❄ introduction

Hello and welcome to my Guide to the Beauty Contest! My name is BC Jedi Master Ani and I've been entering the BC for almost as long as I've been on neo! I've seen the good & the bad of the BC as its changed throughout the years. I decided I wanted to create a guide to share what I have learned.

I've tried to make this page as easy as possible to use. The navigation to the left will take you to each section of the page. Under the navigation is a box with terms and definitions that you should know when entering the Beauty Contest.

May the (BC) Force be with You!

❄ bc news & updates

The BC doesn't change very much, but when it does, this is the place to look. All current updates about the BC will be here! Make sure to check this section so you can stay up-to-date on all BC related news.

**NEW** August 25, 2017 - After a couple of weeks of relay, the Goldban has officially been reduced!

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July 31, 2017 - Scrappy reveals that the Goldban will be reduced from 4 months to 30 days!

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June 20, 2015 - More has been discovered about Kikocat! In the new issue of the Neopian Times a bio was released! Kikocat has been the Contest Judge for 10 years! (Note: Amanda will be referred to as "Kikocat" for the most part in this guide).

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June 13, 2015 - A new staff member joined the AC Team as "Kikocat". Her description says she is the BC Judge, but little info about her is known.

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November 13, 2014 - The BC finally has an avatar! It seems that this avatar has an error and is unusable :(

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September 27, 2013 - The Beauty Contest trophies have been updated with new art! Check them out!

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July 23, 2012 - The Beauty Contest Board has how been renamed the Art Board!

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July 7, 2012 - As of July 13, 2012 the new start/ending time for the Beauty Contest will be 12 PM N.S.T. on Friday! Hopefully this will make things less confusing!

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December 31, 2011 - The current start/ending time for the BC is 3:15 PM NST

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June 25, 2011 - The filesize limit has been raised from 25k to 75kb as said in the editorial of the 500th NT! Wow!

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❄ glossary of terms

Just like any place on Neopets, the Beauty Contest has its own set of vocabulary. These things may seem foreign to you if you are just starting to BC, so I've included this handy glossary for you! Feel free to come back here and re-read them if you are ever unsure of what something means.

In this guide, I have a list of words you should know before reading each section. If you've forgotten what they mean, click them and you will be redirected back here.

Amanda R. - Basically the coolest person ever! She is the TNT member who looks through all the entries and essentially runs the BC every week. She is the contest_judge TNT account and is also known as Kikocat.

Advertising - This is what you need to do in order to get votes! Spread your BC Link around a lot so that people will see it and vote! Talk up your entry and ask people to vote!

Advertspam - Same as "Advertising" but this term is usually used with negative connotations, such as saying the same thing over and over to get votes.

Anthro - Short for "Anthropomorphic." A pet who stands on 2 legs and has human-like characteristics.

Art Chat - (also known as: Art Board) Forum where you can advertise your BC entry, vote, and talk about all things art!

BC - Abbreviation for Beauty Contest.

Beauty Contest - A weekly competition in which you enter a piece of art of your pet that you drew. The number of votes you get by other members of the neo-community determines if you place. You can win 1st, 2nd, or 3rd Overall or in the individual specie.

Beauty Contest Boards - (uncommon abbreviation: BCb). Former name of the Art Board

Competition - The other entries that are in the contest. This mainly applies to pets in the same species category as you.

Critique - (abbreviation: crit). Offering advice on a person's picture. A good critique will include things the person did well, and things the person could improve on.

Digital Art - Used to refer to art that was drawn on the computer or other electronic device.

Filesize - How much space your file takes up on a computer's disk. This does NOT mean the physical dimensions of the image.

First Come First Serve - (uncommon abbreviation: FCFS). Voting for whoever gets to the topic first.

Free Votes - Usually in a topic title telling people that they have votes that are unused. Post your entry here!

Goldban - (past tense: Goldbanned). If you win 1st place you can't enter the contest for another 30 days. This is to prevent repeated winning by the same pet/person.

Manual Voting/Votes - (abbreviation: MV). Going through the entries on the BC voting page and picking which entry to vote for in each species.

Non-Silent Voting/Votes - (abbreviation: NSV). The voter is telling you who they vote for. Usually by posting: "Your vote has been cast for ____".

Quad - Short for "Quadruped." The pet is more animal-like, generally on all four legs.

Silent Voting/Votes - (abbreviation: SV). Not posting on the board who they have or haven't voted for. Usually done to prevent others from getting mad if they didn't get the vote.

Traditional Art - Used to refer to art that was not draw on the computer (with programs such as Photoshop or Paint). Examples are watercolors, colored pencils, or markers.

WIP - Abbreviation for: Work in Progress. An unfinished picture that someone is still working on. May want advice also.

❄ the basics of the bc

Terms to Know: BCBeauty ContestArt ChatGoldban

There are a few things you need to know before you even start to enter in the contest. In this section you will learn an overview of what the BC is and where you can find all things within the realm of the "Beauty Contest." Be sure to review your terms I have listed above before you start this section!

The BC starts Friday at 12 PM NST and ends one week later at the same time.

Some thing to note before you go in:

The BC is not an art contest - it has always been about advertising! Don't let this hold you back: people love to vote for art that shows that effort was put into it. Try your best, be happy, and have fun with it!

☞ important links

Here are some places you should know before you start!

{{ BC Main Page }}
{{ Enter Contest }}
{{ Art Board }}

☞ navigating the BC main page

(drag to address bar for full view)

Main Page - This is the first page you see when you go to the Beauty Contest. You will see our lovely little Eyrie mascot and he will tell you when the current contest ends!

Enter Contest - Here is the place you go to submit your image to the Beauty Contest. There is a place to enter each pet and write a speech for them. Also, if you are goldbanned then it will tell you here when you can enter again.

View Contestants and Vote - Look at other people's entries and choose the one you want to vote for! There is a drop down menu to sort the entries by species!

***Remember you get ONE VOTE for EACH SPECIES every week!***

Previous Weeks Votes - See how you did against your competition! This page shows you how many votes each entry got. The first group you will see is the Overall rankings. You can choose to sort the entries by species and see what ranking you got in your pet's individual specie!

FAQ - The FAQ used to not exist, but now it can be found in the help center (where all your neo-related questions can be answered!) The past you need to follow once you are in the help center is: Contests & Spotlights → Beauty Contest. If you have a question that isn't answered there you can ask it on the Art Board!

Past Winners - This will show the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners in each species and overall dating back to the first ever BC! Use the drop down menu to pick a date or species to see who won!

☞ quick q&a

Q. What time does the BC start?

A. As of July 13, 2012: 12 PM NST every Friday!

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Q. Can I enter on a side account?

A. As of April 4, 2008: YES! You can enter on a side account. You can only advertise from the account the pet is on though!

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Q. How many pets can I enter at a time?

A. As many as you like! You can enter all of the pets you own, but keep in mind you need to advertise on your separate accounts for the pets!

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Q. How many votes do I have?

A. One vote for each Neopet's species each week/contest.

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Q. What do I get for winning?

A. You can get a shiny trophy for your pet's Cabinet! It will show up on their lookup as well.

If you would like to look at a larger FAQ page, Jodie is hosting the unofficial (but true) Beauty Contest FAQ. This page was started when the BC FAQ page didn't exist, but it is still an extremely helpful resource!

