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The Make Ugly Contest

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Make Ugly. Get recognition.

What's the ugliest truth about Big Tobacco? truth® wants to find out and you can help. DeviantART is calling for submissions of your ugliest monster, giant, mutant or undead art. Download the facts for inspiration and get in on the ugly action. Winners get cash prizes and will be included as a part of the truth® Artist Collective.

The Facts

Monster

To draw public attention from the dangers of secondhand smoke in 1987, Big Tobacco thought they might try to "create a bigger monster (AIDs)."

Undead

1 in 3 teens who begin smoking eventually die from tobacco-related disease. Not undead. Dead dead.

Giant

A Big Tobacco document shows they worried that publishing that radioactive Polonium-210 is in cigarette smoke would be like "waking a sleeping giant."

Mutant

One tobacco company biologically engineered tobacco plants to have twice the normal level of nicotine. Talk about a mutation.

Step 1

Download the fact pack to get inspired by some ugly truths.

Download the Fact Pack

Step 2

Create your darkest, weirdest, ugliest monster, giant, mutant or undead. No need to include the actual fact, just let it inspire your art.

Step 3

Submit entry as JPG or PNG at least 2,000 pixels in shortest length.

Submit Entry

Be sure to read the Official Rules.

1st Place

  • $4,000 USD
  • Apple iPad Mini (16GB WiFi)
  • 8,000 deviantART Points
  • 1-Year Premium Membership

2nd Place

  • $2,000 USD
  • Apple iPad Mini (16GB WiFi)
  • 4,000 deviantART Points
  • 6-Month Premium Membership

3rd Place

  • $2,000 USD
  • Apple iPad Mini (16GB WiFi)
  • 3,000 deviantART Points
  • 6-Month Premium Membership

4th Place

  • $2,000 USD
  • Apple iPad Mini (16GB WiFi)
  • 1,000 deviantART Points
  • 6-Month Premium Membership

36 Semi-Finalists

3-Month Premium Membership & 1,000 deviantART Points

Rules

Entry must be received by 11:59:59 PM (PT - Los Angeles CA, USA) on June 23, 2013 and must be submitted to the Contest gallery.

The completed entry ("Work") may originate in any visual medium but must be submitted at the Contest Site as a single JPG or PNG file, at least 2,000 pixels in the shortest length.

The Work must be completely original, but may be based on any of the entrant's prior work. No stock.

Entries may be used by truth® in connection with anti-tobacco education.

Membership to www.deviantart.com (the "Contest Site") is required to enter the contest. Membership to www.deviantart.com is free.

Entrant must be at least 13 years old as of May 13, 2013 to be eligible to enter the Contest and must be a resident of the United States.

Additional terms and conditions apply. Read the official rules.

Read Official Rules carefully.

Judging

40 Semi-Finalists will be selected by full-time deviantART Staff. From the Semi-Finalists, the final four Winners will be selected by Vitaly Alexius.

All entries will be judged on the following criteria:

  • the fearsome ugliness of the monster, giant, mutant, or undead depicted in the Work
  • overall impact of the Work in communicating an aspect of the Fact Pack
  • technical and artistic skill
Submit EntryView Entries

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What's the ugliest truth about Big Tobacco? We're calling for submissions of your ugliest monster, giant, mutant, or undead art. Grab inspiration from our fact pack and then enter for your chance at a slice of $10,000 USD in prizing! Vote for the ugliest truth, and show your support by collecting a brand new Profile Page badge!
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:iconamairim:
Amairim Featured By Owner May 14, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
omgosh a stuffed kitty and doggy x3 so cute! lol
Not from US so wont be entering but I still like to watch these things :> ....in fact I find watching nicer :/
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ChristianPamotillo Featured By Owner May 14, 2013  Student General Artist
even if I don't lived in US and can't enter this contest one way or another i'm still happy because in some point they are trying to stop people from smoking. and I just really hate looking at people smoking and killing their self little by little.
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:iconsevmd:
SEVMD Featured By Owner May 14, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
The truth is never nice...
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:icongb2k:
gb2k Featured By Owner May 15, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
especially when you think you're fighting big tobacco, but unknowingly supporting the same company.
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:iconsevmd:
SEVMD Featured By Owner May 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
If I'm not wrong someone tried to shoot down the tobacco companies and they were almost a gonner... except they were so filthy rich they could pay themselves out of trouble...
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:icondetective-may:
Detective-May Featured By Owner May 15, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Indeed (wasn't stalking you I swear) and your icon looks so cool :D.
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:iconsevmd:
SEVMD Featured By Owner May 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
XD I didn't know I would end up seeing you here! I went back to look for my icon in the Collective and I failed. Your icon is cute too :meow:
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:icondetective-may:
Detective-May Featured By Owner May 15, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
XD I was just looking through the comments when I saw yours lol so I just had to say hi.

