2013 caption contest

Winners of our caption contest announced

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The dog days of summer are upon us at, so we thought we'd throw a fun caption contest! We're pleased to announce the winners.


Winners of the 2013 caption contest

Grand prize ($500 worth of eBooks from O’Reilly Media):

...and this pic, dear children, was taken outside the cathedral near the bazaar. (submitted by Varun)

Second and Third prizes (free registration to LinuxCon/CloudOpen conference):

Who wants to write the next line of code? (submitted by Sara Blackthorne)

Paint the world with open source. (submitted by I3o)

Fourth prize (Adafruit kit to make a solar MintyBoost):

Please Miss, if we use open source, will we get our colors back? (submitted by Cowboy Bob)

Fifth prize (one-year subscription to MAKE Magazine):

See, it's amazing when you open it... (submitted by bravestone)

Watch the live round one judging of our contest below. The final winners will selected by users who voted on our site. Be sure to catch the last few minutes if you're in need of a good laugh.

***Update: Voting is now closed. Learn more about the winners and contest results.***



** UPDATE: We are no longer accepting entries.  **

Enter our contest for a chance to win $500 worth of eBooks from O’Reilly Media, free registration to LinuxCon/CloudOpen conference, an Adafruit kit to make a solar MintyBoost, or a one-year subscription to MAKE Magazine.

To enter

  • Look at the photo above.
  • Make sure you're a registered user on (register here if you're not), and make sure you are logged in.
  • Post your own caption for the photo (be creative!) in the comments section below. Submit up to 10 captions.
  • Hint: Open source-related captions will be judged favorably!

Want to learn more about the prizes, judging criteria, celebrity judges, and important contest dates? Keep reading below.

Don’t care about the details? Skip everything below this line and post your caption in the comments at the bottom of the post. Just make sure you're logged in as a registered user.

Here are the official rules. Good Luck!


We’ve got some cool prizes lined up from our generous sponsors for the top five caption contest winners, as determined by our judges and voters. Learn more about the prizes here.

Grand prize: $500 worth of eBooks from O’Reilly Media

Second and Third prizes: Free registration to LinuxCon/CloudOpen conference

Fourth prize: An Adafruit kit to make a solar MintyBoost, a solar power charger for your gadgets

Fifth prize: A one-year subscription to MAKE Magazine.

How to enter (and judging criteria)

Entering is easy. Just make sure you're a registered user of (register here if you're not) and that you're logged in when you post your caption(s) for this photo in the comments section below. Submit up to 10 captions (all in one post or separately).

There’s no official criteria for what the captions should say or include, but given our love of all things open source, our judges will no doubt be drawn to captions that make reference to the open source way in some capacity. Otherwise, be sure your caption doesn’t violate our community behavior rules.

Deadline: August 1 at 11:59 p.m.

Picking the winners: 

There will be two rounds of judging.

Round One

Once submissions are closed our judges will reveiw the captions and select their 10 personal favorite captions. Then on August 5 at 3:00 p.m. EDT you can watch our judges live on via Google On Air Hangout narrow down their lists to the 10 best overall captions. 

Round Two

We want the community to have a hand in helping to pick the winners too. So, we’ll give you the chance to vote on the 10 best captions selected by our judges after the live Google Hangout. The captions with the most votes on August 8 at 11:59 p.m. will win.

Judges: We’re honored to have two open source celebrities help judge the contest!

  • Chris Fisher and Matt Hartley, hosts of the Linux Action Show!
  • Amye Scavarda, project manager at Acquia.

Important dates

  • Submission deadline: Aug. 1 at 11:59 p.m. EDT
  • Round One Judging: live Google On Air Hangout on August 5 at 3:00 p.m. EDT. Sign up for an email reminder.
  • Round Two Judging: vote for the winners between August 5 at 5 p.m. EDT to August 8 at 11:59 p.m.
  • Winners announced: August 9 at 10 a.m. EDT

Official Rules: Of course we have official rules. Read them.

Ready, Set, Go!


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