❄ before you enter

Terms to Know: CompetitionFilesize

Okay, now that you've got a feel for what the BC is, this is what you've been waiting for! How to actually enter the contest and compete! Entering can be super easy if you make sure your entry follows all of the Contest guidelines!

1. Files must be a .jpg or .gif
2. Files must be under 75kb in filesize
3. The artwork MUST BE DRAWN BY YOU
4. No unedited Neopets pictures

Those things seem pretty simple to follow right? If you stick to those simple rules, your entry should get uploaded to the neopets' server and entered into the contest!

There are still a few things to consider, though, before you enter the contest!

☞ species difficulties

Certain species of Neopets are harder to place in than others. Generally it is the more popular species that are harder, as there are a larger number of people who can enter.

Note: The number of entries in each species has decreased dramatically since around 2014. Fewer entries means more chances for your image to win. The species below are guidelines, but sometimes there are only 3 entries in categories--a guaranteed trophy!


Blumaroo - Never more than 1 page and 1 high-quality entry to compete against. Can have some repeat images entered every week, so be wary of that.

Bruce - Never more than 1 page; sometimes as few as 1-3 entries total. Enter a well-done picture and you'll be sure to get a trophy!

Elephante - Always only a few entries. Can have 1-2 pretty good entries, but this category can be a "guaranteed trophy" on the right week. Watch out for repeat images.

Flotsam - Very few entries, but can have 1 or 2 that are advertised during the week.

Grarrl - Normally a few pretty entries, always less then one page of entries. Very few actually advertise, normally will place with little advertising and a nice entry.

Jetsam - Same with Flotsam. Very few entries but may have 1 that i outstanding and will be advertised by the artist.

Jubjub - Hasn't been as many entries recently as there have been in the past. I do see Jubjub entries advertised though, so don't slack off!

Kau - Generally not too hard, but there can be weeks where you will have to advertise! There are usually never more than 1 page of entries.

Kiko - Always has very few entries. Placing should be no problem even with minimal advertising.

Koi - There are a lot of the "goldfish"-like entries. Once in a while you will see nice art, but it is sparsely advertised. Can have 1-3 entries sometimes. Be wary of repeat art in this category.

Lenny - Lenny can be up and down. Sometimes has a few nice entries. Probably having to do with the popularity of Faerie Lennies.

Meerca - Usually pretty easy. Sometimes will only have 1-3 entries. Be wary of repeat art in this category.

Moehog - Again, usually pretty easy. Watch for repeat art here as well!

Mynci - Very few entries. Some good ones, from time to time, but never numerous. This category will also have repeating entries in it.

Nimmo - Usually the definitive easy category. Unpopular pet, little odd to draw, and usually the ones that enter are the ones that want to win with minimal effort.

Ogrin - Does have some dedicated fans that will enter & advertise regularly, but a generally sparse category.

Quiggle - Like Nimmo, this is one of the easiest categories. Usually can win with minimal effort.

Ruki - A pretty quiet category (if you can draw them!) There are a few of these good entries, but they are few and far between. Can have 1-3 entries.

Scorchio - Scorchios aren't too popular. Occasionally you'll find an advertised entry on the boards. Sometimes can have 1-3 entries.

Tonu - Very few entries each week. Sometimes as few as 2-3. Almost guaranteed a trophy with minimal advertising. Can sometimes have repeated art in this category.

Tuskaninny - May have 1-3 entries, but some weeks will have no entries at all. Some repeated art as well.

Vandagyre - Not a whole lot of entires each week. Although this species is new it doesn't seem to be as popular with artists.


Acara - Has weeks where it very quiet, but sometimes there can be a few more entries than usual. Usually has well drawn artwork.

Bori - Normally less then one page of entries. Most entries in Bori are very well drawn, and half the entries actually advertise. You will have to have a nice entry & decent advertising to place.

Buzz - There's a lot of good entries in it, and quite a few advertise throughout the week. The fact its an avatar pet slightly affects it as well (quite a few people have expensively painted ones from FFQs) Certainly not an easy ride to a trophy like people think. Can have some repeat artwork though.

Chia - Surprisingly, the Chia has grown in the BC. Although, not a super-popular species with artists, the Chia category seems to be well-advertised by those who enter. Look out for your competition on the boards! Pea and Fruit Chias contribute to the popularity also.

Chomby - More of an easy-medium. Usually light on the entries, but there can be a select few dedicated Chomby owners who enter and also advertise. A lot of entries are decent, so don't think it's going to be a piece of cake either!

Eyrie - There doesn't seem to be an overwhelming amount of entries in Eyrie, but there usually are a few of them advertising around. You will almost always see great art in the Eyrie category!

Gnorbu - A well-rounded category in entries, advertising, and art. The popularity of the Faerie and Cloud Gnorbus help make this category slightly more popular with artists.

Grundo - Grundo seems to have grown in popularity recently, so I have moved it to the medium category. There seems to be a couple good entries that are advertised each week.

Hissi - This category sees a lot of snake and dragon entries. Can often have good art and people advertising, but the numbers are relatively low.

Korbat - Tends to fluctuate at random though, some weeks are very competitive while other weeks can just have a handful of entries. Can have repeat art.

Kyrii - Can have well-done entries that are advertised, but still isn't one of the most frequently-entered category.

Poogle - Not usually a lot of entries, or a lot of super high-quality art, but Poogle owners love to advertise when they are entered!

Pteri - This species can sometimes be easy and you could win through getting the Manual Votes. Other times there may be more competition! With this being one of the only bird species, Pteri owners do like entering in the BC! Look out for them advertising!

Shoyru - Shoyru popularity has definitely decreased dramatically in the past couple years, and this category is not longer considered super hard.

Skeith - Species seems to be growing in popularity. Sometimes this can be a relatively easy category to enter though. Some weeks can have some really nice art. Watch out for repeated art in this species though.

Techo - Can have vary sparse weeks, but there does seem to be well-drawn art as well as moderate-heavy advertising done by Techo owners.

Usul - Usul can be hit or miss. Some weeks a lot of competition and some weeks you can place with minimal advertising.

Wocky - Can have weeks where there are heavily advertised entries, but the popularity of Wockies has gone down over the years, so there are not as many entries.

Yurble - May not have a lot of entries, but there seems to be consistently a lot of high-quality art.

Zafara - Another species who's popularity in the BC has decreased in the last few years. Can have some weeks with only a few entires.


Aisha - Always busy and always a lot of entries! if you jump in, you'll want to be ready to advertise heavy. A lot of artistic license is taken, so you see a lot of cat-like entries in Aisha.

Cybunny - Lots of entries, and frequently has multiple well-drawn entries. There are always a lot of people advertising in this category!

Draik - Despite their value decrease, Draiks are one of the most sought-after neopets. Always lots of entries! Usually Draik owners are also good artists and you can count on at least 4-5 entries every week that are just "wow". Most entries in this category will advertise heavily.

Gelert - There are frequently a lot of good entries, and a lot of them are also advertised. Popular category because of people's love for dogs! This category can have weeks where it is less crowded though.

Ixi - Doesn't necessarily always have the most entries, but Ixi seems to consistently have well-drawn entries in it. The popularity of Ixi has increased dramatically over the years, but is also helped by the ever-popular UC Ixi.

Kacheek - Can fluctuate between medium and hard from week to week. There are always a lot of advertisers! Truly spectacular art may or my not be there, but kacheek is always a busy category.

