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Best of? You Bet.

The results are in for the Best of Photojournalism 2005 . From sports to nature, from sorrow to celebration, photojournalists around the world continue to document humanity’s highs and lows 24-7.
posted by TheGoldenOne on Mar 28, 2005 - 8 comments

Ride the BIG One!

Mavericks: The Wave Beyond
The conditions were right and, about 30 hours ago, they announced this year's Mavericks Surf Contest was ON, the waves get as big as 50 feet and are considered "one of the most challenging waves in the world"! This isn't Hawaii, this is just off the coast of Half Moon Bay, California!
posted by fenriq on Mar 2, 2005 - 37 comments

Intro, setup, gag

The Daily Grind Iron Man Challenge. How hard could it be to post a comic every day, 5 days a week. How long could you keep it up. How about for a $1000 prize? Some big names are playing. (because they axed)
posted by Capn on Mar 1, 2005 - 15 comments

OMG! Collaborative shirts!

The folks at Threadless have launched a new collaborative contest type way to make shirts at OMG Clothing. You sign up, submit a slogan, and everyone votes on them, with the best scores getting made into shirts. Threadless has always done graphical submissions, but I suspect more people can come up with a funny phrase than a crazy cool vector art graphic.
posted by mathowie on Jan 13, 2005 - 12 comments

doggies....all sorts....

Announcing The Winners of The "I Look Like My Dog Contest" (thanks daypop!)
posted by lilboo on Jan 11, 2005 - 28 comments

"Great mess, A+"

Messy desks were submitted for a contest at bash.org. Most of them aren't that messy, but a few are unforgettable. If you would like to cut to the chase: here is the winner and here is the Honorable Mention (NSFW). (Many of the comment threads are also NSFW)
posted by halonine on Jan 2, 2005 - 27 comments

Giant leap for developers

Developer in space? Oracle has announced sweepstakes to send a developer into orbit. Answer a quiz and win a sub-orbital space flight. Contest is open to software developers who work with Oracle software in connection with their employment. Start cramming. Good luck! (And for the rest, with a $10,000 deposit for the $98,000 ticket, nothing stops us from booking our own space flight with Space Adventures.)
posted by jellybuzz on Dec 8, 2004 - 6 comments

City of Heroes Costume Contest

City of Heroes Costume Contest.
posted by tranquileye on Nov 5, 2004 - 16 comments

McOpoly

McOpoly. Let the games begin. Now we have a reason to eat at McDonalds every day. However, it is funny how so many million dollar winners have been convicted of fraud in the past. Imagine winning the ultimate prize.
posted by lightweight on Oct 21, 2004 - 14 comments

Election 2004: Step Right Up and Win Some Crap

Two weeks from today, John Kerry will win the popular vote by "23% or more" over George W. Bush, according to 5 Star Psychic Advice. See if you can do better than the spirit world by predicting the electoral and popular vote totals in the second quadrennial MetaFilter Presidential Contest ...
posted by rcade on Oct 19, 2004 - 127 comments

You know, for kids!

Some of the results from the city of Vancouver's Art Underfoot contest. "The competition invited anyone who lives, works, or goes to school in Vancouver to submit design ideas for new manhole covers..."
posted by dobbs on Sep 16, 2004 - 11 comments

Celebrity bad hair days

Celebrities have really bad hair days too......according to the brilliant folks responsible for Photoshop and those bored folks responsible for these photoshop contests.
posted by hidely on Sep 10, 2004 - 10 comments

step aside xprize

Step aside xprize, here comes the elevator 2010 challenge. Sponsored by the Spaceward Foundation this is a "public challenge centered around the Space Elevator concept, offering a substantial prize for the first laser-powered tether climbing demonstration that can meet specific criteria." more here.
posted by Grod on Sep 6, 2004 - 2 comments

The Higgs Boson

What is the Higgs Boson, and why do we want to find it?
posted by plep on Aug 28, 2004 - 10 comments

Keep the dream alive

Movies for Music
From the press release: "Movies for Music" (moviesformusic.org) is an online film contest with a simple aim: to give the public a clear and honest look at the music industry. As more people learn how the music business works, major label CD sales will plummet faster. The contest launches Monday.

