News in Pictures, August 25 - 31
12 entries - contest ended 9/1/2014

Create images of something that happened in the news during August 25 - 31, 2014.
The submission span for this weekly "News in pictures" contest are open for the whole 7 days - Monday through Sunday, followed by a day for voting (next Monday). Now you can chop and submit news as soon as it happens, without waiting for a weekend.
News in Pictures contest now has double jackpots: 1st place: $10, 2nd place: $6, 3rd place: $4, 4th place: $2.
In the Creator's Comments, it is mandatory to link to a news story. You should use this format to make a link: [URL=""] news title[/URL]
Keep the BLACK as is, replace GREEN with the link, and replace the RED with the news story title.
( Themepost image credit: Reuters )

Cat Movies
41 entries - contest ended 8/31/2014

After the smashing box office success of "Puss in Boots" (2011), movie director Guillermo del Toro started making a sequel "Puss in Boots 2: Nine Lives & 40 Thieves", which should have been out early this year. However, the movie takes much longer than planned, and is still in the early production stages. The move release date was rescheduled for December 21, 2018. "This time we are making a sort of a 'spaghetti western' and taking Puss in a completely exotic land," says del Toro. "Puss in Boots" became the most successful box office movie after "The Lion King" (1994) where the main movie characters are animals.
Take any famous movie and turn it into a cat movie by changing its main characters for cats. Many thanks to Bmore for the themepost.

Textbooks by Celebrities
10 entries - contest ended 8/30/2014

It's back to school time for kids. And Secretary of Education Arne Duncan has some bad news for you. According to Duncan, there's a shocking trend of American schools lowering educational standards and misleading students into thinking they are prepared for college. "As a country we've dummied down standards. We've reduced them due to political pressure and, we've actually been lying to children and parents telling them they're ready when they're not," said Duncan. He also argued the educational system in America has reached a crisis point that threatens the nation's long-term economic stability. "School programs and textbooks need to be redone," added Duncan.
What would happen if the US Department of Education asked celebrities and politicians write and design new school books? School books on chemistry, biology, reading, history, algebra, calculus, physics, and any school subjects can be written by celebrities and politicians using their simple tips and experience. Design any school books written by celebrities or politicians. Creative school book covers are welcome here, even if they look like "For Dummies" series... Many thanks to afroninjaen for the themepost.

Honest Job Ads
8 entries - contest ended 8/29/2014

The Labor Day weekend is just three days away. Even though some of us will be working on Labor Day, we should still be thankful for our jobs. Labor Day is meant to honor labor and jobs of American people who work hard and contribute to well-being and prosperity of the nation. Sadly, average standard annual leave in the US is just 12 days which is one of the lowest in the world. In most European countries annual leave is more than twice as long (e.g. 33 days in Sweden, 32 days in the Netherlands, 29 days in Germany). In this contest you are asked to create a satirical "honest" advertisement for any job in the world (good, bad, or absolutely worst). Advertisement can be in any printed format - newspaper, magazine, billboard, or even a printed sheet of paper glued to a street pole. The job advertisement can include what normal job adverts include - job title, description, hours, pay, benefits, requirements, and contact information. Advertised job positions can be real, or made up, but your advert has to include a satire in it, and should be more than just a text advert. Please note that you may need to pause any ad-blockers in order to view all entries in this contest (because most ad blockers will block any images which have variations of the word "advertisement" in their titles). Many thanks to lucianomorelli for the themepost.

Russian McDonald's
13 entries - contest ended 8/28/2014

In response to the latest round of anti-Russian sanctions, the Kremlin is closing down some American businesses operating in Russia. McDonald's was the first American company that opened in Russia after the fall of the Soviet Union in 1991, and now it's under fire. The Russian authorities closed down several McDonald's fast food chains in Moscow, St. Petersburg and other cities, citing "unsatisfactory hygiene conditions". Apparently, these McDonald's chains all of a sudden failed the Russian hygiene standards, after consistently satisfying them for years. The irony here is that most McDonald's places in Russia are not even owned by Americans but by local Russian businessmen, since it's a franchise business. Yet the Kremlin thinks that McDonald's is associated with the US, and thus needs to be shown the door. We wonder when they will start banning iPhones and Windows, since they are also evil American products?
Perhaps McDonald's in Russia could survive by integrating with Russia more. Let's Russianize McDonald's in any possible ways. Some examples are - show new Russian McDonald's menu including Russian products symbols, turn any Russian places into McDonald's restaurants, dress up any famous Russians as Ronald McDonald, etc.

