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Contest Info

  • Started: 3/29/2007 06:00
  • Ended: 4/2/2007 06:00
  • Level: apprentice
  • Entries: 15
  • Jackpot:
  • FN Apprentice 1st Place $1.5
  • FN Apprentice 2nd Place $0.9
  • FN Apprentice 3rd Place $0.6
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Contest Directions: You are asked to photoshop this elephant image in any way you like. This image supplied by stock.xchng.

Contest Info

    • Started: 3/29/2007 06:00
    • Ended: 4/2/2007 06:00
    • Level: apprentice
    • Entries: 15
    • Jackpot:
    • FN Apprentice 1st Place $1.5
    • FN Apprentice 2nd Place $0.9
    • FN Apprentice 3rd Place $0.6
15 pictures
  • Hannibal and the Red War Elephant

    Hannibal and the Red War Elephant
  • Red Elephant Necklace

    Red Elephant Necklace
  • Republican Elephant Slide

    Republican Elephant Slide
  • Elephant Slide Shute Into the Water

    Elephant Slide Shute Into the Water
  • Red Elephant Crossing the River

    Red Elephant Crossing the River
  • Red Elephant on a Shelf

    Red Elephant on a Shelf
  • Dolphin Doing a Flip

    Dolphin Doing a Flip
  • Tibet Musicians Playing to Red Elephants

    Tibet Musicians Playing to Red Elephants
  • Girl Climbing on a Red Elephant Slide

    Girl Climbing on a Red Elephant Slide
  • Red Elephant Monopoly Piece

    Red Elephant Monopoly Piece
15 image entries
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This contest is fueled by the following news: Elephant origin and history: Elephants are the unique representatives of ancient group of Proboscidea, who have lived before our time, never occupying the most part of land part, except Australia. The most ancient famous of its known representative – Moeritherium, a small animal with hardly longer, than of tapir, nose, described in the findings of upper Eocene and early Oligocene age in the valley of Nile in Egypt. In the Southern Europe and North Africa in Pleistocene time, there live Palaeoloxodon antiquus, a huge elephant with height at shoulders 4.3 m. Many from the primitive Proboscidea disappeared only 15 000 years ago, and man of paleolith era, embossed them on the walls of caves. Then in grassy tundra of northern circumpolar regions, there were mammoths covered with wool and huge strongly bent tusks; remains of their bodies are frequently found in the Siberian permafrost. In the North America, areas of Colombian and imperial subspecies of mammoth reached southwards upto the north of present State of New York. In Europe and America mastodon are frequently found; their teeth and bones are found even in the layers of New York metro. In the territory of Italy and in the islands of Mediterranean sea, there were elephants that were not larger than Shetland pony, differing by straight tusks.   Training and usage of elephants. Unlike horse, large horned livestock and camel, the elephant was actually never kept, though different animals were long since tamed and used with different purposes. Indian elephant, according to remains of carved seals, served humans already in 2000 BC; as it is believed, then there were attempts to subordinate its less appeasable African relative.  Possibly, the earliest written description about the usage of elephants for battles goes back to 326 BC. Then the Indian king Poras sent 200 elephants with archers on their back to fight against Alexander the Great on the banks of river Hydaspes. In the battle during Heraclea in 280 BC, king Pierre trampled the infantry of Romans with elephants, defeating their army in a first and unique defeat by these animals. However five years later he lost to Romans the final battle at Beneventum, and in commemoration of victory in war, they stamped a coin with the image of elephant. The history about campaign of Hannibal to Rome through the Alpes in 218 BC is very well known: in these mountains he lost most of his 37 elephants, and all remaining, except one, were lost, while crossing the Apennines. After definitive defeat of Hannibal in Punic war, use of fighting elephants was rejected.  First living elephant in America was a small two-year-old female brought in 1796 to New York from Calcutta. Probably, it appeared to be a Scientific Elephant, or Baby Bet, which was killed by the boys in 1822 in Chepachet (Rhode Island), wanted to check, whether the elephant skin is bullet proof or not.  The famous elephant Jumbo was born in equatorial Africa in the vicinity of lake Chad, from where it was brought as a kid in 1862 to Paris botanical garden. In 1865, it was sold to the Royal zoo in London where it lived for 18 years, till it was shipped to the USA. For three years Jumbo traveled the entire North America by rail in specially equipped wagon and carried more than one million children on its back. It died in 1885 from train accident in the Canadian province of Ontario. Its dummy is now in the university of Taffeta (state of Massachusetts), and a huge skeleton (height of the animal in shoulder about 3.2m) is on display in the American museum of natural history in New York.  The elephant is respected by many people. Buddhism compares it with the pigeon of peace, and Indian god of wisdom Ganesha has the face of elephant. In India, all white elephants were considered to be the property of Raja and were never used for work, but the greatest honors were rendered by such animal in Siam. Even the king was prohibited from sitting on the white elephant. It was fed on huge gold or silver dishes, and its drinking water was flavored with jasmine. The animal was covered with precious dresses was carried on magnificently clean platform. The African pygmies believe, that souls of their dead leaders move into elephants.