*Avi Choice Update

 It’s time for Avi Choice FASHION Awards Nominations!

The nominations have opened for Avi Choice Fashion Awards. If you want to submit your favorites to receive an award at this year’s Avi Choice Fashion Awards, now is the time to do it! Follow this link and let us know who you’d like to see put up for vote this year. Remember, this is the FASHION Awards. The arts and S Life Awards will take place at later dates (February and May 2015).

During the nomination process, each category will have an expert panel assigned to them who will verify accuracy and ensure that the nominees fit within the category they’re nominated to.  NOTE: We will remove nominees who are no longer in business or ones who inform us that they do not want to participate. We still need volunteer EXPERT CONSULTANTS, so if you’re interested, please follow this link and let us know! After nominations pass through this expert panel, we will notify each nominee that they have been entered for an award.

The deadline for Avi Choice nominee submissions is Saturday, November 15th at noon SLT. Should it become necessary, due to the volume of submissions received, nominees may be subject to elimination if they have received fewer than three UNIQUE nominations. Those finalists will then be put up to vote on Monday, November 17th. Voting WILL be limited to one vote per avatar/resident, per category, as always.  Avi Choice Fashion Awards voting will close on Monday, December 8th at 3pm SLT. Winners will be announced at the Avi Choice Fashion Awards Show on Dec. 13th. The show will be held during the Avi Choice Winter Festival, a multi sim Second Life event produced by AviChoice.com.  Visit that website for more information about the Festival.

Vote count/results WILL be available to those who request them after December 14th.  Before we release them, the recipient must agree (in email) not to publish the vote count/results on ANY media or social networking site or publication, inworld or out.

Avi Choice Holidays PosterAvi Choice is ready to Celebrate the Holidays!

We’re decorating 2 sims and filling them with some of SL’s FAVORITE designers and merchants plus the highly anticipated annual Avi Choice Fashion Awards!  We are planning to add some NEW events to the 17 day Festival, as well and are sure that they will join the Avi Choice Awards in becoming annual happenings eagerly anticipated as the Holidays approach Second Life.

Would you like to set up shop in the Avi Choice Holidays Celebration? Excellent! Our doors are open until we’re full to capacity.  Stores are NOT limited to fashion only.. we welcome all. Please read through the Participation Guidelines before registering. Registrations are on a first come, first served basis so register NOW to avoid being left out! This Festival does not have specific sales requirements in order to participate, although you WILL have opportunity to remember various charities during the Holiday event. Specific participation requirements though are easy and few.. we require Merchants to set out (in front of their store) one item (of your choice) for Naughty or Nice Giftings, which our Holiday Visitors can enjoy. We also request that Merchants participate in the Holiday’s Hunt which will be organized by our fabulous Huntress, Earth Nirvana.

FOLLOW THIS LINK to register for your store and join us as Avi Choice Celebrates the HOLIDAYS!

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Fright Fest 2014 Nears!

GREETINGS!

fright festAvi Choice is proud to present the spookiest event of the season–Fright Fest, brought to SL by the crew who has organized Home & Garden Expo (prior to 2014), Breedables Fairs and Xmas Expo and also the Avi Choice Awards.

Spanning two sims, this 17 day Festival will feature displays brought to Second Life residents to celebrate the Halloween season. Visitors will enjoy shopping, Trick-or-Treating, Live Entertainment, Haunted House, Haunted Maze, the Pumpkin Up Hunt (brought to us by Be Hunted ), a Scarecrow Building Contest, a Halloween Party with Costume Contest and MORE!

This community event features Exhibitors who have joined together to set up ghoulish displays for your Halloween entertainment. Map search ‘Fright Fest’ and teleport in…. but PROCEED WITH CAUTION! We’re looking forward to seeing you at Fright Fest!  Hunt Sign - Pump It Up!

Stop in to trick or treat these SPOOK-tacular exhibitors:

!! Follow US !!
*plowwies*
ABC – Awesome Breed Creations
a LiTTLe BiT of EVERYTHING by NECK
Always Halloween
Aphrodite Shop
Bad Katz
Bands of Cypher
BioBreeds
Carrie’s Lingerie
Chimeric Arts & Fashions
Digitize
Dixieland
Dwarfins
Fantasy China
JOH Technologies
Kawaii Couture
KittyCatS
Laudanum Lollipops
Meeroos
PurpleMoon Creations
Spot On
The House of Avro
Vips Creations
WK Wild Kajaera

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the Avi Choice Magazine has Launched!

