Caption This cartoon contest

New York-inspired panels by artist Dean Kotz. Photo Credit: Polly Higgins

Welcome to Caption This, a biweekly cartoon contest offering up New York-inspired panels – in need of words. The artwork …

New York-inspired panels by artist Dean Kotz.
New York-inspired panels by artist Dean Kotz. Photo Credit: Sebastian Lucrecio

Welcome to Caption This, a biweekly cartoon contest offering up New York-inspired panels – in need of words.

The artwork is by Brooklyn-based artist Dean Kotz, and winners receive Dean’s work — signed and with the winning caption. (Read the contest rules here.) amNewYork editors selected the winners.

THE WINNER
#21 | SEPT. 20

“Just wait till you see them try to use the revolving door…”

—Emily Jaquez, Inwood

Runners-up

“I think they misunderstood me when I asked them to ‘please step to the rear!’”

—Wendy Glickstein, Manhattan

"Shyness Support Group, 10th floor."

—Barry Shapiro, Fresh Meadows, Queens

THE WINNER
#20 | SEPT. 6

"You said you wanted the wedding to be local.”
—Gina Sloman, Manhattan

Runners-up

“I think your ball and chain got caught in the door.”
—Uriel Cohen, Passaic, NJ

"..until delays do us part.”
—Kevin McCabe, Bayside

THE WINNER
#19 | AUG. 23

“Wonder what they think ‘one load free per new customer’ meant."
—Ravi Rozdon, Manhattan

Runners-up

"Little do they know only one washer is working…"
—Kelsey Ferrari, NYC

“I haven’t seen that much dirty laundry come through the door since Russia hacked the DNC in 2016."
—David Valenta, Madison, NJ

THE WINNER
#18 | AUG. 9

"I get them re-webbed every 200 miles or so."

—Janet McKee, Staten Island

Runners-up

"I’m telling you, she has no idea i’m not a dog."

—Mindy Newman, Long Island

"Is this the meaning of a quackmire?"

—Bib Crivici, New Hyde Park

THE WINNER
#17 | JULY 25

"So does this mean the freaks will finally come out at night?"
—Naazim McGilvery, Bronx

Runners-up

"Did NY forget to pay the light bill?"
—Rosalie Henry, Bronx

"Hello darkness, my old friend."
—Jen C., Bayside, Queens

THE WINNER
#16 | JULY 12

"If it’s any consolation, I draw the line at subway bikini waxes."
—Alex Biondi, Sunnyside, Queens

Runners-up

“If you smell something, say something.”
—J.N. Shaw, Manhattan

“Damn, I should have taken an Uber this morning.”
—Andrea Geiger, Clinton Hill

THE WINNER
#15 | JUNE 28

“Personally, I don’t support catch-and-release.”
—Barbara Krooss, Brooklyn Heights

Runners-up

“Who needs Uber Eats?”
—Magdalena Toledo, Throggs Neck, Bronx

“He’s been trying to catch Pizza Rat for months, but he’s not using the right bait!”
—Brian Hurley, Hawthorne, NJ

THE WINNER
#14 | JUNE 14

“That’s a no-return policy on the plunger!"
—Donna Hoss, Stuyvesant Town

Runners-up

“Card minimum is $42 … even for emergencies.”
—Emily Jaquez, Inwood

“Do you carry this in Tartan plaid?”
—Kevin Ryan, Washington Heights

THE WINNER
#13 | MAY 31

“He’s always like that until his first cup of coffee.”
—Kevin McCabe, Bayside

Runners-up

“Wow, I guess he really didn’t like that ‘Game of Thrones’ finale.”
—Ross Beltser, Sheepshead Bay

“I think Rocky just finished reading the Mueller report.”
—Barry Shapiro, Fresh Meadows

THE WINNER
#12 | MAY 17

 "I think it’s the 24th Democrat running for president."
—Neal Rosenstein, Park Slope, Brooklyn

Runners-up

“Whatever happened to Coppertone ads?”
—Don Koenig, Midwood, Brooklyn

"That’s Latin for shark attack, isn’t it?"
—Alex Biondi, Sunnyside, Queens

THE WINNER
#11 | MAY 3 

“I remember when the Naked Cowboy had this corner covered.”
—Annette Grohman, Pelham Parkway, Bronx