The short film contest launched today, and first place is a ZVue handheld video player.
posted by bob sarabia on Jun 14, 2004 - 3 comments

Nil points!

The best bits (RealVideo) of the 2004 Eurovision Song Contest, complete with a sampling of UK's Terry Wogan's legendary commentary.
posted by Mwongozi on May 16, 2004 - 11 comments

Collaborative Novel Writing

The Great Mahakali Write-A-Thon.
posted by Gyan on May 9, 2004 - 2 comments

Lyttle Lytton 2004

The 2004 Lyttle Lytton winners were announced. The premise is simple: write a terrible opening line (of 25 words or less) of a hypothetical novel. In case you're wondering the winners in 2003 and 2002 were discussed previously. [via kathrynyu]
posted by mathowie on Apr 19, 2004 - 9 comments

McDonald's Screwed Up Giveaway

McDdonald's gives away $15,000,000 after previous giveaways found fixed. Better get 'em while they're hot!
posted by shepd on Mar 5, 2004 - 29 comments

Speed Novels

Novels in 25 Words or Less: A contest at "I Love Books." Here's one entry: "I'm stupid, I'm smart, I'm wicked smart, I'm wicked wicked smart, I'm stupid again. And I have a mouse called Algernon." Some are funny, some are lame, some aren't novels. Give it a whirl.
posted by Slagman on Feb 28, 2004 - 42 comments

FreeTheMusic

Go get your free iTunes from Pepsi Tilt the bottle 25 degrees and look for random letters (winner) or AGAIN (loser).
posted by srboisvert on Feb 18, 2004 - 28 comments

plop plop fizz fizz - champagne chairs

What makes for a great champagne chair? Design Within Reach sponsored a holiday contest to design a chair constructed from the cork and wire cages of champagne bottle. Judges had a difficult time deciding from the 400 entries that poured in. (via Buzz.)
posted by madamjujujive on Jan 19, 2004 - 7 comments

World Idol

Kurt Nilsen wins World Idol. Gap-toothed and described by judges as "with the looks of a hobbit," the Norwegian plumber with the voice of an angel proves that there's hope for all of us to become popstars. True talent triumphs!
posted by dagny on Jan 1, 2004 - 20 comments

The beguiling haggis

The adorable haggis. Think nothing of the myth of sheep and oatmeal.
posted by the fire you left me on Dec 6, 2003 - 10 comments

Something About Miriam

SIX SUE SKY OVER SEX-CHANGE SNOGGER: The contestants only discover the truth when Miriam picks the winner and then lifts up her skirt. (pop-up ad on first link)
posted by BobsterLobster on Oct 31, 2003 - 102 comments

Smithsonian Magazine's new photo contest

Smithsonian Magazine is holding its first-ever photo contest, open to all adult non-professional photographers to submit entries in five categories. (Professionals may want to see about freelance opportunities here.) I find it particularly nice that there is no entry fee, and no citizenship requirements. For inspiration you may want to browse a gallery of Smithsonian freelance photographers or view the beautiful (and seasonally appropriate) Ghost Towns by Night Light and pick up a few tips on night photography from the photographer.
posted by taz on Oct 10, 2003 - 23 comments

Send us your mould

PSA: BBC News is having a moldy coffee cup contest. Closing date for photos of your hairy cup-o-joe is Sept. 10. Got Culture?
posted by titboy on Sep 4, 2003 - 8 comments

The "Best" Pickup Lines

Here are the "winners" (and miserable failures) in the Nerve.com Pickup Lines Contest, and an experiment to see just how effective they really are. (97% SFW, despite coming from Nerve.com.)
posted by arco on Aug 20, 2003 - 38 comments

Who Wants To Marry My Daughter?

Who Wants To Marry My Daughter? Mom will interview suitors for her 22-year-old (who's also the mom of a 4-year-old), a la the NBC "reality" show. Mom's already booked some dates and a getaway weekend for the winner. Seriously. Must have "a steady job, a love of children, strong morals, and no criminal baggage." Livestock brideprice optional.
posted by serafinapekkala on Aug 19, 2003 - 30 comments

Can *you* hear me now?

