Pogo Art Contest
  • Rules
  • Prizes
  • 2014 Gallery
  • Contest
A note from our judges
We were amazed at the broad range of styles and immense talent in the 2013 Pogo Art Contest submissions. Winnowing down to four was an almost impossible task. We think the winners show a wide range of subject, creativity and finish. Each piece stands on its own, a visual voice of the artist and an inspiration to all who create.
Previous Art Contest Winners
In addition to this year's winners, you're also welcome to browse those from previous years.
2010 Winner: Fast Food
Olechka (Olga Shvartsur) is a Seattle-based, self-taught portrait artist. She created this entry with an iPad, Brushes App, and a Pogo Stylus. Congrats, Olechka!

Olechka's website shows the crazy details, and a making-of video.
The Rules, Briefly:
  • Artwork must be original, drawn with a Pogo-branded pen on an iPad or other iOS device, and may not include any copyrighted material, or trademarks or logos owned by another party.
  • Contestants must be at least 15 years of age.
  • Ten One Design will only accept submissions made between July 7, 2014 and August 31, 2014.
  • You retain the right to your art, but agree that we can post the winning art on our website and in other forms as we see fit, indefinitely (of course, you’ll always be credited as artist).
  • A valid entry includes your name, email address, mailing address, telephone number, date of birth.
  • The grand, single prize is a Booq laptop bag filled with cash and prizes for the submission we like best. Four additional category winners will each receive prizes. Prizes will be announced September 16, 2014.
  • If we are unable to contact you, we will transfer the full award and win to another contestant.
  • Keep it clean and friendly; we will not accept submissions we think are inappropriate or derogatory.
  • Multiple submissions are okay but don’t increase your chances of winning. Each submission must be unique.
  • See OFFICIAL RULES for full details.





      ELIGIBILITY: The Contest is open to any individual 15 years of age or older. Employees of Ten One Design and their family members are not eligible. Subject to all federal, state and local laws and regulations. All U.S., federal, state and local laws and regulations apply. Void where prohibited by law.


      SPONSOR: The Contest is sponsored by Ten One Design LLC, 149 Chestnut Street, Montclair, NJ 07042 ("Ten One Design").


AGREEMENT TO OFFICIAL RULES: Participation in the Contest constitutes entrant's full and unconditional agreement to and acceptance of these Official Rules and the decisions of Ten One Design, which are final and binding. Winning a prize is contingent upon fulfilling all requirements set forth herein. Ten One Design reserves the right to terminate this Contest at any time.


ENTRY PERIOD: The Contest begins at 12:00 pm ET on July 7, 2014 and ends at 11:59 pm ET on August 31, 2014 (the "Contest Period"). Entries receive prior to or after the Contest Period will not be eligible.


ENTRY: During Contest Period, upload your artwork, no larger than 8mb in size, at http://tenonedesign.com/contest.php. Submission will result in one (1) entry. You may enter as often as you like, but each submission must be unique. The use of any agencies or automated software to submit entries will void all entries submitted by that person. 
Contest entries cannot be revised or altered once submitted. All submissions must be made using a Pogo-branded pen. Once submitted, all entries become the property of Ten One Design and will not be returned. Incomplete or inaccurate entries are void.
 Ten One Design has the right to disqualify any entries we deem to be obscene, vulgar, sexually explicit, lewd, derogatory, inappropriate, or otherwise not in good taste, as determined by Ten One Design at our discretion. Submissions must be 100% your original work, and must not contain any third party material or content (including but not limited to any company logos or trademarks, photographs, likenesses, film or video clips, music, or any other copyrighted or trademarked content) for which you have not been granted specific written permission for this use by the copyright or trademark rights holder. You grant to Ten One Design and its designees the irrevocable, perpetual, worldwide, non-exclusive right and license to use, reproduce, edit, market, store, distribute, have distributed, publicly and privately display, communicate, publicly and privately perform, transmit, have transmitted, create derivative works based upon, and promote your image (including photographs and video), biographic information, and comments, (collectively, the "Submission") in connection with the Contest and such other products or services as Ten One Design may designate in any medium now known or hereafter devised for editorial, commercial, promotional and/or any other purpose. In addition, Ten One Design has the right to reproduce and distribute your Submission for promotional purposes in broadcast, print and or other media as we determine in our sole discretion. You retain ownership of all right, title, and interest in and to your Submission. You agree that Ten One Design owns all right, title, and interest in any compilation, collective work, or other derivative work created by us using or incorporating your Submission. You hereby grant to Ten One Design the right to edit any of your Submission, in whole or in part. In addition, you hereby grant to Ten One Design and our designees the right to use any edited Submission, or parts of a Submission, without your approval and waive any right to inspect or approve uses of the Submission prior to or following publication and any right to compensation for the Submission. All elements of your Submission must be your original work and must be owned by you, and you must have the right to grant any and all necessary rights and licenses, including without limitation, all necessary copyright and other related rights to all of the materials, free and clear of all claims and encumbrances without violating the rights of any person or entity, including any right to privacy or publicity. Your Submission should not contain elements not owned by you (including but not limited to trademarks or logos). By submitting your Submission, you agree to release and hold harmless Ten One Design and our officers, directors, employees, and agents from and against any claim or cause of action arising out of your Submission or your participation in any phase of this Contest.


