Semifinalists ’13, Group One

UPDATE: Congratulations to our winners!

It’s semifinalist time in the 2013 Mochimochi Photo Contest!

Today we present to you the first batch of ten semifinalist photos. It’s always really difficult to narrow the entries down, but John and I selected photos of mochis that were unexpected, that told stories, and that showed lots of originality. And cuteness, of course! We also decided not to have more than one photo by the same person in the semifinals this year.

And we need your input to help narrow the semifinals down to the ten finalists! So take a close look at these awesome photos and ROOT FOR YOUR FAVORITES in the comments to this post. Just leave a comment saying which photo or photos you would really like to see make it to the big final vote. Your feedback will really help us out!

Here they are, in no particular order, your first batch of semifinalist photos…

Stormtroopers Knit Droids by Taylor

We love how seriously these little guys take knitting!

Giant Squid Love by Jill

Just wow! Some amazing engineering going on here.

Sty Guys by Elly

Who knew there were so many varieties of Pigs with Wigs? Each really seems to have its own personality!

Poseidon by Shanna

Lovely scene and a great mod!

Tortoise and Hare: The Deleted Scene by Ilana

All those tiny shoes! (And that tiny foot measurer!) Awesome.

Snowman Friends by Emily F.

This one is so charming in its simplicity!

Herding Chicks by Emily

We didn’t know that tiny armadillos were good herders, but now it just seems obvious!

Polar Bear Plunge by juleenbean

Such a cute wintry scene! We love the set and the tiny mug!

It Looks Like a Purple People Eater to Me by wooly brain

Watch out, little guy! We love the composition and colors in this dramatic scene.

Best Beard Contest by The Happy Cupcake

It’s about time that someone featured one of the big gnome events of the year!

Aren’t these photos just super? Congrats to these clever knitters!

Now we need your help to narrow these down to the finalists. Don’t be shy—let us know which of these especially tickles you in the comments! And be sure to check back on Monday for the next batch of semifinalist photos!

177 thoughts on “Semifinalists ’13, Group One

  1. Giant Squid is just so impressive. I’d love to come home to a giant squid outside.

    I enjoyed the well executed pigs in their various attire.

    I do feel that the simple snowman friend is really sweet and nice to have a paired down entry.

  2. So hard to narrow down, they are all so awesome!
    If I had to do a top three it would be the Stormtroopers, Giant Squid and the Beard contest. With the Tortoise and Hare being a total Wow on the detail.

  3. All are great and it is difficult to chose. best iI however liked the herding chicks and the tortoise and hare: deleted scene with the shoefitting. aaargh all of em are great really!

  4. This is so hard! I can’t pick just one … Snowman Friends and Giant Squid Love for sure! Third choice would be the Tortoise and the Hare only because of the tiny foot measuring device!

  5. Definitely a hard choice! Can’t I vote for two? OK, Giant Squid then Beard Contest. I mean, they’re knitting their OWN BEARDS!

  6. I have to vote for my own Tortoise and Hare, but I love all of these. Here’s a little bit of “Jeopardy!”/”wow-the-salesman-the-next-time-you-buy-shoes” trivia: The shoe measuring thing is actually called a “Brannock Device,” named after it’s inventor. :)

  7. I’m excited to see my Stormtrooper-friends on the list :) I also love the giant squid and the beard contest!

  8. These are all great! But my favorites are in no particular order:
    Giant Squid
    Tortoise and Hair
    Snowman Friends
    It Looks like a purple people eater to me
    Best Beard Contest

  9. I vote for Giant Squid Love and Tortoise & Hare.
    Bravo to all the submitters who did a really great job ! So much fun like every year !

  10. Yay! I’m thrilled to see my Polar Bear Plunge included in the semifinals among so many adorable entries.

  11. Giant squid, and beard contest. I love that one of the gnomes is adding to his beard by knitting – I wonder if that’s acceptable or if he’ll be disqualified?

  12. All are adorable, but my favorites are:
    Poseidon (I love reading Greek mythology!)
    Purple People Eater (love the angle of the shot)
    Stormtroopers knit droids (such a creative scene)

  13. I love, in no particular order:

    Stormtroopers Knit Droids
    Giant Squid Love
    Best Beard Contest

    Honestly, when I saw the beard contest in the mochimochi flickr group, I giggled for a good 2 or 3 minutes, so that might be my favorite. :D

  14. Um…hmm… Hard choice…a very hard choice…
    I have to say the Knit Your Own Beard Contest and the Tortoise and the Hair! :D

  15. I don’t think it’s possible to choose! Another incredible set.

    The Giant Squid love is amazing especially if you consider the amount of work.

    I also really like the Tortois and the Hare.

  16. All are amazing and make me smile!
    Beard contest
    Herding chicks
    Tortoise and hare
    Sty guys

  17. I can’t believe my snowmen made it! :) I like Best Beard Contest, Stormtroopers Knit Droids, and Giant Squid Love is pretty cool too.

  18. Love the Herding Chicks! Don’t you know we all ride armadillos while driving the herd through Texas!

  19. The pigs were knitted for charity, which makes them even more special…go pig grylls and co, you get my vote!

  20. Love the snowmen! Sty Guys was the photo taken when Pig Grylls left home. Now he has begun his world travels I can’t wait to see what other photos people take with him. is where he can be found if you would like to follow him. Thank you for putting the Guys in the semifinals, it’s an honour. We love Mochimochi Land, the website explains why.

  21. Sty Guys, raising money for charity, wonderful story, travelling around the world to create money and awareness. Amazing!

  22. They all show amazing talent! My favorite is Best Beard Contest. I don’t normally care for beards or gnomes, but, these little guys are just adorable.

  23. I’m lovin’ the gnomish Beard Contest. There’s something sweetly ironic about this contest within a contest where a contestant is still knitting.

  24. My favorite has to be the Best Beards Contest. The one in the green hat has the best beard, in my opinion.

  25. Sty Guys get my vote – they look as if they’re taking orders from their leader – who knows what they’ll get up to!

  26. Thanks so much for including my photo, I wish everyone luck in contest : ) I would like to vote for Poseidon, Best Beard Contest, Tortoise and Hare and Giant Squid.

  27. Giant squid for engineering
    Snowmen because it is their season (and they would make a wonderful Christmas card)

  28. Lots of hard work gone onto them all, but The Sty Guys are our favourite.

    Well done to all xx

  29. Giant Squid Love!!! The amount of effort required for a project that scale boggles my mind!

    Polar Dip is awesome too!

  30. Sty guys are definitely my fave. Who knew there were so many shades of pink and what cute little faces they have.

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