The Crestock Photoshop Contest 2008

The Contest is now closed for submissions, but don't forget you can still
browse all the entries here. Thanks to everyone who participated!


Round 1

Winner 1

Round 2

Winner 2

Round 3

Winner 3

Round 4

Winner 4

Here's how it works

There are four rounds with different themes, and you can contribute one image for each round. For each round we will supply a set of source photos.

Your entry must be based on one or several of the images supplied, but you are free to do with them whatever you like. You may also use other elements, as long as one or more of the source images can be recognised as a central part of your design.

  • Sign-up and submission is completely free and without commitment.
  • The winner is determined by votes from our highly qualified judges.
  • And just in case you wonder: we will not re-sell your designs, this isn't one of those contests created just to get lots of design ideas collected for free.
  • Sign up for free here to get started!
Detailed contest info & rules »


Round 4 Mac Pro with Display

Mac Pro + 30" HD Cinema Display

The ultimate desktop computer: the latest Apple Mac Pro with 30" Cinema display, perfect for high-end photoshop work!

Check out the Winner here!

Round 3 MacBook Pro

New MacBook Pro 15"

2.4GHz, 2GB RAM, 250GB HDD, Superdrive

Check out the Winner here!

Round 2 MacBook

MacBook 13" White

2.1GHz, 1GB RAM, 120GB HDD, Superdrive

Check out the Winner here!

Round 1 iPods

iPod Touch + iPod Nano

iPod touch 8GB for the winner, iPod nano 8GB for the runner-up

Check out the Winners here!


Round 4

Apocalyptic Christmas

The cost of living is up, our savings are gone, our jobs are at risk and the economy is in free-fall. Now all we need is a seasonal greeting card to match!
Round 3

Extreme Makeovers

We're not necessarily looking for realism or perfect model skin here, this is your chance to really go over the top and entertain us, surprise us, maybe even shock us!
Round 2

Halloween Horrors

Need we say more? Just make us afraid, very afraid.
Round 1

U.S. Election Propaganda Posters

The key word here is 'propaganda' - we all thought we've seen and heard everything we need to know about the candidates in the U.S. presidential race. Well, prove us wrong; show us what you think they should, could or might aspire to be.


Round 1

Start: 22nd Oct
Monday 27th Oct
9am PST / 18:00 CET

Round 2

Start: 27th Oct
Monday 3rd Nov
9am PST / 18:00 CET

Round 3

Start: 3rd Nov
Monday 10th Nov
9am PST / 18:00 CET

Round 4

Start: 10th Nov
Monday 17th Nov
9am PST / 18:00 CET
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By enrique on Wednesday, 22 October 2008 8:23 PM
I'm in!
and its back!
By fark on Wednesday, 22 October 2008 8:46 PM
By Hungaro on Wednesday, 22 October 2008 9:05 PM
Let hit the road!
By Codplay on Wednesday, 22 October 2008 9:22 PM
Great to see this contest again! (Was wondering if - and when - you were going to do this years one!)

By ecstasy on Wednesday, 22 October 2008 10:08 PM
So here we have to show the good side?
By commenter on Thursday, 23 October 2008 1:51 AM
fark are on the job.. oh sheeeeeeeeeeyt
By krishna21first on Thursday, 23 October 2008 3:07 AM
new to these kind of contest but try my best to submite one... thanks for the contest thumbs up
By on Thursday, 23 October 2008 5:32 AM
Upload doesn't seem to be for a lot of submissions.
By O'Reilly on Thursday, 23 October 2008 8:24 AM
Is it possible to get this fixed?
By na_laetha on Thursday, 23 October 2008 10:10 AM

for this contest we should use our imagination and make a nice electoral poster for one candidate at the White House or we can use in the way we want this images as long the result is appreciated.

Thank you very much for an answer!
Upload and more
By ssjothun on Thursday, 23 October 2008 12:30 PM
O'Reilly: The upload does work, but for some reason, when an image is uploaded to one of our servers, it is not being replicated to the others, thus if you hit a server that doesn't have the image on it, you'll get a blank square instead of the image. We are aware of this problem, and we're working on it.

na_laetha: The point is to make a poster style contribution, but aside from that, you are free to do whatever you want as long as as one or more of the source images can be recognized as a central part of your design.

Hope this helps!

