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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

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Read our review of the UE-10 Pro Earphones.

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

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Comments

41

You know what’s really strange?  When I saw that contest, I actually was planning to enter with a picture of a girl applying lipstick using my iPod… then, after some procrastination, I was reading the comments and saw that somebody else had already submitted something like that and I didn’t wanna seem like I was copying… I guess I should have; maybe it would have saved me the $220 i just spent on some ER-4Ps.  My friend, who I told about my idea when the contest first opened, was laughing like crazy because I’m so lazy and didn’t enter.  I need to be more motivated.

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

42

Hmmm. You guys are really funny. I can’t believe everyone is crying about not winning. It’s such a silly little contest.

I don’t think the yellow picture is particularly offensive, and I also liked the b/w makeup shot. However, I don’t think it is a “genius” shot ... if you recreate it at some point, may I suggest?

NO MASCARA WAND UP THE NOSE. Visually-speaking, ahem.

Posted by Julia on May 11, 2004 at 12:53 PM (CDT)

43

I thought it was a fun contest. Part of the problem with judging entries is that, well, art is subjective. Since this contest, I’ve been thinking about making a computer judge. One that analyzes a picture, breaks it down to the basic elements, and declares whether or not it’s art. You know, identifies circular, square, and line elements, and figures if it’s pretty.

I think it would be impossible with Flash, but perhaps it would be a fun experiment. And not as a serious thing either, mind you. It would be for fun.

Posted by John on May 12, 2004 at 9:48 AM (CDT)

44

Part of judging art is recognizing the emotions it invokes in you, and as far as im aware computers are not able to feel (or recognize) emotions.

Posted by Picasso on May 12, 2004 at 2:26 PM (CDT)

45

whoa, i just noticed something.

the official deadlines stated that the contest was over at 11:59 May 5, and third prize winner was dated may 6. what does that mean?

Posted by arnold on May 12, 2004 at 4:55 PM (CDT)

46

Dudes!! Congratulations to all who submited an entry, I think it was just fun to see all the different concepts.
i look foward to the next competition : )

Posted by El Gato in Australia-Melbourne on May 12, 2004 at 9:59 PM (CDT)

47

Picasso,

I wasn’t serious - the whole “getting a computer to judge art” - but the idea might make for some entertaining ideas for a funny Sci-Fi story. Or perhaps that will be what is used to test a computers AI abilities in the far future…OK, this is an iPod comments section, I’ll shut up now…

Posted by John on May 15, 2004 at 11:23 PM (CDT)

48

congrats to everyone who won. this was a really fun contest.

and to Chester Copperpot - thanks for the compliment! i just wish i was smiling in the photo so it portrayed more emotion…next time i guess. anyway, enjoy those ‘phones!

Posted by jamas on May 17, 2004 at 3:44 PM (CDT)

49

i did a sloppy dump on my i-pod. PC’s are better tools

Posted by ipod_suk on June 28, 2004 at 7:00 AM (CDT)

50

i think ipods RULE my friend has 8 and i got a mini and 202 gb and i think that ipods are the best thing invented

Posted by Randy on June 22, 2005 at 2:04 AM (CDT)

51

congrats on the 1 2 3 place winners i thought all ur pictures were awesome and anybody that think ipods suk and think pcs r better pcs r better in some ways but ipods r really good and arent ment for going on the internet and looking atsites there for playing games pictures and most of all the music so dont be mad because ucant look at the internet on ur ipod because they arent ment for that like i said before

Posted by Randy on June 22, 2005 at 2:08 AM (CDT)

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