Mobile Phone Throwing World Championships You can register either in Freestyle or Original (the traditional over the shoulder -style). Alternatively, you can register as a team (max. three persons / team). There's also have a Junior category for competitors of under 12 years. Grading in Freestyle is based on style and aesthetics, whereas in Original the grading is purely based on length and style. In both categories theree prizes will be awarded. The current Ukranian record is 57 metres.
posted by riffola on Jul 14, 2003 - 10 comments

International Competitive Eating

50 ½ hot dogs and buns in 12 minutes? Will the belt come back to the USA this July 4th? Is The Fridge our best shot for the world title to come back? But with Kobayashi returning to defend his title, is William Perry just a 100 to 1 longshot? And in the excitement about the Hot Dog race, let's not forget the other great competitions! Who could ever forget Zhornitskiy's immortal achievement of 74 chicken wings in 12 minutes?

Welcome to the wide world of competitive eating! The runup to the grand 4th of July contest in Brooklyn may be winding its way to a city near you!

At 131 pounds, people didn't take him seriously - last year, some even thought that he should have been disqualified. But you gotta admit it - someone who can eat over 17 pounds of cow brains in 15 minutes is...well, awesome is one word....
posted by jasper411 on Jun 19, 2003 - 38 comments

Cheese rolling anyone?

Cheese rolling Of all the weird and wonderful things I've read about this week, this really takes the cheese.
posted by lunadust on May 30, 2003 - 15 comments

Marillionm remixes

Fancy yourself as a mixmaster? Marillion are offering you the chance to remix their last album, Anoraknophobia. Tracks cost £10 per song for the masters, or £60 for the whole album. Whatever you think of the band (like/hate/never heard) this is certainly an unusual opportunity. Feel creative? There's a prize of £500 per song for the best mix.
posted by salmacis on May 6, 2003 - 16 comments

The Dictators Contest

The Dictators Contest "Back by popular demand is the Original Dictators Contest. 16 of the last century's most fearsome autocrats have been selected and pitted randomly against one another to compete for the title Dictator of Dictators". If you don't see your favorite Dictator, try The Second Dictators Contest. Agree with their results? Did they forget anyone?
posted by Mack Twain on Apr 11, 2003 - 5 comments

The Artist as Everyman

Channel your inner Ansel Adams. Going off of the theory that everyone has at least one great photo in them (as opposed to professional photographers, who should have hundreds), missiouri webizen & amateur photographer Troy DeArmitt has hosted (for the past two years) an annual web based photo contest open to other amateurs only, sponsored out of his own wallet. If the results of this year's contest are any indication, he's right, there are some beautiful photos here.
posted by jonson on Jan 19, 2003 - 16 comments

I'll throw in five bucks to the reward pot.

Hold your Congressman accountable and win $10,000! Site posts a reward for the “Eli Lilly Bandit.” [more]
posted by XQUZYPHYR on Dec 18, 2002 - 20 comments

give up the logo

"Get some respect, be some patriot." The Department of Homeland Security really, really needs "a piece of identity ware." Adbusters culture-jammers need not apply.
posted by luriete on Dec 16, 2002 - 25 comments

Adbusters TV launched.

Adbusters TV launched. Everyone's favourite culture jammers and uncommercialists are looking for your video contributions.

"The next time you and your friends organize a street party, liberate a billboard, shoot an indy documentary, or throw a pie into the ugly face of authority, we want people worldwide to catch it the next day

There is an inaugural contest to get the content flowing. They are looking for video, audio, and animation in three categories: Direct Action (jams, spoofs, pranks, protests); Epiphanies (personal works); and Mini-Documentaries.
posted by boost ventilator on Aug 7, 2002 - 10 comments

Given up on the TiVo wallpaper design contest? Submit a design to the Japanese Ministry of Public Management, Home Affairs, and Telecommunications' Postage Stamp Design Contest. This year's theme is "Peace". Eight winning designs from anywhere in the world will be chosen, and the grand prizes of up to 200,000 Yen (~$1700 USD) awarded to their creators. Check out some of the previous years' winners for inspiration.
posted by Danelope on Jul 16, 2002 - 3 comments

Take the Chicken Challenge...

