Pirates
Contest Directions: "Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End" hits the theaters in May. It features Bill Clinton digging the chests and getting some booty.
In this contest you are asked to photoshop pirates any way you wish. Examples may include making pirates out of works of art (paintings, statues, etc.), as well making a pirate out of your favorite celebrity of politician.
12 pictures
  • Pirate Captain

    Pirate Captain
  • Pirate Ship

    Pirate Ship
  • Buccaneer

    Buccaneer
  • Blackbeard

    Blackbeard
  • Pirate Queen

    Pirate Queen
  • Female Pirates

    Female Pirates
  • Pirate Skull

    Pirate Skull
  • Pirate

    Pirate
  • Pirate Costume

    Pirate Costume
  • Pirate Chest

    Pirate Chest
12 image entries
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This contest is fueled by the following news: The golden period of pirates ruling the seas falls between the 1640 and 1680 and took place in the Caribbean Sea, where piracy appeared mimicing conflicts between the European nations at war - England, Spain, Holland, and France - attacking each other's ships and settlements. The two most famous pirate bases were Tortuga, established by Falon, and Port Royal in 1640s and 1650s. Many famous pirates were the living legends among common folks, and inspired many famous books and plays after their death. The reality of pirate life, however, was far from a legend. Often they had no good food for months sailing at sea, poor sanitary conditions, and lack of medical care and drugs made the life at their ships harder thatn in any severe reality show. Because of the above conditions and constant life risk due to the fights to battles, made the average life span of a pirate quite short. Those who survived were far from being healthy and wealthy. Naturally if they were wounded and could no longer carry on their fighting life in battles they had to retire and settle down somewhere on shore. There they faced a whole new set of problems - trouble with the law (few were lucky to have changed their names and escape prison), and starting their life from scratch, when they had no other skills but fighting and looting. That being sad, pirate ships were the first attempt at true democracies. The captain was chosen in a voting where each crew member had the equal vote. Normally the captain would be chosen from the most active fearless fighters in the battle, who inspired others and whom they could trust their life. Outside of the battles, however, the ship's quartermaster usually had more power that a captain. Pirates had very detailed code of their own laws as to the election / replacement of captain and about the rules of conduct of the ship, describing the punishments for violations. Those pirates who were injured in battles received their compensation, according to their written rules, and were allowed to leave the ship with their part of the loot and compensation if their health damage was too severe. This was the first analogy of the life and health insurance as well as a prototype of social security system. Many pirate teams readily accepted outcasts from the societies, who had nothing to lose in life, but become the rebels and sail the seas. They were struggling outlaws but proud people. It's interesting to know how sometimes the whole British ships would turn themselves into pirates during the attack and would sail as a new pirate ship and a crew. Those happened mainly on warships, which were the guardian ships for the merchant vessels. Conditions on those ships were very rough and captains often abused their powers to the extreme, while crew members were given little freedom.

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Contest Info

  • Started: 4/1/2007 06:00
  • Ended: 4/3/2007 06:00
  • Level: advanced
  • Entries: 12
  • Jackpot:
  • FN Advanced 1st Place $5
  • FN Advanced 2nd Place $3
  • FN Advanced 3rd Place $2
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