News in Pictures, October 13 - 19
20 entries - contest ended 10/20/2014

Create images of something that happened in the news during October 13 - 19, 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: CNN )

Bosses Day
8 entries - contest ended 10/19/2014

It's National Boss Day today, which means you should probably be doing something nice for your boss (which might include not browsing the web while you're at work, but that's not our call). Let's face it - whether or not we like our jobs depends a great deal on our bosses, who can be great or great pain in the a$$. There are many big bosses and leaders around the world who can make their employees' life (or nation's life) either happy or miserable.
Here's your chance to wish happy (or not so happy) Boss Day to any famous bosses (Warren Buffett, Barack Obama, Oprah Winfrey, etc.) in the form of either motivational or demotivational posters. Your message may say why they make a great or horrible boss. Your posters should follow the format of classic "motivational / demotivational posters" - black background, image in the middle, followed by the title word(s), and the text message below. The image in the middle has to be photoshopped, so you can not just take unaltered photo and add text to it. Take a look at the good examples from our demotivational poster contest. Many thanks to jman1a for the themepost.

Spread Ebola Awareness
17 entries - contest ended 10/18/2014

There's a growing public paranoia about the Ebola outbreak. It's not so much the deadly virus itself that creates public fear, it's the inability of the governments to stop the virus from spreading. Several governments (including the US and Germany) admitted that at the moment the Ebola outbreaks can not be fully stopped, but can only be slowed down. The only way to stop Ebola would be to close all borders, and that is just not possible for many reasons. Meanwhile, rumors and misconceptions about the Ebola virus are spreading fast and hurting businesses. The travel industry and airlines are losing millions of dollars every day, since people are afraid to travel or even appear in public places for fear of contacting the disease. There's currently no vaccine for the Ebola virus, and the only thing more contagious than Ebola now is anxiety over it.
Create Ebola awareness posters where celebrities or politicians show the (right or wrong) ways to stop, prevent, or cure the Ebola virus. Many thanks to pacovilla for the contest suggestion and to williambanzai7 for the themepost.

Exotic Pets
28 entries - contest ended 10/17/2014

Many people choose to have exotic pets these days - they range from rare and expensive animals, to ordinary animals that hardly fit pet roles or are not native to the owner's location. If you think about getting an exotic critter for yourself, make sure to check whether your state laws allow this particular animal. Such laws were designed to protect people from potential harm caused by such pets (you probably won't be too pleased if your neighbors get a bunch of grizzly bears as pets who can one day can attack you), and to protect many endangered species from being caught and sold.
Photoshop exotic pets and their owners together (playing, walking, etc.). You can either use existing animals (including birds or insects) or create new species. Try to make your chops photo-realistic like in the themepost by Mandrak.

Where is Kim Jong-un?
21 entries - contest ended 10/16/2014

There's a lot of buzz in the media about the public disappearance of Kim Jong-un. The North Korea's 32-year-old leader has been absent from public view for almost 40 days, with the only Pyongyang's official statement that "he's healthy, just needs time to heal from a minor leg injury during the military training". Despite this official statement, Kim Jong-un's major health issues are rumored to be the main reason for his unexpected absence - he is a heavy smoker and a Cognac lover, just like his father was. Kim Jong-un was last shown on North Korean national television in the first days of September, where he appeared limping and gaining weight. He has missed two major national holidays where the leader is expected to make an appearance - the Foundation Day of the North Korean State (September 9) and the anniversary of the establishment of the Korean Worker's Party (October 10). This sudden disappearance of the Supreme Leader is even more surprising considering his known love for public appearances and photo shoots (unlike his father Kim Jong-il who was a camera-shy dictator).
Show where and how Kim Jong-un might be hiding from the public eye.

Freak Show
21 entries - contest ended 10/15/2014

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 SidKain for the themepost.

Basketball Players
13 entries - contest ended 10/14/2014

Basketball is America's #1 sport. Taller athletes literally get the upper hand in the game, that's why there are so many tall NBA players, and so few short ones. The tallest athlete in NBA history was Romanian-born Gheorghe Muresan who played for the Maryland Nighthawks. Muresan's height is 7 ft 7 in (2.31 m), and his weight was 315 lb (143 kg) during his professional career (he gained a few pounds since he retired in 2006). The tall guy on today's photo is Sudanese-born NBA player Manute Bol, who holds the second place on the list of NBA tallest athletes. Bol's height was also 7 ft 7 in (2.31 m), but he was just slightly shorter than Muresan who got into the Guinness Book of World Records. In comparison, the shortest athlete in NBA history, Tyrone "Muggsy" Bogues - the short guy on today's photo - is just 5 ft 3 in (1.60 m) - he is 4 inches shorter than Tom Cruise. So, in principle, Tom Cruise could become a professional NBA player, had he not chosen to become an actor.
Photoshop this photo of basketball players any way you wish.

Halloween Movies
3 entries - contest started 10/19/2014 8:00:00 AM

As Halloween is getting closer, movie theaters are offering two horror films this week: "Annabelle" and "Dracula Untold". It seems like Hollywood never gets tired of making new Dracula movies. Are you going to watch any horror flicks this Halloween?
Let's show what famous movies would look like if they were made for Halloween. Take any movie and give it a Halloween or horror theme. Many thanks to lucianomorelli for the themepost.

Freak Show
12 entries - contest started 10/18/2014 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 Wanderer for the themepost.

Bench Nap
30 entries - contest started 10/16/2014 8:00:00 AM

Taking naps is healthy, doctors say, buy only if you do it right. It's best to take naps at around 2-3 pm after lunch and aim them for no longer than 30 minutes. This way you will "recharge your batteries" without feeling groggy afterwards. Such naps will also not interfere with your nighttime sleep. Unfortunately for many of us who work 9 to 5, naps are a luxury we can't afford, unlike the Japanese man on today's photo napping on a bench in a Tokyo park.
Photoshop this bench nap photo any way you wish.

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Giant African Land Snail
9 entries - apprentice contest started 10/13/2014

Giant African Land Snail
Photoshop the photo of this Giant African land snail any way you wish. These snail species are the biggest in the world, growing up to 30 centimeters (11.8 in) in length. They are native to West Africa (the coasts of Sierra Leone, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Liberia, Togo, and Nigeria) and are considered a serious pest since they can eat and destroy crops and ecosystems due to substantial quantities of plant food they consume daily. Giant African land snails eat pretty much anything that's in their path and green. Each snail lays about 1200 eggs a year, so even several such snails can populate and destroy large ecosystems within months. Snails are hermaphrodites, thus even one snail can produce a whole snail colony when there's enough plant food nearby. Africans consider their meat a local delicacy. Some people like to keep these giant snails as pets too due to their exotic size. This is an Apprentice Contest. You are eligible to enter this contest if you have less than 5 golden trophies at Freaking News.