Terms and policies (“Parameters”) for ZO’s creative expos are general and meant as a guideline for those entering. All submissions are subject to these Parameters and should be read and reviewed before entering, as everyone entering is subject to them. If you disagree with the Parameters of the expo, please do not enter.
ZO is a community of artists with a growing vision. We invite you to fully explore the creative offerings presented by our different kind of Universe. You will gather as you read through our content, that we are not a typical business, as usual, type — hence, most of our outreaches and creative expos have a certain unique tilt. ZO is an experiment in human artistic connection with the high concept of building respect between people, cultures, and creative disciplines while working to promote peace through the arts
All “Free” first entries are paid for by Artitude, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit arts organization. Submission fees for additional entries allow us to offer the awards. Fees also help with costs for the expos and support our mission to broaden positive artistic communications between diverse people around the world. We need to garner at least 100 submissions in each category to make an award in it. Usually, we are way over this threshold, but this is our first attempt at video submissions. We will have to determine how entries in this category are going before making a final determination. If we collectively do not garner 100 entries in the 8 distinctive video art categories, we may combine the videos received and award the 1st, 2nd and 3d winners from the combined total. We expect to receive the threshold entries in the photo category, but should any category fall short, we will combine it with another.
After an incredible year of challenges, including the ongoing worldwide pandemic that we are all weathering, we were stunned by the recent invasion in Ukraine. A member of ZO’s immediate team has family there and we are all in prayer for his grandparents and many cousins now there. In response to the many factors outside of our control, we have reset the deadline for the expo to DECEMBER 31, 2022. This timeframe is to allow everyone to give us their best work! This will also help us to gather the 100 entries per category that we need to artistically and logistically administrate the expo and keep the first entry free.
Parameters are subject to change and will be announced on this page. All submissions are subject to these parameters and any changes made.
Expo Parameters . . .
ZO’s creative Expos are designed as expository contributions to our expanding community of artists and authors. As such, the goals are not only to find the creative piece judged best — but also to reveal the wealth of work that we receive. We have worked hard to provide clear guidelines regarding the Expos and we continually evolve and improve, clarify, and enhance our communications to accurately evaluate and fairly present content.
Creative Submission, Evaluation, and Selection.
Most of our Expos run for three to four months, but 2020 began a very unusual worldwide drama. The worldwide pandemic that we are all dealing with has changed access, especially for young artists in high school and college, who are usually a large part of our constituency.
We are extending this Expo to offer more time for consideration. It is certainly our feeling that creativity, art, thoughts, and life in general, could stand to be a bit slowed down and more fully enjoyed. During the term of the Expo, content is assessed and rated by a diverse group of evaluators who compile a blind top tier of finalists to be forwarded to Expo Judges. The Judges then rate the blinded submissions with numerical ratings. Those numerical ratings are then averaged, and winners are chosen based on these mathematical calculations.
The current Touch of Blue Expo will now run to December 2022, and we intend to announce final winners one month after the expo has concluded. Per our developing tradition, we may formulate a schedule from other top-tiered entries for feature and publication and post that schedule. Awards must be claimed within 30 days of notification. If our email (with notification of the award) is not claimed within thirty (30) days, the award will be donated to charity. Submitters cannot win in more than one category. If there is a tie and a submitter is chosen in more than one category, ZO Staff will choose which category to award, and the winner of the other category will be the one with the next highest vote.
We consider our $120 to $565 awards a kind of honorarium for great work. We do not ask for exclusivity to publish the works, nor do we need anything other than a photo for art entries. Creators of the works retain full copyright to their original work, and we only ask for the courtesy of being able to publish the work in perpetuity The awards are intended as a token of our appreciation and celebration of your work. For some entering, the awards may cover no more than a nice dinner with friends, for others it may buy books, (dependent on where you are in the world — pay rent), etc. ZO has a broad array of international viewers and we are mainly hoping to inspire and provide an enjoyable place for creative sharing.
We have found a lot of the entries we receive to be quirky, avant-garde, often excellently precise and other times deliberately abstract — and there are simply only “subjective” rulings for such when weighed together. The very talented international community that we now reach, and decisions on winners, have been very close and are subject to the broad tastes of our diverse community. That said, we have determined that all of our viewers and the large constituency of artists that we deal with are all eligible to enter any of the Expos. We debated whether we should allow past winners to enter and have, for the moment, decided that “yes” past winners may enter all Expos. We believe our diverse constituency of evaluators, along with the blind judging does yield a very fair and mathematically derived winner — so if you win 4 years in a row — congratulations. We have decided to cap winning any of the categories at 5 years in a row. After that, former winners shall not be eligible for awards until another 3 years have passed.
Our highest hope is that you have fun with this.
Due to unprecedented world changes affecting everyone’s lives, responses, and schedules, we have extended the Expo through to December 31, 2022. ZO reserves the right to make modifications to the parameters and plans for the Expo without prior notice. All awards will be delivered, but we must have at least 100 entries in each category to administrate and fairly judge from a healthy creative pool.