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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.


rigomoran90 rigomoran90 Artist from California, United States


rigomoran90 rigomoran90 Artist from California, United States


DYOKER DYOKER Artist from Spain

Wotto said it, votes are just a guide into the election process…so be calm guys, we should trust DBH.

morehuman morehuman Human from United States

@wotto Can you clarify the process by which designs are chosen to move on to the final ten?

morehuman morehuman Human from United States

@cyberG Oh geez, I hope not. I’ve entered too many of those contests. Those aren’t about talent, it’s about who has more friends and who can make up the most email addresses. I thought I had read the votes were only a part of who gets chosen. I hope you’re wrong.

cyberG cyberG Artist from ---, United Kingdom

im pretty sure i read in the submission rules that the top 10 voted will be reviewed by DBH & WB but then its up to them who gets what place (eg 10th place could be the overall winner)
its the same way websites like “talent house” are structured

morehuman morehuman Human from United States

@cyberG I believe the top ten is voted on by DBH and WB, not based on votes soley.
@wotto Please confirm that the finalists are more about art and artistry, being judged by art directors and people in the know and not just a popularity contest. There’s no way I’d have taken time for this if it was simply based on votes.

cyberG cyberG Artist from ---, United Kingdom

sorry guys your submission needs to be in the top 10 for nolan & WB to even look at it

pigboom pigboom Artist from Antique, Philippines

@iamrobman you’re right buddy..hope each design will be reviewed by DBH and WB..

iamrobman iamrobman Artist from Batangas CIty, Philippines

I am pretty sure DBH will not based the selection on the number of votes received by an artwork because if it will happen much great design will be ignored….I believe in WB and DBH..It must be based not on votes but on the quality and idea of the actual design.Cheers :)

airraider airraider Human from United States

@Bheinz 100% agree. Artist deserve to be noticed and admired. The best ones want to learn how to make their art better.

Bheinz Bheinz Artist from United States

@mastermega there are people who vote for every single design and repeat the same comment to every design just in hopes to guilt those people to vote for their design. How about we vote for shirts we would wear, designs we admire and give constructive criticism on why we like or dislike a design.

mastermega mastermega Human from United States

This contest is more of a social popularity contest than an actual ART competition. The ten highest voted on are mediocre compared to some of the incredible design work submitted. I am shocked to see some great work ignored.

DigitalAntMe DigitalAntMe Artist from United States

Help me help you ! !

dontheodoric dontheodoric Artist from Philippines

Like this design? Please VOTE

emptynutcase emptynutcase Artist from Michigan, United States

kaks41 kaks41 Artist from Australia

Hi all!!! Please have a gander at me design and vote if you like. Much appreciated. Cheers!!!

tornapart tornapart Artist from Italy
KosAllinvain KosAllinvain Artist from Minsk, Belarus

if you like this one, vote for me :) it will be very gratefully, guys)

emptynutcase emptynutcase Artist from Michigan, United States

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