4. Submit your post - doing so will submit your entry.
5. If you want to do two entries, you need two separate posts.

Duration/Time Period
The contest begins November 1st, as soon as this is posted. Contestants will have until November 30th to post pictures. However, if a month fills up before that date, that month will be closed for new entries and judging.

Contestants
15 per month maximum

Judging and Scoring
Judging will be done by a panel MTS Staff and these are the things that the panel will be looking out for when entries are judged.
Theme - [i]Does your picture represent the month you chose?
Creativity - Originality of idea
Style - Use of space, props, is it pretty?
Rules - CC adherence, no editing, inclusion of month

Prizes
A sticker for both winners AND participants, like these (http://thumbs2.modthesims.info/img/1/0/5/2/6/7/5/MTS_Phaenoh-1331737-CompetitionStickers.jpg).
A calendar will be made for download with each winning month.
And, of course, the blue ribbons for each month’s winner.

Questions
Q: I already entered 2 separate months for TS4. Can I compete in the TS2/TS3 calendar as well?
A: Yes, you may. You're more than welcome to submit for all the contests, giving you 6 chances to win!

:alarm: The picture you post will be your final shot - make it good. Posting a random picture of a christmas tree, easter bunny, yourself, etc to reserve a spot is not allowed and it will be deleted.

Once your post has been added to the table, it may not be changed. Do not change the picture, you may not delete it and enter a new month instead, etc. If you choose to delete your entry, you are removing yourself from the contest and no further entries will be permitted from you.

If anyone is notified that they have used pay content, their entries will be disqualified. The spots they had will NOT be held.

heaven
31st Oct 2016, 3:16 PM
Contestant Entries

,January,February,March,April,May,June,July,August,September,October,November,December
1,attuned (http://www.modthesims.info/showpost.php?p=5122543&postcount=25) ,w_sims (http://www.modthesims.info/showpost.php?p=5120828&postcount=20) ,Fizzy9 (http://www.modthesims.info/showpost.php?p=5122796&postcount=27) ,no.[666]bicycle (http://www.modthesims.info/showpost.php?p=5113768&postcount=9) ,clw8 (http://www.modthesims.info/showpost.php?p=5113695&postcount=8) ,attuned (http://www.modthesims.info/showpost.php?p=5122544&postcount=26) ,tscammell (http://www.modthesims.info/showpost.php?p=5113804&postcount=11) ,Averex (http://www.modthesims.info/showpost.php?p=5121705&postcount=23) ,Letcupcake (http://www.modthesims.info/showpost.php?p=5110756&postcount=6) ,clw8 (http://modthesims.info/showthread.php?p=5109444#post5109444),Letcupcake (http://www.modthesims.info/showpost.php?p=5110671&postcount=5) ,justJones (http://www.modthesims.info/showpost.php?p=5111706&postcount=7)
2,,,,,,,no.[666]bicycle (http://www.modthesims.info/showpost.php?p=5113769&postcount=10) ,,,Fizzy9 (http://www.modthesims.info/showpost.php?p=5122797&postcount=28) ,,Averex (http://www.modthesims.info/showpost.php?p=5120634&postcount=18)
3,,,,,,,,,,,,holysweaters (http://www.modthesims.info/showpost.php?p=5121124&postcount=22)
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clw8
1st Nov 2016, 5:30 PM
I really enjoyed participating last year in this contest and have been searching for new things to do in TS4. Happened to stumble upon this on my one day off for a while, so wanted to go ahead and get an entry out. I found it was quite challenging this time around to not utilize any Sims in the photo, but fun all the way. Unfortunately, I feel resizing the photo did not go well with the size it was initially, but in any case, here is my first entry. I'll definitely at a second entry, but it will probably not be until later next week.

October
setting up Halloween party
http://www.modyourpanties.com/hosting/73319_161101162250october2017entry.jpg

Letcupcake
3rd Nov 2016, 7:42 PM
Every year I struggle with the size: 1000 x 750. If I resize it, the picture looks distorted. If I crop it, bad quality. Any tips?

