Monday, December 29th, 2008
Vote: Cutest Baby Laugh Video Contest
You be the judge of cute, but funny these are not. Parents.com held a Cutest Baby Laugh Video Contest which elicited 18 finalists. One of the babies doesn’t even laugh. Seriously, in one video you can barely tell there is a baby present. Turn the sound off and it looks like an older child is trying to barf on a doll.
The rules state there could be as many as 20 finalists, but we’re voting on 18.Â That’s even though there are 57 “video response” contest entries on Parents.com’s Youtube channel.
Am I Grinchy today? Oh yes, apparently so.
If you would like to vote, the voter registration process merely asks for your name, e-mail, pregnancy status (including birth date), parental status (including child’s name, gender and birth date), your street address, city, state and country. Simple, eh?
You can view all of the entries here. I’ll save you the grief though. Embedded below are the three most interesting because they show a person interacting with the baby, and the camera angles and lighting are halfway decent.
Also, I think, other peoples’ babies aren’t as charming as your own, or at least you need to be in the same room with the infant to be mesmerized by his antics if you lack a personal connection to the child. Maybe that’s just a Dad speaking.
This first one is the best because you can see a portion of the father’s face. When you shoot a baby video, you’re focused on the child, but really you should capture the interaction. Twenty years from now that grown kid will enjoy seeing his dad’s face.
I’m guessing contest participation was low due to the lame prize, a camcorder and Visa check card worth a total of $1,000. Well, wait a minute. That’s not lame.
Thingamababy’s last photo contest elicited 23 entries for a prize you can buy for $22.49 at Amazon. I bet we’d pull together at least 10 entries with no prize at all. Why? Sense of community. You’re sharing images of your kids as much as anything else.
Sure, people love to win stuff. I love to win stuff. But when you introduce a prize it turns the fun into a value judgment about whether the entry requirements, your time and the odds of winning are worth the value of the prize. And, the more valuable the prize, the more your disappointment is amplified at not winning.
So, what’s my point? No point. It’s just an observation. I’ll continue to host contests and I’m keeping tabs to announce the next inevitable Regis & Kelly baby photo contest which upped the ante last year with a $125,000 prize. Will I enter my son? Probably.