The Caption Contest is regarded as one of the easiest contests on the site. You don't need immense amounts of talent to win this contest, just a good sense of humour. Basically, what you have to do is look at the picture and come up with a funny caption! If your caption is one of the funniest, you win Neopoints, an avatar, and a rare item.
First things first, you'll need to know what it is that you're supplying a caption for. Go here to view the current image in need of a witty commentary. A new image is posted every Wednesday when the News is released. Competition can be fierce, especially when you consider that everybody can enter multiple captions for the same contest.
Previously, the Caption Contest was run in multiple languages that Neopets used to support. When this was the case, the contests were identical for each language. You were only able to enter a caption in one language at a time. This meant that you could enter #171 in Spanish and #172 in English, but you cannot enter #171 in both English and Spanish as that would potentially allow you to win more than once. TNT also asks that you not advertise your Spanish captions on the English boards, for example, or vice versa.
Repeat your entry and feel my wraaaath! >:K
Once you have submitted your caption, it then becomes a matter of waiting until TNT posts a selection of 25 captions for Neopians to vote on. You don't receive a Neomail to let you know that you have been short-listed, you will have to check for yourself.
If your caption was deemed funny and original enough to make the short-list, you will then have the opportunity to advertise your caption for votes, much in the same way that people canvas for votes for their Beauty Contest entries. A common way of doing this is to put a link in your Neoboard signature (you can't directly link to just your caption though, only to the short-listed page). Avoid spamming just to advertise your entry, though, as you may receive a warning if caught.
Neomailing friends asking for votes is not explicitly stated to be against the rules, but mass Neomailing users asking for votes can lead to warnings for spam and/or harassment if reported.
Neopians can vote for a caption once every four hours. You are allowed to vote for your own caption from the account on which you submitted it. You are not allowed to vote for your own caption using a side account. You are not allowed to enter captions from side accounts either.
Clichés and Overused Jokes
There are a few jokes that should not be entered because they are not going to win and are just a waste of the judge's time. Some of these have been taken from the help file of the caption contest.
- I see dead _______
- Where's the cream filling?
- Paint: 400 NP
Bucket: 600 NP
Seeing your sibling dripping with mauve paint: Priceless
- Dude, where's my spaceship/llama/Uni?
- Houston, we have a problem.
- Who let the dogs/Lupes/Gelerts/Warfs out?
- Anything that has references to inappropriate ideas (Remember, keep it G-rated!)
- If you don't vote for me, you'll get frozen!!!
- Please vote for me, I need the money!
This list only scratches the surface. There are tons of other possibilities that will not be accepted. Remember, if it's not funny to everyone, don't submit it.
The top five places will receive 10,000 NP, while the other twenty receive 5,000 NP. The top five also receive a gold trophy, while positions 6 through 12 receive silver, and 13 through 25 will get a bronze trophy. All winners also receive a rare item from a prize pool that TNT has described generally in the editorial. We have documented known item prizes in our contest prize guide.
Special Round Prizes
The 1,000th, 1,300th, 1,400th, and 1,420th rounds have awarded the Ghostkerchief Pen instead of the regular random item prize.
There are two avatars you can aim for:
Caption Contest - Hilarious / Guide
Awarded to the top 5 winners in every non-10th round of the Caption Contest starting in Round #1407.
In Round #1407, all 25 winners received the avatar but this was an exception.
In Round #1420 and #1430, any winner in the top 25 who already had "Caption Contest - Funny" avatar was awarded this avatar.
Released: February 22, 2018
Caption Contest - Funny / Guide
Starting from Caption Contest #1400, this avatar is awarded to all 25 winners in every 10th round (#1410, #1420, #1430, etc.). Prior to contest #1400, this was awarded to winners of every 100th round. (Round #1401 winners also received the avatar but this was an exception.)
Released: April 14, 2004
If you want a slight edge over the competition, you can mosey on over to Dr. Sloth's Image Emporium to see what the general style of caption images are.
As mentioned above, there is no limit to how many unique entries you are allowed to submit each round. If you can think of multiple captions then you are only increasing your chances of winning by submitting several. And as with anything in life, practice makes perfect. Try reading the previous winners' entries and see what kind of humour appeals to the judges and the Neopian public. I hope this guide has helped you, now go forth and be funny!
Many thanks to dr_tomoe for his numerous contributions to this article.
This game guide was written by: Ruby