Tony Lopes
Tony Lopes

Previous Caption Contest Winners

2020

Hello Streak readers,

Firstly, I need to send my heartfelt thanks to all those who entered the 2020 Caption Contest.
It was seriously a lot of fun reading your wonderful captions.

As with previous contests, the response was overwhelming. There were almost 1,400 entries from eight countries. That’s the highest participation since 2012! It’s amazing what can happen when people are in lockdown and are bored out of their minds!

In any event, a brilliant response that once again shows that comic strips are a community-minded art form and my readers are extremely loyal and engaging.

The standard of entries was excellent and here at Streak HQ, we found it particularly difficult to decide on a winner this year. There are many honourable mentions that could easily have taken out the top gong.

As stated previously, we know humour is subjective and what one person finds funny can fall flat with others. With such a large volume of entries to sift through, the odds are against you. If any of you feel hard done by, it just may be that your caption was not unique or not suitable for family newspapers … plenty of captions were along the lines of “I have a bone to pick with you”, or had something about being the top dog or marking territory

The judging panel 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!

And now… the envelope please …

SHRRRRRRRRRRIP!

The winner of the 2020 Caption Contest is …

Larry McCarthy from San Remo, NSW, AUSTRALIA


This caption was popular among all the judges. It’s funny to imagine what the President will do when someone throws a stick that he can’t resist. A clever approach from Larry, who didn’t rely on puns or word play to execute the joke, but rather on creating visual imagery for the reader.

Larry wins the signed original artwork, a limited-edition signed art print, a personally inscribed Striving for Quantity book, a $100 shopping voucher, 10 x greeting cards, a packet of my favourite biscuits that I like to have with my morning coffee, plus the daily cartoon in his inbox for one year. Not to mention the fame!

Well deserved, Larry!

Now, for those interested, when I drew this strip I wrote three possible captions, but then decided the drawing would be great for the caption contest. You can decide if this was the right choice.

My captions:

“I want out.”
“Like me, you’ll start out with some newspaper on the floor.”
“I’m only President until the corporate watchdog find where I buried him.”

Here are the 2020 honourable mentions, in no particular order. They each receive a signed limited-edition Streak print and greeting card.

“Bob, leave those budget papers outside next to the wall and I’ll sign them shortly.”
Rod Harvey, Mooloolaba, Queensland, Australia

“If you need anything just whistle.” And “Busy? Of course! There are days when I feel all I do is run around in circles chasing my own tail.”
Mike Woodall, Sittingbourne, Kent, England

“I would greet you formerly but the HR department sent a memo saying bad boy.”
Simon Galgey, Mossy Point, NSW, Australia

“Why, I do like trees, lampposts and fire hydrants, Mr Wilson. You’ve obviously done some research.”
Pete Herron, Hampshire, England

“I guess when it came to promotion, I just licked all the other candidates.”
Louise Comb, East Yorkshire, England (2015 winner)

“I had to fire either you or Fido from accounts, and quite frankly he’s better at following commands.”
Kyal Shepard, Adelaide, Australia

“So, while I’m busy with the Bradshaw account, I’ll need you to chase the cat from number 57.”
Simon-Paul Miller, Warwickshire, England

“I don’t see the benefit of expanding our colour range.”
Paul Morris, Canberra, Australia

“As my tax adviser, would you recommend I bury my assets?”
Angelo Zorbas, Canberra, Australia

“But moving the store to online means we give more work to mailmen!” And “We may have to move with the times Johnson … The cats on the Executive Team are asking for equal pay.”
Russell Starr, Brighton, SA, Australia

“Your design concept of bringing the outdoors in is brilliant!”
Tara Nikelis, Adelaide, Australia

“I’ve had my eye on your trouser leg for a while now.”
Greg Prior, Sydney, Australia

“It’s lonely at the top Perkins, I need a friend … A best friend!” And “One of your duties is to drive my car – while I run after it.”
Ron Kendal, Tyldesle, Manchester England

“So, you’re the whistle blower?”
Jack Relunia, Unanderra, NSW, Australia

“I see from your resume that you’re a good boy!”
Jeremey Horne, Sydney, Australia

