I'm going to start out with saying I am not so conceited I feel I should have won with my sculptures, I know they were not that good, but the thing that really irks me is every DA contest seems to follow a trend. They ask deviants to be unique, they say we can use any medium for the contest, they tell us we can be abstract.
Then when it comes time to judge, what do they do? They choose almost all digital art (out of 25 semi finalists, 23 were digital), mostly by popular artists, many which don't fit the theme, and a few which broke the rules of the contest.
There were so many amazing traditional pieces of art submitted to this contest and yet the pieces chosen as semi finalists were all digital save for two token pieces which have no chance of winning.
This post is half because I felt like ranting, and half as a public service announcement. Don't waste your time and effort with DA contests unless you do all your art on a computer.