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A competition (often referred to as a contest) is an event held by Scratchers that usually involves creating projects or art and competing against other users. Examples include the Scratch Olympics and the Scratch Cup. Prizes can include love-its, art requests, shoutouts, follows, and being in the competition holders' animations. Judging is often done either by the organizer or by the community by taking views and love-its into account.
Most contests have rules. Some rules might include:
- Remixes must not be a copy of another project
- Must be created using Scratch
- Must be a remix of the contest project
- Must follow the Community Guidelines
One issue about competitions is that prizes are hard to pick. Awarding love-its and favorites as prizes is often looked down upon, but some users find it difficult to make other prizes, usually because of their art or programming skills not being very good. Some users settle for some of the following:
- Art/programming requests
- Getting the winner's username and/or projects created by that user in the organizer's forum signature
- Having the user's character be in a game/animation
- Having the opportunity to collab with the organizer for a project
Collab Challenge and Collab Camp
The Collab Challenge was an official competition in early 2011 where groups of Scratchers had to collaborate to make a project using certain sprites. The winners were featured on the front page in the curator slot over a period of two weeks.
This event was followed by the Collab Camp, a similar recurring contest with the same prize for the winners. The theme in this camp was to create projects that expressed or interacted with music.
Each of these competitions has its own theme for entries. So far, there have been two Collab Camps.