So our first competition reached its conclusion yesterday. We have a wonderful winner.
Congratulations to Wilberforce Buckshot for producing such an eye-catching picture. I think it really gets to grips with the theme of ‘solitude’.
To me, this line draws the viewer right into the competition theme, and I believe that it was this close correspondence between theme and picture that many of you wanted to see in the winner.
But even without this title, there is something hugely evocative in the image of this elegant man, silhouetted against the Furillen sky.
This picture is quite clearly a ‘Furillen picture’.
Minimalist. Powerful in its use of space and light.
And as I am sure everyone will agree, this is not simply an artist to reckon with, but a splendid avatar, too.
There is an additional, very touching aspect to all of this. When I told Wilberforce the news, I discovered that he is marrying his Second Life partner, Gidgy Buckshot – marrying in real life, I hasten to add – on Tuesday of this week.
I wish them both great happiness.
Wilberforce has produced an incredible run of great pictures from Furillen. As someone commented on one of them, he really seems to bring the place to life.
Here are some examples of his Furillen work:
But I could – and would – say the same thing for so many of the people who entered. And I look forward to doing so …
This contest was, I must say, a close run thing. There were many strong pictures in the pool, and this was reflected in the voting.
Every one of you who voted thought about this hard. You had good reasons for choosing the picture you voted for; reasons that you often stated to me when you voted.
I was struck – and really impressed – by the thoughtfulness, generosity and sincerity of your reasons.
I will be featuring some of the other great pictures from the competition pool in the picture of the day slot this week – starting with the runner up, which I will post later today.
True to competition rules, Wilberforce’s picture will be displayed on the sim for the next two weeks.
And he has nominated our next theme: “cold”
Many of those who took part in this round said that they didn’t usually like competitions, but this one seemed a bit different.
It wasn’t about the prize, it was about the process – the taking part, the sharing of perspectives on a theme, the fascination of seeing what others came up with.
So thank you, everyone who took part, for proving that it really is possible to have – for want of a better term – a ‘non-competitive competition’.
The next round starts now. Same procedure as before. It ends on Friday 5 February at midday SLT.