Take the Chicken Challenge... win $10,000 by playing Tic-Tac-Toe against a live chicken at the Tropicana casino in Las Vegas. (Or join the PETA protest against it.) I think being exposed to Phyllis Diller is worse for the chicken than playing Tic-Tac-Toe, and besides, the chicken is winning.
posted by kirkaracha on Jun 21, 2002 - 21 comments

Ever dream of owning a Bookstore?

Ever dream of owning a Bookstore? Essay Contest! $250 and 250 words could win this thriving Used Bookstore in Roseburg, Oregon. A very cool, very busy store with a customer base of well over 10,000 people. Someone is going to win and it might as well be one of us.
posted by Mack Twain on Jun 17, 2002 - 18 comments

The Dark Side of Google? Google's first annual programming contest was a shrewd way to encourage Java and Python programmers. But this may be shrewder than the programmers who entered the contest realized. David Egnor may have nabbed a cool $10,000 as the contest winner, but for all the other entries, Google nabbed "worldwide, perpetual, fully paid-up, nonexclusive" rights.
posted by ed on May 31, 2002 - 14 comments

Lehrer's On the Line

Lehrer's On the Line
Satirical Haiku Jam
First Annual. (stream)
posted by andrewraff on May 2, 2002 - 2 comments

Queen of the hardwood

Queen of the hardwood A local Seattle sports radio station's grand prize is a trip for two to any sporting event in the world. In the spirit of the NCAA basketball tournament, your task is to take the field of sixty-four women and pick the winners until you wind up with the Queen of the Hardwood. Crass, perhaps, but not much more so than anything else. You still have time to enter.
posted by YohonTheLarge on Apr 10, 2002 - 5 comments

Win a Trip to Bellegarde, Saskatchewan!

Win a Trip to Bellegarde, Saskatchewan! No joke. And thousands of people will enter this contest. They're ingenious, these prairie farmers. PRIZE INCLUDES: Round-trip airfare for two to Regina from a major Canadian airport. Three nights' hotel accommodation in Regina. Limousine ride to Bellegarde. An official tour of the hamlet by the president of the Bellegarde Rural Development Council. $250 spending money. All you have to do? Predict when a rusted out old car will crash through the ice and cause a local, and very minor, environmental catastrophe.
posted by Salmonberry on Apr 9, 2002 - 21 comments

102 Beats.

102 Beats. For its third anniversary, Freaky Trigger is trying out a neat project: You write exactly 102 words about a bit of music. Then someone else will do the same. More inside.
posted by Skot on Feb 26, 2002 - 7 comments

Go for the gold!

Go for the gold! Concord 2002: Site of the upcoming Loebner Prize. Can reigning champion A.L.I.C.E. repeat her triumph? Chat bots from around the globe are scouting out their rivals on the AI competitive circuit and studying their crib notes.
posted by otherchaz on Feb 9, 2002 - 0 comments

Howard Stern bets $100,000.00 in Las Vegas

Howard Stern bets $100,000.00 in Las Vegas and the winnings would have gone to one of three contestants whose story is the saddest. The woman with the dying daughter actually played, decided to hit on 15 and busted. Sorry lady, your kid's just gonna have to croak from brain cancer while you're working and and struggling to pay her hospital bills.
posted by Modem Ovary on Feb 7, 2002 - 24 comments

Cast your vote for "Kenny of the Year"!

Cast your vote for "Kenny of the Year"! This site first hit MeFi back in March, but now it's time to vote for the best Man Who Looks Like Kenny Rogers. I'm in favor of Kenny #1.
posted by CosmicSlop on Dec 21, 2001 - 10 comments

Call it the 0.5k.

Call it the 0.5k. Like a certain widely-heralded Web design contest, the Minigame competition pits clever programmers against each other to see who can do the most with the least. But instead of Web pages, these competitors create games for obsolete 8-bit computers (Atari, Commodore, etc.) in two weight classes: 2K and 512 bytes (!).
posted by jjg on Oct 18, 2001 - 5 comments

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