For the last few of you that posted it is extremely important that you entered.
I’ve found over the last 5 years that with each contest I entered, I learned more and more about online contests. Each time I was learning something new. And miracles of miracles I finally got 2nd place last year in this contest.
* Reading and rereading contest rules. (I had to get DQ’d several times to learn that one.)
* Not bashing other entries. (I had to get my head chewed off a few times to learn that one.)
* Camera Angles are more important that actual building techniques. (I failed miserably in the most recent Alphabet Contest because I forgot that one.)
* Color Selection. (Although something maybe drab it might work for the subject matter.)
* MOC Size. (Too big and you run out off good pieces. Too small and everyone feels you didn’t put enough effort into it.
* Image Clarity. (You can have an amazing MOC but if you have a fuzzy picture or too much in the background causing the image to look cluttered you’re toast.)
* Greebles & Other Details. (Too much and it looks cluttered and too little and looks too simple.)
* Angles and/or Curves. (Nobody likes a flying box.)
* Never Rush. (Build and rebuild a MOC until you’re completely happy with it or until you’ve reached the deadline.)