“Play ball with me and a directorship is yours.”
Ken Wilkinson, Yorkshire, England

“Welcome to the firm, Withers. You’ll find I prefer to do my business early in the mornings and late in the evenings.”
James Marshall, Ocean Grove, Victoria, Australia

“There’s a rumour going around that you don’t cock your leg to pee.”
John Andrews, Brisbane, Australia

“The restrooms here don’t have toilet paper Jones … that’s what the rugs are for.”
Gary Watt, Melbourne, Australia

“How many times do I have to tell you? Don’t pat me in front of the staff!”
James Glanvill, Taylors Lakes, Victoria, Australia

“Can you please stand and turn around. Your face is not familiar to me.”
Ron Gray, Darwin, Australia (winner 2018)

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 …

SHRRRRRRRRRRIP!

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

2018

Hi there Streak Freaks,

Firstly, I would like to send my heartfelt thanks to all those who entered the 2018 Caption Contest. This year, almost 1000 entries from 8 countries was received, the highest participation since 2012! A brilliant response that once again shows the engaging capacity of comic strips.

The standard of captioning was brilliant and like previous years it was no easy task sifting through the entries.  We know humour is subjective and what is one persons Guffaw often falls flat on others. With such a large volume to sift through, the odds are against you. If any readers feel hard done by, it just may be that your caption was not unique… There were a lot of commonly occurring words and phrases. “Take your pet to work Day” and “Wearing Feather Boa’s “and lots of lines about “having a new Squeeze “.

Many factors determine if your caption was considered by the cronies here at Streak HQ.

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

And now…the envelope please….

SHRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRIP!

THE WINNER of the STREAK CAPTION CONTEST 2018 IS…

Ron Gray from Darwin AUSTRALIA 

This caption was the popular choice from all the judges. It creates a wonderful surprise for the reader that evokes the humour. It’s subtle, you almost have to hunt for the joke. But the payoff is rewarding as you imagine the turmoil that will occur once he gets on the bus. A clever approach from Ron who didn’t rely on puns or word play to execute the joke, but rather on the visual element of the cartoon.

Ron wins the signed original artwork, a limited edition signed art print, a personally inscribed “Striving for Quantity” book, $100 iTunes Voucher, 10 x greeting cards, and a packet of my favourite biscuits that I like to have with my morning coffee plus the daily cartoon in his inbox for 1 year. Not to mention the fame!

Well-deserved Ron! In fact, after looking through previous contests, Ron has been a very consistent performing, receiving an honourable mention on four previous occasions!

Now for those interested, when I drew this strip, I had three captions written, but in the end, I decided to open this idea up to the wonderful Streak readers… You can decide if I made the right choice.

My captions…

“Does the 7:27 go via the Zoo? “

“I got it from Amazon “

“He helps me handle the rat race.”

Now, the 2018 Honourable mentions go to the following participants, who will receive the daily cartoon in their inbox for 1 year.

These are in no particular order….

John Fallon

Sydney, Australia

” The only keycard in town that can open up the office and HE has to swallow it! “

And

” The ad in the paper said ” 100% genuine snakeskin jacket.”

Meredith Isakson

Adelaide, Australia

I hope the bus isn’t late, I don’t have much time.

Colin Edwards

Melbourne, Australia

“ You wouldn’t happen to have a mongoose in your bag, would you?

Andy Smith

Hereford, England

‘As glove puppets go – pretty convincing, huh ?”

Kyal Shepard

Adelaide, Australia

“ Ignore me, I’m a method actor practising to be a tree.”

John Young

Kent, England,

“  Really!  Well I think you are wrong, it does go with my Crocodile shoes. “

Phil Hopwood

Perth, Australia

“ HE IS TAKING ME TO A PYTHON DINNER PARTY. ITS BYO APPARENTLY . . .“

Gillian Salter

Hailsham, England

“I don’t believe in killing animals for their skins”

Sean Hema.”

Melbourne  Australia

“Can’t wait to get home and unwind”

Angelo

Canberra, Australia

“I love her to death – I just hope she doesn’t feel the same.”

Tara Nikelis

Adelaide, Australia

“ He’s into improv – today he’s a jacket”

Kathy Smith

Perth, Australia

“Hi folks, meet slowly; he’s my new weight loss assistant, I’m trialling for 30 days …only 28 days to go.

