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Welcome to Akatsuki Awards, an icontest community dedicated to the criminal organization Akatsuki in the manga/anime Naruto by Kishimoto Masashi.


► You may submit up to two (2) icons for each challenge, unless otherwise instructed.
► All icon content must focus on members of the Akatsuki! Former and deceased members are allowed.
► Your icon submissions must have all the details for the challenge Please refer to the individual submission posts for more information.
► Your entries must conform to LiveJournal's image specifications; 100x100 or smaller and 40 kb or smaller, in jpg, gif, or png formats.
► Do not vote for your own icon, no matter the circumstances. If you do so, your vote will be discarded.
► Icons must be newly made for the current challenge and must not displayed anywhere else on the Internet, in any context, other than the icontest, until after the contest is over and the results have been announced; doing so will cause for disqualification. This also means we do not allow cross-submission.
► Reusing old icons with new text for this icontest is not allowed. This means your icon was not made specifically for the particular challenge. Requiring that you make your icons specifically for the current challenge has been a long-standing rule.
► Do not create multiple fake accounts to cheat. I check IP addresses and account status.
► You may use doujinshi or fanart if you link back to the author/artist in your submission comment.
► If I find you breaking or abusing the rules, your icons may be disqualified and you may even be banned from the community WITHOUT NOTICE.

By participating in this icontest, you thereby implicitly state that you have read all of these rules and that you agree with and will abide by them. If you need any clarification, please contact me and ask.


On Sunday evening (or thereabouts), xenylamine will post a theme for the week in the community. Icons related to the theme may be submitted from that time on, up until the deadline on the following Sunday. Comments to the submission post will be screened, so please reply normally, and not anonymously. Your submission should contain the following information:

Icon submission
URL of submission [please make sure the URLs work!]
Character name(s)



Submission Times:
Sunday [~10:00 PM EST/EDT] - Sunday [10:00 PM EST/EDT]

If you would like to suggest a theme, please do so here.

Please be sure that your image hosting will work until the deadline, so that I can use your submission. Also please note that livejournal's image hosting is not proper image hosting, and I won't accept icons that are hosted on livejournal.


Voting will take place from Saturday to Monday. xenylamine will post a voting post on Sunday evening, after the deadline has passed. Members of the community will comment on the post, saying which three icons they like the best. The icons will be numbered, so you only have to state the numbers of the icons you like, in order of preference. Your first choice will receive three points, your second choice two, and your third choice one. A special category may be added to the voting, depending on submission volume. A vote for an icon in the special category will earn one point. Comments will be screened so your vote will not be seen by anyone other than the mods and yourself. Please do your best to follow any specific rules in the voting post.

Special Categories

The following are the definitions for the special categories. Be sure you know what you're voting for!

Most Creative; The icon demonstrates the most creativity and originality of design through its image, layout, text, and visual effects.

Best Emotion; The icon displays emotion the most effectively, evoking strong feeling through well-chosen image and/or text.

Best Interpretation; The icon reflects the most effective adaption and use of the theme through both its image and text.

Best Color; The icon demonstrates effective use of color, standing out from the other icons for that quality.

Best Cropping; The icon's image has been cropped in a way that is well-chosen for both visual interest and communicating the icon's message.

Best Text; The icon has the best text content; the words' actual meaning matches the icon well.

Best Typography; The icon has the best treatment of text (the physical appearance of the words on the icon) regardless of text content. Good text placement also plays a role in good typography.

Results will be posted on Tuesday evening.

Voting times:
Sunday [~10:00 PM EST/EDT] - Tuesday [~9:00 PM EST/EDT]


