For filling the Cauldron, we held two contests: a photo contest and a Design a Garden contest. It’s taken slightly longer than anticipated to get the announcement of the winners together, but here they are.
In both cases, the contests were decided by a combination of a popular vote and adjudicated choices, however, in the case of the Garden contest, the overall winner was selected by Elicio himself, in recognition of the work put into the garden designs.
The three winners of our photo contest are:
- In third place: Oema Resident with this view of Cerridwen’s Cauldron. Oema wins a voucher for items from Cerridwen’s Cauldron worth up to L$750
- In second place: Opal Lei, with a look out over the waters of Cerridwen’s Cauldron. Opal wins a voucher for items from Cerridwen’s Cauldron worth up to L$1,000
- In first place:ErikoLeo with a magnificent 360-degree panorama of Cerridwen’s Cauldron. Eriko collects the first prize of an original piece of real world art by Elicio himself, to be delivered her in-world and in the physical world.
We will be contacting all three winners concerning their prizes. Congratulations to them all, and thank you al all who entered.
We had nine superb entries for the Garden Contest – which is also written about here – so selecting a winner was an enviable task for all concerned. In the end, however, the combination of public and adjudicated votes give us three finalists. They were:
- Eclair Martinek – “garden 3”
- Oscelot Haalan – “garden 8”
- Opal Lei – “garden 9”.
These three gardens were then visited by Elicio (more than once!), who would decide the overall winner. “Oh wow….this has been a though pick. They are all so beautiful!” he told me as I joined him at the sky platform after he had made his selection. People have put so much effort on these. They are so beautiful.”
And his final choice?
“Garden 3” he informed me, leading me to Eclair’s garden. “It shows a lot of time and attention to detail. It is complex without becoming visually cluttered. A restrained use of the palette too…that’s difficult.”
Of the two runners-up, Elicio said this, “The Caretaker one is so lovely, it has a clear message and it moved me. And the Dragon Skull one has a very neat and orderly layout. It’s beautiful.”
And the overall winner, Eclair wins the opportunity to have her garden displayed at the Home and Garden Expo in May / June 2017 and will receive a voucher for L$5,000 to spend at Cerridwen’s Cauldron.
As runners-up, Oscelot and Opal will each receive a voucher for L$3,000 to spend at Cerridwen’s Cauldron.
Our congratulations to all three – but that’s not all. Genuinely touched by all nine gardens, Elicio said, “Also, if you make a list of all the participants, I would like to make a small L$500 gift card for each. After how generous people have been, it’s the least I can do.”
So in fact all of our Gardeners are winners!
All nine gardens will remain on display at Holly Kai Park for the next week or two. If you haven’t already seen them, please do drop by the Park and click on the mirror teleport in the corner of the Welcome Gazebo and take a ride to the sky platform.