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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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The contest was fun and all but I will have to say that the dancing cowboy should have been the winner in my opinion.  All is fair in love and ipodding though so I think we should all just move on to the next contest.  This site is awesome!

Posted by Ruben Porras on May 7, 2004 at 9:22 AM (PDT)


Ok,  why don’t we organise a “Me applying my make up in my iPod back” photo contest ? To make winners selection even harder…
(and tell Apple to sell their iPods in L’Oréal shops ?)

Posted by Remimi on May 7, 2004 at 9:25 AM (PDT)


I am that girl applying my mascara on the black&white; picture… smile
First of all: congratulations to the first and third price winners, i love your photos, they are really nice.
Well yes… and i also want to congratulate the second price winner. wink

Thanks to those (especially proto smile i liked your picture very much) who prefered my picture in stead of the yellow one… oh yes and of course i want to thank my boyfriend who took the photo smile
The photo was made in February and it was actually intended to be my boyfriend’s desktop wallpaper. I surf alot on ipodlounge and saw the photo contest.. i wanted to surprise him by submitting our photo.

I really don’t want to flame or start a discussion about the “ripping off” issue…
THOUGH i have to agree, it is somehow a rip or better: a “combination” of the two “i-use-my-ipod-as-a-mirror”-concepts…
Anyways… i don’t really understand why the yellow one won ultimately…
I hear a lot of people here on ipodlounge and on my friends work (an advertising agency) saying that the composition and the “how it’s done” method of the yellow one isn’t actually better then mine.
The photo was taken with an analog camera and the negatives were developed by hand by my boyfriend…
They mainly criticized her position, the improper portrait format and that you neither see her eyes, nor her lipps/lipstick… wich is a photography mistake.
Well and the reason why I added the Apple logo and the think different claim was because i really OFTEN think different by REALLY using my ipod as a mirror to refresh my make-up… i hope the picture didn’t got disqualified just because of the logo&claim;... (Though it didn’t CHANGE anything in the actual photo… in my opinion it just reflects the apple mentality even more)

ANYWAYS… It’s okay… In the end i’m lucky he doesn’t need to wear “hearing aids”... :D
and like Lance Rothstein said; judging artwork is just subjective… smile

Ps: sorry for the long text and my bad german-to-english-dictionary-based english… smile

Posted by Anna on May 7, 2004 at 10:45 AM (PDT)


Hehe, Remini, nice idea…
I’m just imaging how… ehm..let’s say… _gay_ it would look like when hundreds of geeky men submit their photo smile...

anyway, i think the grand price should be a pink ipod from colorware :D

Posted by Anna on May 7, 2004 at 10:55 AM (PDT)


I have spoken with Dennis about the logo—-

The photo was not excluded due to the Logo/Slogan. (Nor was it excluded at all).

Further, Terrin—-
Had it been excluded, it would not have been because of legal reasons… ...the contest *rules* indicated no digital editing beyond color correction.

Regardless, I was incorrect in my first statement, and I apologize for causing confusion.

Posted by azdude_15gb on May 7, 2004 at 12:43 PM (PDT)


Guten Tag Anna,
I am the boyfriend of the girl on the yellow photo and I have my french-english dictionary in hand as my german is too bad and in french, I’m not sure Proto will understand (although he might as he “admires” a french speaking artist from Belgium) .
We were quite happy to discover our photo was in second position as I though that others may have diserved this fate but that’s the game and it’s just a simple photo contest.
I’m sorry your photo did not make it because it is good and you look good on it. You said “i don’t really understand why the yellow one won ultimately” : I don’t know either but I guess it must be a terrible ordeal to extract 3 photos out of some 200.
I think the mirror idea was not that original as we were many to have had it, (among them, 3 girls applying make up) but I promess we did not make it like copycats nor did we bribe the webmaster. I am not an expert in girls, but I noticed many apply make up…and if and iPod lays around…and a photographer

Let’s wait for for the next contest and let our creativity express itself freely on this great website, around this fantastic iPod.

What music do you listen to when applying makeup ? I guess not Kraftwerk, you would look horrible !

PS:My photo was made on a 15 years old Nikon f801 24min lens with a 800ASA Fuji film. I applied the TSL contrast/color correction in photoshop.

Posted by Remimi on May 7, 2004 at 12:47 PM (PDT)


Hey…can i get some props for the VERY FIRST person-in-a-reflection type image submitted???!?

(two guys on the beach….check it out on top rated number 1)

yay yeah….i was also upset i didnt win. wasnt everybody?

plus why make pictures in black and white? i considered it, but i eventually decided that the ipod and all the emotions considered are very colorful and vibrant, not grayscale.