Kougra - One of the most difficult categories to enter because of the popularity of the real life cat species. Its rare to not see at least 3 very nicely drawn entries. There are always a ton of people advertising!

Krawk - Krawk can have weeks where it's quieter, with few entries, but there are still always a lot of people advertising their entries!

Lupe - Another one of the more popular species, Lupe always has competition. The species is popular because people love wolf characters, so if you enter be sure to have an awesome picture and advertise a lot if you want to bring home a trophy!

Peophin - Unlike the Kacheek category, this species is generally hard because of the amount of well-done entries. These nice entries are heavily advertised as well.

Uni - Because horses are popular in general, Unis seem to also have a lot of entries each week filled with the equine-lovers drawings.

Xweetok - A very popular species that has owners who love them like no other. Usually a few good entries every week as well as heavily advertised. Faerie Xwees, both converted and UC may contribute to the BC popularity.

☞ time of year

As weird as it may seem, you also should consider the time of year you enter the BC. At certain times of the year more people enter, which could reduce the chance of a new trophy for your pet! Here are the times of year when the BC is most active:

* Christmas / winter holidays
* summertime
* holidays like Halloween or Valentine's Day
* user-run theme weeks

Usually the BC is busiest at the time when people are on breaks from school because there is more free time to go on Neopets! This might be the best time for you to enter as well, so just be ready for a lot of competition! Also, people like to dress their pet up for special holidays that come around, so Halloween, St Patrick's Day, or Valentine's Day can be busy times to enter.

If you can enter at an "off" time, you might have less competition. Be sure to pick a week where your schoolwork or job isn't so hectic, so you still have time to advertise.

❄ drawing & preparing your entry

Terms to Know: AnthroDigital ArtQuadTraditional Art

Now comes the fun part about the BC! It's time for you to start drawing your BC entry! There are several methods you can use to make your artwork. Don't worry if you've never draw before. Just try it out for fun!

☞ ways to create your BC entry

Traditional Art - When you draw art using anything but a computer or technology, it's considered traditional art. Grab some paper and a pencil and you can get started!

Here are some materials you can use to create an entry traditionally:

* watercolor
* crayons
* markers
* colored pencil
* painting & mixed media

This is an image that would be considered "traditional art". I drew it in my sketchbook with colored pencils:

It's important to note when drawing a traditional art entry, you will need a way to get it onto the computer. A scanner will give you the best quality for this. If you don't have a scanner, a digital camera is good also! Be sure to use good, even lighting and to crop out anything in the background, so just your artwork is in the frame.

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Digital Art - When you draw a picture on a computer (or iPod/Pad/Touch etc.) you are creating digital art!

There are different programs you can use to create art on the computer. Some of them are free, but some are not. A (!) indicates a free program! Here are only a few of the programs you have to chose from:

* Adobe Photoshop
* Corel Painter
* MS Paint (!)
* Paintbrush [mac MS Paint] (!)
* Paint Tool SAI
* GIMP (!)
* Oekaki (!)
* FireAlpaca (!)

This is an image that would be considered "digital art". I used a tablet to draw and color it in Adobe Photoshop:

☞ types of pet stances

Once you've figured out if you are going to draw you BC image digitally or traditionally, the next thing you need to decide on in how you pet is going to look, or how they are "built". What do I mean by that? Well, there are two ways that are acceptable in the Beauty Contest: Anthropomorphic (Anthro) and Quadruped (Quad).

Anthro Pets - These are pets with human characteristics! They walk on two legs and can wear clothes. Note: This does NOT mean a human with ears!

TNT's version of Antho Ixi.

Quad Pets - These are pets that generally walk on all 4 legs. They have more animal-like qualities than humans.

TNT's version of Quadruped Ixi.

☞ important do's and don'ts!

Here are some things to remember when you are drawing your entry and getting ready to enter the contest! These things are very important! Some of them will help to ensure that you entry is acceptable by TNT and the Contest Judge's rules, so be sure to pay attention!

DO be creative - Unlike other site spotlights on Neo, like the Art Gallery or NTimes, you are allowed to enter a picture of you pet with its "custom design" -- you don't need to stick to just a Red Gelert or an Island ixi. If your pet has unique markings or clothing, you are allowed to draw them like that and enter the BC.

Note: You may draw a pet a different COLOR than it actually is!

You CAN have a background - Sometimes a background will show that you have put more work into your BC entry and will generate more votes. Be wary though, because backgrounds can make your image look cluttered or distorted and Manual Voters might shy away from viewing your entry.

DO make your image look like a Neopet - Your entry needs to resemble a Neopet more than a human or animal when you enter the BC. Your entry won't be accepted by the Contest Judge if it looks "too human" or "too realistic". Also, you must draw your Neopet in the species it CURRENTLY is... not what you hope it will be one day! (So, if your neopet is a Kau, you need to draw it as a Kau, not a Draik!)

You CAN enter an animation - As long as you can get it under the 75kb file limit, you are allowed to enter an animation into the BC. Usually they are just eye blinks, but I've seen them go as complicated as a running Lupe!

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DO NOT use art that you found - Art that you enter into the BC must be 100% MADE BY YOU. This means: 1. no collaborations with another user 2. no makeables that you colored in 3. no image of a "Baby Xweetok" that you searched for and found on Google or another website.

As seen on the "Enter Contest" page. (Drag to address bar for full view).

You CAN NOT use a photograph in the BC - Whether or not the photo was taken by you, the BC is not the place to use a photograph in any part of your image (including as a background). This also includes photos of sculptures or other 3D objects!

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DO NOT put (c) or your art website on your entry - It is important to put identification on your image incase it get stolen (and the thief dumbly forgets to remove any text--it happens!). On the flip side, you can't put "(c) USERNAME" or your off-site art account (or any offsite website for that matter). You should simply put your username somewhere on your entry. To be on the safe side, I have started putting the username of the account the pet is on when I entered my image

❄ how to save your entry

Once you have drawn your entry, its time to save it to enter it in the contest! Saving an entry for the Beauty Contest is one of the hardest things to do when you first start out in the BC. There are specific requirements for the BC, so sometimes getting them to fit those requirements can be tricky.

☞ saving - tips from a pro

First, I want to tell you some tips I've learned over the years of BCing. These don't necessarily have to do with getting your image to fit the requirements, but they are good to keep in mind when you are going to save your entry!

Don't have your entry be longer than 800 pixels wide - Whether you are working in a large canvas in photoshop, or your photography or scanned image file is really large, reducing the height and width of your entry will help you overall. Smaller dimensions means the filesize will be less, which will help you get it under 75kb.

The second reason to keep your entry to a maximum 800 pixels wide is because you will stretch out the entry screen. I entered my Kau, below, to show you what happens if you have a long photo. This can cause some people to have to scroll left and right to see your image! When you are in the BC you want everything about it to be as easy as possible for the potential voter, and making them scroll isn't helping you at all!

Keep your entries under 800 pixels long or you'll stretch the voting page!
(Drag to address bar for full view).

Background vs. no background - I touched on this before in the Drawing & Preparing your BC Entry section, but its also important to consider when you're about to save an image for the BC!

As I said before, having a background makes your piece look like it has a lot more effort put into it. The drawback is it can deter from Manual Voters, because the thumbnail won't be as clear! When saving your image for the BC, you might consider erasing the background, or cropping the image so not all of the background is showing. These two things can also reduce the filesize, which again will help to get your image to the 75kb filesize limit!

