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Claremanson's Christmas Contest

Sat Nov 16, 2013, 9:00 PM

UPDATE

Contest is now officially closed! The judging can now begin! Results will be announced in two - seven days depending on how difficult it is for me to decide on the winners!

Good luck everyone!

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Theme: General Christmas Baking


From holding a recent poll, it seems the majority of you are most interested in baking traditional food for your country/family or food you usually bake over Christmas rather than a set recipe.  Therefore I have decided that as long as it is relevant to Christmas in some way, shape or form in recipe, flavour or presentation it will be considered as an entry.
 

Rules and requirements:


You must include Christmas into your baking, decorating or surroundings in some shape or form.

If what you you usually make isn't very Christmasy looking or tasting then why not try to add some more Christmas into your food by adding Christmas sprinkles onto candy and cupcakes, flavours such as cinnamon or cranberry, themed cupcake cases, festive shaped cookies etc.

You entry must be new for Christmas 2013.

It must be homemade, not shop bought.

Please state in your entry description you have entered my contest and include a link to this journal.

Describe your entry in your description box as it is not always obvious by looking at a photo what might be in your food! Having a description gives me a better understanding of what I am looking at and how it might taste, increasing your chances of winning.

I know some of you do not/are not allowed to bake so you may get help making your entry with a parent, partner, friend etc just please state in your entry who helped you.

Finally, one entry per person.

Categories


Overall winner:
We first eat with our eyes so careful and elegant presentation of the overall dish (not to be confused with food photography) is highly encouraged as this is what I will be looking out for most when judging (clean plating, sharp lines, no mess etc)  As well as look, taste is also a huge factor! Some careful and amazing food combinations and complimentary sides and toppings will go a long way for this prize too.

General Inspiration
Wish Upon A Cake Star by claremanson 12 Days of Christmas :: 12 Pudding Truffles by cakecrumbs
12 Days of Christmas :: 8 Santa Hat Caramel Cups by cakecrumbs Merry Christmas Reindeers by magnesina
Christmas cookies by PaSt1978

Photography:
There will be extra points for the best food photograph.  For you photography beginners, check out my food photography basics guide which involves no special or fancy equipment.  For the rest of you photographers out there, carry on!

Christmas Photography Examples
christmas baking V by topinka christmas breakfast by topinka
Mince by AuntBob Festive Bark by claremanson

Creativity:
There will also be extra points for the most creative entry so, for those of you more into the artistic side of things why not try and make your entry in a fancy, new, over the top or unusual way, think outside the box!

Examples of creativity
12 Days of Christmas :: 9 Snowman Truffles by cakecrumbs 1Caramel Gingerbread Treehouse by Sliceofcake
X-mas house by ginas-cakes Christmas Tree Cupcake Tower by Sliceofcake

Prizes

1st place: 100 points + journal feature
Best photography: 75 points + mini journal feature
Most Creative: 75 points + mini journal feature

Donated Prizes
WorldWar-Tori will do a feature for all the winners plus 3 critiques/constructive comments.

To enter

Post the link to your entry in the comments below or in an inbox message to me.  I will then add all valid entries to THIS folder in my favourites.

Start Date

November 17th - 5am GMT


End Date

January 7th - 5am GMT


Judges

Me.


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:iconsparks1992:
sparks1992 Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
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:iconclaremanson:
claremanson Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Good luck :)
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:iconchat-noir:
chat-noir Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2014  Student Artisan Crafter
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:iconclaremanson:
claremanson Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Good luck :)
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:iconabsentiae:
absentiae Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2014
Here's mine! :)

32.1 by absentiae
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:iconclaremanson:
claremanson Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Good luck :)
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:iconvampiralady:
VampiraLady Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
omg, it'll be hard to choose a winner...
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:iconclaremanson:
claremanson Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Very!!!!
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:iconastralkiwi:
AstralKiwi Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I finally uploaded the photos of mine! :dummy:
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:iconclaremanson:
claremanson Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Good luck :)
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:iconastralkiwi:
AstralKiwi Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks!
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:iconworldwar-tori:
WorldWar-Tori Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2014   General Artist
:wave: I just wanted let you your contest has been listed in this journal! Little Pixel Heart
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:iconclaremanson:
claremanson Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you :)
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:iconworldwar-tori:
WorldWar-Tori Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2014   General Artist
no problem :)
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:iconflameshaft:
flameshaft Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2014
Didn't plan to participate, but here's my entry!


