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“Me and my iPod” contest winners announced

The Winners...

The last two iLounge contests were exciting for readers because of the prizes, but they've been even more exciting for iLounge editors because we've had a chance to see the tremendous creativity our users possess.

It was easier to pick winners for last month's iPod Concepts contest - this month's 200+ entries included a tremendous number of striking, funny, and creative concepts. (You can review the entries, including a few that couldn't be considered because of slight Photoshopping, in our Me and My iPod Photo Gallery.)

We considered each entry carefully and chose six possible winners from a pool of around twenty strong contenders, then picked the final three and ranked them as follows.

Judging Criteria: iLounge's editors picked three "best" photos from all the entries, based on our evaluations of the overall composition, creativeness, and appeal of the pictures. We did not expect that the winning shots would be perfect in each of these categories, but hoped that they would each make a strong visual statement.

Congratulations to our Grand Prize winner!

Me and my iPod Photo Contest

Grand Prize: Custom Fit Ultimate Ears UE-10 Pro Earphones (Valued at $900.00)

Our reactions to this visually arresting photo were strong - we all were drawn to its creativity, composition, and smart use of theme. Repeated viewings only deepened our appreciation of the submission. Obsessed is the type of photo that hints at the fine line between genius and insanity, underscoring something we all know but can't entirely explain: the fervor and passion for both functionality and aesthetic that differentiates iPod users from, say, Walkman owners.

The winner, Slavik Boyechko of New York reacts... "Holy s***. I just checked the winners, I can't believe I won! I just thought the 'collecting names' was for some listing of all contestants, but holy yokes! The idea came to me as I sat staring at my iPod for hours, while the rest of the time spent on iLounge, and I realized that since I bought this little gadget I have ceased to do everything else I love, including painting and drawing. My friends poke fun at my obsession, but it is something that I can't help and I don't think any other iPod owner can either. Maybe now I can finally diminish this obsession and focus on something entirely more productive... the Ultimate Ears. Thanks so much Dennis and the rest of the iLounge crew, I've already told you before that I love everything about the site, so much that i check It more than my email account, but now this is another reason to love it even more. Thanks again!"

Congratulations to our Second Prize winner!

Me and my iPod Photo Contest

Second prize: Etymotic ER-4P Earphones (Valued at $330.00)

The iPod's mirror-finished rear surface inspired a number of our entries, three of which showed the iPod as a reflection of a woman applying makeup. Though we really liked each of these three shots (and also one of two young men reflected in the water of a beach), we ultimately preferred this one because of its composition.

Congratulations to our Third Prize winner!

Me and my iPod Photo Contest

Third prize: Etymotic ER-6 Isolator Earphones (Valued at $139.00)

Several of our favorite pictures emphasized the iPod's primary purpose - storing and playing music - but this one did it best. Using a fisheye lens to capture a wide angle shot, the photographer created the impression of a spherical pile of diverse music and media compressed into the tiny shell of the iPod, then casually enjoyed.

Congratulations to all the other people that submitted fantastic entries, and a big thanks for participating!

When we assembled a list of our seventeen other favorite entries, we realized that there were far too many "Honorable Mentions" to post here, but we have selected a handful of others (in no order) to highlight, as well as three of the "Funny" entries we received.

Honorable Mentions

Me and my iPod Photo Contest

Me and my iPod Photo Contest

Me and my iPod Photo Contest

Funny Entries

Me and my iPod Photo Contest

Me and my iPod Photo Contest

Me and my iPod Photo Contest

Read our review of the UE-10 Pro Earphones.

View the Me and my iPod photo gallery for all entries.

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Congratulations to all the winners and honorable mentions… very nice photos!

Posted by Jerrod H. in TX on May 6, 2004 at 6:24 PM (CDT)


all were definitely winners, except for the third place photo i think…

Posted by twirk88 in Florida on May 6, 2004 at 8:50 PM (CDT)


I’m mildly disappointed that my entry lost out (the Rene Magritte homage), but such is life, the grand prize winning picture is a good one.

I think I’m more disappointed that the second prize winner was picked over the entry it ripped off, the black and white picture of the girl applying mascara.

Posted by Proto on May 6, 2004 at 8:52 PM (CDT)


I think I’m more disappointed that the second prize winner was picked over the entry it ripped off, the black and white picture of the girl applying mascara.

I’m not an *official* judge, but I believe the mascara photo unfortunately could not be considered due to its addition of the Apple Logo / Slogan… No edits allowed.

Posted by Jerrod H. in TX on May 6, 2004 at 9:17 PM (CDT)


Proto - your Magritte homage was a great shot. It was among the extended list of honorable mentions we were originally going to post. That said, be careful with the term “ripped off,” not only because it’s a strong accusation to throw around considering we don’t know whose picture was actually taken first (not just submitted first), but also because one person’s ‘homage’ might be another person’s ‘rip off’...

Posted by Jeremy Horwitz on May 6, 2004 at 9:23 PM (CDT)


I think one of my entries should win “prettiest to look at” award :)

Love first place photo. Not sure about 2nd place photo. 3rd place photo is awful. My mothers words: “no one wants to see his underwear” ;) What did the judges not like about mine?