Right: Image with background (used for petpage layout).
Left: Background removed, and ready to enter into the BC!

Reducing the quality before you crop your image - A lot of times when people are trying to get their image under 75k, they will crop the image or resize it really small! Instead of cropping until all you have is a headshot of your pet, reduce the quality of the image first! (I will go over this in the "how to save in certain programs" sections below)

The one on the left isn't as awesome looking as the one on the right!
Before you crop that far, try reducing the quality of the image!

☞ how to save with specific programs

One of the most frequently asked questions on the art chat is how to save a BC entry in a specific program. In this section, I hope that I can answer this, so that your entry can be under the 75kb limit! If you don't see a program here and you want to contribute, please send me a neomail, so that I can add your program to the list!

Please click the links above for tutorials on how to save in each program

❄ how to enter

Alright, now that you are thoroughly prepared and read EVERYTHING to do and think about before you enter, it's time for what you are really here for: How do I enter the BC??

Once you are at the BC Main Page click on: Enter Contest

You'll see on this page that there is a lot of text at the top. You should read over that so you can understand a few of the BC Rules :)

Next, you'll see all the pets you own on that account! There should be one box for each of them. The boxes should each look something like this:

You'll see your pet's name, an unconverted image of them, and a statement that says if they are entered in the contest or not. Next you'll see entering is as easy as 1, 2, 3!

1. The first thing is a little rectangle with a button next to it. Click the button that says "Browse" and find where you saved your image on your computer. Select the image and hit "open".

2. Next, you are asked to write a speech to the judges. This part is really not a big deal, so don't stress! Most people write things like: Please vote for me in the BC? or Look at me! Aren't I cute? Check my petpage for a better version!

3. Finally, click "Enter _____ " and BAM! You're in the contest!

Easy as pie!

❄ rejection & troubleshooting

Sometimes when you try and enter the contest things can go wrong. It's nothing any of us are anticipating, but it does happen! This section is here to help you with any errors or issues you have when you enter the beauty contest.

☞ rejection at the entry page

The first place you may encounter a snag is when you are trying to submit your picture at the entry page. When you click the "Enter _____" button a message like this may come up (there should be nothing else, but the message on the page):

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If you get this message, your entry did NOT even go through to the Contest Judge. It did NOT follow the two requirements of the picture when entering (filetype and filesize). You will need to save it correctly in order for the image to go through.

If you get the above message, go back to your file on your computer and double check it to see what may be wrong.

Click the above link for information on finding your filesize.

☞ rejection after you entered a picture

Now, if you do NOT get the error message seen above, you entry will be successfully entered into the next contest. Your page should look something like this:

A successfully entered pet VS. a pet not entered into the contest.
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See how instead of the default neopets image of your pet, your art and speech are there?

Your pet is then officially entered into the next contest! BUT, there is still a possibility--between when you successfully enter and the start of the next contest--that your entry could get kicked out of the contest. :( If this happens, you will get a Neomail from the contest_judge (an Official account of TNT). It looks like this:

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The neomail doesn't explain much does it? I'll try and break down a few of the common reasons on why this happens:

You entered an "unedited" neopets image - This means that you used an image drawn by the artists at Neopets and entered it into the contest without making any alterations to the image. You MAY enter official Neopets images, as long as you have made some changes to them to make the image your own! Here is an example of the difference between the two: (edited version by mindsend. Used with permission.)

On the left we have an unedited neopets picture. On the right we have an edited version.

There was a (c) symbol on your entry - As I said in my Drawing and Preparing your BC Entry section, you are not allowed to have a copyright (c) symbol or a link to an off-site website on your image. Simply remove it, add your neopets username, and re-enter your artwork!

Your image was too realistic - While you may be very good at drawing animals, or you may have used a photograph of a real animal as a reference for your image, this is a contest on neopets, so your image must resemble a neopet more than a real life animal.

Your anthro drawing is too human-like - Same as above, this is a neopets contest, so your entry needs to look more like a neopet than a human! Kikocat has said that she generally judges by the nose: If you have a human or human-like nose, then you will most likely be rejected. Also, be wary of the skin/fur color. If your neopet is Anthro, but also has beige fur, it may be mistaken as just a human with skin rather than a neopet. Also please be aware of your anatomy and more sure its neo-appropriate! In summary, your entry can be considered "too human" for these reasons:

* human-shaped nose
* fur is skin-toned
* inappropriate (not neo safe) anatomy

Using firefox to upload your entry - If you tend to use firefox as your primary browser, you may want to use another one (such as Chrome) to upload your BC image. Sometime firefox can send in a blank image as opposed to your entry, and therefore the Contest Judge will reject it.

☞ rejection during the contest

Now if you make it through all that successfully, there can still be a possibility that you can get disqualified from the contest while you pet is currently in it.

It's important to note that your entry can be removed while it is currently in the contest for all of the reasons above. Yup that's right! There's always going to be a risk that your entry will be removed from the contest. (Hopefully, if you're reading this guide, you won't get to this point!)

Besides those reasons above, Kikocat mentioned that she also looks for these things to reject an entry from the contest (either before it starts, or during the current contest):

* art theft
* photographs
* anything not drawn (sculptures)
* anything that violates any site or chat rules
* religious symbols
* URLs
* country flags

If your entry contains any of the above reasons it will be removed form the contest. One that is of special interest to me, and other BCers is art theft. If you'd like to learn more about art theft please click the link below!

Note: Your entry can be removed during the contest if someone reports you as well. If they report your entry, it could be because of the reasons above. The contest judge will then review the report and decide if your entry should stay in the BC or be removed.

If your entry was removed for any of the reasons above, you will receive a neomail from the contest_judge:

Rejection neomail during the contest.
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☞ other reasons your entry was removed

The BC has gone through some subtle changes lately, so it's important to note that some entries have been removed during the contest for reasons other than what was mentioned above.

Advertising on another board - Some users have been saying that their entries have been removed because they had a link to their entry in their signature and were chatting on boards other than the Art Chat. If you are entered in the BC, it's safest to only advertise on the Art Chat!

I'll talk a little bit more about the do's and don't's of advertising in the next couple of sections!

❄ advertising

Terms to Know: AdvertisingArt Chat

Now that you have successfully entered the contest. . . Now what? NOW comes the hard part! A week-long trek of advertising! What is advertising and how do I do it? Read on to find out!

Advertising is when you display and post your entry so that others will see it and vote for you. The more people that see your entry, the more votes you can possibly get. The more votes you get, the greater chance you will place 1st, 2nd, or 3rd and get a shiny trophy for your pet! Cool, huh?

The number one thing you need to advertise is the URL to your BC entry:

* * * http://www.neopets.com/beauty/details.phtml?pet=YOURPETNAMEHERE * * *

Replace "YOURPETNAMEHERE" with the name of your pet that you entered in the contest and you have your entry URL!

☞ where to advertise

There are several places where you can advertise so that people may see your Beauty Contest entry.

Your Userlookup - Putting the image and a link to your entry on your userlookup can be helpful for people who lookup your username or click your name when you are chatting on the NeoBoards. You may only put the link on the account the pet you entered is on

Your Pet's Lookup - Again, this is a great place to put a link to your entry. Someone may search your pet and visit their lookup, see your entry and vote!

