Thank you to everyone who entered the 2013 Mochimochi Photo Contest! It’s hard to believe that is the seventh year we’ve been holding this contest, but there seems to be no end to the creativity of mochi-makers: once again this year we received HUNDREDS of funny, creative, beautiful entries!

Yesterday John and I spent several hours carefully looking through all the entries in the Mochimochi Friends Flickr group, and after much debate we managed to sort out 10 honorable mentions and 20 semifinalists.

So without further ado, we present the honorable mentions, photos that tickled us and deserve special recognition. See them all—in no particular order—after the jump!

Leones en el campo by Vaibeca

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We love how expressive these little lion faces are. Lion pride!

Candy Corn Gobbledyghost by healer_arina

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This Gobbledyghost got creative with his Halloween costume!

Spooned Turtle by Marisa

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A beautiful shot of a very tiny turtle!

Bookish Squid by Alisha Dye

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We love how candid this photo looks. Because of course squids like to read before bed!

Plants vs Zombies by wooly brain

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I have to admit that I made a squeeing sound when I saw this one. Awesome attention to detail, and it captures the video game perfectly!

Cat Hangout by Lesley84

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We have a feeling that the tiny cats weren’t really invited to hang out. Photos of cats barely tolerating stuff are the best!

Bob Loves His Tea! by Paul Mozell

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There’s something really charming about this thirsty little guy. Not sure I’d take him up on his offer to share, though.

Audrey Hepburn in “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” by Knit Mermaid

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So much detail in such a tiny glamorous gal!

Life of the Party by Marci Ichimura

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This party scene charmed us with its simple action!

The Stable by The Happy Cupcake

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So many great mods when into this precious nativity scene. Love!

Aren’t they all delightful in so many different ways?! Congratulations to these clever knitters who have captured the Mochimochi spirit!

Tomorrow we’ll present our first batch of 10 semifinalists, and we’ll ask for YOUR input so that we can be on our way to choosing the finalists. So check back here tomorrow!

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