JUDGING: A panel of judges (the "Judges") will select one (1) Grand Prize Winner and four secondary prizes for superiority in each of the following: Current Events, Wildly Creative, The Way You See It, and Obviously Abstract. Decisions of judges are final.


WINNER NOTIFICATION: Ten One Design will attempt to notify winners via email. In order for winners to receive their prize, they must respond to the email within 48 hours and provide their full name, age, and mailing address. Failure of any potential winner to provide this information within the stated timeframe will result in forfeiture of the prize, which may then be awarded to an alternate winner. Limit one (1) prize per household.

PRIZES: One (1) Grand Prize Winner will receive a Booq Boa Flow laptop bag, filled with cash* and additional prizes. The four secondary prizes include iPad accessories, forthcoming Ten One Design products, and various other items.


If it is found that we are unable to award prizes to the potential winner within 48 hours due to lack of response from potential winner, the potential winner's right to the prize will be forfeit and transferred to another entrant of Ten One Design's sole choosing. No cash or other substitution will be made. Winners are responsible for any taxes and fees associated with receipt or use of a prize.


*Cash will be paid in US Dollars. If winner resides in a country outside the United States, Ten One Design will make best efforts to send the money via PayPal. In this case, Ten One Design will only make payment to entrants in those countries to which payment is allowed by PayPal.


GENERAL CONDITIONS: In the event that the operation, security, or administration of the Contest is impaired in any way for any reason, including, but not limited to fraud, virus, or other technical problem, Ten One Design may, in its sole discretion, either: (a) suspend the Contest to address the impairment and then resume the Contest in a manner that best conforms to the spirit of these Official Rules; or (b) award the prizes from among the eligible entries received up to the time of the impairment. Ten One Design reserves the right in its sole discretion to disqualify any individual it finds to be tampering with the entry process or the operation of the Contest or to be acting in violation of these Official Rules or in an unsportsmanlike or disruptive manner. Any attempt by any person to undermine the legitimate operation of the Contest may be a violation of criminal and civil law, and, should such an attempt be made, Ten One Design reserves the right to seek damages from any such person to the fullest extent permitted by law. Ten One Design's failure to enforce any term of these Official Rules shall not constitute a waiver of that provision. In case of a dispute as to the owner of an entry, entry will be deemed to have been submitted by the authorized account holder of the screen name from which the entry is made. The authorized account holder is defined as the natural person who is assigned to an e-mail address by an Internet access provider, online service provider, or other organization responsible for assigning e-mail addresses for the domain associated with the submitted e-mail address.


RELEASE AND LIMITATIONS OF LIABILITY: By participating in the Contest, entrants agree to release and hold harmless Ten One Design from and against any claim or cause of action arising out of participation in the Contest or receipt or use of any prize, including, but not limited to: (a) unauthorized human intervention in the Contest; (b) technical errors related to computers, servers, providers, or telephone or network lines; (c) errors in the administration of the Contest or the processing of entries; or (f) injury or damage to persons or property which may be caused, directly or indirectly, in whole or in part, from entrant's participation in the Contest or receipt of any prize. Entrant further agrees that in any cause of action, Ten One Design's liability will be limited to the cost of entering and participating in the Contest, and in no event shall Ten One Design be liable for attorney's fees. Entrant waives the right to claim any damages whatsoever, including, but not limited to, punitive, consequential, direct, or indirect damages.


DISPUTES: Except where prohibited, entrant agrees that any and all disputes, claims and causes of action arising out of, or connected with, the Contest or any prize awarded shall be resolved individually, without resort to any form of class action, and exclusively by the appropriate court located in the State of New Jersey. All issues and questions concerning the construction, validity, interpretation and enforceability of these Official Rules, entrant's rights and obligations, or the rights and obligations of Ten One Design in connection with the Contest, shall be governed by, and construed in accordance with, the laws of the State of New Jersey.


CONTEST RESULTS: The winning entry will be posted on Ten One Design's website on September 16, 2014.

A thousand good reasons to enter
We thought this should be worth your time, so we've collected $1,000 worth of cash and prizes.
Sharing and celebrating creativity
Since 2009, the Pogo Art Contest has given you the opportunity to show the world what you can do. This year is no different.

If you've participated in the past, you'll know this is a simple and fun contest that is free to enter and gives you a chance to show off your skills to a wide audience.

Beyond that, we've once again set up an amazing list of prizes for both the overall winner, and each category winner!
How To Enter
It's simple! Just upload your submission, and we'll post it to the gallery after it has been reviewed. The 2014 Pogo Art Contest is free to enter, but remember, all work must be done with a Pogo.

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How to Win
Listed below are the categories we'll be considering. For each category, we will choose a winner. The Grand Prize will be rewarded to the entry that most impresses our esteemed judges.