Your Pet's Web Page - This is the second best place to put your entry! Someone may be looking through pages via other pet pages and see you're in the BC and vote for you! Another great thing about petpages is they are linked from your pet's BC entry page. On a petpage you can put a better version of your picture, which may generate more votes!

The Art Boards - The number one place to get votes is the board designed for us: The Art Board. Putting your BC entry URL into your neoHTML or pasting it on your board for people to see is the fastest way to get your entry out there! Who knows how many people were lurking (not posting) and saw your entry?!

If you are new to web coding, creating links, or neosignatures, please click on the links below to find out more information on how to use these while you're in the BC!

☞ rules about advertising

There are certain rules you have to follow when advertising your pet's entry in the Beauty Contest. Make sure you do these, so you don't get removed from the contest!

You can only advertise for your own BC entry - You may think that your friend or guildmate's entry is awesome, but you are not allowed to advertise for them. This is considered cheating in the Beauty Contest. It's not a fair way to get votes.

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If you are caught advertising an entry that is not your own, you could cause your friend's entry to be removed from the contest! Definitely not worth the risk.

You can only advertise from the account your pet is located on - You can only advertise your entry from the account that it lives on. So, if you enter one pet on your main account and one pet on your side account in the same week, you will have to log in and out of each account to advertise for each entry.

This also includes petpages, lookups, and userlookups. You can only put your entries up for the pets that live on those accounts.

From the Official Beauty Contest FAQ.

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You can only advertise on certain boards - While you have your entry in your neoSignature, remember to only stick to the Premium, Spotlight, or Art boards. These are the places TNT has said it is appropriate to advertise your entry on. Users have confirmed that their entry has gotten removed for posting on other boards.

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The reason for this is because of neopets chat rules relating to spam. If the post isn't about what it should be about for that board, technically it is spam.

❄ art chat 101

Terms to Know: Amanda W.Non-Silent Voting (NSV)Silent Voting (SV)Manual Voting (MV)Critique

Alright friends! Its time for a crash-course in the Art Chat (formerly known as the Beauty Contest Boards). If you are new to the board, this is good to read, so you can understand the dynamics of how we operate! In a nutshell, we are a quiet and self-sustaining board.

The General Art Chat - Before the name changed, there was no one place to talk about art or other creative endeavors on neo. On the Art Chat you can talk about your art, petpage making, adoptables, as well as your BC entry!

Trolls are Rare - It's very unlikely that you will find posts or topics just to annoy people. Occasionally we will get the newbie who thinks its a topic about make-up and celebrities, but 95% of the boards are on-topic.

We aren't Report-Happy (unless you steal our art!) - If you are doing something wrong, a lot of times people will tell you (nicely), rather than just report you right away. If someone points out that you aren't following the rules. . . listen! :) There are a lot of BC oldies who have experience in the BC and know it inside and out. We want to educate you, not get you into trouble.

The "Contest Judge" is a person named Amanda - Unlike other places on the site where TNT is a huge entity that doesn't listen to you, here in the BC we have a member of TNT named Amanda, who is watching over us. She monitors the boards at times, admits entries into the contest, and deletes them if you are found not following the rules. A lot of BCers have her email and are in direct contact with her to clarify rules and report problems.

This is NOT the Pound Chat! - Some people may spam the PC for votes (please see next section), but when you come to the Beauty Contest Board remember this: we don't care if your pet is Uncoverted or nicely painted or rare. We care about your art.

☞ types of boards

Since the Art Chat now encompasses both the BC and the general art chat, you will find a variety of topics here.

Voting Boards - These boards are where people will advertise that they are voting for other's BC entries. There are a couple of different ways to vote. They may advertise that they are Silently Voting, or Non-Silently Voting, or voting Manually.

Vote For Me! Boards - Boards advertising the person's pet. These are for other contestants and lurking voters to come take a look at their entry and hopefully gain a vote!

Critique Boards - Critique boards--whether offering or asking for them--are to help artists improve. If you are giving a critique, be sure to mention what they are doing well in their art as well as what they can improve on. A "Critique Sandwich" is a good thing to keep in mind:

1. Something that they are doing well
2. Something to improve upon
3. Something they are doing well or an overall assessment of the artwork

Here's an example of the above "Critique Sandwich": Wow! I love that you added a background to your BC entry. The perspective on it is a little off though, maybe try looking at photographs as a reference to help with that. Overall, it is a strong piece!

When giving a critique it's important to remember there is a person behind that username! Don't be afraid to ask or receive feedback on your artwork. It's how you can grow as an artist!

Art Requests & Trades - Sometimes people will advertise that they are willing to draw art for other people. Art Trade means you each draw art for each other. It's important to remember if you partake in an art trade, to get your half done in a timely manner! Art Request means you do not have to draw anything in return for a piece of art. They are doing this out of the goodness of their heart!

Adoptable Boards - Adoptables are free images you can use. Usually they are done in multiples of the different pet colors and species.

User-Run Competitions - Sometimes users like to host their own competitions (free of prizes, except bragging rights!). These are generally art or drawing competitions with rules, prompts, and community-building. Most notable examples are: Operation Style, shIIne

User-Run Theme Weeks - Theme weeks have been going on for years. Recently, they have begun to pick back up in popularity. Theme weeks are generally organized by one or a few users together. They will pick a theme and a BC week that the theme week will take place. When users enter the BC that week they can enter a picture around a certain theme. Click here for a page on recent theme weeks.

Art & Character Guild Topics - A lot of times users are looking to find others who have the same interests as them. People who are a part of art or character guilds will sometimes advertise them here. Keep a look out if that's something you're interested in.

The BC Fun Board - Usually these are numbered, because once one board ends, another will begin! This is a general chat board to connect with other artists and BCers.

❄ beauty contest etiquette

Just like any other game, its important to have good sportsmanship when competing in the BC. Here's a couple of suggestions that you should consider when entering the BC and when you interact with your fellow artists.

☞ good BC etiquette

Comment on others entries - Often times your fellow BCers will make a board advertising that they are now voting. Its a common courtesy to look at their entry and comment about it. (It would be ill advised to say that you hate their entry... even if you do...)

Limit how many times you use an image - There are no rules against entering the same piece of art into the BC more than once. That said, BCers feel that if you've already won a trophy with it once, you shouldn't enter it again. This is your chance to try something new!

Important Note: If you've won an Art Gallery trophy with a piece of art, you may not enter it in the BC!

☞ unfavorable BC etiquette

Do NOT copy and paste the same message to every topic - Have a cookie-cutter "Vote for me!" message is just annoying (not to mention its considered spam, and you can be reported for it!). Instead, tailor your posts to the topic. Read the first post and interact with your fellow BCers! Its a good way to make friends!

Do NOT ask for a vote from your same-species competition - Most of the time people vote for their own pets in the BC, so its pretty useless to ask for a vote from someone who is competing in the same species as you.

Don't insult your competition - Claiming you have the "best entry" in your species is another way of saying your competition's entries aren't very good at all. Remember this contest is for fun, and all skil levels are welcome to compete in the BC!

Don't start the Traditional Art vs. Digital Art argument - For the love of Fyora, Traditional Art isn't harder than Digital Art or vise versa. Both take time and skil to become good at. Some people prefer one over the other, but that doesn't mean there is a "right" way to create art.

