If you missed last week’s announcement, the 2012 Mochimochi Photo Contest is now officially open for entries!

It’s hard to believe that this is our 6th year to be holding this contest—wow! To get everyone excited and inspired, let’s take a look back at the first-place winners from the past five years.

The winner of our first photo contest way back in 2007 was Mochimochi Land Scene by jenifleur!

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We loved how she imagined Mochimochi Land as a soft and happy place!

In 2008, our winner combined two Mochimochi patterns in an original way. It was Slug Checkers by denise.y.cheung!

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(Looks like way more fun than regular old checkers, don’t you think?)

The winner in 2009 went for colorful cuteness: Batty Bats by DutchMoeder!

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The 2010 winner created a scene that really told a story. Chaos of Snowmen by flightsofyarn:

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This photo really got me thinking about all the different things I can make my snowmen do with just a little embroidery.

And that brings us to last year’s winner, who went for color and composition (combined with plenty of cuteness). Snowmen! by TheBon!

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It’s interesting to see how the winners seem to alternate between an emphasis on narrative and formal qualities. And I also just realized that all of these photos feature more than one toy…. Food for thought as you plan the photos you’ll enter in this year’s contest. The deadline is December 3rd, so there’s plenty of time to knit and to click! (See full contest details.)

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