  • Current Events
    For anyone who is posting satirical or thoughtful explorations into world events, politicians, news of the day, journalistic.
  • Wildly Creative
    This is for out-of-the box thinking, such as using an app not necessary or intended for making art. Or using a variety of apps (app mashing) in a very creative way. Something that no one has done before. Also could include collaborative efforts with more than one artist.
  • The Way You See It
    Representational, realistic/impressionistic art goes here; this includes landscapes, still lifes and portraits of people, aliens and pets.
  • Obviously Abstract
    No explanation needed.
Let's meet the judges

Will researching their taste improve your chances? Who knows, but you'll have a lot of fun browsing their work!

Susan Murtaugh
Susan Murtaugh, aka suzi54241 on Flickr, is a graduate of the Chicago Academy of Fine Art. She's worked over 40 years in advertising and graphic design, including 25 years as Principal of her own design firm. She’s used every traditional art medium. Since 2009, her preferred tools are her iPod Touch and iPad. She’s been featured in several group shows, online galleries, workshops and in local and international news. Her work and tutorials have been featured in Digital Artist Magazine and online. She has curated several international digital art shows, and has served for 3 years as Artist in Residence for her county's public schools. She loves teaching others the joys of mobil digital art.

Susan resides in the Town of Two Creeks, WI with her husband and son.
See her work at: http://www.flickr.com/photos/suzi54241
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Deborah McMillion
Deborah is a Surrealist artist who draws inspiration from the 1950s: an era of iconic red swimsuits, shell chairs, drive-ins, flying saucers, and an optimism that anything can happen. She is a classically trained artist with a degree in fine art from Arizona State University. Deborah ran Central Arizona College's printing department and then the Rural Arts Project fine arts serigraph printshop in Pinal County. She was a member of MARS Artspace, 15 years as an exhibiting artist and five years as president and curator. In 2009, she caught the iPhone painting bug and found a like-minded group of artists on Flickr. Since then, her digital work has shown nationally and internationally as well as curating “We Were Only Wainting” at the I.D.E.A. Museum in Mesa—30 International Artists working on digital tablets. With the introduction of the iPad, a door to endless creativity has opened. Now she carries her studio in her hands.

See her work at: hotelmidnight.com and http://www.flickr.com/photos/hotelmidnight/.
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Sumit Vishwakarma
Sumit Vishwakarma is the founder of Mobile Art Academy and curator of mDAC Summit. Professionally an engineer and an artist at heart, Sumit exclusively creates art on iPad and tablets using different apps, his fingers or a stylus. His goal is to educate kids, teens and adults about simple digital techniques that can be applied with traditional painting skills to create beautiful artwork on tablets. He researches with new apps, app mashing and develop creative 'app-flows'. His scope of mobile creativity covers a wide spectrum from digital art to animation, 3D modeling to media creation and movie making. He has been featured speaker at Macworld, National Creativity Summit - Pittsburgh, TEDx, Mobile Creativity & Innovation Symposium - NZ and several mobile art events. His work has been featured in various art galleries including the first Mobile Art Festival in Los Angles, Apple flagship store in San Francisco, Autodesk Sketchbook news, Macworld Digital Art gallery and other art & tech blogs such as cult-of-Mac, TUAW, iCreate Magazine.

See his work at: http://www.sumitstudio.com/.
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A big Thank You to our sponsors
The 2014 Pogo Art Contest is sponsored by the following applications.

We'd like to thank them for their participation, and if you haven't had a chance to try out one of these apps, now is a great time.
Get creative with paint without the mess and expense! Explore a packed toolbox of intuitive, natural painting tools like oils and watercolors that let you experiment with color blends and textures on a realistic canvas. ArtRage places the tools of a real art studio at your fingertips.
Pen pressure
Palm rejection
iPad 3rd/4th generation
iPad 1 & 2
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Procreate is the most powerful and intuitive digital illustration App available for iPad. It’s packed with features artists love, from true-to-life sets of pencils, inks and brushes, through to advanced layer compositing, 64-bit performance and unique digital tools. And it isn’t just iPad friendly – it’s an iPad exclusive.
Pen pressure
Palm rejection
iPad 3rd/4th generation
iPad 1 & 2
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Inspire Pro
Inspire Pro's proprietary painting engine Sorcery™, based on OpenGL ES 2.0, takes full advantage of the GPU to render brush strokes with brilliant 64-bit color, laser-sharp sub-pixel precision and incredibly fast speed. Whether you are a beginner, expert, or somewhere in between, you will enjoy the simplicity and power of Inspire Pro.
Pen pressure
Palm rejection
iPad 3rd/4th generation
iPad 1 & 2
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SketchBook Pro
Autodesk SketchBook® Pro for iPad is a professional-grade paint and drawing application. Using the same paint engine as its desktop counterpart, SketchBook Pro delivers a complete set of sketching & painting tools through a streamlined and intuitive user interface designed exclusively for the iPad experience.
Pen pressure
Palm rejection
iPad 3rd/4th generation
iPad 1 & 2
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Help us spread the word!
Help us get the word out by tweeting or posting about our little #pogocontest. We've also made a graphic you can post on your site during the contest.

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The 2013 Pogo Art Contest has officially closed. The judging is completed, and the winners have been posted. Thank you for your submissions this year. Browsing the gallery is a must.

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