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The Dark Knight Rises T Shirt winners

The winners for the Dark Knight T Shirts are here. Some of the best drawings and digital renderings Design By Humans has ever seen. From Bane's angry face, to the stealth actions of Batman; each new Dark Knight Rises shirt has story of their own.

The Rising Shadow introduces a large portrait of Bane with Batman running toward the foreground. The ink and brush stokes give this tee energy and texture.

The Bane Shirt, by Mr. Nicolo is known for his intense shirts like Sasquatch and Dino Frenzy. He captures Bane building intensity in his hands, with a brilliant use of blues, accented by orange eyes and energy. The sure grip of Bane comes alive in this T Shirt.

When the bat signal is called the Dark Knight Arises. This Dark Knight Shirt is a sure portrayal of Batman, Gotham and the bat signal.

Once the signal is called the Dark Knight will Come From the Dark. Batman drops to the ground with a storm, accented with the cape flowing from above. This symmetrical balance frames the leading lines so you stare right into Batman's dominance.

The final fight between Batman and Bane under the depths of the bat signal put this design at the top of Christopher Nolan's list. Hello, Mr. Wayne features many fantastic design elements. This tee captures contrast, shadows and highlights to create an intense fight scene. Action, leading lines, and brilliant contrast make a t shirt worth a thousand words.

All 5 Dark Knight Rises tees are for sale for a limited time. You can purchase a piece of the Dark Knight legacy or for the big time fans you can collect the entire series at a discount. The designs are printed on soft cotton shirts for comfort and quality. The movie releases July 20th, but the shirt are available now. Thanks for all the submitted, voted and purchased shirts.

With limited print runs, get your order in as soon as you can.

It is an honor to present to you, the top 5 designs, from the most amazing talent pool of t shirt designers that Design By Humans has ever witnessed.

Contest Stats

  • 84 Countries
  • 1727 Artists
  • 3305 Submissions
  • 26,644 Voters
  • 51,800 Votes

The Dark Knight T Shirt designs are being released on Monday, April 30 with the grand prize winner to be announced on Friday, May 4th. Each day, we will reveal a new t shirt design and starting on Wednesday, Director/Writer/Producer Christopher Nolan and Producer Emma Thomas' selections will be revealed. The Dark Knight Rises designs came in from all over the globe in one of the largest t shirt competitions Design By Humans has ever hosted.

The epic journey has concluded with 5 world class Dark Knight Rises T-Shirt designs that are simply amazing. With uniquely designed t-shirt art from 84 countries, producing more then 3,000 submissions, it was no small task for Design By Humans and Warner Bros. to select our finalist. Weekly meetings between Warner Bros., DC Comics, and Design By Humans yielded hours of conversation on the artwork to approve and select winners.

The winning t shirt designs are printed on a premium blend cotton shirt for maximum comfort and quality. The t shirts are screen printed on a specialized allover press at our state of the art printing facility.

We look forward to hosting more epic t shirt design contests in the near future. In the meantime, feel free to browse our winning Dark Knight Rises shirts, and hundred of other graphic tees available on our website.

Who Will Rise? Over $13,000 incash and prizes. Every artist has a journey, every journey has an end.

The Dark Knight Rises T-Shirt Design Contest

Design By Humans is looking for several artistic Humans to design epic t-shirts, inspired by the upcoming, highly anticipated film The Dark Knight Rises, from Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures.

The top 3 winners will be chosen
by Director/Writer/Producer
Christopher Nolan!

This exclusive contest is your rare opportunity to produce artwork for one of the most renowned movie entities on the planet and have a chance to get your design seen by the Art Department at Warner Bros. and The Dark Knight Rises filmmakers.

From the top 10 finalists selected, the top 3 winners will be chosen by The Dark Knight Rises Director/Writer/Producer Christopher Nolan and Producer Emma Thomas. Collectively, finalists will have the opportunity to win up to $12,500 in prize money for their winning t-shirt design, with the top prize being $3,500. The contest starts now and we will be accepting submissions until April 11th at midnight. The contest is free to enter, but you must follow the guidelines and accept the terms below.

Contest Guidelines

  1. If the logo is to be used, artist must use the official Bat emblem from The Dark Knight Rises as provided in this link.
  2. Interpretations of The Dark Knight Rises versions of Batman, Catwoman, Bane and other Batman elements are allowed.
  3. Two-Face, The Joker or Scarecrow are not allowed and will be rejected.
  4. All submissions are reviewed by Design By Humans and Warner Bros.
  5. Read the DBH submission Terms of Service.
Final Rules and Regulations »


  1. 1st Place
    $3,500 plus 12 shirts of artist choice
  2. 2nd Place
    $3,000 plus 12 shirts of artist choice
  3. 3rd Place
    $2,500 plus 12 shirts of artist choice
  4. 4th Place
    $2,000 plus 12 shirts of artist choice
  5. 5th Place
    $1,500 plus 12 shirts of artist choice
  6. 6th - 10th Place
    Option to sell artwork to DBH

Contest Deadlines

  • March 19, 2012
    Official The Dark Knight Rises contest begins
  • April 11, 2012 - Midnight PST
    Submission ends
  • April 22, 2012 - Midnight PST
    Online voting ends
  • April 30, 2012
    Top 5 Winners Countdown Begins

The Dark Knight Rises contest consists of 4 different phases: creating a design, submitting artwork for approval, voting for the best designs, and announcing the winners. As an artist you can submit conceptual t-shirt designs, as an community member you can vote for your favorites, and the top 5 winning designs will be available for purchase at the end of the contest.

