Audible just ran the biggest video contest of 2017

2017 was a low-key year for video contests. There was no big, multi-million dollar, marquee contest like Doritos Crash the Super Bowl promotion. There wasn’t even a smaller, must-enter TV commercial contest with 5 or 6 figure prizes. In the end, the biggest contest of the year was kind of a sleeper candidate; it was Audible.com’s 20 year’s of listeners contests. Instead of offering a few giant prizes, Audible gave away 20 brand new Volvo XC60s plus some cash to cover the taxes. Each prize was worth about sixty grand which means the prize pool was about $1.2 million. Here’s what Audible said about the contest:

Audible is commemorating 20 years of storytelling—all made possible by their listeners. To celebrate, they are turning over the microphone: inviting you to enter our contest and tell them why you love to listen to Audible!

They are looking for stories and anecdotes from listeners about how Audible has made a meaningful difference in your life.

The video you submit to the contest can answer one or more of the following questions:
• Which narrators do you listen to and why do you find their narrations appealing?
• What types of books, genres or authors do you enjoy and why?
• Where do you listen to Audible?
• How has Audible improved your life?

Literally THOUSANDS of people wound up entering this contest. It was a smash hit. But the judging style was kind of weird. A public vote determined a set of 100 finalists and then a panel of judges picked the 20 winners. But the voting was open during the submission period. So the first videos submitted had weeks to collect votes. And the people who entered at the last minute had no chance of making the finals. Based on the number of last-minute entries I saw, I think a lot of people didn’t understand how the process was supposed to work.

Even though the judging was kind of weird, Audible still managed to get some good winners. You can view them all here:

https://www.audible.com/mt/audible20#

Doritos’ “Boldest Thanksgiving Recipe” actually looks pretty tasty

I’ve been running this website for a long, long time and I don’t think I’ve ever seen a Thanksgiving-themed video contest before.  That’s strange because the concept is just so easy.  “Hey Product X fans, tell us why you’re grateful for Product X and you could win a giant turkey stuffed with hundred dollar bills!”  Well, Doritos did run a Thanksgiving contest this year and they just announced the results.  They were looking for  holiday recipes that included Doritos.  I don’ know your grandma feels about side dishes full of orange chips but if I showed up and my Nana’s place with a Doritos dish she’d probably fake a seizure and drop it on the floor.  But the video that won the $3,500 grand prize actually looks pretty good…obvious…but good.  And I mean God Damn, this is the most obvious Doritos recipe anyone, anywhere could think of.  It’s basically just a taco pie with Doritos on top.  In fact, if you  you google “Doritos Taco Casserole” you’ll find tons of similar recipes.  But at least the video is well-made.  I can’t embed the video so click the image below to watch it on the Legion of the Bold site.

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That looked sort of tasty, right?  I don’t know if I’d make it for Thanksgiving but I’ll definitely whip one up if I get invited to 420 day fest.

Penguin Dry Ice’s Halloween video contest winners are #frightfullycool

If you were to make a list of the Top 50 things that I love, Halloween would rank #16 and Video Contests would rank somewhere in the low 20’s.  That might sound surprising for a guy who runs a website about video contests but keep in mind that my list would include things like cookies (#8), my loved ones (#1-5), and hilarious cat videos (#14).  So Halloween and Video Contests are a big part of my life.  Every fall search the web for new Halloween-themed video contests that I can enter but unfortunately, they’re not as popular as you’d think.  I’ve found and entered a few of them but I’ve never been able to win one….until now!  Back in October I read about a photo & video contest that was being sponsored by Penguin Dry Ice.  I’ve always loved dry ice (#47 on my list) and I’ve bought many bricks of it over the years for Halloween parties and video projects.  So I really wanted to win this contest.  The sponsor wanted to see #frightfully Halloween displays that used dry ice.  There were a lot of great entries but I managed to win the $1,500 grand prize.  Here’s my submission:



I gotta say, I’m really proud of my little display.  It was actually kinda easy to set up.  I just bought some empty paint cans from Home Depot and spray painted them black.  Then I dribbled on florescent green paint and added some homemade florescent radiation stickers.  I turned on a pair of blacklights, put some green, battery-operated LED Christmas lights in some of the cans and then added some water and dry ice.

If you’d like to see the other photos and videos that won prizes, click here.

Bunch O Balloons “Secret Weapon” winners

2016 is a weird time to be a kid.  On one hand they have incredible toys and gadgets and an endless supply of tv shows and youtube videos to watch.  On the other hand, Donald Trump just got elected president.  I’m not sure MineCraft/Avengers is really exciting enough to offset the fear/panic some kids will feel under a Trump/Pence administration.  Maybe some “Bunch O Balloons” will help?  If you haven’t seen then, Bunch O Balloons are these new waterballoons that you would have killed to play with when you were little.  You can fill up dozens of them at once and then the balloons somehow seal themselves shut. The company just wrapped up their first video contest and here’s the entry that won the $2,500 grand prize.



Ahh, wasn’t that a pleasant look back at a sweeter, more innocent time?  I really miss the good ole’ days of 2 months ago.  Everything seemed possible back then….we were going to have the first female president,  a liberal supreme court, and new alt-right TV network named Trump TV that we could all mock and revile.  Sigh….well at least we still have water balloons that seal themselves.

BOO! Here’s the winner of some random website’s Madea-themed video contest

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Have you seen the trailer for Boo! A Madea Halloween?  It looks like Tyler Perry bought some clown costumes at Party City and then shot his new movie over Labor Day weekend.  I know the Madea films are popular but I think Perry might be getting a little lazy.  He veered dangerously close to “direct to DVD” territory this time.  Seriously, I’m not kidding about those Party City clown costumes.  The evil clowns in the trailer are literally wearing the $29.99 costumes that I’ve seen in stores.  What kind of major motion picture has a costume designer that would allow the director to use cheap costumes that come in vinyl bags?

Well anyway, to promote and/or piggyback off the film, the website Comed-Hype (which may or may not be officially associated with the Madea films) ran a video contest and asked their fans to submit their funniest Halloween stories.  Here’s the $1,000 grand prize winner:

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Click the screenshot to watch the video on Pictagram (whatever that is)

Ok, that story seemed pretty made-up and I guess the filmmaker gave up on his plan to do something with that green screen.  But still, I liked this entry and I’d much rather watch a new movie staring that guy than the new Madea film.  Happy Halloween, everybody!  Have fun and please watch out for amateur Freddy Kruegers tonight.