News in Pictures, September 15 - 21
11 entries - contest ended 9/22/2014

Create images of something that happened in the news during September 15 - 21, 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 )

T-Rex Celebrities
24 entries - contest ended 9/21/2014

When we think about dinosaurs, the first visual image that comes to mind is likely Tyrannosaurus rex (T-Rex). One reason for such "popularity" is that T-Rex was one of most powerful predators that ever roamed the Earth - it could eat up to 500 pounds (230 kilograms) of meat in one bite, and was up to 20 feet tall (6 m). They really ruled this planet, at least on the shore, thus the name "Rex" meaning "king" in Latin. The second reason why we associate dinosaurs mostly with T-Rex, is that the Rex has a very distinct "disproportional anatomy" like no other animal - massive tail followed by the powerful legs and feet, short torso, weak tiny arms, and a huge head. So today, we've been thinking, what if human bodies were designed with the T-Rex proportions in mind?
Take any celebrities and turn them into T-Rexes using the following procedure (please refer to the themepost for a quick example): Make the arms smaller and the torso shorter; increase the waist and make the legs really massive without making them longer; enlarge the feet; keep the head and the neck sizes (enlarging the head would ruin the photo realism as it will start to look like a caricature, so we especially ask you to refrain from caricatures in this contest). Please don't blend celebrities with any animal parts - ideally you should be able to T-Rex each celebrity using just one source photo. Here's a side by side comparison of the themepost to the original photo. Good luck! Please don't forget to include celebrity names in your entry titles. Apologies from Newsy for the "quick and dirty" job on the themepost - I did it just to provide an example. A quick afterthought here - is it just me, or the 'shopped image of Tom Cruise somehow seems more natural (the way we know the guy) than the original photo on the left which now seems 'shopped in comparison?. I wonder if Kim Karadashian T-Rex will seem more natural than the shopped photos of herself she's been putting on Instagram.

If Pirates Ruled
15 entries - contest ended 9/20/2014

September 19 is International Talk Like a Pirate Day. 'Celebrations' of this Day started 1995 by John Baur ("Ol' Chumbucket") and Mark Summers ("Cap'n Slappy"), of the United States, who declared that on this day everyone should talk like a true pirate. The parodic tradition caught on and turned into a yearly holiday, to the great joy of the pirate fans all over the world. So remember when you see your co-workers this Friday, instead of usual "Hello" greet them with "Ahoy, me hearty!"
Photoshop how people and life would be different if pirates ruled the world. E.g. think of pirate movies, cars, animals, money, and of course pirate politicians and celebrities. Consider pirate sports too. Here's a good example by lucianomorelli. Arrrrr, photoshop, mateys! Reckon th' best sea dog in this contest will win DUBLOON! The second best buccaneer will get th' silver, th' third one th' bronze, an' th' fourth one some wood! Many thanks to pcrdds for the themepost.

Shoe Cars
14 entries - contest ended 9/19/2014

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
22 entries - contest ended 9/18/2014

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
28 entries - contest ended 9/17/2014

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 Benzibox for the themepost.

Scottish Referendum Ballots
7 entries - contest ended 9/16/2014

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.

South Park Movies
0 entries - contest started 9/22/2014 8:00:00 AM

The long-awaited season 18 of South Park premiers this Wednesday, September 24. Comedy Central released a promo for the season's first episode featuring the Washington Redskins name debate. In 2011 Trey Parker inked a contract with Comedy Central to run South Park through season 20 in 2016. We hope the contract will be renewed for many years to come!
To celebrate the opening of season 18, take any movie and turn it into a South Park movie (by giving it a South Park theme, changing the main characters for the South Park characters, etc.). Many thanks to Burntfaery for the themepost.

Peace Day
6 entries - contest started 9/21/2014 8:00:00 AM

This Sunday the world celebrates the International Day of Peace (a.k.a. Peace Day). Established in 1981 and celebrated annually on September 21, the International Day of Peace calls for a full day of peace and ceasefire through the world.
Photoshop anything peace related. Some examples may include - showing some parties / people / animals / or things that don't normally mix making peace with each other; photoshopping peace signs some way, peace doves, or any other symbols of peace, etc. Many thanks to hidreley for the themepost.

Freak Show
13 entries - contest started 9/20/2014 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 williambanzai7 for the themepost.

Soccer Players
14 entries - contest started 9/18/2014 8:00:00 AM

Soccer is getting more popular around the world these days. Practically everyone we know watched 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil two months ago. With the rising soccer popularity comes the bigger TV audience, higher game ticket sales, and the popular soccer teams and players are making way more than just 2-3 years ago. Top soccer coaches are often paid more than their colleagues in hockey or basketball. Even Russia (whose team is ranked just the 13th in the world) signed Italian coach Fabio Capello (who is not even in the list of top world coaches) for $85 million to be paid over the next 5 years. In comparison, Spanish club Real Madrid signed footballer Cristiano Ronaldo for $150 million a year.
Photoshop this photo of soccer players any way you wish.

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