☞ BC faux pas

A "faux pas" is a violation of accepted social norms and comes from the French meaning "false step". This doesn't mean these things are against the rules or necessarily rude behavior on the BC boards. Instead, they are things that are overused, annoying, or pet peeves.

❝It's my first time in the BC. Vote for me?❞ - Although it would be nice, you may not win a trophy on your first try. I see this line used over and over and by now its just stale and has lost any meaning to even get votes.

❝Vote for my UC/expensive color pet?❞ - The competition should be about your artwork that you entered rather than how rare your pet is considered. (Also it makes you look at bit pretentious).

☞ bc spam

This topic seems to be less and less important in recent years. It was commonplace to find BCers advertising on other neoboards besides the Art Chat. Although always against the rules, this "BC spam" was hardly ever enforced.

As of Fall 2014, TNT started removing entries from the Beauty Contest if they found them posting outside the Art Chat to get votes. Instead of warnings for spam, the punishment for "BC Spam" now is a lot harsher and doesn't seem to be worth the risk. Stick to the Art Chat to get votes from now on folks!

❄ voting

Whether or not you are entered in the Beauty Contest, you may want to participate in voting. You don't have to be entered in the contest to vote! In this section we will go over voting rules, and the different ways you may approach voting.

☞ beauty contest voting rules

You can only vote from your main account - Like earning neopoints, and doing your dailies, voting in the beauty contest may only happen from your main account. Even if you are entered in the BC on a side account, you must log into your main account to vote.

Buying votes is against the rules - Trying to buy votes with neopoints or items is considered cheating and against the rules. People must make up their own choice about voting, you can't bribe them!

Vote trading isn't allowed - Similar to trying to buy votes with NPs or items, you cannot promise to vote for someone if they vote for you. This is considered cheating as well. (Plus then you only have like 50 votes, and you'll need way more than that to place overall!)

☞ ways to vote

Manual Voting - Sometimes users will go through each species and look at every (or most) entries and pick which one they want to vote for. This is sometimes a long process, but those who are dedicated to picking the best entry will usually do this.

Sometimes users will make a board saying they manual voted. It's important to note that you can ask if this person voted for you, but you cannot post a list of who you voted for in each species. TNT is all about letting people make their own choices in voting, and this could be considered advertising for those entries. People might be more inclined to vote for them because a MVer thought they were great.

If you choose to MV and want to make a board topic saying that you did or are going to, just let people post and ask if you voted for them! That way you just have to say yes or no, and aren't considered advertising for them!

Silent Voting - This is a very common practice among people who vote in the BC. Voting silently means you don't tell who you did or didn't vote for. This sort of lets you keep your votes to yourself, and (maybe) not hurt anyone's feelings along the way!

Non-Silent Voting - You can vote non-silently if you want to tell the world who you voted for. Most commonly this is done by posting the massage that comes up after you have voted for a pet: You vote has been cast for PETNAME. If you post anything but that, people may question whether you really did vote or not.

Voting First Come First Served - When you advertise that you are voting this way, that means that you are voting for the first one of each species that comes to your board. I am personally biased against this because there may be others out there who want your vote, but didn't quite make it in time. This means you are voting on speed instead of the quality of artwork. This is a good way to quickly vote for the contestants that week, though!

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Special Note: It's important to note that however you chose to vote, that you don't lie to other users about voting for them. It's pretty easy to forget who you've said you voted to, and you will most likely get caught in your lie. Being honest and saying you didn't vote for someone may be hard and you may not want to hurt someone's feelings, but it's better in the long run to just tell the truth!

❄ history of the beauty contest

The Beauty Contest has gone through several changes since its start in the early 2000s. This section is to record all the different stages of the BC so that they may not be lost to the sands of time. (cue epic instrumental music here).

☞ the very early stages of the BC

The old navigation in pet central, complete with the beauty contest button at the far right!

Now, according to my research, the first form of the Beauty Contest was called "Neopian Beauty Expo" and was started on February 21, 2000. Here is an excerpt from an old news update about it:

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At the time of writing this section, I don't know what the Beauty Expo consisted of, but if I do find some more information about it, I will update you here!

The BC was then revamped and relaunched on November 27, 2000. This is the news update notifying the users of the relaunch:

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Here are the very first winners of the Beauty Contest in all their glory:

The first months of the BC had a lot more entries like this: images taken from neopets with added additions in a computer program. These are affectionately known as CAPs (Copy and Paste) to BCers now. June 25, 2001 is the first date where artwork, not CAPs dominated the overall winners.

This is a really important thing to take notice of. That the contest was beginning to change form into what we think of the Beauty Contest as it is today. Although it will still take years and years for more user-drawn artwork and less CAPs to be entered, at this point we being to see a shift in the BC. Its fascinating to see that something that was the norm to do changed to become "one of the most disapproved of things for an aspiring Beauty Contestant to do." (source)

☞ how voting has changed

I started BCing around 2003, and actually got to witness one of the significant changes the BC has gone through. Prior to 2004 you were actually able to see how many votes your pet had during the contest. When I wasn't entered I love to refresh the page and see the vote count for my favorite pet go up.

Now though, TNT has removed this feature and votes stay hidden until the contest in complete.

Editorial inquiring about the voting change. {{ source }}

☞ the save our sides campaign

Currently you can enter the BC on your side account, and when the BC first started you were allowed as well, but there was a period of time where entering your pet into the BC from an account other than your main was against the rules.

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The reason for the change in the rules was that the BC used to offer Item and NP prizes for placing 1st, 2nd, or 3rd, both for the overall winners and the individual pet species. Here are what the prizes used to be before 2008:


1st: 20,000 NP + ONE rare item + 1 gold trophy
2nd: 10,000 NP + ONE rare item + 1 silver trophy
3rd: 5,000 NP + ONE rare item + 1 bronze trophy


1st: 10,000 NP + 1 gold trophy
2nd: 5,000 NP + 1 silver trophy
3rd: 2,500 NP + 1 bronze trophy

The BCers were very unhappy about the new ban on side accounts. This meant that they only had 4 pets to enter, or they would have to continuously rotate pets to their main account to enter them. The artists didn't really care about the NP and Item prizes in the BC. What they loved was drawing their different pets and getting a pretty trophy to show off on their lookup for winning!

To protest the new rule, artists came together and participated in what was called the Save Our Sides (SOS) campaign. The goal of this movement was to lift the ban and allow users to enter their pets on side accounts in the BC again. The campaign consisted of a few things. First of all, artists could add their name to a petition. The petpage that hosted the list was sent to TNT to show them how many users were against the new rule.

Former petpage of the Save Our Sides petition

BCers also sent in inquiries to the Neopian Times editorial about the new side account ban and entered art into the BC that drew attention to the. Here was my entry for a user-run theme week that promoted SOS:

I put a side account pet in a picture with one on my main so she could be in the BC too!

On April 4, 2008, the members of TNT changed their minds and allowed pets on side accounts to be entered in the BC again. They removed the NP and item rewards in order to make this happen.

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The Save Our Sides campaign is actually something really incredible. The artists of the website gathered together and actually made a positive change in an aspect of the website they cared about.

☞ branston the eyrie

A header for the beauty contest from an old neopets layout.