Letcupcake
3rd Nov 2016, 9:53 PM
http://i67.tinypic.com/a1ibmr.jpg

Actually got around my resizing problem! Now I'll start working on my next entry :)

Letcupcake
4th Nov 2016, 12:20 AM
http://i63.tinypic.com/5k0ojq.jpg

justJones
5th Nov 2016, 11:47 PM
December

http://www.modyourpanties.com/hosting/73352_161105224347decnight.jpg

clw8
10th Nov 2016, 4:58 AM
Here's my second entry, this one is for the month of May

http://www.modyourpanties.com/hosting/73385_161110035645may entry.jpg

no.[666]bicycle
10th Nov 2016, 9:50 AM
My first submission for April- Garden Weather

http://i65.tinypic.com/2mcayac.jpg

no.[666]bicycle
10th Nov 2016, 9:53 AM
My second submission, July- Summer breeze

http://i64.tinypic.com/2qxrj0m.jpg

tscammell
10th Nov 2016, 12:10 PM
July - Relaxing by the pool
http://www.modyourpanties.com/hosting/73394_16111011074711-10-16_9-17-046.jpg

tscammell
10th Nov 2016, 12:13 PM
Entry 2 -
September - Autumnal plaza breeze
http://www.modyourpanties.com/hosting/73393_16111011020309-10-16_4-39-060.jpg

Karen Lorraine
11th Nov 2016, 12:28 AM
@no.[666]bicycle
Both of your images are the wrong size so I cannot enter you into the contest at the moment. Please can you resize them to 1000x750 pixels.

@tscammell The entry for September has a sim in it, so I cannot enter it into the competition, sorry.

no.[666]bicycle
15th Nov 2016, 3:21 PM
@no.[666]bicycle
Both of your images are the wrong size so I cannot enter you into the contest at the moment. Please can you resize them to 1000x750 pixels.

@tscammell The entry for September has a sim in it, so I cannot enter it into the competition, sorry.

I have re-sized both.

clw8
20th Nov 2016, 1:30 AM
Is the deadline going to be extended if not all months get an entry, to allow others to (hopefully) enter? I would hate for there to not be enough entries to make a calendar.

Karen Lorraine
21st Nov 2016, 12:03 AM
We still have another 10 days to run. Why not encourage your friends to enter?

clw8
21st Nov 2016, 1:10 AM
We still have another 10 days to run. Why not encourage your friends to enter?

Oh trust me, I have begged my closest friend who plays sims to enter... no such luck... I will keep at it though! :)

itskatie
26th Nov 2016, 3:43 AM
Wanted to do something homey and reminiscent of the New England winters I grew up with. Hope you like it :)
http://i36.photobucket.com/albums/e48/Katie_Logue/MTS%20Calendar%20Entry_zpslcizmjxk.jpg

Karen Lorraine
26th Nov 2016, 9:55 AM
All up-to-date, thank you for your entries!

w_sims
26th Nov 2016, 4:34 PM
February :lovestruc

http://www.modyourpanties.com/hosting/73611_16112615323830.png

Karen Lorraine
26th Nov 2016, 7:50 PM
Table updated, thanks for the entries :)

holysweaters
27th Nov 2016, 5:02 AM
DECEMBER
Christmas Eve

http://66.media.tumblr.com/09d9baff213e8c9659b6f7e37af0bde6/tumblr_oha80fveLW1u5ikreo1_1280.png

I'm new here and this is my first time entering, so if I did anything wrong or need to fix anything please let me know! :)

itskatie
28th Nov 2016, 5:37 AM
http://i36.photobucket.com/albums/e48/Katie_Logue/MTS%20Calendar%20Entry%202_zpstf6cvjzq.jpg

Karen Lorraine
29th Nov 2016, 10:23 PM
All up-to-date! Not long now! One more day to go, so you'd better hurry up and get those entries in :)

attuned
30th Nov 2016, 8:30 AM
JANUARY-it's warm by the fire
(with a borrowed game)

http://www.modyourpanties.com/hosting/73622_161130072659January.jpg

attuned
30th Nov 2016, 8:32 AM
JUNE- time for a wedding
(with a borrowed game)

http://www.modyourpanties.com/hosting/73623_161130072733June.jpg

Fizzy9
30th Nov 2016, 9:20 PM
My entry for March
peek-a-boo ;)
http://www.modyourpanties.com/hosting/73630_161130200543-2017%20MTS%20Sims%204%20Calendar%20Contest%20March.png

Fizzy9
30th Nov 2016, 9:20 PM
My entry for October
- Would you want to Trick-or-Treat at this house? ;)
http://www.modyourpanties.com/hosting/73629_161130200540-2017%20MTS%20Sims%204%20Calendar%20Contest%20October.png

itskatie
1st Dec 2016, 1:33 AM
Why did somebody disagree with my photo?