And thankyou :3
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:iconcasualcynic:
CasualCynic Featured By Owner May 14, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Hell.

I never liked truth. They're like the buck-toothed, zit-faced, crotch-smelling kid at your school who dishes out ghastly facts he THINKS make sense- and if someone provides the correct, full answer, he tells you to shut up and he knows everything because his sister is in her freshman year of nursing school.

No, I don't know someone like that why would you think I do.

Why does DA have to hold contests sponsored by the most biased, head-up-their-ass organizations?

(Oh, and I love the smell of a burnt cigarette. Wouldn't smoke one personally, but nothing against those who do. You have every right to smoke- and every right not to.)
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:icongb2k:
gb2k Featured By Owner May 15, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
What's funnier is that truth(R) is owned by Philip Morris - who makes Marlboro, Virginia Slims, Benson & Hedges, Merit, Parliament, Alpine, Basic, Cambridge, Bucks, Dave's, Chesterfield, Collector's Choice, Commander, English Ovals, Lark, and L&M.
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:icontugera:
Tugera Featured By Owner May 15, 2013   General Artist
Haha! Do you have a source for that? If that's true, that's hilarious. XD
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:icongb2k:
gb2k Featured By Owner May 15, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Ah.. ok, I have to recant that. My memory meshed the two anti-smoking campaigns into one. Philip Morris ran its own anti-smoking ad campaigns at the same time as thetruth.com ran theirs for like 10 years or so. So I'll hang my head in shame and accept a 'fail' there. But I could have sworn there was *something* ironically sinister about thetruth that irked me besides their annoyingly smarmy ads :/
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:icontugera:
Tugera Featured By Owner May 15, 2013   General Artist
Ah, I see.
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:iconbwphotographry:
BWPhotographry Featured By Owner May 14, 2013  Professional Photographer
I love this comment,i just wanted the badge for the lol factor.

but until they make smoking a illegal thing and cigarettes a illegal product then they can't stop me from smoking :)
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:iconreireiserenade:
ReiReiSerenade Featured By Owner May 14, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
sigh........
another contest for art......and not literature

:iconwritingplz:
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:iconevelyntaliette:
EvelynTaliette Featured By Owner May 14, 2013  Student Writer
These are all sponsored by big corporations, and literature doesn't catch enough people's attention for advertising purposes, sadly.
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:iconayame-kenoshi:
Ayame-Kenoshi Featured By Owner May 14, 2013
Please see FAQ #133: Why does dA have US Only Contests? for more information on US only contests. :)
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:iconcasualcynic:
CasualCynic Featured By Owner May 14, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
America ranges from Canada and USA (North) to Mexico (Central) to South America (South)and then some. It's pretty much the entire west hemisphere, or at least the vast majority of it.

Anyone from those areas is an American. Texan, Kansan, Canadian, Mexican, El Salvadorian... Those are just a few specializations. So watch your terminology.
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ADamselinDesign Featured By Owner May 15, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Amen!
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ADamselinDesign Featured By Owner May 15, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Pot, meet kettle.
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:iconcasualcynic:
CasualCynic Featured By Owner May 14, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
...

Well. Stupid is as stupid does.
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:iconratchet-lombris:
Ratchet-lombris Featured By Owner May 14, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
My entry: The guy that owns Abercrombie & fitch :D
-wins 1st prize-

XD
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:iconk-i-w-i-t-u-r-t-l-e:
k-i-w-i-t-u-r-t-l-e Featured By Owner May 14, 2013  Student General Artist
I'm SO gonna enter!
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:iconsynthetic--ecstasy:
Synthetic--Ecstasy Featured By Owner May 14, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Finally! A contest I can enter for once! :'D
But I don't think I'll be entering with that 2,000 pixel low... :c
Most of my art is below 2,000 pixels, but enough of my bawwing, I can't wait to see the entries! : D
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:iconinvaderlez:
InvaderLez Featured By Owner May 14, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
SMOKING. >:U I hate it so much. I once snatched a cigarette out of an old man's hand and ran so he would stop, and threw it away in the nearest trash can. He yelled at me, and I smelled like smoke, but it was totally worth it. :XD:
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:iconflyinglilypad:
Flyinglilypad Featured By Owner May 15, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
You're lucky he didn't punch you in the head.