Branson is the unofficial mascot for the Beauty Contest! He's the beautiful Eyrie that greets you when you go to the main page of the contest. He's also a player in the game Cheat!. Here's more information about Branston:

Name: Branston
Species: Eyrie (naturally)
Age: He loves himself way too much to say
Occupation: Lord of the Dance Floor
Hobby: Strutting his stuff in front of mirrors and polishing his extensive gold medallion collection
Quote:Neopoints and good looks aren't everything, but fortunately they're all I've got..."

❝Thinking that all eyes are always on him, Branston the Eyrie is the one and only self-obsessed, egotistical Lord of the Dance Floor. Just about every night and day he throws gigantic parties in his very own honour at his plush Neohome, which always leads to a huge circle of swooning pets surrounding him while he dances away on his custom made gleaming gold dance floor.❞ - Read more about Branston on his Neopedia article.

☞ the bc as we know it

Although the BC tends to stay relatively the same, there was one big update to the BC trophies in September 2013. I think these trophies look much better compared to the old ones!

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Wondering what the old trophies looked like? Here are the old trophies that looked this way up until 2013. They definitely needed an update!

Ewwww.... old trophies!

More recently, the BC has waned in popularity compared to past years. This can probably be attributed to a couple of things:

For a while, Neopets had a huge proplem where the site lagged when pages loaded. A lot of users chose not to engage with the site then, and the BC also saw a decrease in entries. Another reason is that TNT started to enforce the rule that you couldn't advertise on boards other than the Art Chat, Spotlight, and Premium Boards. Users tend to want to multi-task and it's hart to advertise your pets UFT, when you have to constantly change your siggy! People might have then chosen to not even bother entering. TNT also got our hopes up with a shiny new BC avatar in November 2014. The avatar, unfortunately isn't activated and users can't achieve it. Maybe once this avatar is fixed, more people will try the BC!

Until then, the BC is quiet, sometimes having few entries in each category. I hope that one day it can be a thriving spotlight opportunity for most people!

☞ a history of the crystal cave bc guide

It was popular for a time for BCers to band together and form different groups that hung out together on the (what was then known as) BC boards. One group that I was a part of was called The BC Jedi and Sith. This group of BCers wanted to protect the BC from art thieves as well as upload the rules of the BC board.

Let's be real, this was probably hugely cliquey and annoying to people, but it did serve as inspiration for the first incarnation of this BC Guide.

The name for the Crystal Cave came from the Lightsabers adoptables that I made for the other members of this group. I imagine Osa's cave as the place where people could come and get the crystals that powered their Lightsabers. My Kau is the guardian of these precious crystals and thus, the Crystal Cave BC Guide was born!

❄ sitely

Take a link to remember your trip here, or take a journey and visit these other petpages! Some of them are BC related, some not, but all are worth a visit!

☞ link back

☞ my other petpages

☞ other bc pages

☞ other guides & helpful pages

❄ credits

Thank you to everyone who has helped me with this guide over the years. I've gotten a lot of input and feedback from users who have viewed it and noticed errors, or corrections I need to make. I want to give a special shout out to these people:

wingedsilence, __tush, purplica, magelover, jodieklns, dizziedino, & acexcat13 - Thank you all for helping give your insight on the species difficulty section! Couldn't have done it without you!
highlordofpenguins - Thanks for screenies on how to find your image filesize on a windows computer!
Thanks to Suta-Raito for the Faerie Xweetok image to help demonstrate art theft.
Thanks mindsend for letting me use your image of IssuiFrostbane.
SunnyNeo helped with finding all the BC editorials for the guide with the help of their Neopian Times editorial search!
Shoutout to Whitespace for the patterned background for this page.
Thanks Miyu for helping with the popup codes!
_dragon100_47 - Thanks for the screenshot of Scrappy's board on the Goldban time reduction!

A spacial thanks to TNT's own Amanda R. (Kikocat) who was actually a big help in making this guide. She was always willing to answer all my questions, so I could be sure to be relaying all the correct information about the BC. Thanks for sticking with us BCers throughout all these years!

Photoshop is a program that I have a lot of experience with for saving my entries. I think its one of the easiest to use to get your entry to under 75kb. I have a Macbook, but this is these are also the same options for Photoshop on a PC!

1. Once you are ready to save your image for the Beauty Contest. Select "File" and then go down to Save for Web & Devices.

File » Save for Web

Once you select the "Save for Web" feature a screen will pop up. Here is what it looks like:

The "Save for Web" screen
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2. Now look to the top right corner of the screen. I recommend selecting a JPG option from the drop down screen. For the BC, you can either save it as a JPG or GIF. A GIF is better when you have large areas of uniform color. A JPG is better if your image has more detail and shading. I mostly save my images in .JPG for the BC.

Select either JPG or a GIF option from this drop down menu.

On a Mac - Click on the Finder icon in your dock and go to the folder where your BC entry is. Make sure you are viewing your files in column view (1.) then click ONCE on your image file to select it. Look at 2. and 3.. If the "Kind" does not say "JPEG image" or "GIF image" there is something wrong with your fileTYPE and you will need to re-save your image as a GIF or JPG. If, under, "Size" the number is more than 75 KB then then you will need to reduce the quality of your image.

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On a PC - Go to "My Computer" and go to the folder where your BC entry is. Click ONCE on your image file to select it. In the "Details" box to the left you can find your information on the file. 1. indicates where you should find your fileTYPE. If it is not a JPEG or GIF then you need to re-save your image as one of those. 2. ."Size" is where you will find your fileSIZE. If the number is more than 75 KB then you will need to reduce the quality of your image. You can also find this information at the bottom of the window (3.).

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I talked about art theft in my Drawing and Preparing your BC Entry, but if you missed that part, you need to read this section!


Art theft refers to taking another USER'S artwork without their permission, or not giving them credit. If you were removed from the contest for art theft, it does NOT refer to editing artwork drawn by members of theneopetsteam.

Both of these images can be found when searching for "Faerie Xweetok" on Google Images. The one on the right, however, is the only one drawn by the artist at Neopets. Notice the URLs of each drawing.

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Everything that you enter in the Beauty Contest must by 100% made by you. A lot of people are sometimes confused about what exactly that means. Let me break it down for you:

You may not enter an image you found on a search engine - Just because you found it on Google Images does not mean that you can use it for whatever you like. Unless the image URL says http://images.neopets.com it is NOT draw by an artist at Neopets. This means you can't use it.

Directly stolen BC entry.
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Original source of the stolen entry.

You may not edit the image you found on the search engine - If you put that image you found onto MS Paint, Photoshop, GIMP or some other photo editor and you change the colors, add wings, a colored background etc. it does not mean it is your own artwork. You didn't draw the base image you just edited, so its not 100% made by you!

You may not heavily reference or trace the art - If someone can identify the image you drew from, it is still NOT considered your art. You didn't come up with the concept, style, or pose--the original artist did.

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If you were removed form the BC for Art Theft, you will receive two things form TNT:

One is a neomail informing you that you have been removed from the contest (it looks a little different than the one in the last section). This neomail is sent by the Contest_Judge.

Rejection neomail for art theft (among other things).
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The second thing you will receive if you have used someone else's art for your entry is a warning. Yes, that's right. Art theft is against the rules on Neopets, and you will receive an official warning to your account (& can be frozen if you continue to steal art). Please note that the warning does not come from the Contest_Judge account, but instead from the official thenopetsteam account.

