Scenic Cycle III: Meet the Judges

We’ll be meeting our photographers tomorrow, but for today we’re going to talk about our judges, who will be graciously providing feedback to our contestants each week.

Odharnait “Ona” Greene – Previous judge, host of Scenic Cycle II and most recently Fresh Faces, failed model, Challenge Winner of 2018, poet, mom friend, and avid drunk, Ona has agreed to give loving tribute to the shots each week this cycle. Welcome back Ona!

Elessia Sedai – Fat Cat Chronicles veteran and most recently Ona’s partner in crime, as well as our Challenge Winner of 2019, Elessia started out as a community judge and is now one of our MVPs on the judging and hosting team. Welcome back, Elessia!

Ni’ko Shae – Host of Runway Cycle, and winner of Classic Cycle 11, Ni’ko is temporarily back from a nice vacation in PSO2 to give the photographers some flowery feedback and prolific puns every week. Welcome back, Ni’ko!

And introducing our newest community judge, Reese Direson – A participant in Fresh Faces Cycle 2, Reese is joining us as a judge to bring us a fresh perspective to Scenic Cycle III as well. Reese has worked on set design and fabrication out in the offline world, and we’re excited to see what advice and thoughts he will bring to the table!

Katarh Mest – Your host! ENTM veteran, and winner of Runway Cycle 1, Katarh started out as a community judge in 2014 thanks to her penchant for glamour design, and became the co-manager of ENTM with Kai Ulric in 2017. Now she manages the website, in addition to hosting cycles and judging.

ENTM Presents Scenic Cycle III

July Challenge 2021 Voting

We had five submissions this month for the theme Lost In Time. Take a look at these shots of our confused time travelers, and then vote for your favorite using the Google poll below!

Voting will be open until Friday, July 30th at 11:59 PM EDT.

If you are having issues voting in the embedded poll, you can open it in a new tab by clicking on this link instead: https://forms.gle/SQQ9CEKSjmQ34a6N9

Call for Scenic Cycle Judges and Photographers

Announcing ENTM’s Scenic Cycle III!

Scenic Cycle is our unique, anonymously judged landscape photography cycle. Unlike our model focused classic cycles, Scenic Cycle hides your characters behind the lens of the Gpose camera and challenges you to put your background and compositional skills to the test instead.

The deadline for photographer and judge submissions is July 24th.

The contest is scheduled to run from July 30th to September 3rd.

Photographers Needed

Scenic cycle is a smaller, more intimate challenge with no community judging, since all our shots are submitted under a veil of secrecy. The anonymous submission each week allows our judges to weigh each screenshot wholly on its own merits, without any fear of possible bias.

Scenic Cycle is open to ENTM veterans and newcomers alike. You do not have to have entered any other ENTM cycle before to participate. You do, however, have to commit to at least six new unique screenshots created for this contest during late July through August 2021. It is also strongly recommended that you be at least level 70 with access to the Shadowbringers zones, although it is not a hard requirement for the contest. (Just saying – your competitors might accidentally spoil you if you’re not careful.)

A maximum of 12 contestants will be accepted.

Each week, a shot will be shared to the public and judges will release their critiques as well. The judges will rank each shot, and a winner will be announced for that week. At the end of the cycle, all the weekly rankings will be tallied, and a winner announced. Only after the judges have voted will the name of the photographer be matched to each shot.

To audition for Scenic Cycle III: Please send Admin Katarh Mest a portfolio (via a Discord DM) with the following:

* Your character name
* Your server and data center
* Audition Screenshot:  

A Gpose screenshot that is taken while flying using the Picture Frame border.   (Not the Instant Camera frame, or any of the ornamental frames. Only Picture Frame!)   

This screenshot can be in any weather, at any time of day, in any zone where flying is allowed.   The Square Enix copyright information must be visible on your shot.  No Reshade or Gshade allowed:  the challenge of ENTM is to use only in game tools to produce a beautiful photograph.  Other than the requirement of the Picture Frame, you can also use any other effects or filters you want for this audition shot.  Send me the prettiest picture you can!

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Call for Judges

In addition to our photographers, we would like to have a panel of 3-4 judges. The responsibility of the judges are to review the shots each week, rank them, and write up a brief critique sharing your thoughts on the technical and artistic composition of the photograph submission. Like our photographers, this is a six week commitment, but the way our schedule works judges usually have a full weekend to review and critique their shots! Depending on how many photographers we have, critiques may be split into groupings to avoid too much work for each judge.

