Smoking Olympics

Contest Info

  • Started: 4/28/2008 04:00
  • Ended: 4/30/2008 06:00
  • Level: advanced
  • Entries: 30
  • Jackpot:
  • FN Advanced 1st Place $5
  • FN Advanced 2nd Place $3
  • FN Advanced 3rd Place $2
Smoking Olympics
Contest Directions: Chinese authorities announced that there will be a ban on smoking in Beijing during the upcoming Olympics. The decision was met with much social unrest among Chinese population. Smoking is so big part of Chinese culture that even half of Chinese male doctors smoke. Overall 320 million people smoke in China, making up 24.5% of the world's total smokers.
Let's imagine what would happen if upcoming Beijing Olympics were held in Chinese "cultural way" where smoking were encouraged or even required for participating athletes. Some examples are: photoshop advertisements promoting smoking during Beijing Olympics, athletes smoking during competitions, athletes puffing out smoke rings, etc.

Contest Info

    • Started: 4/28/2008 04:00
    • Ended: 4/30/2008 06:00
    • Level: advanced
    • Entries: 30
    • Jackpot:
    • FN Advanced 1st Place $5
    • FN Advanced 2nd Place $3
    • FN Advanced 3rd Place $2
30 pictures
  • Smoking Weight Lifter

    Smoking Weight Lifter
        • I personally think it would be better without a painting below (makes the composition too complex in my humble opinion)
        • Agree with Newsy.
          Just the athlete alone with the Olympic rings positioned near the bottom would be enough.
          Nice work.
        • Dutch Masters is the name of the cigars and I think this was the ad,in my humble opinion

          [Edited by User on 4/29/2008 2:54:14 PM]
        • Thx for the input HoHouse!
          Anyway better without text, olympic rings and painting. If this should nonetheless branding, add small text and perhaps small rings next to each other at the bottom of the picture.
        • I'd agree with the others about losing the painting, either way still a good job.
        • This is an outstanding entry as it is, in my opinion. The image of the Dutch Masters at the bottom adds an extra twist. The image would have worked perfectly well without them, but the author probably thought hard about composing this image, Kudos to him/her.
        • Fantastic submission. I guess I'm in the minority, but I like the painting. Great job.
        • I also like the DutchMasters below.
          Good job...I need to go smoke now.
        • Ahh, I did not know that Dutch Masters is the famous cigars and this missed the whole advertising point
        • I like the Masters at the bottom. I was scrolling down and when they popped up on my screen it cracked me up. I think it ads a good twist.
        • Thanks for all the kind words folks

          I see the point about the painting, but that's part of the original Dutch Masters cigar brand logo....so I left it in.

          See the logo here
        • Congrats to Rain, our master, on winning with Dutch Masters!
  • Olympic Smoke Rings

    Olympic Smoke Rings
        • you might want to adjust the flesh tones to more fit the region?
        • The idea is very good but the smoke rings look a little solid, Fade a bit and blur would do the trick.
        • techbically, this is habds down the most superior! abyone who has ever attempted 'smoke' applauds this. WELL DONE!
        • This ones the best of the bunch I'd say. Great concept and skills to pull it off
  • Beijing Olympic Medals

    Beijing Olympic Medals
        • This is really clever idea, nicely done too.
        • Good one.(could you imagine hanging that around your neck)
        • Congrats MrMo2 Great imagination and style.
        • Mr Mo is on a roll! Congratulations on the bronze!
  • Smoking Olympics

    Smoking Olympics
        • Cool concept. In my opinion the composition would have been good enough without the great wall added, but still good. (ps. I like the olympic rings in the head smoke.)
        • looking at it again, I probably would have made the background black to accentuate the smoke effects more, but still good.
  • Cigarettes on the Olympic Track

    Cigarettes on the Olympic Track
        • Very nice entry.
          See if you can incorporate the Beijing Olympic logo into the starting block so that the image ties in better with the theme.