Avi Choice OCT NOV Cover v2The Avi Choice Magazine launch party was Oct 5th and we had such a great time.  Lots came out to celebrate with us and take a look at the new publication.   Follow this link to have a look online.

For special DEBUT EDITION ad rates, please follow this link.  Have some great Second Life news?  Do you know of an interesting location for an entertaining Avi Choice Magazine photo op?  Let us know by filling in the form here.  Are you a freelance writer or photographer and would like to be one of the Avi Choice crew?  Let us know!

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Exciting Change is Coming to the ACA’s!

Audience members seated and ready for the beginning of the 2013 Avi Choice Awards.  Every seat in the house was filled and what a show it was!
Audience members seated and ready for the beginning of the 2013 Avi Choice Awards. Every seat in the house was filled and what a show it was!

 

Yes, you read it right.  The Avi Choice Awards is growing and facing some fun changes!  We’ve had great suggestions sent in during the three years of existence.  Good suggestions are always considered and discussed among ACA staff members and we thank you for sending them in.

Some of the changes in the works are:

-  splitting the ACA’s into THREE different segments with three separate award shows, one for each.

**The Avi Choice Fashion Awards will take place during the upcoming Christmas, 2014 season.

**The Avi Choice Awards ~ the Arts will take place February 2015. (note: this date has changed from it’s previously scheduled Sept 2015 date due to requests for it to be held sooner.  This was something we COULD accommodate.  Thank you for letting us know!)

**Avi Choice S LIFE Awards will take place during the summer of 2015.

Each category will have an expert panel assigned to them who will verify every nomination received to ensure that it fits within the category it’s nominated to.  If you are interested in being one of those EXPERT CONSULTANTS, please follow this link and let us know!  After nominations pass through an expert panel, another panel will notify each nominee that they have been entered for an award.  We have always removed nominees from the vote if they inform us that they do not want to participate and we will continue to honor their wishes, with appreciation and respect.  Eventually final nominees will be set up for voting.  Voting has ALWAYS been subjected to ONE vote per person, per category and that procedure will continue.

Each award show will be held at an Avi Choice organized event and will include a premier and formal Awards Presentation, as always.  Efforts will be increased to reach even more SL residents in order to give them ample time to nominate their favorites and (later on) cast their vote for SL favorites.

We are continuing to consult with advisors and SL residents to get more suggestions  on how we can make the Avi Choice Awards better.  It is a fun and exciting way to honor talent and creativity within our SL community.

Now is a great time to answer a couple questions that have come up.  “Isn’t Avi Choice Awards nothing but a popularity contest?”  Well, in a sense it is but really it’s more than that.  Consider this… If a designer is appreciated so much that they are nominated by a resident and they receive a vote from each group member in their large group, sure.. that’s a popular designer and they are going to have a lot of votes and yep.. it’s called popularity.  It’s important to consider, however, that the designer began somewhere.  He or she, more than likely, didn’t have an already well established business handed to them.  We are equal opportunity. A creator, designer, artist, avi choice candidate who has been nominated and received even one vote is popular to some extent, don’t you think?  The important thing is that residents have this opportunity to honor their favorites.  No one here is saying, ‘best.’  We’re providing Second Life residents with an opportunity to say in  a formal, organized fashion that they’re impressed with talent, creativity, imagination and good old fashioned hard work.  The response we get each year inworld and on the website certainly backs that up.

Is the voting fixed?  If not, why don’t you show the vote counts?  We might decide to do that.  The ACA voting is not fixed.  We use poll daddy and limit voting to one per resident in each category.  Staff members are not eligible for awards and are not allowed to cast even a single vote.  The decision was made, from the beginning, not to announce vote totals out of respect to the nominees.  The Avi Choice reputation is important and while we readily agree we have areas to improve on, and are excited to do just that, we stand firm and insistent that the voting is not pre-arranged or tainted by going through all the work we do, to just choose the favorites ourselves. We would appreciate if the FEW who have made that comment to try to look at Avi Choice vote results from a positive outlook rather than a negative, condemning one.  However, we do appreciate the comments being sent to us, giving us the opportunity to address and respond.  We are currently revisiting  the decision not to reveal vote counts and accepting advice from professionals and past nominees/winners, while reconsidering it.

Do you have suggestions that you think would be great for The Avi Choice Awards?  We’d love to hear them.  Please go to this link and give us your suggestions.  THANK YOU for your interest in continuing this incredible program and for sending us your thoughts.

favorites in a virtual world ~ http://avichoice.com ~ http://avichoiceawards.com

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