How can you disagree with a photo? Lol

Karen Lorraine
1st Dec 2016, 10:42 AM
Thank you all for your flurry of entries!

The contest is now CLOSED

Letcupcake
1st Dec 2016, 3:39 PM
We Got All Entries We Needed To Do The Contest!!! :D

itskatie
3rd Jan 2017, 6:50 PM
Any idea when the results will come out?

no.[666]bicycle
8th Jan 2017, 2:17 AM
Any idea when the results will come out?

I would like to know as well!

Karen Lorraine
8th Jan 2017, 8:20 PM
Thank you all for your patience and apologies for the delay. As there were so few entries to the competition this year we have decided to combine all the entries and make a combined calendar for each game. The calendars should be available for download by the end of the week :)

Letcupcake
9th Jan 2017, 2:59 PM
Thank you all for your patience and apologies for the delay. As there were so few entries to the competition this year we have decided to combine all the entries and make a combined calendar for each game. The calendars should be available for download by the end of the week :)

Does this mean that out of all the entries in all the games there will only be one calendar with 12 pictures?
If so, I don't think its very fair... :P

Karen Lorraine
10th Jan 2017, 3:01 PM
I am sorry that you are disappointed by our decision to make a combined calendar but we did not want to have 'default' winners and we wanted to make the calendar as interesting as possible.

NB: This decision was made by all the Staff members in discussion.

attuned
11th Jan 2017, 4:59 AM
I was disappointed that there were so few entries this year, especially for TS4. I even tried to help by making 2 entries on the last day, for months that had no entries at all. I don't even play TS4, and I am kind of relieved not to be a "default winner". I am sure it was a considered, though difficult decision to combine the calendar. I am happy there will even BE a calendar this year, and perhaps going forward, a combined calendar will allow this beloved tradition to continue. Thanks Karen Lorraine, for hosting. :)

itskatie
14th Jan 2017, 10:24 PM
Here I was all excited that I was going to win for August. Now I'm likely not going to win. Cool. :|

no.[666]bicycle
16th Jan 2017, 7:35 AM
Either way I am really excited!

Chax
18th Jan 2017, 2:22 PM
I just discovered now that there was this contest. A suggestion would be to leave more than a month for the contest ? It's so sad that there wasn't more participants. :(

heaven
18th Jan 2017, 4:54 PM
I posted this in the TS3 thread, but I figure I will post it in all for people who only are following one:

I, in fact, was the one who first suggested to combine the entries in the first place. The calendar contest has been my "baby" for as many years as I have been a moderator (this is the 6th year we've done it). I have watched as, each year, the entries for each month get smaller and smaller. I've watched this contest go from having completely full months to having some months only receive a single entry at last minute. The latter is not fair. People wait until the day (or even an hour) before the contest ends and then put in an entry that they may or may not have worked hard on and win by default because no one else entered that month.

Yes, I understand that combining all the entries into one calendar and then choosing 12 winners instead of 36 is sucky for the contestants. I get that; believe me I do. However, it still seemed more fair than letting people win by default. Per contest rules, generally contests that do not have 10 contestants to go forward do not continue. If you look at that, the calendar contest in the past has actually been lenient (if you consider each month a mini-contest) in almost all years. 4 or 5 per month usually seems to be the average; this year it was about 2 per month when averaged. After all, what's the point of having a contest where you only have one entry?

As for years going forward; at this point, it will most likely be either a joint contest or not at all. There's just not enough interest to continue doing 3 separate contests.

Karen Lorraine
21st Jan 2017, 12:20 AM
Here are the Calendar winners. We will be adding participation and winner stickers over the next few days. Congratulations everyone!

January Charmful (http://www.modthesims.info/member.php?u=947482)
February Pary (http://modthesims.info/m/2583970)
March joandsarah77 (http://modthesims.info/member.php?u=1433933)
April simsample (http://modthesims.info/m/52848)
May clw8 (http://www.modthesims.info/m/902684)
June Essa (http://www.modthesims.info/m/62909)
July gdayars (http://modthesims.info/member.php?u=46059)
August Averex (http://www.modthesims.info/m/8022897)
September AngieMFAK77 (http://www.modthesims.info/m/2130451)
October N_Fluen$e (http://www.modthesims.info/m/1906032)
November Zarathustra (http://www.modthesims.info/m/4184705)
December Spladoum (http://www.modthesims.info/m/39789)

no.[666]bicycle
21st Jan 2017, 1:53 PM
This seems inaccurate considering looking at the chart on page one some of the names that won didn't even seem to enter? is anyone else confused or feel like that got let out?