Freak Show
12 entries - contest ended 8/27/2014

It's the Freak Show time of the week... Get your whips ready and get the freaking circus started! In this contest you can photoshop and exhibit anything you wish (standard site rules still apply). This is basically a weekly exhibition of your creative works with no "contest restrictions". Many thanks to PixJockey for the themepost.

Fitness Girl
20 entries - contest ended 8/26/2014

All girls want a slim figure, but not everyone is willing to hit the gym for it. Many just resort to "eating less". However, starving yourself to a slim figure without proper exercising naturally slows your metabolism, which makes you more likely to gain weight in the future. At the same time when you are "starving" on a diet lacking a proper amount of proteins, your body will lose more muscle tissue than fat tissue, since it will start using your muscles as protein source, literally eating itself. The best way to maintain a healthy slim figure is to have a diet well-balanced in proteins, fats and carbs, AND exercise regularly - this way you get all the nutrients for maintaining muscle tissue, and burn fat at the same time.
Photoshop this photo of a fitness girl any way you wish.

Ice Bucket Challenge through History
2 entries - contest started 9/1/2014 8:00:00 AM

The ice bucket challenge (IBC) has gotten so big, that most of us even have friends who took it (and some of us were even challenged too). The reason why the IBC grows so fast is that it was designed to grow in a geometric progression - each person taking it challenges THREE more people who have to take the challenge withing 24 hours and donate $10, or donate $100 if they refuse the challenge. The ALS Association reported over $100 million in donations pouring in since the IBC got viral in July. We could only wonder how popular the IBC it could be if it started years, decades, or centuries ago. Show how the ice bucket challenge could be taken in the past - by historical figures and celebrities (old paintings characters are also accepted).

If Kids Used Photoshop
7 entries - contest started 8/31/2014 8:00:00 AM

Dutch artist Telmo Pieper decided to recreate his childhood drawings (made when he was 4) using Photoshop and photo sources. The results are quite amusing - they look like asymmetric creatures and objects with deformed proportions, yet they look quite photo realistic. Perhaps this is how kids see the world nowadays?
Show how (any) kids' drawings could look if kids used photoshop and photo sources to create them. Many thanks to silvercanine for the contest idea and to Telmo Pieper for the themepost.

Freak Show
13 entries - contest started 8/30/2014 8:00:00 AM

It's the Freak Show time of the week... Get your whips ready and get the freaking circus started! In this contest you can photoshop and exhibit anything you wish (standard site rules still apply). This is basically a weekly exhibition of your creative works with no "contest restrictions". Many thanks to ryanCH for the themepost.

Car Pushing
28 entries - contest started 8/28/2014 8:00:00 AM

Did you ever have to push start your car when the battery suddenly went dead? You can only do this to cars with a manual transmission of course, while the owners of automatic transmission cars will be stuck and will have to wait till their battery is charged from some other car. Did you know car pushing is gaining popularity as a cardio exercise, especially among bodybuilders?
Photoshop this car pushing photo any way you wish.

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Ostrich Having a Ball
8 entries - apprentice contest started 8/24/2014

Ostrich Having a Ball
Photoshop the photo of this ostrich having a ball any way you wish. Ostriches are easily trained - some are even trained to race in ostrich races where jockeys ride on their backs, just like with horses. Ostriches along with emus and penguins, are the only birds that can not fly at all (chickens can fly very short distances so they are not in this category). They are the biggest birds on the planet (averaging 230 lbs and 7 feet) with very strong legs, so they can develop speeds up to 50 miles an hour - running faster than most birds fly. These birds are quite playful foo, as shown in today's photo - ostriches literally like to kick balls with their strong feet! This is an Apprentice Contest. You are eligible to enter this contest if you have less than 5 golden trophies at Freaking News.