Runners-up

“Can you tell me how to get to ‘Sesame Street’?”
—Joan Ogden, Roosevelt Island

“If you don’t get back to work, this water bottle is the closest you will ever get to Fiji.”
—Samantha Turner, Floral Park, Queens

THE WINNER
#10 | APRIL 19 

“Better bend the knee to House Cuomo, White Walkers have nothing on Fare Hikers.”
– Charlie Rudoy, Kensington, Brooklyn

Runners-up

“When I said ‘winter is coming,’ I meant the fare hikes.”
– Derrick Welch, Manhattan

“It is easier to get onto The Iron Throne!”
– Harry Cooper, Corona, Queens

THE WINNER
#9 | APRIL 5 

"You picked a heck of a day to start your liquid diet."
—Charles Taylor, Amityville, Long Island

Runners-up

“Last week I was so drunk, I opened the fridge and started drinking ketchup …”
—Rocco Petito, Staten Island

"I told management this was the only way we’d work on ‘Game of Thrones’ premiere night."
—Kaneka Frost, Harlem

THE WINNER
#8 | MARCH 22 

"She’s got this in the diaper bag!"
—Alex MacDougall, Sunnyside, Queens

Runners-up

"Well, at least we know we won’t have to bribe anyone in order to get him into college."
—Marisa Boan, Murray Hill, Manhattan

"I just called the cops. I lost twenty bucks to that same baby five years ago."
—Glenn Hayes, Kew Gardens, Queens

THE WINNER
#7 | MARCH 8 

“Hey Bev, look…It’s the ‘Cash Cab on Ecstasy.’ Let’s see if there’s any room for us."
—Michael Heffez, Mill Basin, Brooklyn

Runners-up

“This is the last time I take an UberPool.”
—Lay Bautista, Harlem

“Congestion pricing has turned cabs into clown cars.”
—Tamar Owens, Sunnyside, Staten Island

THE WINNER
#6 | FEB. 22

"I’d like to see him tiptoe through the tulips with those talons."
—Erwin Wolf, Little Neck

Runners-up

"Polly want a vocal lesson?"
—Andy Ward, Bushwick

“I used to date him back in the day.”
—Gladys Van Putten, Hell’s Kitchen

THE WINNER
#5 | FEB. 8

"For the millionth time, this is not Top of the Rock."
—Jessica Martinez, Woodside, Queens

Runners-up

"These ‘Sex & The City’ walking tours are getting ridiculous."
—Christina Greco, Pelham Bay, Bronx

“Excuse me, what is the code to your restroom?”
—Colt Hausman, East Village, Manhattan

THE WINNER
#4 | JAN. 25 

“Whatever you do, don’t bring up the elephant on the roof.”
—Shelby Tuper, Williamsburg, Brooklyn 

Runners-up

D.U.M.B.O with a rooftop view.
—Ann Blau, Flushing, Queens

"Wow, the ring toss at San Gennaro must’ve been really easy this year?"
—Frank Greco, Country Club, Bronx

THE WINNER
#3 | JAN. 11 

"Whatever happened to give your dog a bone?"
—Vincent Gicola, Far Rockaway, Queens

Runners-up

"You’ve heard of a teacup Yorkie? Well, that’s a martini-shaker mutt."
—Will Pomerantz, Upper West Side

"I’m his designated walker."
—Monique Edwards Robinson, East Bronx

THE WINNER
#2 | DEC. 28, 2018 

"Don’t be jealous. I only read it for the articles."
—Charles Magnus, Kingsbridge Heights, Bronx

Runners-up

"Are you sure this train goes to the NBC building?"
—Barry Shapiro, Fresh Meadows, Queens

“Oh, please! You know they PhotoShop those ‘chicks,’ don’t you?”
—Shawn Hunter, Whitestone, Queens

THE WINNER
#1 | DEC. 14

"This bear market is ruining my year-end bonus."
—Thomas Budelman, Long Beach

Runners-up

“Which one of your geniuses wished me a Beary Christmas?”
—Amy Bishop, Park Slope, Brooklyn

"Relax, New York, I’m not Putin."
—Mykhaylo Kryzhanovsky, Rego Park, Queens

amNewYork staff