After the fiasco last week in which an Air Force One Boeing 747 trailed by two F-16 fighter jets made some low and slow fly-overs of Manhattan and “ground zero” and terrifying the local populace who naturally thought they were witnessing an attack similar to 9-11, I got to thinking. If this was simply a photo-op for some new White House souvenir post cards, why spend $328,835 and scare the heck out of thousands of people and risk damage to the vaunted Obama popularity polls when the same or better image could be accomplished with a little creativity and some Photoshop expertise.
OK, here’s the deal. I’d like to invite readers to submit their original Photoshopped image of Air Force One, in the air, with Manhattan or the Statue of Liberty, as if the aircraft was actually flying over NYC.
In spite of strong Libertarian tendencies, I obviously have to establish some rules and guidelines:
1) It must be an original work and by submitting an image you grant Dakota Voice the unrestricted use of the image.
2) To be eligible for a cash prize you must submit the original images from which your image was created (on request).
3) All serious submissions will be posted and readers will have the opportunity to comment/vote.
4) The final decision about winners and prizes will be made by the management.
5) Please send submissions to email@example.com with subject line “DV contest.” Please provide name, phone number and mailing address, as well as some technical information such as level of difficulty, time it took, special challenges, etc.
6) Dakota Voice will award the following prizes: First prize–$100, Second prize–$50, Third Prize–classy polo shirt emblazened with a full-color Dakota Voice logo.
7) Contest ends at midnight May 10th, 2009.
Submissions will be judged on quality, creativity, skill, and/or humor. So come on, all you talented Photoshoppers, let’s see what you can do.
Another rule–Mr. Ellis asked that we be careful about copyright infringement. Basically, any government photos belong to the people and are free for use, but photos from news agencies such as AP or Reuters are copyrighted and should not be used in this contest. Here is a link that will help you locate images that are in the public domain and free to use.