Sverre Sjøthun
Round 1: copyright issues
By Disappointed on Thursday, 23 October 2008 2:14 PM
Why are you using copyrighted images for your contest?
It is unlikely that those Flickr account owners have taken all those electoral photos. When they belong to someone else they are therefore considered copyrighted.
Besides Flickr isn't even a valid stock source.
copyright issues
By ssjothun on Thursday, 23 October 2008 3:02 PM
These are indeed published under a CC license and can be validated on Marc's flickr and his blog


Sverre Sjøthun
By Crestock on Thursday, 23 October 2008 5:14 PM
Just to add to the clarification above: the two images with a credit line are subject to a Creative Commons licence (as per 20th Oct) that permits redistribution of and derivative works to be created from the original photos, as long as the original autor is credited. The two "official looking" images of the candidates are indeed their official portraits from the United States Congress. These images are considered to be in the public domain because they are works of the U.S. Federal Government.

The remaining photos are © the individual Crestock contributors, who have given explicit permission for us to use the images in this context.

As a stock image library, we would naturally never intentionally violate image licencing rules.
By darkfish on Thursday, 23 October 2008 11:47 PM
Last years issues...
By Bombardierbob on Monday, 27 October 2008 7:38 AM
I hope that this year the public vote is less then the judges vote as there was clearly an unfair contest with the designers who has the most friends cast the most votes. This is a fun contest but hope it remains fun as well as fair.


Round 2
By doosloo on Monday, 27 October 2008 11:54 AM
When will the round 2 source images be online?
By - on Monday, 27 October 2008 12:45 PM
nice contest, i hope it will be judged better than the shambolic snoop dogg contest, nice to see semo judges this time around are actually involved in design, and not just snoop dogg PR's. Maybe the copyright rules will be followed this time, because the winners of the snoop dogg contest clearly infringed them.

Lets get it on :D!
Round 2 source images
By Crestock on Monday, 27 October 2008 1:04 PM
The source images for each consecutive round will be released as soon as the previous round has closed for submissions, so for Round 2 they will be available later on today. For exact deadline/changeover times, please refer to the 'schedule' panel above, or go to for further detail.
By lance71 on Monday, 27 October 2008 1:27 PM
How does the judging work? is it mainly on the public votes?
By Jurgen on Monday, 27 October 2008 2:47 PM
yeah without public voting would be the most fair I think to, otherwise its like on many other site simply unfair and the user with the most friends win and not the best entry!!!
Popularity voting...
By SilverLeafArtist73 on Monday, 27 October 2008 3:53 PM
The idea of others voting on it sounds good but this is only on paper not in practical use. So far there are plenty of entries that don't have anything visible of images provided yet they remain on here. Then there is the fact designs that my daughter or son made get a ton of feedback and show no propaganda in use. I lived through socialism when my country was Czechoslovakia. I seen communistic propaganda all over and force to here it.

If you want a good contest let everyone vote for popularity wise but let the judges decide without influence from the crowd, or why have them at all in the first place?
By arnopeters on Monday, 27 October 2008 4:39 PM
We should do the same thing for the presidential elections, no more voting and other democratic silly stuff, let put up a bunch of wise judges and make them rule our world ;)

btw, i can't wait to see the new source images!
By Olie on Monday, 27 October 2008 4:54 PM
In the rules it states "The winners of each round is determined entirely by votes from our contest jury" so it would seem the judges have the entire say this year.
By power2 on Tuesday, 28 October 2008 6:07 PM
Maybe the copyright rules will be followed this time, because the winners of the snoop dogg contest clearly infringed them.
How does the voting works?
By Jurgen on Wednesday, 29 October 2008 6:31 PM
Can someone tell me how the voting system works? One oneside I read that Judges choice the winner on the other side I read that also registreted users can vote, hmm like this I think it will be not fair or I'm wrong?

Thanks in davance
My Concerns on the Rules over voting and judging...
By Draconis on Thursday, 30 October 2008 6:58 AM
I have to admit I never heard of this site till I stumbled upon it from a google search. I think I will enter in this contests but like to see a clarification made here on my concern.

The judges' selections will be based on quality, creativity and design excellence.

The winners of each round is determined entirely by votes from our contest jury.

Only registered Crestock members will be able to vote for the contest entries.

So I see the Judges listed on here but who is the Jury, and if it is by your Judges why is there a public votes?

