Citizens of dekeOpolis, the results are in, the winner of the Martini Mashup Grand Prize is…well, we have a tie. Deke and I managed to narrow down our faves to two: Gale Franey’s “Something’s Fishy” and Steve Newton’s “Bar Folies Créateur.” Try as we might, we couldn’t make the call between Gale’s modern fantasy, replete with impeccable bubbles, and Steve’s clever simultaneous homage to both Manet and my grad-school stint as bar mistress (not to metion his amazingly accurate imagining of the back of my head). Both will recieve a One-on-One book of their choice from O’Reilly and a free month of training from lynda.com.
We only had one set of “other” prizes in the grand prize goodie bag, so we declare Gale the winner of the tie-breaker by virtue of her being on the same continent as we are. We love our Wide World of Deke (represented recently with the birthday wishes you sweet folk sent to Deke in a gazillion different languages), but frankly, times are tough and shipping is cheaper to Canada! Here are all the prizes laid out on a chair in my living room, ready for their trip to the great white north. The list now includes a sock-like Adobe cover for your small electronic of choice and my burlap Adobe sac from SXSW to hold everything!
And a big thanks, and prize, to everyone who decided to play along. In fact, everyone who entered will recieve a serial number for a free week subscription to lynda.com!
(By the way, honorable mention goes to Matti Alhoniemi for making me look that good without any effort on my part.)
If you’d like to see the gallery, check out our Flickr group. I’ll send email info on how to redeem your free week to everyone who entered. And by the way people, learn from your grand prize winner. She knows more than how to create a great image and live on a convenient continent: Gale was the only one with creator info listed in the metadata of her image! You work too hard, don’t orphan your creative progeny! Photoshop CS4 no longer strips that stuff out when you Save for Web, so no excuses. (I added all the creator tags for you this time before posting them to Flickr.)