To apply to be a judge, you must have at least one of the following qualifications:

  • Be an “All Star” for a prior ENTM contest (3rd place or higher or a yearly challenge winner)
  • Have been a judge for us before
  • Be a moderator or admin for one of our Community Partners, including other members of Hydalaen International
  • Have a real world qualification, such as being a professional artist, photographer, or other trained or experienced individual.

To apply to be a judge, please send a DM to Admin Katarh Mest with your character name, your server, and your qualification! New judges are always welcome to give us a fresh perspective.

July Challenge 2021

The theme for the July Challenge is going to throw you for a temporal loop! Take a shot on the theme Lost In Time and show us your character in a different decade or even century, either in Eorzea or on Earth. Go backwards or forwards as much as your Alexander powered time machine will take you, and then snap us a picture of yourself in your new spacetime environs!

Entries for this contest will be open until July 23rd, 2021 at 11:59 PM EDT. To enter, send your shot along with your character name to Admin Katarh on our Discord channel.

Prize: The winner of the July challenge can choose a minion or an emote from the Mogstation! The prize for winning the contest also still includes the right to choose the next month’s challenge, and your winning screenshot as the banner on our web page.

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ENTM contests are open to the general screenshot community. You do not have to have participated in any ENTM contest before. You must, however, be a member of our Discord community to see the winner’s announcement. ENTM monthly contest screenshots must be “vanilla” – no mods, no Reshade, and no post processing allowed. You must include the FFXIV copyright notice on the shot to allow us to post on our website for voting. Please submit one (1) original screenshot for this contest, not used in any other contest before or posted on social media. Also please include the character name for voting. No other restrictions apply beyond these and the challenge theme as described above. Do not taunt happy fun ball.

June Challenge Winner

The votes closed last night, and with a clear majority of the many votes, the winner for the month of July is Killia Verenelle for this amazing Peter Pan and Captain Hook shot! It’s been a while, but this scene looks like it could have come straight out of Hook which was definitely a summer blockbuster from my childhood.

Congratulations, and please watch this space for the July challenge in a few days!

Also: In less than a week, we will be announcing our next long for screenshot cycle!

XIV Screen shot [ID: An image of Peter Pan flying over a sword held by Captain Hook on a pirate ship, as depicted by characters in Final Fantasy XIV]
Killia Verenelle – Second Star to the Right and Straight On Til Morning

June 2021 Challenge Voting

Sorry for the delays in getting this up – I’ve been dealing with computer upgrades all weekend (and my woes still aren’t done since I now broke my sound to FFXIV. ugh.)

For the June challenge, we have a big prize so we put up a big challenge to match! The name of the challenge is Summer Blockbuster and our contestants were asked to pair a shot from a movie with a quote from the same movie.

Here are the entries! Please view each of them and then use the Google Poll at the bottom to vote for your favorite. Click in the middle of an image to make it larger, then use your browser’s back button to return to this page.

Voting will be open until 11:59 PM EDT on Friday, July 2nd!

Damien Montclair – “I Am Iron Man”
Khloe Jaab – “Out Here Everything Hurts”
Hilda Garde – “Come What May I Know The Way”
Teomaru Nijima – “Come With Me If You Want To Live”
Killia Verenelle – “Second Star to the Right and Straight On Til Morning”

If you are having issues voting using the poll embedded above, please click on this link to open the poll in its own browser tab: https://forms.gle/DYviekfu9mmAGY5J7

Time for your Crown!

Fresh Faces 2 has come to a close and our weekly winners have been able to stun our judges with their amazing shots.

Though we lost Portia to IRL needs partway through, we kept 9 amazing models right through the final!

I kept reminding the models that we have had models who never win a round take the whole competition, and this I think helped the models keep focused on their weekly challenges. We had six weeks with unique challenges presented to the models, and six weeks of shots highlighting the unique personalities of the models.

The winners each week were as follows:

  1. Baby You Were Born This Way – Amalie Greene
  2. It’s Gonna Be May – Damien Montclair
  3. You Had One Job – Killia Venerelle
  4. In the Arms of the Angel – Zathena Astreus
  5. 9 to 5 – Daiyu Elani
  6. Never Gonna Give You Up – Killia Venerelle

So now it is time to officially crown the winner of the 2nd installment of Fresh Faces 2 – 2021 Edition.

