Tony Lopes
Tony Lopes

Caption Contest 2019

Hello Streak Freaks,

I would like to send my sincere thanks to all those who entered the 2019 Caption Contest. There were more than 1,100 entries from 10 countries – a brilliant response that once again shows comics are a community-minded art form and my readers are extremely loyal and engaged.

The standard of captioning was excellent and, seriously, it was extremely difficult to decide on a winner. Any number of the honourable mentions could have taken out the contest.

As I’ve stated previously, humour is subjective, and what one person finds funny can fall flat with others. With such a large volume of entries to sift through, not everyone can be a winner. The entries that made it through to the final round of judging here at Streak HQ were unique and had a little something extra that set them apart.

The judges consisted of respected colleagues and friends whose critical judgement I trust and admire – including sub-editors, cartoonists, comedians and teachers, to name but a few.

I’m sure you’ll agree these finalists are all worthy winners!

And now … the envelope please …


The winner of the 2019 Caption Contest is …

Brad Allen from Medowie, NSW, Australia 

Brad’s caption was the popular choice among the judges. It’s subtle, it suits the drawing perfectly and it creates a wonderful visual image for the reader to contemplate. A clever approach from Brad, who didn’t rely on puns or wordplay to execute the joke, but rather on the visual element of the cartoon.

Brad wins the signed original artwork, a limited edition signed art print, a personally inscribed “Striving for Quantity” book, a $100 iTunes Gift Card, 10 greeting cards and a packet of my favourite biscuits that I like to have with my morning coffee. He also gets the Insanity Streak cartoon delivered to his inbox daily for one year.

Not to mention the fame!

Well-deserved Brad!

And now to the 2019 honourable mentions. The following participants will receive a signed limited-edition Streak print and greeting card.

Congratulations go to, in no particular order …

What’s this I hear about you pulling a mussel at the gym last week?
Vince Steele, Tasmania, Australia

Mum says I’d be better off with that divorced squid at no. 59.
Ian Gosling, Windsor, Berkshire, England

What did your last mermaid die of?
Conor Carew, Waterford, Ireland

I hope you’re sitting on blotting paper.
John Birks, Harrogate, North Yorkshire, England

Mother’s tripped over again! Stop leaving your boots by the front door.
Ken Brindley, Birmingham, England

8 arms, 3 hearts & 9 brains but still can’t put the toilet seat down?!
Andy Lake, Lismore, NSW Australia

The kids next door want you to play in goal again
Robert Lonsdale, Stockton-On-Tees, Durham, England

Any chance you can help get the squids to bed?
Ron Gray, Darwin, Australia

Honey, the school rang. The other parents want to kick Billy off the wrestling team.
Don Brice, Adelaide, Australia

I had the calamari ring you gave me on our wedding day valued at $1.40.
Thomas Robinson, Hertfordshire, England

The deodorant company wants to know if you’ll test their latest product.
Richard Hindle, Murray Bridge, Australia

You’ve left a ring around the bath again!
Glenda Naughten, Canberra, Australia

Work called. You’re back in the tank Monday morning, Frank.
Andrew Johns, Brisbane, Australia

Percussion student at the door!
Roxana Jarolimek, Sydney, Australia

The Johnsons will want to play cards after we’ve eaten … this time don’t keep volunteering to shuffle!
Andy Smith, Somerset, England

Our son just won the school relay race, ON HIS OWN.
Ken Brindley, Birmingham, England

I’m off out now; your dinner’s in the bath.
J May, Lancashire, England

Change to another colour! Purple clashes with the decor!
James Glanvill, Taylors Lakes, Australia

You were the one who wanted the pool and now you never use it.
Diana Figgis, Sydney, Australia

Not another prawn magazine?
Phil Kilsby, East Gippsland, Australia


I absolutely loved reading all the entries and look forward to another contest in October 2020. Until we speak again, best regards and wishing you many more guffaws!

Tony Lopes

Click here to view previous competitions.