(Late submission of Christmas baking ^^)
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:iconclaremanson:
claremanson Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Good luck :)
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:iconflameshaft:
flameshaft Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2014
thanks~
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:iconik-ben-10eke:
ik-ben-10eke Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I want to enter with this one if I may:
ik-ben-10eke.deviantart.com/ar…

The bottom of this cake is a little crumbly ;)

:thumb423871233:
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:iconclaremanson:
claremanson Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Good luck :)
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:iconvalhallia:
Valhallia Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2013
Parmesan and Parma Ham Palmiers by Valhallia
Realised after I took my photos that this should have been themed for Christmas rather than just the holidays in general, so fully accept if my entry is disqualified, but thought I would try just in case.
There was no chance of me taking new photos as my son, his friend and my husband demolished them in just a couple of minutes!
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:iconclaremanson:
claremanson Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I will let you off :) Good luck :)
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:iconvalhallia:
Valhallia Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2014
Aww, that's very kind of you, thank you...and Happy New Year!  May it bring all that you wish for :hug:
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:iconclaremanson:
claremanson Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
You too :hug:
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:iconposerfan-pholio:
poserfan-pholio Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2013
Day 362: Christmas Cookies by poserfan-pholio

Very fast xmas cookies which can be totally suited to ones tastes. Their name translates to "Angel Eyes"
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:iconclaremanson:
claremanson Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Good luck :)
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:iconposerfan-pholio:
poserfan-pholio Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2013
Thank you! :D
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:iconcherrybranches:
cherrybranches Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2013
Dancing Gingerbread Decorated Cookies by cherrybranches

Dancing Gingerbread Snowglobes

Yes another cookie entry! These guys wanted to do something a little different from their usual poses.
Hope everyone has a wonderful Christmas season.
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:iconclaremanson:
claremanson Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Good luck :)
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:iconcherrybranches:
cherrybranches Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2013
Thank you for allowing me to be a part of your contest!
Your gallery is amazing, Clare!
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:iconclaremanson:
claremanson Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I had a look through your gallery, I love your cookies! You are very skilled and talented, keep up the great work :)
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:iconcherrybranches:
cherrybranches Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2013
Thank you. I just learned a lot from your Food Photography Basics.
I want my food skills and photography to get better!
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:iconisalovesphotography:
Isalovesphotography Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
The Magic of Christmas by Isalovesphotography i hope it's okay, i know it might not fit the topic perfectly... :hmm:
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:iconclaremanson:
claremanson Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Wonderful :) Good luck :)
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:iconisalovesphotography:
Isalovesphotography Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
:happybounce:
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:iconjustbrilliant:
justbrilliant Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
These guys got eaten before I could add something Christmas-y to the background...
So they aren't eligible for the contest - and the colour balance is off - but thought I'd share my Christmas Baking with you anyway!


Chris-Mouse Truffles by justbrilliant

Merry Christmas
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:iconclaremanson:
claremanson Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Aww that's ok, I will let you off! They still look Christmasy to me, like they are sitting on snow anyway and with their red tails :) They are so cute :)
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:iconjustbrilliant:
justbrilliant Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank YOU!!!
I'm hoping to have add one more OFFICIAL photo - to the contest - but that will have to wait until I finish a commission.
Is the contest just baking - or crafts too?
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:iconclaremanson:
claremanson Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Just food :)
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:iconsirenrayn:
SirenRayn Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2013
Shirley Temple Cupcakes by SirenRayn  
I guess I will enter my Shirley Temple Cupcakes since I did make them for Christmas and used a Christmas background. I entered. :)
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:iconclaremanson:
claremanson Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
:heart:
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:iconiluvbiscuit2:
Iluvbiscuit2 Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2013  Professional Photographer
 You probably don't know me, but I am just another one of your inspired watchers! :heart:

Here is my entry in your contest, its a boiled fruit cake! :hug:
My Kinda Christmas Food. by Iluvbiscuit2
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:iconclaremanson:
claremanson Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Hello there! Yay another entry! So far they have all been cookies so it's great to see some cake :highfive: good luck :)
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:iconiluvbiscuit2:
Iluvbiscuit2 Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2013  Professional Photographer
Thank-you :heart:

I am excited to be apart of it! :hug:
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:iconmaytel:
maytel Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2013
I tried, Clare. I really did.Classic Peanut Butter Cookies by maytel
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:iconclaremanson:
claremanson Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Whoop! Whoop! I am just so glad you got to enter :)
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:iconmaytel:
maytel Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2013
:heart: I really truly wanted to :)
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:iconclaremanson:
claremanson Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
:heart:
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:iconmelmee:
Melmee Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2013
This sounds like an awesome idea! Too bad I can't cook to save my life :iconmingplz:
Good luck to the contestants!
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:iconclaremanson:
claremanson Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
:(
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:iconmelmee:
Melmee Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2013
I burn water, I do :iconmingplz:
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