Looking Back: The Incredible 2015 Cohencentric Photo Caption Contest – Write A Funny Caption For This Photo, Win A Print Of It Autographed By Leonard Cohen

The Cohencentric Photo Caption Contest

The above photo of Leonard Cohen taken July 11, 2015 by Kezban Özcan proved spectacularly popular when posted on this site almost a month ago. A second wave of interest developed consequent to the Aug 1, 2015 publication of my inner dialog-enhanced version of the shot (displayed below).

That ostensibly humorous graphic led Esther Park to observe that “This could become a huge thing – like ‘Texts from Hilary.” and another reader, Nicole, to propose an alternative caption):

“Despite retaking the ‘Which musical artist do you most resemble’ quiz twice, Leonard Cohen’s result remains ‘Madonna’”


So, come up with a caption for this photo that makes me giggle like a schoolgirl, and I’ll post it at Cohencentric.com to earn worldwide admiration and acclaim, trigger waves of cosmic joyfulness, and, no doubt, inspire Leonard Cohen’s next album.

And there’s more: The best entry will receive a print of the original photo signed by Leonard Cohen.


Cohencentric Leonard Cohen Photo Caption Contest: Rules

  1. The caption can be in “New Yorker” format (below the photo) or comic book style (thought bubble or word balloon). Please specify a preference.
  2. Email entries to [email protected] before midnight (Eastern) August 15, 2015. The winning entry will be announced Aug 17, 2015.
  3. Submissions must either be in English or, if in another language, must still be funny after being processed by Google Translate.
  4. Be aware that the winning entry and some non-winning entries may be posted on this site. The authors of the captions will be credited unless the entry includes a request for anonymity.
  5. Demographic, Geopolitical, & Affiliative Restrictions: Entrants must be identifiably human and alive at time of submission. Note: “Undead” does not qualify as “alive” and anthropomorphism doth not a human make.
  6. DrHGuy will choose the winning entry so sucking up, while not mandatory, probably wouldn’t hurt. In regard to this photo contest, DrHGuy has a predilection for captions that reference smartphones, apps, texting, the internet, etc, but if you’ve got another slant on the scene, knock yourself out.
  7. The winner will receive a print of the photo signed by Leonard Cohen. Yes, really.

More To Follow

I am republishing selected posts from my former Leonard Cohen site, Cohencentric, here on AllanShowalter.com (these posts can be found at Leonard Cohen). This entry was originally posted Aug 5, 2015,

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