UPDATE: This contest is over! There were thousands and thousands of great entries. The winner’s were as follows:

Gene AKA g3173 was our grand prize winner with this cool "Light Sabor" cigar lighting picture.

Craig AKA c10cko was 2nd place with his space shuttle toasting pic.

Teerashed also took home a 2nd place finish with his "moonshine" lighting pic.

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Cigar ContestEasily one of the most talked about names in the cigar world today, Mr. Eddie Ortega after a super successful partnership with Erik Espinosa and EO Brands Eddie made a huge splash in 2012 with Ortega Premium Cigars‘ first release, Ortega Series D. Ortega followed the Series D shortly after with Wild Bunch, a small batch series of cigars doning “larger than life” characters, each with their own unique blend and size. Clearly showing some of the best innovation in today’s industry, Ortega cigars are some of the most flavorful and sought-after cigars on the market.

This weeks contest theme is: How do you light your cigar?

Yes, this contest may sound slightly familiar, with February’s extremely difficult “Toasting your cigar” contest. For this contest, you won’t need 3 hands, but a front-facing phone camera sure will help. Post a picture showing us how you light your stogie for this week’s contest.

Some examples may be:

  • Lighting with cedar spills
  • Triple-flame butane
  • BBQ grill
  • Magnifying glass…

This week, we’re picking the winners a little differently… Typically, our contest winners our picked one of two ways: either at random, or judged by the Dojo staff. Well we thought we’d switch things up a bit and combine the two! 1st place winner will be hand-selected by the Dojo staff, based on the most interesting, unique, creative, funny, and awesome picture submitted. And 2nd second place winners will be selected at random!

Photoshopped or not, we want original images! i.e., an image taken specifically for this contest and created from scratch (no old photos, no images from Google).

Triple flame lighting a cigar

This is my favorite "triple flame" lighter


As you may have read, we’re ending this weekend with the Ortega Cigars Smoke Night, a night for cigar smokers around the world to come together and enjoy the same cigars at the same time, all on the Cigar Dojo app! We’re encouraging anyone with a taste for fine cigars to go out and grab a few of your favorite Ortega cigars to smoke on April 28th, starting at 8PM eastern (7PM central, 6PM mountain, and 5PM pacific). Users across the globe will be sharing their thoughts, tasting notes, and cigar pics in what may be the most Ortega cigars ever smoked in one night! And during all the fun, we will be giving away Ortega cigars to 3 lucky winners. This is sure to be one epic week of Ortega-smokin’ fun!

Entries will be accepted in this week’s contest running from Wednesday, April 24th at 6PM (MDT) and will end Sunday, April 28th at 6PM (MDT). The winners will be announced during the Ortega Smoke Night on April 28th.

So let’s get started shall we?

And the PRIZES are….

1st prize cigar giveawayBox of 20 Ortega Wild Bunch – Iron Mike cigars
1st place this week will receive a full box of Ortega Wild Bunch – Iron Mike cigars! Iron Mike is a dark, toothy, Nicaraguan beauty rolled at the My Father factory. These babies are spicy, medium-full bodied smokes that are perfectly balanced and are really great for smoking any time of day! This is one of the more “rare” cigars we’ve given away in the weekly Dojo contests.Ortega Wild Bunch Iron Mike box of cigars

Cigar Contest - cigar giveawayOrtega Series D Maduro Sampler
Two second place winners
this week will be receiving a sampler box of 5 different assorted sizes of the delicious, Series D Maduro cigars! Comparable in flavor profile to the famous Padron 1964 series, the Ortega Series D was easily one of the best cigar releases of 2012.Ortega Series D Maduro box of cigars


Follow the steps below to be entered into the prize giveaway. Each completed step will give you more chances to win the contest. Contest will run from 6:00 PM (MDT) Wednesday, April 24th, until 6:00 PM (MDT) Sunday, April 28th. The winners will be announced during the Ortega Smoke Night on Sunday, April 28th.

NOTE: This weeks 1st place winner will be picked by the Dojo staff. We will be judging the images on artistic quality, and best overall images that fit in this weeks theme. The 2nd place winners will be picked at random as a drawing accumulated from all entries. Entries and extra credit will add to your total entries into the contest, giving you a better shot at being picked.

On the Cigar Dojo app post your best image of:

Lighting your cigar

The contest takes place on the Cigar Dojo app. If you don’t yet have the cigar Dojo app on your smartphone, you can get information and download links here.

IMPORTANT: Please include the hashtag #ENTRY within the text of your entry.

Any reference to the CigarDojo in your image is worth extra to the judges. We like to see references to the Cigar Dojo because we would rather see images that were made for this contest rather than images that folks might had already taken in the past.  You can enter twice per day for the duration of the contest. (Want more chances to win? See extra credit below)

When you post your image in our cigar app you are officially entered into this weeks contest! Simple eh? By taking the final step, you are acknowledging that you have done all the steps necessary for entry and wish to be considered in this contest. You are also agreeing to the contest rules which are as follows:


Contest presented by CigarDojo.com. Estimated retail value of prizes $150.00. No substitution, transfer, or cash equivalent of prizes by any winner. No purchase necessary. Winners MUST email their name and shipping address to sensei@cigardojo.com. Must be 21 or older to participate. Odds of winning depend on number of customer entries, winners picked at random contestants may have multiple entries. Taxes and fees, if any, are the responsibility of the winner. Employees of CigarDojo.com are ineligible. This contest is void where prohibited by law and subject to local, state and federal law. Only original images or original compositions will be considered in the final selections. We are not responsible for prizes that may become lost or damaged during shipping. Many will enter, few will win.

Sensei says…. Good luck to all who enter!


The following steps are OPTIONAL. To gain extra chances to win the contest.

1. Repeat the final step of the contest, i.e., each day you can post another picture in the CigarDojo app. (2 per day max)

2. Create your own status update for Twitter or Facebook which must include the following THREE elements:




An example might be….

Lighting an Ortega cigar! Post your cigar lighting pics @CigarDojo for a chance to win a box of @ortegacigars http://cigardojo.com/?p=7265 #ENTRY


Lightin my cigar with a blow torch! Post ur cigar lighting pics @CigarDojo app 4 a chance to win @ortegacigars http://cigardojo.com/?p=7265 #ENTRY

Remember, we want YOU to make up your own versions of those Tweets. You can make up a new status update everyday using those elements. Be creative and mix it up! It doesn’t matter what you come up with as long as it includes those three elements. (The URL above is the short link to this weeks contest.)

Each day during the contest you can retweet on Twitter or repost on Facebook 1 to 2 times to gain added entries into the contest.

If you have questions about the app or about the contest please comment below.

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