Votes systems are easily manipulated and can be biased as well with who has the most friends gets the most votes and not on what the theme of the contest is or skill wise. So I want to know is this all your judges or is this a mixture of votes or are the judges basing their votes off the highest voted entries? I personally love creating art but not at the cost of a rigged contest or a manipulated one. I will wait and see what the response to my questions are as well as look to see who wins the first round on here. This will show the true nature of the contest and how it's being run.

just enjot it
By krishna21first on Thursday, 30 October 2008 11:59 AM
hi draconis i'm also new here like u but dont think these competition will be unfair... i have also looked at the past contest the best image won so dont worry n enjoy the competiton n enjoy many great worked here.... keep up smiling
Voting and judging...
By Crestock on Thursday, 30 October 2008 5:08 PM
We can confirm that the contest winners will be determined entirely by the judges in this contest. Apologies if the terminology we've used did not make this clear. In earlier contests we've had a 50/50 split between judges' and public votes, but based on the feedback from earlier contests, we decided to change it.

We chose to keep the public voting system in place though, we think it's a nice feature, and with the current approach, everyone can focus on voting for the entries that they really think deserve their vote. Good luck to everybody!
More feedback on Judging
By DecemberBorn on Friday, 31 October 2008 10:09 AM
I'm glad the voting question was asked, because when I saw the entry that won, I remembered it as one that had the most comments and/or votes by the public, and wondered also if it won by popular votes. That's not to say that it wasn't a nice entry, but like Draconis mentioned, friends and/or any other partial group could launch a winner - leaving the lone artist at a disadvantage.
Thanks, Crestock, for assuring us that your impartial jury selects the winners.
More feedback
By Jurgen on Friday, 31 October 2008 10:54 AM
I totally agree with DecemberBorn
By guest on Monday, 3 November 2008 8:34 PM
I hope that results will be determined by Crestock Judges not the members voting as there might be some cheating like votes from friends while the artwork is not that much which will make the entire contest unfair for the real artists.

On the otherhand some members might create a a fake memberships just to make votes for his artwork while in reality it was his votes not other members (this just another assumption as it has been done in other sites before)
By starfantazy on Tuesday, 4 November 2008 4:38 AM
good, as i think someone made different accounts and submitted more than one piece using different accounts..
By jooseddesign on Tuesday, 4 November 2008 3:10 PM
Good to hear its not going by Public Vote, as there are quite a few Cheaters in here letting the competition down. Its sad some people are like that, nevermind.
Sad that I just noticed how my entry uploaded bad...
By Bombardierbob on Tuesday, 4 November 2008 3:45 PM
On my mac the poster I made is visible but when I look at it from my friends or my Office PC it is way to dark to see anything. I posted a link to a lighter version for PC users to see but the judges wont see it...this sucks!
By bdesign on Thursday, 6 November 2008 6:43 AM
So the judge who will vote for the winner is.....judge ross?? :-D
By andy on Monday, 10 November 2008 5:40 AM
can family and friends create an account to vote, or is that cheating?

By velendil on Monday, 10 November 2008 4:11 PM
don't be silly :D
By Aloe on Monday, 10 November 2008 8:41 PM
Ill be definatly compeiting who would win a mac pro O_O;; Ive been desiging on this 384mb ram piece of crap way to long
By Foka10 on Monday, 10 November 2008 9:11 PM
mac mac mac mac mac :D finally it might be more than a dream :DDD
Best of photoshop
By nestor on Tuesday, 11 November 2008 3:34 AM
I think that Crestock is really amazing to give the chance to photoshop creative people around the world the chance to compete and show their talent. It is a wonderful yearly opportunity.

Thumbs up
Why are only Photoshop entries are winning?
By Jane on Wednesday, 12 November 2008 2:11 AM
yup that is the question! When you state that 'any image manipulation software package can be used to create your entry, you are not required to use Adobe software'. Why don't we see good entries, not created by photoshop winning?
Show us some good examples
By we_design on Wednesday, 12 November 2008 7:36 AM
I don't think that the used programm is a reason for the judges - just the result counts.
By SilverLeafArtist73 on Friday, 14 November 2008 12:39 AM
Just noticed if the public votes don't truly count then why such a long time till a winner is announced on round 3 & 4? This looks and sounds ether strange or a bit fishy here. So what gives as Round 1 & 2 were
announced the same week the contest ended?
By idea on Friday, 14 November 2008 2:24 AM
kind of nice if crestock could giveaway some kind of sponsorship or subscription to their site so winners of each round could get photos for free
By mino88 on Friday, 14 November 2008 10:26 AM
voglio il macccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccc
By tonyp88 on Friday, 14 November 2008 10:30 AM
anche io lo vorrei farò di tutto per toglierlo a te!! hahaha
Thumbs up
By Wallpapers on Saturday, 15 November 2008 12:57 PM
I like it
By Crestock on Monday, 17 November 2008 5:38 PM
We'd like to clarify the reasons for the last two contest round having a longer space between the close of submissions and the winner announcement.
Ideally we would have liked to have a little more time in the first two rounds too, but as they were linked to two rather time-specific events; the U.S. election and Halloween, we needed a speedy changeover of the first two rounds.
In the later rounds, when the stakes are higher and the number of entries is often higher, it makes sense to give both the judges and the public a little more time to review and make their choices.
Public Voting?
By Guest on Monday, 17 November 2008 6:05 PM
Please answer how this "Public Voting" shall work out fair? I see a lot of prior entries that have like over 10, 20, 30 or 50 votes where the picture itself looks kind of "okay". It is simply no good way to have here public votes, as if one has a lot of friends etc., one can tell them to vote for one and those votes do not reflect real opinion. And actually this is how things go, people call their friends and those vote. At this point, I think it is a waste of time to participate, as one can only win when having a lot of people to let those vote and comment.