Posted by dzilbs on May 7, 2004 at 2:14 PM (PDT)


The first photo definitely deserved the ultimate ears but I have reservations about the other 2. Anyway, I am not one of the contest judges so who am I to argue?

Posted by noogabooga on May 7, 2004 at 3:48 PM (PDT)


Congratulations to the all the winners, but I agree with those of you who didn’t like the third photo. It’s poorly lit, which makes it a ‘noisy’ image with poor color. The use of a cheap fisheye lens is obviously a last ditch effort to breathe some life into this already tired cliché.  So many other entries were worthy of winning, but fortunately for me they didn’t.  So if you see me on the street, sporting my new ER-6’s, go ahead and tell me how much my photo sucks.  I won’t be able to hear you, but if you’re lucky, you might catch another glimpse of my underwear. wink Happy to have won, sorry to have disappointed.  Big thanks to the good people at iPodlounge for holding this contest. (I think ‘Perspective is Everything’ should have won.)

Posted by Chester Copperpot on May 7, 2004 at 6:21 PM (PDT)


well i was a bit disapointed in my own procrastination…about two hours before the end i tried to upload my 211k photo…whoops…well now y tri-colored >150k photo is posted…

the first place wwas nicly done and enjoye that…then i also enjoyed the thirrd place entry…that shows exactly what the iPod does….cleans up all forms of media and puts it ina simple relaxing and peacfull medium!!!  nice work

i also appreciated the fire dancing photo and give it props but am not sure how it could be a winner….nicly done, not really any iPod symbolism like the others!!!

as for those who use the mirror image…some look nice but ultimitly creativity should win out!

nice work everybody…..i too await the next challenge

Posted by rivlinm on May 7, 2004 at 8:54 PM (PDT)


Funny should be considered far more than it is in contests for photos.  Sometimes, funny takes far more thought than some sort of reflective shot, which is what this thread has turned into an argument about.  heck, there is an entire site devoted to taking a picture in a reflective surface.  Whse came first is a useless argument.  But I guess that can sometimes be expected when the contests are taken way too seriously.

Posted by mrjerz in Reno, NV on May 7, 2004 at 10:10 PM (PDT)


Was anyone else concerned that the bearded-underwear-man is lying on top of, and quite possibly ruining all that priceless vinyl?  Kids today just can’t appreciate the tangible sound of vinyl…(sigh)...the ipod is slowly destroying my favorite format, and the bearded-underwear guy can’t be said to be helping matters, either.

Posted by seandavid010 in So Cal on May 7, 2004 at 11:05 PM (PDT)


[sour grapes deleted]

To everyone who lost: keep whining about losing, and we’ll never have another contest like this.

Being a gracious loser can be much harder than being a gracious winner.

Posted by Mortimer on May 7, 2004 at 11:41 PM (PDT)


For what it’s worth, based on the excitement over this contest, we just changed the theme for the next one. Can’t say what it is just yet, but it’s going to be even cooler than this one…

Posted by Jeremy Horwitz on May 8, 2004 at 7:04 AM (PDT)


**Seandavid010:  the bearded-underwear-man is lying on top of, and quite possibly ruining all that priceless vinyl? Kids today just can’t appreciate the tangible sound of vinyl.**

Actually, vinyl is my preferred format.  Only the LP covers that you can make out are actually from my listening collection (the records were removed, and safely set aside).  The rest are records given to me by someone who was moving.  It’s stuff that’ll never make it on my turntable, and a local used vinyl shop won’t even let me give to them.  Priceless?  Valueless is more like it.

Posted by Chester Copperpot on May 8, 2004 at 7:44 AM (PDT)


Touchè.  Good to hear you’re keeping the format alive.  Any offensive remarks are hereby retracted, and may children sing songs about you.

Posted by seandavid010 in So Cal on May 8, 2004 at 9:31 AM (PDT)


i like the “new york” look of the winner.

Posted by mm on May 8, 2004 at 9:59 AM (PDT)


That is REALLY childish to whine about not winning. Even if it was really unfair, lets say, the worst three won the contest, you still shouldn’t whine. I know a lot of people, including myself, who are able to persevere through life without $900 dollar earphones. Great pic, winner, loved it.

Posted by Jon on May 9, 2004 at 6:41 AM (PDT)


childish perhaps.

but does it feel good?


Posted by sdafsdfasdf on May 9, 2004 at 6:51 AM (PDT)


Is it possible I can get the e-mail for go0glydo0? I really like some of the pictures he drew and wanted to see if I could get some of them if he did want them. If your reading this please e-mail me!



Posted by MrPink on May 9, 2004 at 2:52 PM (PDT)

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