Did you ever think that maybe he enjoys smoking, and didn't have that many years left of his life? Do you really think he needs some dumb kid invading his space and taking his property and enjoyment?
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:iconinvaderlez:
InvaderLez Featured By Owner May 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Calm down, I was 7. Geez.
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:icongrueler:
Grueler Featured By Owner May 14, 2013
Geez. You do know you are stealing someones property, right? It's like going into Mcdonalds, and taking a bite of someobe's burger.

You should get in touch with this guy. [link]
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:iconinfiltr8:
Infiltr8 Featured By Owner May 14, 2013
Well that was pretty rude of you then wasn't it?

If he was smoking in a shared public space or in area where it is prohibited then yeah sure tell him to put it out, but what you did isn't going to fix anything.
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:icongeneral-ebonrose:
General-EbonRose Featured By Owner May 14, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Eaargh. I don't support smoking at all, of course, but I feel like the presentation here is just.... absurd? Cheesy? "fact" twisting? And packaged in a way that just makes me want to burst out laughing instead of feeling educated about the very real dangers of smoking.

I mean, the bit about cat piss is hilarious. "urea" Hmmmmm that sounds suspiciously like "Urine" It's not just in cat pee, it's in most mammals (dare I say, all? I didn't look it up, so I don't). And methane is just another chemical that is produced as a waste product by bacteria (in your intestines *I think*, and those of, yeah, more than just dogs - most famously cows). Try harder. Yeah, you wont look silly at all.

Anyway, I might still participate in this because if there's one thing I love drawing, it's big ugly abominations.
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:iconchaoskomori:
ChaosKomori Featured By Owner May 16, 2013
Have you never seen the Truth campaigns before? They've always been cheesy.
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:icongeneral-ebonrose:
General-EbonRose Featured By Owner May 17, 2013  Student Digital Artist
That doesn't mean it's a good thing, or I can't complain about it now.

But no. I haven't. I've seen some of their ads on TV, but not many.
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:iconinfiltr8:
Infiltr8 Featured By Owner May 14, 2013
Yeah I don't understand their approach at all - there's so many real facts out there that show the dangers of smoking and yet they talk about completely irrelevant things like urea and methane?
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EvelynTaliette Featured By Owner May 14, 2013  Student Writer
I agree. It all seems fairly cheesy, and more like a compaign to stop young folks from smoking rather than an actual contest. "Here, read these facts and now mentally associate smokers with monsters"
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:iconrosebfischer:
rosebfischer Featured By Owner May 14, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Is abstract art allowed or only literal depictions of monster/mutant/giant, etc?
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:iconnamenotrequired:
namenotrequired Featured By Owner May 15, 2013  Student Interface Designer
Oh you may want to see this part from the rules as well;
Entrant must follow the instructions on the Contest Site and submit an original artwork depicting Entrant's conception of his or her ugliest monster, giant, mutant or undead inspired by the "Fact Pack" available at the Contest Site.
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namenotrequired Featured By Owner May 15, 2013  Student Interface Designer
From the official rules, The completed entry ("Work") may originate in any visual medium (...)
Assuming it fits the rules any visual work is fine, however keep in mind that two of the judging criteria are the fearsome ugliness of the monster, giant, mutant, or undead depicted in the Work and overall impact of the Work in communicating an aspect of the Fact Pack.

Does that answer your question? :)
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:iconrosebfischer:
rosebfischer Featured By Owner May 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I think so, thanks. And yeah, I did read the rules before I asked. To me the terms "monster, mutant, undead," etc aren't just literal, hence the question, but anyway, thanks for replying.
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:iconiamoret:
iAmoret Featured By Owner May 14, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
I know so many smoking stories, I couldn't even write them all. In my opinion, smoking is just like suicide, only slower. :no:
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:iconladyaway:
LadyAway Featured By Owner May 14, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Can someone explain me why it's for US only?
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:iconayame-kenoshi:
Ayame-Kenoshi Featured By Owner May 14, 2013
Please see FAQ #133: Why does dA have US Only Contests? for more information about US only contests. :)
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:iconladyaway:
LadyAway Featured By Owner May 15, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you, that's what I was looking for :)
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GeoCaecias Featured By Owner May 14, 2013  Hobbyist
FAQ #133: Why does dA have US Only Contests?
Actually, that's not why.
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CzechBiohazard Featured By Owner May 14, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Not as stupid as Canada. :meow:
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lokino Featured By Owner May 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I am a Canadian-American dual citizen, and I agree with all three of your sentiments. Though I personally think the US is sillier than Canada. Although they don't have a robot for prime minister...
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