Design By Humans features 100's of premium cotton T Shirts with creative design concepts. Browse the shop section with a gallery of iconic design, check out the vote section to support other winning designs or become a member of the forum. Thank you for participating in the Dark Knight Rises Contest and leaving your mark on this epic legend.


s1ngxthexs0rr0w s1ngxthexs0rr0w Human from United States

second rejection. i give up. instagram brought down the quality but you get the idea

ReefALBalawi88 ReefALBalawi88 Artist from Saudi Arabia

Could anyone tell me if it is ok to draw and then make an editing using photoshop?

wotto wotto Artist from CA, United States

@7sixes – You can alter it in color and style slightly but if it is obscured or altered past recognition it will not remain a WB trademark, if you want to distort it and make an abstract piece that is fine just make sure one logo is within the trademark and can be seen easily. WB may choose to add these on the back or inside neck anyway. It is all dependent on what you amazing artists come up with.

@Wififoelife and RoySummer – There are no images you can use, this is a contest to allow your interpretation of characters or Batman art not photoshop a pre-existing photograph. This is about illustration, concepts and well put together T-shirt design. We have had lots of designs over the past three days that will be forwarded to WB.

callumHart callumHart Human from United Kingdom

Has anyone actually had a successful submission, I did a good quality piece and was still “Not my best work”.. Give up

DarkKnightRises DarkKnightRises Human from United States

And if this is the case, why does the official rules say that we can “alter pre-existing elements”?

DarkKnightRises DarkKnightRises Human from United States

Thanks for the response. How can I take my artwork and create a thumbnail from it? Do I have to somehow shrink the entire thing, or do I crop much of it out for the thumbnail?

Also, so we CAN’T use/alter any photographed image in our design?

MrFourFingers MrFourFingers Artist from London, United Kingdom

@Wififoelife If you are stressing about drawing , then maybe entering a competition against people who will be drawing (based on ref) is not such a good idea. Im pretty sure they will be looking at illustrations and skills, concept and not how you can photoshop a picture of someone . Though I have seen it done well on occasions on DBH.

Great explanations on the rules nonetheless I just have a/some question/s about this one though..

NO: Cut n’ Paste – Taking other peoples images of batman is not your work, it is the work of a photographer.

Well then, how can we, or rather where can we find photos of the characters that we can use(legally/without any violations and infringements) and illustrate uniqueness out of it.. or can’t we?

One thing is for sure, I can do some photo editing/vector designs, but not sketches of these awesome characters from scratch… or can I also submit designs without the TDKR characters?

Pardon me for my English, please bear with me I’m a noob whe it comes to online contest designs.. Kudos!

RoySummer RoySummer Human from United States

Could somebody tell me how to access the material/pictures that WB allows us to use? Thanks!

CHWDesigns CHWDesigns Human from United States

Number 1. in the guide lines gives a link for the “Logo”, i can’t get it to open. Where else can I see it?

Yetti22 Yetti22 Human from United States

@DarkKnightRises Yeah man you gotta do 3 things.
-A thumbnail (320×240)
-Artwork (your art without it on a shirt mockup) (640×480)
-Placement (your art with the shirt mockup) (640×480)

Hope this helps!

7sixes 7sixes Artist from Minnesota, United States

wotto…how is it that we can’t ‘alter’ the bat logo? we cant do anything to it?

DarkKnightRises DarkKnightRises Human from United States

Hey guys. I’m a 19 year old college student, and I’m just a bit confused on how to upload my designs once they’re completed. I’ve read the “submit a design” instructions, but I’m honestly confused, since I’ve never submitted work online before. Could someone help me out and explain step-by-step what I need to do? (e.g. Do I need to put my design on a t-shirt template?, etc.) Any and all help is greatly appreciated. Good luck to everyone and remember, on July 20th, 2012,

Waste_Factory Waste_Factory Artist from Singapore

working on a concept.. hope it gets accepted… :) goodluck to us alll… can’t wait to see all designs and vote…

iamrobman iamrobman Artist from Batangas CIty, Philippines

@wotto,sorry sir I haven’t read the full discussion..Okay let me make a sub for this..Sounds creepy..

mathiole mathiole Artist from Brazil

probably the most hysterical contest ever haha, but pretty awesome nonetheless! I’ll definitively sub something :)

Ingkong Ingkong Artist from Philippines

Concept!...Concept!...Concept!... I guess this is a tough one hahaha!

sandca sandca Artist from Honduras

Nevermind…is until I submit my work

sandca sandca Artist from Honduras

“2.By clicking “I Agree” below,...” where is this? I scroll down and I don’t see anything to click.

JChuppe JChuppe Artist from KY, United States

Just submitted my first ever design to TBH for this contest! I can’t believe that I didn’t know about you guys until now! I’m def going to be submitting more in the near future for both the contest & just in general. If it also helps, I can fully sep all of my stuff, as well as supply references of screenprint companies that I’ve worked with all over the country. Look forward to (hopefully) working w/you! Thanks!

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