I keep seeing this kind of thing happen:
- Someone wants a profile picture, creates a thread offering a prize to the best picture
- Gets a couple of submissions but since they're mostly all minimal-effort lame artwork, the person mysteriously never gives out the prize and it's forgotten about.
Guys, just commission some of the well-known and respected artists in the community. You're pretty much guaranteed to get what you paid for, and artists aren't cheated out of their pay.
Even if all the entries sucked, you're still liable to pick the best one and hand out the prize. Doesn't matter if it was made in MS Paint, you offered, so you should deliver :)