I saw
Clw8
letcupcake
Justjones
Myself
tscammell
Avarex
W_sims
holy sweaters
attuned
fizzy 9
all make the effort to submit photos.

I didn’t see Charmful, Pary, Joandsarah77, simsample, essa, gdayars, AngieMFAK77, N_Fluen$e, Zarathustra, Spladoum

Only people that got chosen were Clw8, and Avarex from the original list? wait what? (no offense to CLW8 and Avarex)




Here are the Calendar winners. We will be adding participation and winner stickers over the next few days. Congratulations everyone!

January Charmful (http://www.modthesims.info/member.php?u=947482)
February Pary (http://modthesims.info/m/2583970)
March joandsarah77 (http://modthesims.info/member.php?u=1433933)
April simsample (http://modthesims.info/m/52848)
May clw8 (http://www.modthesims.info/m/902684)
June Essa (http://www.modthesims.info/m/62909)
July gdayars (http://modthesims.info/member.php?u=46059)
August Averex (http://www.modthesims.info/m/8022897)
September AngieMFAK77 (http://www.modthesims.info/m/2130451)
October N_Fluen$e (http://www.modthesims.info/m/1906032)
November Zarathustra (http://www.modthesims.info/m/4184705)
December Spladoum (http://www.modthesims.info/m/39789)

Chax
21st Jan 2017, 2:25 PM
bicycle']This seems inaccurate considering looking at the chart on page one some of the names that won didn't even seem to enter? is anyone else confused or feel like that got let out?

I saw
Clw8
letcupcake
Justjones
Myself
tscammell
Avarex
W_sims
holy sweaters
attuned
fizzy 9
all make the effort to submit photos.

I didn’t see Charmful, Pary, Joandsarah77, simsample, essa, gdayars, AngieMFAK77, N_Fluen$e, Zarathustra, Spladoum

Only people that got chosen were Clw8, and Avarex from the original list? wait what? (no offense to CLW8 and Avarex)

They said that they brought together all contestants for TS2-TS3-TS4. So these people are probably contestants from the other games.

simsample
21st Jan 2017, 2:58 PM
Well done to all that entered, and congratulations to the winners! Thanks to the moderators who created the calendars.

I know some are upset that the contest was combined for Sims 2, 3 and 4, but I think it's a really nice idea. None of us ever agree as to which iteration of the game is the best (heck, I don't even agree with myself, it changes every day), but it's the community and the discussion and creation which keeps the game alive. Who ever would have thought, when I purchased Sims 1 17 years ago, that all this time later I would be downloading newly made items for the game. Or that there would be three more versions of the game, and so many new creators, and new friends to make through the game. I think a combined calendar is a great dedication to this vibrant and fun community. :lovestruc

no.[666]bicycle
25th Jan 2017, 9:11 AM
They said that they brought together all contestants for TS2-TS3-TS4. So these people are probably contestants from the other games.

Makes sense now, I know that I wouldn't of had a chance because I could only enter the sims 4 one considering I can't get my codes for the sims 2 or sims 3 to work.

Karen Lorraine
25th Jan 2017, 11:22 PM
Most of the entrants only entered for one game.

Rosebine
26th Jan 2017, 12:10 AM
Only most of them?
I mean, it is a good idea to combine all 3 games, but one contestant should not be allowed to enter all 3 for one contest. Then that makes it quite uneven, and as no.[666]bicycle said, it gives other contestants who would only participate with one game, far less chances to be seen. In my opinion.

heaven
26th Jan 2017, 10:47 PM
Only most of them?
I mean, it is a good idea to combine all 3 games, but one contestant should not be allowed to enter all 3 for one contest. Then that makes it quite uneven, and as no.[666]bicycle said, it gives other contestants who would only participate with one game, far less chances to be seen. In my opinion.
We judges look at every entry for every game, regardless of how many times you entered. Additionally, we make sure that no one wins more than one month in any given contest. When the contests were individually scored, someone could win 3 times; once for each calendar. When it became combined this year, a participant could only win once, even if they had 6 entries which was the max they could have if they had entered all 3 calendar contests using both spots they were allowed.