Clare Blower

England

It was the first thing I pulled out of the basket

Rachel Kemp,

Perth Australia

My law firm believes in transparency.

Miesha Collins

Bundaberg, Australia.

It’s the cheaper version of gastric band surgery!

2017

Hi there Streak Freaks,

firstly I would like to send my heartfelt thanks to all those who entered the 2017 Stoneytoons Caption Contest. This year, over 800 entries from 8 countries was received, a brilliant response that once again shows the engaging capacity of comic strips.

The standard of captioning was brilliant and it was no easy task sifting through the entries. This year was the most difficult year deciding a winner since commencing the CC in 2011.

We know humour is subjective and what is one persons Guffaw often falls flat on others. With such a large volume to sift through, the odds are against you. If any readers feel hard done by, it just may be that your caption was not unique… We had an inordinate amount of captions mentioning  “ draught excluders “ and lots of lines “about look what the cat dragged in “.

Many factors determine if your caption was considered by the cronies here at Stoneytoons HQ.

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

And now…the envelope please…. 

SHRRRRRIP! 

THE WINNER of the STONEYTOONS CAPTION CONTEST 2017 IS… 

Con Tsourtos  from Adelaide AUSTRALIA 

This caption made the judges laugh out loud. Firstly, It was completely unique. The humour had several elements that engaged the viewer. From the understated succinct response from the woman, to the completely absurd situation where as readers, you are asked to visualise how, where and why an Elephant would be using a litter box – this made the pay–off of this particular joke a winner.

Con wins the signed original artwork, a limited edition signed art print, a personally inscribed  “ Striving for Quantity” book, $100 iTunes Voucher, 10 x greeting cards,

and a packet of my favourite biscuits that I like to have with my morning coffee plus the daily cartoon in his inbox for 1 year. Not to mention the fame!

Well done Con!

Honourable mentions go to the following participants, who will receive the daily cartoon in their inbox for 1 year.

These are in no particular order….

I see you have made friends with our new neighbor’s Tarzan and Janes pet ‘
‘They do say opposites attract. I married you Fred ‘

Ron Gray
Darwin, Australia

‘No I don’t have a moment to talk about Jesus Christ!’

Mark Lees

Isle Of Man

“Have you come to apologise for sitting in front of me at the cinema?”

Kyal Shepard
Adelaide, Australia

“Don’t just stand there – fetch him a saucer of leaves!”
“It’s either a Ukrainian Levkoy or an Oriental Longhair.”

Tony Wheatley
Chichester, England,

“ Can I see the receipt for the Pest inspection honey?  “

Will Partridge
Gold Coast, Australia

“I reckon that’s the culprit who was looking in our bedroom window last night”

Mike O’Mara
Cheshire, England

“I’m guessing that new cat food you bought was made in Africa”
“Check you hearing aid dear, I asked you to buy a scarf on eBay”
“That’s why they have a sign saying not to feed the giraffes Fred!”

Damian Ryan
Shellharbour, Australia

Your sausage dog has lost its front legs!!”

Fred Cummings
Belfast, Northern Ireland

” No,Vertigo Sufferers Anonymous is next door.”

Alan Hislop
Sydney Australia.

Are you sure they sold you a pedigree short-legged, long necked African cat?

Chris O’Connor
Nottinghamshire, England

“You haven’t quite got the hang of Tinder have you ?”
“George, I know you love your job at the zoo but you have to stop bringing work home.”
“Tiddles, don’t pay her a penny until you’ve had a DNA test”

Paul Haslam
Rochdale, England

“No, sorry, this is Serengeti park rd, Moony Ponds. Try Serengeti park Rd Tanzania, 15,000km to the west.”

Gary Clark
Brisbane, Australia

“The ad said, ‘A year’s supply of cat food.’ I thought it would be in cans!”

Richard Johnswood
Adelaide, Australia

“That’s weird – I’m very observant but I’ve never noticed FWIP on the wall before.”

Jim Gooley.
Sydney Australia

“The man at the Zoo Closing Down Sale said good house pet. I just don’t see it.”

