Despicable Me 2 Contest

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By Moonbeam13
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Contest Ends Dec. 9, 2013 at 11:59 PM, Los Angeles, CA time.

Join the Minion Nation and create your own unique Minions in any environment. Additional Despicable Me characters may also be included.

Watch the Mini-Movies Sneak Peek for inspiration and ideas.

Create your own unique Minions using any drawing tool. You may include additional Despicable Me characters. You can place your character(s) in any environment.

Enter your artwork into the contest by using the SUBMIT ENTRY NOW button below. Your entry must be a single .JPG or .PNG file and must be approximately 2,000 pixels in width by 550 pixels in height.

Each grand prize winner will receive $1,000 USD, a copy of Despicable Me 2 Blu-ray and their entry will be featured in a billboard on the deviantART homepage that links directly to the winner's deviantART profile for maximum exposure!


  • Entrant must be at least 13 years old as of December 3, 2013;
  • Entrant must reside in any of the 50 United States, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, U.S. territories, possessions and the U.S. military installations, or Canada, to be eligible;
  • Entries must be received by 11:59:59 PM (PT) on December 9, 2013 and be submitted through the contest gallery on deviantART;
  • Membership to is required to enter the Contest;
  • Membership to is free;
  • Entrant must submit an original rendering of one or more Minions from Despicable Me, in any environment;
  • The Work may originate in any drawing medium but must be submitted as a single .JPG or .PNG file;
  • Your entry must be approximately 2,000 pixels in width by 550 pixels in height;
  • You may not use any third party stock images for the Work nor any other third party content, however, licensed brushes and textures are acceptable. Do not include the Despicable Me name in your entry;
  • Other requirements and restrictions apply and please read the Official Rules carefully.

Three grand prize winners will be selected by full-time deviantART Staff on or about December 13, 2013, from all eligible and qualified entries.

Judges will use the following criteria in whatever degree the judges believe appropriate:

  • Use of the Despicable Me Minions in the Work;
  • Overall Impact of the Work;
  • Originality and Artistic Skill.

© 2013 - 2020 Moonbeam13
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djwagLmuffin's avatar
Well, crud. Worked hard on mine. >:(
Moonbeam13's avatar
Don't give up, there will be more contests :)
miketheartist's avatar
I see that there have been two winners announced, including one that used an outside, copyright protected theme (The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly). Is this legit?

Seems like a little bending of the rules is cool and groovy? Though, not to the artists that came up with their own theme and such.

From the Official Contest Rules:
  • The Work:
    • must be approximately 2,000 pixels in width and 550 pixels in height;
    • must be the Entrant's original work made for the Contest and may not use stock materials from others, trademarks, or characters other than those from the Despicable Me films;
    • licensed brushes and textures are acceptable as well as original assets from the Entrant's own work, and visual elements from Despicable MeDo not include the "Despicable Me" name in your entry;
Moonbeam13's avatar
Hi =miketheartist

I wanted to take a minute to address your concerns. The entry you are inquiring about does depict actual characters from "Despicable Me" pretending to be from a western with specific reference to the concept of “The Good, The Bad and The Ugly.”  The reference to that film is as cultural material used in common conversation.  It is not the placement of the characters from the film into the entry and the entry doesn’t “copy” the people from the films.  It does use some similar elements, but altered in a way that the Despicable Me minions would have done if they were play acting a western.  As such we did not interpret the entry as containing any actual trademarks, characters or copyrighted content belonging to a third party.  We do, however, appreciate your question and understand your concern.

All the best,


miketheartist's avatar
I'm sorry, but I wholeheartedly disagree. That piece is clearly based on the movie. Oh well. Guess I won't be entering any more contests on deviantArt, and once my current membership runs out, I won't be paying for another.
WascawwyWabbit's avatar
I totally concur.  It's a blatant spoof of he GBU movie using Minion characters.  With that said, it is an awesome job of it and much credit due the creator, however it is a clear violation of the rules.   But that is DA and how they've always operated, with extreme bias and prejudice, which is why I would never bother with any of their contests.

Additionally, I don't see any mention of Universal Studios and their intellectual property, or a release and permission thereto.  Meanwhile DA is encouraging the manipulation, copying and usage of Universal characters without giving the participants any legal release or permission from Universal, while DA reaps the benefits and rewards of increased exposure and financial gains from the promotion.
miketheartist's avatar
Exactly, and well put.
IFoundtheWay's avatar
Is there going to be a journal about the winners and if so when is it going to be posted Danielle?
Moonbeam13's avatar
There will be an announcement and it will be posted soon :) Stay tuned!
IFoundtheWay's avatar
kk Thanks Danielle!
OutofMeds's avatar
Dang, I was in the hospital when the first two were shown. I was able to see the third on the 17, after my return home. It was good, way better then my entry, but wish they'd hurry up and tell who all won.
IceXDragon's avatar
Aww, I missed the billboard takeover.:XD: Apparently the add blocking feature on safari and firefox blocked it.:grump:

Congrats to the winners!:la::la::la: They all looked amazing!:omg:
mandiemanzano's avatar
Congrats to the winner but i really feel like "Birth of the banana" was robbed. That should have been first pick.…
IFoundtheWay's avatar
I agree as well.
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JHTriune's avatar
I've not been able to see any winners, but if you pay not to see any ads, they might not appear at all.  Kinda just thought of this, anyone else?
IFoundtheWay's avatar
Yes, they show up as ads in the homepage.
Here are the winners that they've shown so far
Billboard takeover 12-15-13:
Billboard takeover 12-16-13:
JHTriune's avatar
Nope.  I don't see it.  
MGartist's avatar
Who won the contest?
IFoundtheWay's avatar
Billboard takeover 12-15-13:
Billboard takeover 12-16-13:
We'll know the third and final winner in less than 2hrs.
CJM-Collexionz's avatar
Could people link me yesterday's and today's winners, as I'm in the UK and cannot see them. Thanks.
CJM-Collexionz's avatar
Thank you man. I knew this one was a winner!
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