“ONE Thing We Can Agree On,” our art contest hosted in partnership with Zooppa and iStockphoto, has been getting a lot of incredible submissions over the past month. Creative ONE members around the world are designing posters and videos that illustrate the idea that ending extreme poverty is one thing that even the most unlikely duos (like Republicans and Democrats, to drive the point home) can agree on.
So far, the contest has received more than 350 submissions. Since we know you can’t possibly look through that many entries, we’ve rounded up a few of the funniest, the strangest, and well, the most interesting entries that we’ve seen. (Note: We are in no way endorsing these entries for prizes… just wanted to share them with you!)
Cat vs. Mouse: Who will get the cheese, you ask? Well, since the literal piece cheese has been replaced with the figurative idea of natural selection, I suppose the guy to ask is Darwin. Evolution aside, the Tom and Jerry rivalry epitomizes the “sworn enemy” status we were talking about – if these two can be friends and face poverty head on, we can too.
The Beatles and the Rolling Stones: I had no idea that the Beatles and the Rolling Stones had such a deep seated rivalry! But I do like that we get our own record, and that we create “a new sound to beat poverty.” Clever and cute!
Straight to the point: Talk about feel-good! Extreme poverty is definitely something that Republicans and Democrats both agree on.
Don Quixote: Sancho Panza was often at the brunt of Don Quixote’s schemes, be it windmill-fighting or run-ins with the Galicians. The simple silhouettes against the oncoming dusk shows the two of them as the ultimate pair. Which is exactly what we need in the fight against poverty.
Rene Magritte: This throwback to the famous Surrealist painting, “The Son of Man,” uses the ONE logo instead of an apple. I’m not sure what “great tips on fighting poverty” means, but perhaps it has something to do with the devil and angel? Truly surreal indeed.
Toy Soldiers: Thanks to the Toy Story series, I have a certain fondness for these little green guys. We get the comment on a bigger scale (i.e bigger than the toy bin) and think the unified call to action is made incredibly effective by the graphic. If Toy Story is any indication, these guys fight hard.
The Greatest Fight in History: This poster is an homage to boxing posters of old, with its sepia tones and red and black font. Basically, it’s too cool to not post! But personally speaking, I think that fighting poverty takes both your heart AND your mind.
We Come in Peace: If aliens could come to our planet and end poverty, then by all means: Welcome!
Cat and Dog: In the same breath of the cat versus mouse debate, we acknowledge one of the most infamous rivals in the domesticated animal kingdom. Often referred to as the ultimate representation of opposites (which is scientifically inaccurate but I digress), the cat versus dog debate is the ever present, ever potent reminder that despite differences, we can work towards a unified goal. Haven’t you ever seen Homeward Bound?
The Only Answer: Debates in our office have often brought this issue to light: is tofu actually edible or something you just get used to? Regardless, we loved the awesomely teal background! Whether you’re a vegetarian or an omnivore, we want everyone to get together and act. We’ll just make sure our vegetarian friends get their protein first.
Batman and Joker as ONE: Man, if Batman can’t eradicate poverty, who can? The Joker, that’s who! Well, the mixture of both. With the combination of strengths (and respective psychoses) backing the anti-poverty effort, we’ve got an unbeatable pairing.
Some of the submissions were just downright inexplicable.
A Classic Pairing? Ah yes, the old vodka vs. cigarettes debate. We are all familiar.
The Bull and the Matador: I don’t think that getting speared by bull horns is something that we can agree on. Run away in the other direction!
The Tortoise and the Hare: Should we come back later?
Check out the rest of the submissions here and share your favorites with us in a comment below! And there’s still time to apply to the contest. It ends on February 26, and there are up to $20,000 in prizes. So submit now!