I think this should be a serious contest, and with those prizes, public voting should be disabled at least for the last round, as I know a lot of fellas spend enormous time to get all the people together they can to have them vote and this is again not a real deal for those who even have better skills and probably would win but either they do not have a lot of people to vote or even would not want to have them vote when voting is more based on relationship to the artist than to the skills of the artist.

This way also people who do not "need" the prize will automatically win as those who have skills but "need" the prize more, usually have less friends to tell to vote, as whoever has a lot of friends is less often in a situation to not be able to simply purchase the stuff one can win here at the next mall, just as there is less money to household "friends that can vote for one in a contest like this..."

Thanks. Kind of senseless...

@ Guest
By Sansana on Monday, 17 November 2008 6:32 PM
The winner is chosen by the judges, not votes.
A step guide in future competitions
By freejay on Monday, 17 November 2008 8:24 PM
Great prizes and some great artists competing
I dont expect to win but i do hope some people notice my work.

Just a few questions for the administrators.
Being experienced at Photoshop for a few years, i still find it hard to see how some pics are made without some type of step guide.
How do you know if they used copyright free sources or if they have didn't steal someones art work, without having some kind of SBS or step guide?
For such big prizes surely you need to know how they made these works.
Would this be possible for future competitions?
good luck
By rarz on Tuesday, 18 November 2008 5:15 AM
good luck everyone in that last round! you will fall in love with the apple screen :)
By redwoods on Tuesday, 18 November 2008 4:25 PM
Hey Jerico, thanks for the luck, but if I don't win can I have one of your apple screens? You got 2!
I don't get it
By we_design on Thursday, 20 November 2008 4:41 PM
Hello dear Crestock Team. I don't want to critisize the decision of the judge in round three, but i realy don't get why my entry isn't at all listed under the honorable mentions. it seems that no one annotated it - or is it that bad?

Not to win is okay, but didn't get recognized is something i realy don't understand. as example the entry: is in a realy bad quality and it seems that it's just stuck together.

after all i read about this competition it seemed to me that you realy take care of your rules: "The judges' selections will be based on quality, creativity and design excellence." Thats what i realy miss in some of the honorable mentions - list.

By h2o on Thursday, 20 November 2008 6:13 PM
yes tobi,

its that bad.
By we_design on Thursday, 20 November 2008 7:49 PM
thanks for your opinion, but what's bad at it?
monthly contest idea
By CzechAmerican on Friday, 21 November 2008 6:23 PM
Crestock should hold a simple monthly contest like this but prize, credits
or something like that to this site. Just an idea!
By Never again! on Thursday, 27 November 2008 6:27 PM
Never again this site...One can clearly see in the comment section for the 4th round how people feel the same as me! This is the FULL BULL!

HOW can this artwork on place 2 even get in the mentions? Can you explain that Crestock??? I do not know how deep you looked over the piece but look at the rabbits in the right corner, first one in the front okay, but than this artist placed the same one also behind the other trees, simply duplicated bunnies that are so misplaced a few times after another, like a beginner does.

Your judgment cannot be taken serious at all, about the 1st place I do not even wonna talk or think about.

No, thanks!
Stop bashing the rabbits, why are you "simply duplicating" your post?
By Bontea on Thursday, 27 November 2008 9:10 PM
I told you earlier on the 4th round winner page that "I repeated the bunnies to create a feel of creepiness and I hope you're not expecting an award for spotting such an obvious thing." If you didn't see that the paste thing was on purpose and for effect, I'm sorry but it's obvious who the beginner is.

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