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Billy Blue Change Your World Winners

Mon Nov 11, 2013, 12:52 PM

In the Billy Blue Change Your World contest, we asked you to take something from the world around you and improve it, and the winners are in. Paul Brafield, Billy Blue College of Design Head of Academic Studies, picked the three winners who best changed their worlds!

Read Paul's comments below and check out the winning deviations. Each of our winners are taking home some amazing prizes, and the grand prize winner will get a trip to Hobart and free entry to the Museum of Old and New Art! Thank you to everyone who participated!


Judge's Comments

This entry was the overall winner because it captures a real world transformation of a domestic space. The transformation may just be a humble decoration of a garage door, but it's much more than that as well - the piece speaks about the time and effort we invest to change the world, and to turn our small patch of it into a home. The choice of a GIF is just right and fits with the honesty of the work, because it captures a small piece of time and shows us the process and the artist - all of which makes the work very open and inviting and draws us in, just like the freshly decorated garage door now draws in passers-by.


  • Leica V-Lux 4 Camera
  • Trip to MONA: Flights
  • (from Sydney, Melbourne or Brisbane) to Hobart
  • 2 x nights accommodation for 2 in Hobart
  • Ferry and entry to MONA
  • 12-Month Premium Membership to
  • *Travel dates are subject to availability and some blockout dates apply.


Judge's Comments

Skillfully executed with great impact. The playful title of the work indicates that the artist was in full command of the concept. Far from being deprived, the painted marks and splashes over the eyes convey magic and power to the subjects in the work - their eyes are covered but we're jealous, we get the sense that they're seeing something magical and we want to know what it is.


  • MacBook Pro 15"
  • 6-Month Premium Membership to


Judge's Comments

Part of the charm of this piece is the way in which elements and themes are visually threaded together. The mix of illustration and photography, 'real' nature and drawn nature, material and virtual cutouts, paper and trees, gives the imaginary world of reading a place in the physical world, and so in its own small way the work visualises imagination as a force for changing that world.


  • Wacom Intuos 5 medium tablet
  • 3-Month Premium Membership to


In the Billy Blue Change Your World contest, we challenged you to take something from the world around you and improve upon it. We sent the semi-finalists to Paul Brafield, Billy Blue College of Design Head of Academic Studies, who chose these three winners!
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TouchedVenus Nov 21, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
These are wonderful! Congrats to the winners! :D
Loza-Muse Nov 18, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Congratz to the winners! Much deserved!  :) Was glad just to get the chance to participate! 
xSakuraChu Nov 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
They're beautiful. :)
RainyBlacksmith Nov 14, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Congrats... they are heaps good

kiki34 Nov 14, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
congrats you guys
Charmed-Ravenclaw Nov 14, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Congrats to the winners.
Good luck placing that 'GIF' in the Frankie magazine. Although I agree the winner did a great job and congrats on coming first place, the rules state the file must be PNG or JPG format....
Davenwolf Nov 18, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
ayumil the rules were changed part way through to include gif files. I think i actually have a screenshot of the original rules somewhere.
madizzlee Nov 15, 2013   General Artist

The long form Official Rules which we encouraged participants to read did state that .GIFs were allowed. 
RhynWilliams Nov 13, 2013   Traditional Artist
Congratulations :party:
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