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A showcase of featured content from our community. If you're interested in being featured, submit your pics to the Official Flickr Group.
Looking for places to visit inworld for pics and adventures? Check out the Destination Guide for places to explore. 

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Linden Lab
Thank you to all the residents who participated in the contest. If you submitted an entry or just browsed and voted on other people's entries - it was great to see all the work and pride everyone made and took in this Second Life Forum first!
Congratulations to our winners and runner-ups! You will be hearing from us shortly!


Here are the winners of the New Year, New You! image contest. Click the image to see a larger version of the entry.


GRAND PRIZE WINNER: Areander Mint with "Getting older. getting wiser..."


RUNNER UP: Valerie Inshan with "Past & Present"


RUNNER UP: Lanie Windlow with "Lanie Windlow is NEW this YEAR!"


RUNNER UP: Wildcat Furse with "Wildcat Furse (2012 - left/ 2011 - right)

Congratulations again to everyone and thank you for submitting all of your amazing makeovers. For some it was about little changes, and others it was a complete transformation. 


Here's to all of 'you' - New and Old!
If you want to see all the enties, go check out the thumbnail gallery.
Linden Lab


An Image is Worth a thousand words – and sometimes it can be worth L$5000, too! Out with the old and in with the new – show off your dramatic Second Life makeovers with a before-and-after picture that highlights a new look you will be rocking this year in Second Life. There will be one grand prize winner (L$5000) and three runners-up (L$1000 each). Think of all the shopping you can do with that kind of allowance!

For all the details on prizes and how to enter, please read the "New Year, New You!" Picture Contest Wiki page.

We’re excited to bring this new contest feature to the Second Life community, and we hope you enjoy it!

How to participate: Take a before and after image of your virtual makeover and upload it on the contest page. It’s as easy as taking your before snapshot and placing it on a prim, then stand in front of it with your new look and taking another snapshot, or stitching together two images – one of you before your Second Life makeover, and one after. Save the image to your computer so you can upload your submission for the contest

How to vote: Entries will be posted from Jan. 11 through Jan. 18, 2012. You can vote at any time for your favorite, but you only get one vote. To vote for your favorite, simply hit the Kudo button on the page of your choice.

For some tips on how to take good pictures in Second Life, take a look at the Knowledge Base article.

Good Luck!  May the best “New You” win!
Linden Lab

Second Life Saved My Sanity

Second Life was the surprise rescue to a part of my soul I didn’t realize was so traumatic it was locked away for 30 years. Prior to May 1978, I was a dancer (nine years), a gymnast, (six years) and a springboard diver, (three years, through school.


Though my activities were varied, in my heart, I am a dancer. Every piece of music I heard, I choreographed in my head. Until that May day, I would dance to it when I could. I felt the greatest joy and freedom when dancing. At some points, I'd even feel like I was flying. In high school, I could take my first formal training. It was heaven to me to dance.

On May 12, 1978, we were hit head-on by a drunk driver doing over 45 mph. I was paralyzed for three days; my left arm for two months. I was now bedridden. I had to be fed, it was truly horrendous. I prayed to be able to play the piano again. Eventually, I could move and I was very grateful.

But, over all this time and since those early days, my heart has longed to dance again. As life, strife and illness struck, even the most limited dancing movements became impossible. After the 1994 premature birth of my daughter, due to her disabilities, I became pretty much homebound. The world closed off to me. The 2000 gift of "the internet" opened the world back up to me, and I have enjoyed helping independent musicians worldwide at a large online site. But, with all the assistance and getting them exposure, I felt there MUST be some way to reach a wider audience for some of them. As I sought this, I found a link in a Wired article, and came to check out Second Life.

As I struggled through the gray fog of learning to exist in this virtual splendorland, I sought out the dancing opportunities. As I collected more of the best dances, I began to put a few routines together. I soon realized that machinima would be the only way that everyone could see what I create regardless of lag, etc., I could have the audience see the moves as I intended them to match the music.

During my hard work learning to do this, it dawned on me that I was happier, joyful, exuberant and couldn't wait to show my latest and then start my next.

It was then, that I realized this piece of my soul had been imprisoned for nearly 30 years at that time, and suddenly Second Life had become the key which released it from prison.  I'm eternally grateful, that even with the limitations, that Second Life exists.  While yes, I cannot dance in Real Life any more, I can do so vicariously through my avatar and regain that inner joy once again.  To share it with others who enjoy it is wonderful.  

Where life threw me lemons, Second Life enabled me to make lemon meringue pie.

- Phoenixa Sol

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