Our previous logo was a seedling growing out of rich, loamy soil. While it was lovely, it made us look like a seed catalog.
Our website (which we will run a new contest for in a few months), will have a background of dark dirt with little hidden prizes in it, like colorful tin toys from the 1920's, foreign coins, laser guns... little pockets of awesome in the soil. The logo should complement that idea, without looking like a seed catalog.
While we don't want to put any barriers to creativity, we would be surprised if a cartoon-style logo was the winner - it might be better not to waste your time in that direction.
We want "Dirt Totem" to be a part of the logo, but it's up to you whether "Productions" is or not.
We need a vector-based image as well as a .psd image.
We need a black and white version of the image as well as a color version.
We are not looking for an animated logo, but the logo will most likely be animated in the future, so something with an intrisic need to change or move would be helpful, though not necessary (i.e. balloons rise, apples grow and rot, trees rustle in the breeze, balls bounce - although none of those are meant to be suggestions for the logo, just an idea of what we mean by intrinsic movement).
And again, NO TOTEM POLES.
We will be looking at the logo entries daily and providing commentary regularly. Good luck!