Mochimochi Photo Contest
For the third year in a row, we had a video category in the Mochimochi Photo Contest. Making a video is way more involved than taking a still photo, but the reward is more storytelling and the magic of seeing your mochis come to life.
This year we had six great entries, so we’re also holding a video vote! First, watch the embedded videos below, then please vote for your favorite (or favorites!) using the ballot at the bottom of this post. We’ll leave the poll open through Sunday, January 22nd.
Good luck to these creative knitter-animators!
Thank you, everyone, for your entries in the 10th Annual Mochimochi Photo + Video Contest! Yes, somehow this really was the 10th annual contest!
Today we’re pleased to announce the 12 Honorable Mentions in the photo portion of our contest, and very soon we’ll have the big vote on the 12 finalist photos. We’ll present the videos next week.
So without further ado, here are your Honorable Mentions! We loved these entries and are excited to share them here. See the full images close up after the jump!
Contest entry by Kelly Lynn Smith
The deadline for the 10th Annual Mochimochi Photo + Video Contest passed a couple of days ago. We’re thrilled to see so many fun entries from all of you mochi makers! I’m glad that we extended the deadline because it seems that many more people were able to participate as a result.
Because we’re getting into heavy holiday season now, we’ll be making the contest announcements in early 2017. Stay tuned!
UPDATE: Thank you for all the fun photos and videos!!! We’ll make the announcements in early 2017.
UPDATE: We’re extending the deadline for entries by a whole month! You have until December 14th, 2016 to submit your photos and videos.
Believe it or not, it’s now officially time to enter the 10th Annual Mochimochi Photo + Video Contest!
For the 10th year in a row (!!!), we’re looking for the cutest, funniest, most creative photos and videos of Mochimochi Land toys. This year you can enter through your favorite social media platform (see below for details), and you have so much time to enter: the deadline is November 14th, 2016.
Winners will receive awesome prizes from our favorite sponsor Knit Picks, from indie designers Angela Tong and SpillyJane, and from Bonney Teti, my mother-in-law and owner of the World’s Biggest Yarn Stash.
This contest is open to knitters worldwide. To be eligible, your photo or video must contain at least one knitted toy made from a Mochimochi Land pattern. This can be a pattern from the Mochimochi Shop, a pattern from one of the Mochimochi books by Anna Hrachovec, or one of the free patterns on the Mochimochi Blog. The pattern may be modified, but not beyond recognition from the original design. (The use of Photoshop is OK, and other characters, including other knitted toys, are welcome to appear in your photo or video too!)
Note that we’re looking for humor, cuteness, and originality—not necessarily the most professional-looking photos and videos. We want everyone to enter!
How to enter
PHOTOS: There are three ways to enter photos. Please choose just one, and enter no more than 8 photos.*
1) Post your photo(s) on Instagram with the hashtag #mochiphotocontest16.
2) Post your photo(s) to the Mochimochi Land Facebook page with the hashtag #mochiphotocontest16.
3) Add your photo(s) to the Mochimochi Land Flickr group. All photos uploaded to this group since the December 1st deadline of last year’s photo contest—with the exception of those entered in our recent Mochi Mod Contest—are already entered in this year’s contest!
VIDEOS: First, upload your video to any public video sharing site (like YouTube or Vimeo). Then email me at firstname.lastname@example.org with with subject line VIDEO ENTRY, and include a link to your video. Please do not send the video as an attachment. The length of your video can be anywhere from 30 seconds to around 2 minutes long. Please enter no more than 2 videos.
The last day to enter the contest is November 14th, 2016. Update: It’s now DECEMBER 14th! We’ll announce the finalists shortly thereafter here on the blog, and everyone will be able to vote for their favorites! So be sure to check the blog after the deadline.
The first place photo prize will include a $100-value surprise gift package from Knit Picks, fabulous PDF pattern packages from Angela Tong and SpillyJane (two of my favorite designers), an assortment of crafty goodies straight from the World’s Biggest Yarn Stash, and a $20 gift card to Mochimochi Land.
Second and third place photo prizes will include a gift package from Knit Picks ($75 and $50 value, respectively), PDF pattern packages from Angela Tong and SpillyJane, an assortment of goodies from the World’s Biggest Yarn Stash, and a $20 gift card to Mochimochi Land.
The first place video prize will include a $100 gift package from Knit Picks, PDF pattern packages from Angela Tong and SpillyJane, an assortment of goodies from the World’s Biggest Yarn Stash, and six Mochimochi Land kits.
Second and third place video prizes will include PDF pattern packages from Angela Tong and SpillyJane, an assortment of goodies from the World’s Biggest Yarn Stash, and four Mochimochi Land kits.
Thank you to Knit Picks, Angela Tong, SpillyJane, and Bonney Teti for the exciting prizes!
Needles ready? Cameras set? GO!
* This limit doesn’t apply to photos already added to the Flickr group.