First Image Contest!

This was the site's first image contest that I started on June 9th, 2006 and ended on August 2nd, 2006. It was a contest to see who could make the best splash and/or homepage banners for the site. Although I received many nice splash images, unfortuntely the few homepage banners I received weren't quite good enough to win and be displayed as's homepage. So I think I will make my own homepage banner for the site when I have the time, but as for the splash banners, below are the winners and honorable mentions. Thanks again to everyone who participated in the image contest! ^_^ Even if your entry didn't win, I'm pretty sure I'll have another image contest again sometime. So please try again and thanks for taking an interest in Anime Yume's contest! ^^

Splash Image Winners

Here's the winning entry for the splash image! - Congratulations to Key! Really nice blend of images, text, and colors!

And here's the 2nd-place winning entry for the splash image! - Congratulations to Lanna! Nice color-tone and pretty text!

Splash Image Honorable Mentions

Although these entries didn't quite make the cut, I still thought they were good enough to deserve some credit ^^

Honorable Mention 1 - Thanks to Gabrielle for this image! The pictures are nicley blended together and the color matches Anime Yume's colors quite well ^_^

Honorable Mention 2 - Thanks to Suikyo for this image! Although it doesn't really look like a splash image, taking the time to make a moving animated gif definitely deserves a mention!

Scroll down to see what the rules were for the image contest. Thanks again to everyone who participated! ^_^

Here are the official rules for Anime's first banner image contest! For this contest, you will submit your own splash image banner and/or homepage banner that you made for, and I will select the best ones as the winners and post them on the site. I've made splash images and homepage banners for Anime Yume in the past, though none of them came out quite as good as other sites(blame it on the fact that I don't have Photoshop, at least not yet.) But this time I decided that since I'm going to be away studying in Japan for nearly 6 weeks and will not be able to update, why not hold a little contest for my visitors so they won't lose too much interest in the site?(and also, so I can see their creativity ^.^) So if you wish to enter Anime's first ever contest, read the rules below and go for it! ^_^ However, you must read and abide by all the rules; if you don't, you will be disqualified, so please take the time to read the following carefully:

Making your splash or homepage banner

You do not have to submit both a splash banner and homepage banner in order to enter the contest. Submitting just one or the other is fine, as well as submitting one of each.

Please make the splash image no bigger than 700x500 pixels and no smaller than 470x350 pixels. As for the homepage banner, please make it 470x330 pixels.

As for what your splash or homepage banner will actually look like, obviously it must have at least one anime picture on it. But what I'm really going to be judging is how creative, professional, and unique it looks, your skill at using Photoshop or whatever similar program you use, and how much time I think you spent on it. Don't just take an anime picture you find and paste some text on it; be creative. Edit the picture, blend it with other anime pictures, give it a pretty background and color scheme. The more creativity, the better ^_^

As I said, you can use just one anime picture, or blend pictures from various animes together. A skillful blend of screencaps, art book, manga, etc., images with a nice color scheme and format would be a great entry. But please only use images that feature one or more of the 24 anime series' that I have sections for on my site(do not use pictures from anime that do not have sections on Anime I would not recommend using fan art in your entry, but if you really want to, it must be really good and you must get permission to use it if it isn't yours(no stealing other people's pictures!) And also, no hentai or anything disturbing or obscene in your image.

As for text on the image, your splash image must have the word "enter" somewhere visibly on it. And as for the homepage banner, it must say the name of my site("Anime Yume," "", etc.,) on it. If you can use both English and Japanese characters, that's a plus! If you want to add more text to either image, such as a nice little catch-phrase or something for the site, go ahead, but not too much text. Also, by the time this contest is over, will be 4 years old, so if you want to mention that on your image as well, go ahead ^_^

If you're still not sure of the kind of splash or homepage banner I mean, take a look at the splash image I'm currently using. As you can see, I used pictures from 3 different animes(Inuyasha Full Metal Alchemist, and Naruto) and blended them against a colorful background. And as for my homepage banner, I did the same; blended images from many different animes together, put some appropriate text, and a pretty blue color scheme. I didn't use Photoshop to make these images, so I'm sure those of you who have Photoshop or another advanced painting program could do a much better job ^_^ If you want another example, here's a great splash image and homepage banner from another anime site, LELOLA. Excellent color scheme, creativity, and blending of anime images, not just in the foreground but in the background as well.

Submitting you splash and homepage images

Again, you can submit either one splash image, one homepage banner, or one of each.

When you're done making your image(s) and are ready to submit, save the image(s) as either a .jpg, .jpeg, or .gif image. Any other file type will not be accepted. And please give an appropriate file name, such as "ay_splash_image.jpg" or something similar.

Please e-mail your image(s) to me as an attachment using the following e-mail address:
This is a different e-mail address than my normal one. I'm only using this e-mail address for contest entries. Do not send anything other than splash or homepage image entries to the above e-mail address. And likewise, do not send image entries to my main e-mail address.

Please give your e-mail an appropriate subject, such as " contest entry" or something like that. If you don't, it may be regarded as spam and deleted.

In addition to attaching your image(s) to the e-mail, please also include the name you wish to go by in case you win, and a valid e-mail address I can use to reply to you. If you have both a splash entry and homepage banner entry and need to submit them in separate e-mails, that's fine too.

Only one entry for the splash image and one entry for the homepage banner will be accepted per person(so a person can have no more than two different entries for this contest.) If you submit more than one splash image or more than one homepage banner, I will use the last one you sent as your entry.

Contest dates and winner selection

You're free to submit your entries from now(June 9th, 2006) until Thursday, August 2nd, 2006. After August 2nd, I will not accept anymore entries.

After August 2nd, I will sort through all the entries I received and pick one winner for the splash image and one winner for the homepage banner(it is possible for one person to win both.) I've never done a contest before so I have absolutely no idea how it will work out or how many entries I will get; I may get a ton of entries or only a few…but depending on the amount I get, I may pick runner-ups, or second places, etc,.

My tentative date for announcing the winners will be Thursday, August 10th, 2006(this date is subject to change since I have no idea what my schedule will be then.)

If you're a winner, I will notify you by e-mail sometime before I actually announce winners. Please reply to me as soon as you can! I will also e-mail you a commemorative ribbon that you can post on your web site, homepage, or wherever you want, certifying you as a winner of's contest ^_^ In addition, if you do have your own site or page on the web, I will place a link to it on Anime Yume as well. And of course, if you get first place, your winning image(s) will replace the splash and/or homepage banner that's currently being used on Anime Yume.

Well, I think that's it for the contest rules. All that's left to say is take your time and be creative! ^^ You guys have almost two months to work on this, so that gives you plenty of time to do a great job! ^_^ If you have any questions about the contest, please e-mail me and let me know as soon as possible. I leave for Japan on June 14th, so I will not be able to answer any questions you may have after that.

Anyway, guess I'll see you all in August! Good luck, and I look forward to seeing all your entries ^_^V

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