Now where did I put the crown… Looks around for the crown… Here it is!

Season 1 Queen GIF by The White Princess - Find & Share on GIPHY

With placement in the top three five out of six weeks, and a first place win, this model proved that she has what it takes to wear this badge of honor, the elusive S-Rank tag, the most coveted golden name in all of Eorzea’s Neo Talent Management Discord.

Beyonce Knowles Queen GIF - Find & Share on GIPHY

Please make way for the new S-Rank Model….

Season 9 Nbc GIF by The Office - Find & Share on GIPHY

Amalie Greene!

A special shout out to my judges:

Kat, Escher, Yomu, and Forth…

I Love You Heart Hands GIF by Taylor Swift - Find & Share on GIPHY

And an extra special shout out to my co-mentor Elessia for being the one person I could squee about shots to …

Michael Scott Reaction GIF - Find & Share on GIPHY

Now come join us over at ENTM’s Discord for the next cycle! I forget what it is, but it’s probably Ni’ko’s turn to host.

https://discord.com/channels/285270099487621121/285270099487621121

Until next cycle –

Never Gonna Give You Up – Round Winner!

Holy Moly! What a competition! I am usually trusted to complete the scenic cycle because I can be super creative with the themes, so when Kat and Kai gave me the go-ahead to host Fresh Faces 2—- well, I got a little excited! But my amazing models worked with me and produced some fantastic images which frequently caused my judges to go “ugh Ona, they all did so well!”.

But with all competitions a winner was announced each week.

And like all other weeks, this week a model danced her way to a win, and with that epic studio setup, well it’s no wonder she was let into the weekly winner’s circle for a second time this competition!

So without further delay, CONGRATULATIONS to

KILLIA!

I don’t really have words to express how epic this shot was, but it wowed the judges and landed you first place! Ona just wants to know if that was a shower in the foreground…. or did you have a friend manipulate some fancy skill to get that look?!?

Up next, the winner of the entire competition will be announced, and that elusive Golden S-Rank Title will be awarded…. I still don’t have one of those, but looking back at this competitions shots, I don’t want to go up against any of these models!

June 2021 Challenge

The challenge for June this year is going to be a perfect start to kick off the hottest months of the year – Summer Blockbuster!

“When I think of a long, hot summer, I imagine going to see the latest blockbuster in a cool, air-conditioned theater with warm, buttered popcorn and a cold beverage. Bring your favorite blockbuster to life in your screenshot but also include a quote to go with it.”

For this challenge, include the screenshot as well as a movie quote that inspired the screenshot, alongside your character name. Send this in a DM to Host Katarh via the ENTM Discord channel. The voting form will include the movie caption.

Entries for this challenge will be accepted until 11:59 PM EDT on Friday June 25th.

Elessia elected to pay the last two prizes forward, so the prize this month is going to be any outfit from the Mogstation you want.

ENTM contests are open to the general screenshot community. You do not have to have participated in any ENTM contest before. You must, however, be a member of our Discord community to see the winner’s announcement. ENTM monthly contest screenshots must be “vanilla” – no mods, no Reshade, and no post processing allowed. You must include the FFXIV copyright notice on the shot to allow us to post on our website for voting. Please submit one (1) original screenshot for this contest, not used in any other contest before or posted on social media. Also please include the character name for voting. No other restrictions apply beyond these and the challenge theme as described above. Do not taunt happy fun ball.

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Be Epic… Be Memorable… Never Gonna Give You Up.

Bet you never saw that epic Rick Roll heading straight towards you with the trench coat, ginger hair, and sweet, sweet dance moves.



What you WILL see, however is the most amount of Fresh a Fresh Faces round could fit into one post! So much wow…. so much whoa…. so much Epic-ness to give Queen Bee herself telling you about Becky with the good hair a run for her crown. So many pockets Starlight wouldn’t even know what to put in them!

The models were told to go and be as epic as Beyoncé, and as memorable as Rick Astley.

And the models did not disappoint! So without further adieu, we present the final round…

Never Gonna Give You Up

Voting up until Tuesday 10pm… Round Winner Announce by Midnight!