Try your luck at clever cap­tion­ing

The Buffalo News - - VIEWPOINTS - – Adam Zyglis, staff ed­i­to­rial car­toon­ist

Each month, I cre­ate a unique and ab­surd im­age that re­quires a cap­tion. I’m en­list­ing you, yes that means all of you, to put on your think­ing caps and be a part of the cre­ative process. My goal with the con­test is to step away from our cur­rent po­lit­i­cal ran­cor and have us sim­ply come to­gether over some good old-fash­ioned hu­mor. I try to give the im­agery some lo­cal flair when I can, but you can bet that most of the im­ages will dab­ble in the bizarre.

Now th­ese car­toons are much dif­fer­ent from my ed­i­to­rial car­toons. There is in­ten­tion­ally no clear or ob­vi­ous mes­sage. Think of this chal­lenge as a lit­tle puz­zle, where there is no one cor­rect answer. Great cap­tions can be found by tak­ing the cartoon in un­ex­pected di­rec­tions, so think out­side the box (or word bub­ble).

Even though many cap­tions can be suc­cess­ful, there can be only one win­ner. I, along with my ed­i­tors, sort through the en­tries each month and se­lect the wit­ti­est sub­mis­sion, which will be an­nounced two weeks af­ter each con­test launch. The win­ner will re­ceive the signed orig­i­nal cartoon with the win­ning cap­tion writ­ten in. We will also be pub­lish­ing a list of fi­nal­ists, along with their clever punch­lines for your en­joy­ment. Now get cap­tion­ing, peo­ple!

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