Eyeglasses in Art
34 entries - contest ended 2/22/2020

The first eyeglasses were invented and made in Italy around 1280, and while their popularity grew, the first artwork that depicts sunglasses appeared only in 1352. It was a portrait of Cardinal Hugo of Provence at his writing desk, painted by Italian master Tomaso de Mondena. The reason why eyeglasses were very rarely used in portraits was that on the design side they were quite bulky and ugly. It was not til the 19th century that eyeglasses became stylish, modern, and popular so much that people liked to be photographed and painted with them.
Show how famous paintings would look if characters there were depicted with eyeglasses (modern or antique). Please note that we focus on eyeglasses with lenses, not sunglasses. Many thanks to Denlig for the themepost "Albrecht Durer".

Baldness
35 entries - contest ended 2/19/2020

Male pattern baldness and premature greying are more of a risk factor for heart disease than obesity in men under 40, new research suggests. A study of more than 2,000 young men in India showed more who had coronary artery disease were prematurely bald or grey than men with a full head of hair. The European Society of Cardiology's study will be read at the Cardiological Society of India's annual conference. But the British Heart Foundation said other risk factors were important.
This is a sequel to our Balding Contest. Create images of bald people, celebrities, politicians. Make them as REALISTIC as you can, no warped heads or distortions. Many thanks to UncleChamp for the themepost, "Mr Bald Bean"

Bad Romance
21 entries - contest ended 2/16/2020

On Feb. 14, sweethearts of all ages will exchange cards, flowers, candy, and more lavish gifts in the name of St. Valentine. But according to the Smithsonian, Valentine’s Day, in fact, originated as a liturgical feast to celebrate the decapitation of third-century Christian martyr, St. Valentine, executed during the reign of Roman Emperor Claudius Gothicus in 269-270 A.D., at a time when persecution of Christians was common. It's thought, the love connection probably appeared more than a thousand years after the martyrs’ death, when Geoffrey Chaucer, author of “The Canterbury Tales” decreed the February feast of St. Valentinus to the mating of birds. For more on how we got from there to here, click "The Gory Origins of Valentine’s Day".
Many celebrities and politicians can't stand each other and would like to follow the Emperor Claudius's example, but today you are a matchmaker - photoshop joint romantic photos of celebrities that are unlikely to be each other's Valentines. Please keep your entries "Safe For Work". Many thanks to Cosmix for the themepost, "A Gotham Romance".

FREAK SHOW
34 entries - contest ended 2/13/2020

It's Freak Show time! Time to get your whips ready and get the freaking circus started! This is a contest to exhibit some of your creative works.
Photoshop and exhibit anything you wish with no "contest restrictions".  (standard site rules still apply).

Remembering Kirk Douglas
22 entries - contest ended 2/10/2020

Kirk Douglas, one of the most famous American leading men of the mid-20th century, died Wednesday at the age of 103. Remembered for his dimpled chin, chiseled features, and virile Hollywood roles, he was an actor from the golden age of movies who lived well into his golden years. He first made his name as a washed-up boxer, Midge Kelly, in Champion in 1949, which earned him the first of three Oscar nominations. Although he never won the coveted award, Douglas was honoured in the 1996 Academy Awards for 50 years as a creative and moral force in the movie industry with a film career spanning seven decades. Kirk was also a humanitarian whose commitment to justice and the causes he believed in set a standard for all of us to aspire to. Themepost credits to (Silver Screen Collection/Hulton Archive/Getty Images, File
To pay tributes to Kirk Douglas, photoshop him any way you wish. For more on the history of Kirk Douglas CLICK HERE

Painted Red
26 entries - contest ended 2/7/2020

Although scarlet is the colour of sin in the Old Testament, the ancient world’s elite was thirsty for red, a symbol of wealth and status. They spent fantastic sums searching for ever more vibrant hues, until Hernán Cortés and the conquistadors discovered an intoxicatingly saturated pigment in the great markets of Tenochtitlan, modern-day Mexico City. Made from the crushed-up cochineal insect, the mysterious dye launched Spain toward its eventual role as an economic superpower and became one of the New World’s primary exports, as a red craze descended on Europe. 
Photoshop images where you have changed the scene, people, animals, things, etc. into the color RED. Many thanks to fugit for the themepost, "Red Bull" .

If Groundhogs Ruled
20 entries - contest ended 2/4/2020

Sunday, is Groundhog Day celebrated in the USA and Canada. It is believed that on this day, if a groundhog emerges from its burrow and sees its shadow, the winter will continue for six more weeks; otherwise the winter will end soon. The National Climatic Data Center reported that the prediction accuracy rate is higher than for most weather forecasters. 
To celebrate Groundhog Day at Freaking News, show how life would be different if groundhogs ruled the world. Many thanks to Fugit for the themepost, "The BlackList" .

Vintage Photo Montage
5 entries - contest started 2/24/2020 8:00:00 AM

Long before Photoshop, in the beginning of the 20th century, photographer from Kansas William 'Dad' Martin started creating photo montages of his photos and sold them as postcards. Martin used just photo prints, scissors, glue, and pencil to create realistically looking photo hoaxes for his postcards, and they sold like hotcakes. During 1903-1909, Martin's photography company, which originally had just 5 people, and was located on a quiet street in Kansas, sold more photo postcards than most famous photo studios in New York.
Take any vintage photo (up to 1950) and photoshop it any way you like (keeping a vintage feel to it). It's OK to add any modern objects and characters to vintage photos, as long as you keep the original vintage style of the photo. Many thanks to funkwood for the themepost "Bush Cheney and Rumsfeld as the Three Stooges".

US Presidents Day
25 entries - contest started 2/21/2020 8:00:00 AM

U.S. Presidents Day, officially known as Washington's Birthday, is a federal holiday in the United States and is celebrated on the third Monday of February. Although it has become known as a great weekend for sales, especially on cars, there's a lot more to the holiday. Presidents Day is a good chance to learn more about American History, including the interesting facts from the lives of American Presidents.
For this contest, mix US History and US Presidents - take any US President and show how he could have served in the office in different times. Obama Crossing the Delaware river, Nixon invading Iraq - these are just some examples. You can also show private lives and hobbies of the "presidents out of their times". Many thanks to LunaC for the themepost, "Willaim Howard Taft on the Biggest Loser".

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