This is the warning you will receive if you are removed for art theft
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Since you've gotten a warning from TNT, you maybe freaking out because didn't realize what you were doing, and the implications of it. If you were unaware of the rule regarding art theft, here are a few of the places on Neopets, where it the rule is mentioned.

As seen on the "Enter Contest" page. (Drag to address bar for full view).

From the Terms and Conditions found here. (Drag to address bar for full view)

If you want to put your entry on your userlookup, pet's lookup, or pet's web page, its important to have it link back to your pet's entry page so that they are able to vote.

New to HTML? Let me show you how to do this!

Right Click and open in new window!

Click here to edit your USERLOOKUP
(My Account » Edit Profile)

Click here to edit your PET'S LOOKUP
(My Account » Neopet Description » select which pet to edit)

Click here to edit your PET'S WEBPAGE
(My Account » Edit Pet Page » select "edit" under the pet you entered)

There are two ways you can link to your BC entry: You can link including an image, or link just with text.

Linking with an Image

Linking with Text

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When linking with an image you need to have your picture uploaded somewhere on the internet.

* an image-hosting site (Photobucket)
* use Neopet's temp. image URL

I'm going to teach you how to create your image-hyperlink using Neo's temporary image URL! When you upload your BC entry to neopets, it is uploaded somewhere on their servers. So, your image is on the internet (instead of just your computer). This image URL is only temporary for the week that you are in the contest! (However, if you place, your picture is on the site permanently!)

Where do I find my Neopets temporary image URL? - The best way to find your temporary neopets URL is to go to your pet's entry page where you can see your full image. Drag that image to the address bar of your browser and the URL there is the image URL you can use to put your image on a petpage!

When on the Art Chat advertising your entry, the easiest thing to do is alter your NeoSignature or NeoHTML to include your BC Entry URL.

(drag to address bar for full view)

This is an example on how you can set up your neoHTML for the BC. How do you do this?

1. Go to your Board Preferences.

2. Scroll down to where it says "NeoHTML/Signature".

3. You can keep your neoHTML the same, and simply put your BC Entry in your neoSignature. If you'd like, you can also include something to ask people to vote: Please spare a vote?, Vote?, or Vote for my [species name]?.

There are two ways you can link to your entry:

* A direct link to your entry
* Link to your pet's webpage, which has a link to the pet's entry on it

There are certain pros and cons to each of these options. If you A) link directly to your BC Entry Page you are streamlining the number of clicks someone has to do to vote for your entry (good for those lazy voters!). However, it takes up more room in your neoSignature and you are only showing the BC-quality picture.

Option B), putting a petpage URL in your font has the advantage of being a shorter link, and can be all inclusive: if you enter more than one pet into the BC from the same account, you can but both entries on ONE page--2 or 3 links are sometimes hard to fit into neoHTML. You can also show them a higher-quality or non-cropped version of your entry before they get to the BC page. The con is: more clicks to get to the vote bottom, which could reduce the amount of people that actually vote.

Remember: in neoHTML you don't need a code to create a link! Simply paste the URL into your neoHTML/signature or post and neo will automatically make it a link when you post! Cool, huh?!

Here is the graveyard--I mean archive--of the BC Jedi and Sith's lightsabers I made! If one of these are yours and you want to use it again, please feel free to take it!

B C . J E D I

B C . S I T H

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It was a chilly afternoon in Terror Mountain and you had just finished up your holiday shopping for your NeoFriends and pets. The sun was low on the horizon and you could feel the temperature drop as you exited your last shop.

more about the guardian
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Full Name » Cotton_Kandy_
Alias » Osa
Gender » Female
Pronouns » She/Her/Hers
Age » 35
Species » Kau
Brush » Faerie
Element » Ground & Fire
Personality Type » ISTJ
Caregiver » Ani
Outer Scales » Blood Red
Under Scales » Ash Grey
Hooves & Claws » Ivory White
Horns » Ash Grey
Spikes » Deep Gold
Eyes » Glowing Red
Hair » Ash Grey mohawk
Extras » Ash Grey: wing membrane; Ivory White: elbow and wing claws; Deep Gold: horn caps hoop and stud earrings;
Markings » Scar on right ear
p r e f e r e n c e s
p e r s o n a l i t y

Reserved » Osa prefers to keep to herself. This is probably why she enjoys her cave up in the mountaintop so much. Being alone gives her time to think and process and recharge her energy. Being around people or other living things makes her tired, so even when she's around them she most likely won't say much. She opens up to her PetPet, Tarn, sometimes, but even Osa can tire of him eventually.

Loyal » Although she may come off as quiet and hard, Osa actually cares very deeply about those that have earned her trust. She will actively work to protect those that she loves and trusts. That trust must be earned from her--it's not automatically given.

Hardworking » Osa will work extremely hard in order to complete a task that is asked of her (by someone she is loyal to of course!). She won't stop until she feels that her task is completed. She wants to make sure everything goes according to plan. (Her plan, that is). She doesn't like to stray from what was asked, or how she perceives things going in her head. This will really make her angry!

Distant » Osa is not someone who examines her feelings very often, nor does she understand the feelings of others. She will become extremely uncomfortable if someone cries or shows emotional passion in front of her. To her, facts and logic are how one should be making decisions. She won't admit it, but she thinks lesser of those that trust their heart over knowledge. These attributes may have others think that she is distant or has a cold heart.

Explosive » Although Osa is generally reserved, distant, and quiet, there are moments where she may "explode" with feelings of frustration or anger. These mostly come out when things don't go as she had planned. In this state, Osa may lash out verbally or physically, so you definitely don't want to be caught in the crossfire!

p h y s i c a l . a p p e a r a n c e

Osa's build is extremely large, athletic, and muscular. She stands twice as large as a horse, giving her the physical size to be able to carry an adult human on her back and maintain flight. She has deep red scales that cover most of her body. They will sometimes catch the sun, or reflection of the snow and give off a bright red shine. She also has smoother, sleeker scales that cover the underside of her neck and stomach. These ash grey scales aren't quite as hard as her top, red scales. While they would provide protection to most human-made weapons, this is a known weak spot of the Dragon Kau's when they are fighting each other. Her large tail is build more for balance while on the ground than use as a weapon. Along her back she has deep gold spikes that provide extra protection from above. (continue)

more about dragon kaus
Osa is part of a species of Kau's known as the Dragon Kaus. This species evolved around the rocky plateaus of Tyrannia. Neopians needed easier ways to get around and bred Kau's with favorable attributes to do so.

The human Neopians that lived in Tyrannia used them for various tasks around the villages in the plateaus. The most largest and most athletic were used for hunting, or into battle when the need was there. The slimmer and lighter weight ones were used for traveling to nearby villages for trade and commerce. Other Dragon Kaus were used to lift heavy objects or help with infrastructure.

Although the Dragon Kaus were bred in captivity to do the human's bidding, some of them did escape to surrounding areas, such as the caves in the mountains. These Kau's grew up wild and away from human services, so they were able to thrive as their own species. Different families or tribes of the Dragon Kaus eventually were established (known as "herds").

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honors & awards
  • I won 1st place in species May 6, 2016
  • I won 1st place in species December 18, 2015
  • I won 1st place in species July 27, 2012
  • I won 1st place in species January 6, 2012
  • I won 2nd place in species August 12, 2011

  • I won 3rd place in species September 29, 2006
  • I won 3rd place in species August 4, 2006