News in Pictures, September 8 - 14
11 entries - contest ended 9/15/2014

Create images of something that happened in the news during September 8 - 14, 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: Associated Press )

Women in Space
14 entries - contest ended 9/14/2014

The International Space Station will host its first female cosmonaut by the end of September. The lucky woman is Russian astronaut Elena Serova, who will be the fourth woman to reach space. The flight will happen later this month amid the US-Russian tensions, despite the US plans to end any cooperation with Russia in space exploration. The historic flight that took the first woman to space (Valentiona Tereshkova) happened 51 years ago on June 14, 1963. Tereshkova is 77 today and is in good health. She even asked to be included in a crew on a one way trip to Mars, which may happen within the next 5 years.
Show how women could rule space exploration and space tourism - womanize astronaut clothes & accessories, spaceships, equipment, show how women can settle down on the moon and Mars, etc. Many thanks to kibuyu for the themepost.

Rejected iPhone 6 Designs
16 entries - contest ended 9/13/2014

Apple announced their two new super-sized iPhones - the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. Sized at 4.7 and 5.5 inches they actually feel more like a mini iPad rather than a bigger iPhone. The apps had to be completely rewritten for the larger screens - e.g. The Messages, Stocks, and Mail apps now have a two panel horizontal view. Despite these adjustments, the super-sized iPhone 6 are not as easy to use as their predecessors - typing sms messages with just one hand and your thumb is going to be a problem - as the keyboard is wider and the left letters are hard to reach. Samsung Galaxy smartphones were criticized for their Godzilla sizes and heavy weight, but the new iPhone 6 Plus is even bigger. The release date is September 19.
Size is definitely going to be a widely discussed issue for the iPhone 6. Let us show the iPhone 6 designs that would be rejected as inconvenient - make them too wide or too long, shape them into a square, triangle, circle, or any other forms. You can also show how apps could be located/designed in those inconveniently shaped iPhones.

Cholafied Celebrities
36 entries - contest ended 9/12/2014

Website Cholafied features celebrities with Latina gang member (Chola) makeup - lipstick with black lipliner, plenty of black liquid eyeliner, and distinct black arched eyebrows (drawn or tattooed on). Sometimes an elegant small tattoo on a face or neck adds up nicely to the Chola feel. The author, Michael Jason Enriquez, grew up in LA in the 90s and created his website as a homage to this LA subculture from the past.
Take any celebrities or politicians and turn them into cholas by applying makeup as in the examples above. Please don't forget to include celebrity names in your entry titles.

Buckingham Palace Guard
21 entries - contest ended 9/11/2014

The British army is investigating a Grenadier Guardsman who did a funky dance while performing his duties in front of Buckingham Palace. The guard did it to entertain tourists, but the Queen was not amused by his actions. "Guarding royal palaces is a prestigious ceremonial duty and is not to be made fun of. The guard who fell short of the high army standards will face appropriate action", said an army spokesman. Honestly though, isn't it one of the most boring jobs in the British Army? Give the guy a break!
Photoshop this photo of Buckingham Palace guard any way you wish.

Freak Show
20 entries - contest ended 9/10/2014

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 hidreley for the themepost.

Remembering Joan Rivers
24 entries - contest ended 9/9/2014

Sharp-tongued comedian and harsh critic of celebrity style Joan Rivers died following the complications from a recent surgery. She was 81. Rivers' long running career took her from late-night TV to Hollywood. She had insults ready for everyone, including herself, and openly spoke about her plastic surgeries. Badly dressed celebrities were one of Rivers' favorite targets. Noone was safe from her sharp tongue. Her latest insult (just weeks ago) was for the Obamas - she said that "we have a gay president married to a transgender man (Michelle)". "I am making fun of everything and everyone", Joan once said. Her wit, sharp humor, and truth cutting insults will be missed by many.
To pay tributes to Joan Rivers, photoshop her any way you wish.

Shoe Cars
1 entries - contest started 9/15/2014 5:00:00 PM

In order to promote their shoes, Reebok hand made several cars shaped exactly like their running shoe models. The cars are part of the Reebok's advertising campaign with slogan "If the shoe fits, drive it", hinting at the speed you can achieve running in the Reebok shoes. This clever marketing move literally "drove" the Reebok UK sales up 5 percent.
Take any shoes and turn them into cars with the power of photoshop.

Traffic Guard
13 entries - contest started 9/14/2014 5:00:00 PM

The photo for today's contest was taken this Saturday near the Sydney Exhibition Centre, where the science-fiction convention "Oz Comic-Con" is held. That explains the astronaut on a pedestrian crossing. "That's one small step for man... hold on Mission Control, I see the stop sign!"
Photoshop this photo of a traffic guard any way you wish.

Freak Show
23 entries - contest started 9/13/2014 5:00:00 PM

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 Benzibox for the themepost.

Scottish Referendum Ballots
7 entries - contest started 9/11/2014 8:00:00 AM

The Scottish independence referendum is on September 18. The voters will be asked one question "Should Scotland be an independent country?" and can choose either "Yes" or "No". There's no third option for the undecided voters, who can either make up their mind, or make the ballot void by choosing both answers or choosing none. Up till September, polls showed a slight lead in "No" voters which was quite comforting for London, but the very recent polls show a slight lead in "Yes" voters, meaning that Scotland will likely split from the 300 year UK union. Analysts predict a series of consequences after such outcome - the pound will sink about 5-10% against other currencies, and what's even worse this will give momentum to the growing movement for the UK to exit the European Union. It will also add fuel to the movement for Catalonia to split from Spain. That is why Prime Minister Cameron and Queen Elizabeth II have put other matters aside, and rushed to Scotland in order to personally talk Scots out of the independence vote. Can they save the union? We think not.
The official Scottish referendum ballots are quite boring. Can we make them more personalized for Scottish voters; make versions designed by the Queen, by an average Scott, by Obama, by Putin, etc? Perhaps even use some pictorgams and symbols on the ballots? Make them complicated like the Florida 2000 ballots, or add more choices to these two (how about offering other countries to split)? In any case, photoshop 2014 Scottish referendum ballots any way you wish.

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Ostrich Having a Ball
8 entries - apprentice contest ended 9/2/2014