I guess I'm easily amused. Because all it takes is a pile of embarrassing family portraits like those at Awkward Family Photos and I'm not just laughing. I'm telling my friends about it, and blogging about it, and adapting a Photoshop contest theme from it. None of the people in those photos - with the probable exception of some of the teenagers - ever had any idea their photos would ever be laughed at by strangers around the world. And they certainly never expected they'd be used for something like this:
Show us an awkward, embarrassing photo of the family of a past or current Woot product.
Hairstyles, outfits, backdrops, facial expressions, poses: orchestrate them all to create an exquisitely squirm-worthy portrait.
Post your entry here by 11:59 AM (central) on Monday, May 25, 2009. Prizes are $20/$50/$100 for 3rd/2nd/1st. The rules and criteria for winning: our panel of volunteer judges can and will make stuff up as it goes along. Use Photoshop, linoleum blocks, pastels, MSPaint, cave painting, tattoos, tribal scarification, whatever, but it’ll only be judged if it’s visible in our forums as a jpg, gif, or png. As we are fond of saying, try to keep your maximum width to 550px. If you need a place to host your pictures, try www.imageshack.ws or www.photobucket.com. We have no connection to either, but they seem free and easy to use. And if you want us to be sure your entry was indeed your work, post links to your source images. The more sure we are that you did your own work, the more likely we are to consider it for a prize.