Challenge #001 [Uchiha Itachi]
Challenge #002 [Wind]
Challenge #003 [Picture]
Challenge #004 [Lyrical; "Flaw" by Amendment]
Challenge #005 [Exhaustion]
Challenge #006 [Shadows]
Challenge #007 [Winter/Holiday]
Challenge #008 [Kisame]
Challenge #009 [Picture]
Challenge #010 [Lyrical; "Like A Stone" by Audioslave]
Challenge #011 [Sadness]
Challenge #012 [Force of Nature]
Challenge #013 [Water]
Challenge #014 [Zetsu]
Challenge #015 [Picture]
Challenge #016 [Fire]
Challenge #017 [Confusion]
Challenge #018 [Green / Lyrical; "Photograph" by Nickelback]
Challenge #019 [Family / Lyrical; "Dramatic Neo Anniversary" by Pierrot]
Challenge #020 [Animal Sounds]
Challenge #021 [Joy / Lyrical; "Karma Chameleon" by Culture Club]
Challenge #022 [Images; Itachi]
Challenge #023 [Images; Sasori, Deidara]
Challenge #024 [Images; Itachi, Kisame]
Challenge #025 [Images; Tobi]
Challenge #026 [Paint]
Challenge #027 [Images; Hidan, Kakuzu, Zetsu]
Challenge #028 [Images; 317 Color Spread]
Challenge #029 [Advent]
Challenge #030 [New]
Challenge #031 ["House of Wolves" by My Chemical Romance]
Challenge #032 [Textless]
Challenge #033 [Desire]
Challenge #034 ["Black Black Heart" by David Usher]
Challenge #035 [Monochrome]
Challenge #036 [Opposites]
Challenge #037 ["2:1" by Elastica]
Challenge #038 [Free-For-All]
Challenge #039 [Textures]
Challenge #040 ["Flawed Design" by Stabilo]
Challenge #041 [Red]
Challenge #042 [Change]
Challenge #043 ["I'm Your Villain" by Franz Ferdinand]
Challenge #044 [Limit]
Challenge #045 [Revenge]
Challenge #046 ["Nervous Breakdown" by abingdon boys school]
Challenge #047 [Tiny Text]
Challenge #048 [Betrayal]
Challenge #049 [Tobi]
Challenge #050 [Ego]
Challenge #051 ["Five Minutes to Midnight" by Boys Like Girls]
Challenge #052 [Deidara]
Challenge #053 [Broken]
Challenge #054 [The Elements]
Challenge #055 [Mistake]
Challenge #056 ["So Long, Astoria" by the Ataris]
Challenge #057 [Partners]
Challenge #058 ["Kashmir" by Led Zeppelin]
Challenge #059 [Book Titles]
Challenge #060 [Song Titles]
Challenge #061 [Battle]
Challenge #062 ["Every You, Every Me" by Placebo]
Challenge #063 [Smile]
Challenge #064 [Shadows]
Challenge #065 ["Wonderful You" by the Dandy Warhols]
Challenge #066 [Dead]
Challenge #067 [Black & White]
Challenge #068 [Konan]
Challenge #069 ["Abracadabra" by the Steve Miller Band]
Challenge #070 [Faith]
Challenge #071 [Holiday]
Challenge #072 ["TWINS (Knock Out)" by Super Junior]
Challenge #073 ["Dive to Blue" by L'arc~en~Ciel]
Challenge #074 [Conceal]
Challenge #075 [Sky]
Challenge #076 ["Ryoujoku no Ame" by Dir en grey]
Challenge #077 [Dark]
Challenge #078 [Favorite Color]
Challenge #079 ["Never Say Goodbye" by Bon Jovi]
Challenge #080 [Kisame]
Challenge #081 [Nostalgia]
Challenge #082 ["swallow" by 12012]
Challenge #083 [Typography-less]
Challenge #084 [Peace]
Challenge #085 ["Spring Nicht" by Tokio Hotel]
Challenge #086 [Crazy]
Challenge #087 ["Too Late: Frozen" by Type O Negative]
Challenge #088 [Downfall]
Challenge #089 [Confused]
Challenge #090 ["Burn" by the Cure]
Challenge #091 [Random]
Challenge #092 ["The Sinner in Me" by Depeche Mode]
Challenge #093 [Crime]
Challenge #094 [Shape]
Challenge #095 ["DISABLED COMPLEXES" by Dir en grey]
Challenge #096 [Free]
Challenge #097 [Tiny Text]
Challenge #098 [Provided Image]
Challenge #099 [New Akatsuki Members]
Challenge #100 [Metal/"Animal I Have Become" by Three Days Grace]
Challenge #101 [Black and White/"Thank You For the Venom" by MCR ]
Challenge #102 [Hidan/"Wicked Ways" by Garbage]
Challenge #103 [Halloween/Light Textures]
Challenge #104 [Fiction/"Truth" by Arashi]
Challenge #105 [TBA]
Challenge #106 [TBA]


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airgear_awards // air gear icontest
akatsuki_stamp // akatsuki rating/stamp
animal_icontest // animal icontest
animangawards // anime & manga icontest
anime_itest // anime icontest
arrancar_awards // arrancar (bleach) icontest
banner_rewards // the banner maker rewards program
bishoujo_awards // bishoujo (females) icontest
bleach_icontest // bleach icontest
bleachorus // lyrical bleach icontest
bssm_battle // bishoujo senshi sailor moon itournament
dattebayo_still // static naruto icontest
disneyawards // disney icontest
ff12_awards // final fantasy xii icontest
ff7_awards // final fantasy vii icontest
ffx_x2_awards // final fantasy x & x2 icontest
hogwarts_battle // harry potter battle-style last icon maker standing
icontested // open fandom icontest
ino_icontest // yamanaka ino icontest
itachi_icontest // uchiha itachi icontest
japan_abc // alphabetical japanese icontest
japanawards // japanese icontest
je_battle // johnny's entertainment battle-style lims
kismet_icontest // static random-themed icontest
kkm_itest // kyou kara maou! icontest
orochiagenda // narutoverse roleplay community
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shinigami_lims // bleach last icon maker standing
shinobi_awards // naruto shinobi icontest
shinobi_stills // static naruto shinobi icontest
subliminalicon // icon journal of xenylamine
uchihaprodigy // uchiha itachi shrine
vk_awards // vampire knight icontest
wd_awards // disney icontest
wizard_icontest // harry potter icontest

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