Paul Brennan
Sunshine Coast, Australia

“I guess you get that, living on the second floor!”

Shaun N
ACT, Australia

“Can’t we get a proper tree pruner.”

Grahame Morris
Canberra, Australia

“IT’S FAKE AND ON A TIMER.  SHOULD BE A HOOT FOR TONIGHT’S CARTOONISTS’ GET-TOGETHER”.!

Cathy Wilkinson
Adelaide, Australia

“You should have seen the trouble we had getting her out of the tree!”

John Brown,
Hobart Tasmania

This is what happens when you cut down all the trees.

Miesha Collins
Bundaberg, Australia.

2016

THE WINNER of the STONEYTOONS CAPTION CONTEST 2016 IS…

Daryl Keeley  from Melbourne, AUSTRALIA
 
 
The judges loved this caption. Short and succinct, and directly bringing together the relationship of this famous duo.
 
This caption made the judges laugh out loud, and was a clear winner.
 
Daryl wins an iTunes Voucher, the signed original artwork, a limited edition set of 5 signed Art prints, a personally inscribed  “ Striving for Quantity” book,
a pack of greeting cards, and the daily cartoon in his inbox for 1 year.
 
Well done Daryl! This achievement will surely get you free drinks at your local!

Honourable mentions go to the following participants, who will receive the daily cartoon in their inbox for 1 year.

 
How did you react to your friends saying she was no oil painting?
Greg Bateman from Sydney, Australia
 
So Mona, you’re complaining Leonardo Hoghair – brushed your body to make you thinner?
Mark Whittaker from Oxford, England
 
REALLY….the “horse walked into a bar “one !?
Stephen Lees from Hobart, Australia
 
So paint me a picture, you have a time machine?
Kevin Ball from Hobart, Australia
 
I’ve heard you want this one hung in the loo
Doug Jones from Barossa valley, Australia
 
Now, Mr. Da Vinci, how did you…  err….how did you….excuse me…
will you stop staring at me   like that?!
Arrish Shammen from Mayalsia
 
So about the rumours plaguing you two for centuries
Anne Margin from Sydney, Australia
 
So Leonardo – your cryogenics invention is a big success!!
Shannon Brooke from England
 
She looks larger in real life
Gary Crow from Sydney, Australia
 
So it was simply because you had just been to the dentist !?
John Walton from Brisbane, Australia
 
Are you two in Louvre, or is she just after Monet?
Julie Hinson from Peterborough, England
 
So Leonardo, have you learnt not to tell dad jokes to your subjects.
Rob Williams from Melbourne, Australia
 
So what do you do with her old paintings Leo ( nudge , nudge , wink , wink )
I will be happy to take them off your hands.
Ron Gray from Darwin, Australia
 
…and here with Leo, the winner of Da Vinci’s Next Top Model…
Anthony Griffith from London, England
 
Your face looks familiar.
Barry Tighe from London, England
 
So, tell me again. Which one of the Ninja Turtles are you?
Damian Grimm from Whyalla. Australia
 
I see you had mixed emotions working with Leo?
Christopher Joseph from Gold Coast, Australia
 
So…what do you say to critics who say your art is dated.
Geoff Schnitzerling from England
 
Come on Mona, that was a great joke. Can’t you do better than that?
Joe Davidson from Newcastle, Australia
 
People love cats. Do you do cats?
Grahame Morris from Canberra, Australia
 
SO, IS THIS YOUR FIRST BRUSH WITH FAME?!
Liz Geyson from Gosford, Australia
 
You really do make your paintings come alive!
Jo Mitchell-Smith from Adelaide Australia
 
So how did the superglue get in her lipgloss?
Larry Martin from Brisbane, Australia
 
I enjoyed reading all the entries and look forward to another contest in 2017. Until we speak again, best regards and wishing you many more guffaws!
 
Tony Lopes.

2015

THE WINNER of the STONEYTOONS CAPTION CONTEST 2015 IS…

Louise Comb of East Yorkshire, ENGLAND

 

2014

THE WINNER of the STONEYTOONS CAPTION CONTEST 2014 IS…

Douglas E. Mackenzie from Canberra AUSTRALIA