Sorry… I know the judges cant answer that about ever photo that didnt win =D

Posted by Skitals on May 6, 2004 at 9:48 PM (CDT)


I’m kind of insulted you would insinuate that my image which borrows a theme from a famous painting could even be considered similar to copying another contestants entry.

Anyway, its not my image, so I’ll stop talking about it now.

Posted by Proto on May 6, 2004 at 9:52 PM (CDT)


Skitals - your pics were great too. Very cool idea. Wasn’t so much a matter of “not like,” as we liked a lot of the photos submitted.

Proto: Sorry, just standing up for the person who was accused of “ripping off” someone else’s idea. What did you think of the red shoes/red chair shot - recognize it from anywhere?

Posted by Jeremy Horwitz on May 6, 2004 at 10:00 PM (CDT)


Sure, that’s based on Steigman’s Blown Away. Great picture too.

As I said, there is a difference between reworking an idea from (pop) culture to include an iPod and redoing an image already in the contest with slightly different content.

Posted by Proto on May 6, 2004 at 10:23 PM (CDT)


I don’t think anyone that didn’t win doesn’t feel alittle dissapointed but I don’t think we should bash em for winning, it’s not their fault ;).  I had fun with this and I’m sure I’m not the only one. I do feel where your comming from proto yours was one of my favorites. Anyways heres my little flying saucer of an entry just in case someone cares. 


Posted by outro on May 6, 2004 at 10:47 PM (CDT)


Congrats man! You rock! let us see the new 900 bean ear phones when you get em. Hey guys, Im gonna post the the ipod I wont from the Design your Ipod Contest, the green one…so look out for it.

Posted by KERNYB on May 6, 2004 at 10:57 PM (CDT)


I want to see those in action as well, been wondering if they look like hearing aids.

Posted by outro on May 6, 2004 at 11:00 PM (CDT)


Hey Proto, I think your Rene Magritte was the best one and I was sure it was going to win. I was actually really jealous when it was submitted because I figured at that point I had no shot. It’s definately going up as my desktop background, if that means anything to you.

Anyway, I’ll post any first impressions after the UE-10’s come in, although I’m going from ex71’s so I don’t know if my input will be of any value to serious audiophiles. Thanks everyone for your kind words about my shot, I really didn’t think much of it but I guess the truth about my ipod obsession had to come out sooner or later!

Posted by go0glydo0 on May 6, 2004 at 11:53 PM (CDT)


Well said, Go0glydo0… sincerely big congrats on your photo, which Dennis personally commented, “it’s a great shot, and look at the amount of work that went into it.”

Posted by Jeremy Horwitz on May 7, 2004 at 12:26 AM (CDT)


So the fine line between genius and insanity is what is exceptable in today’s society?  And if a person has a balanced idea (which represents the normal user) that is not outstanding.  Obsession is not something to admire, even if it’s for an iPod.

Posted by tessinator in Albany, LA on May 7, 2004 at 6:14 AM (CDT)


Hey - Congratulations to all! I had a great time thinking up iDeas.

As far as the judging goes - I think all the winners were worthy. Judging artwork is always difficult. It is just subjective. Every person who viewed this album likely would have picked different winners.  When creating art, it is virtually impossible not to consider previous work. As an artist, you see something and think “wow, i like that. I’m going to investigate that idea.”  In most cases, I don’t think “ripping off” is an appropriate term. Or maybe ALL art IS ripping off. We rip off a piece for ourselves then make it our own…. Did Apple rip off Xerox? Did Windows rip off Macintosh, Did Andy Warhol rip off Campbell’s Soup, Anyway… Blah Blah Blah….Thanks for the photo assignment. I’m ready for the next one.

Posted by Lance Rothstein on May 7, 2004 at 7:10 AM (CDT)


I agree, the black and white entry w/ the mascara was a lot better than the lipstick it had more artistic appeal.  As for the theory that it was DQed due to the iPod logo I contacted them via e-mail when I had planned on submitting my entry and it was said that it was OK to apply an Apple logo.

Posted by SiliconCowboy on May 7, 2004 at 9:57 AM (CDT)


it’s nice to be in the top six (that’s me whizzing by in the green jacket)...should have thought of letting my underpants hang out though. might have given me that competitive edge.  i love the first place winner! that’s how i feel sometimes.

Posted by debbie on May 7, 2004 at 10:33 AM (CDT)



I loved your entry, and would have placed it in the top 3 myself. 

It really illustrated the “zoning out” effect that occurs when using the iPod somewhere busy and distracting.  Great picture!

Posted by Jerrod H. in TX on May 7, 2004 at 10:39 AM (CDT)


You wrote:
<<I’m not an *official* judge, but I believe the mascara photo unfortunately could not be considered due to its addition of the Apple Logo / Slogan… No edits allowed.>>

This can’t be. The picture that won (second place) used the Apple logo (on the iPod itself). Also, there is no difference between hosting the the entry with the Apple “Think Different” logo it (in other words putting it on the website) and allowing it to win (and putting it on the website). Both are an illegal infringement of Apple’s trademark. Apple is not complaining though, and an entry should not have been exluded on that basis (especially if that was not made clear). Both entries were nice, but the black and white one was much nicer.

Posted by Terrin on May 7, 2004 at 11:59 AM (CDT)

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