          Beijing Logo
        • I agree with cOOp, it needs those rings somewhere.
        • Just one thing. Looks like you quickly added the Olympic symbol....just the rings (beveled
          to raise them)would make look great in the same place.
        • Lol, good one. I think we have a lot of nervous athletes in the starting blocks.
        • I like this one alot.
          Great concept. Good job.
  • Olympic Flame Lighter

    Olympic Flame Lighter
  • Relay Runners Wearing Gas Masks

    Relay Runners Wearing Gas Masks
        • Sorry if it's obtuse. I was inferring that the air inside the stadium was so smoke-filled, they needed gas masks in order to run.... Oh well. It made sense to me at the time.
        • I found it on theme (as author suggested) at the first look. Lots of smoking = masks needed
        • Again, cracked me up. Got it immediately.
  • Olympic Staium Ashtray

    Olympic Staium Ashtray
        • good work, only thing I might add is some more ashtray grooves around the rim of the roof, (but that wouldn't be easy.)
  • Smoking Olympian

    Smoking Olympian
        • hmm,wonder if the Chinese propaganda ministry woulds actually use a discredited black American athlete in a promotion?

          technically though my only noted conflict is with the smoke...the two sources are radically different in their motions, she's running the cigarette is idle.
        • dupe
          (goddam server)

          [Edited by User on 4/29/2008 3:25:33 PM]
        • dupe

          [Edited by User on 4/29/2008 3:24:47 PM]
  • Beijing Olympic Podium Butts

    Beijing Olympic Podium Butts
  • Official Olympic Cigarettes

    Official Olympic Cigarettes
  • The Mandarin Man with Cigarettes

    The Mandarin Man with Cigarettes
  • Archer With a Cigarette Arrow

    Archer With a Cigarette Arrow
  • Great Wall of Smoke

    Great Wall of Smoke
        • dupe


          [Edited by User on 4/29/2008 3:27:51 PM]
        • dupe

          [Edited by User on 4/29/2008 3:27:14 PM]
  • Hockey Players with Cigarette Sticks

    Hockey Players with Cigarette Sticks
  • Smoking Gymnast

    Smoking Gymnast
        • I like this, bit the exhaled smoke does need some touching up
        • hmmm, now if that smoke cloud moved up just a bit and to the left....
        • The smoke is a bit blue. Wonder what is she smoking, LOL!
        • Funkwood said: nice, but the cigarette's too big.

          Maybe...but don't the Chinese women try to keep their feet really small?
          hahahaaa
  • Pommel Horse Athlete Wearing Nicotine Patches

    Pommel Horse Athlete Wearing Nicotine Patches
        • Another, that goes opposite to the theme
        • maybe off the theme a bit, but still funny! good imagination.
        • Perfectly on theme here. Smoker gymnast trying to quit.
        • On theme, off theme - I don't care. I vote for more submissions with male gymnasts!!!
  • Beijing Pollution Advert

    Beijing Pollution Advert
  • Olympic Torch Bearer with a Cigarette

    Olympic Torch Bearer with a Cigarette
  • Lighting a Cigarette from the Olympic Flame

    Lighting a Cigarette from the Olympic Flame
  • Sacred Buddha Smoking

    Sacred Buddha Smoking
  • Olympic Propaganda on Cigarettes

    Olympic Propaganda on Cigarettes
  • Olympic Runner Smoking the Competition

    Olympic Runner Smoking the Competition
  • The New Official Beijing Olympic Torch

    The New Official Beijing Olympic Torch
  • Smoking Synchronized Swimmers

    Smoking Synchronized Swimmers
  • Unveiling of the Beijing Olympic Torch

    Unveiling of the Beijing Olympic Torch
  • Smoking Panda

    Smoking Panda
  • Cigarette Olympic Stadium

    Cigarette Olympic Stadium
        • I think it does follow the contest there - look at the color smoke rings and No smoking sign
  • Beiijing Footballer

    Beiijing Footballer
        • After this ends, or before Could you tell us what font you used?
        • It looks similar to Chinese Takeaway or Chowfun font but not exactly.
  • Cigarette Javelin

    Cigarette Javelin
        • lever, The javarette needs to blend better.
        • Hand needs a shadow. Can't work out where her left forearm is.
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