Winners: The Joy of Childhood Photo Contest

Thank you to everyone who shared a photo of their child having fun for The Joy of Childhood photo contest. I know it was a dreary task that brought back horrible memories, but you somehow survived.

And now, the prizes…

Photo of the Funrise Toys Gazillion Bubble Machine and the Robbert Bobbert and the Bubble Machine CD from Little Monster Records.

Five winners are taking home a Robbert Bobbert and the Bubble Machine children’s music CD. Read our review.

One grand prize winner is taking home a party-in-a-box:

  1. One Funrise Toys’ Gazillion Bubble Machine (a rite of childhood)
  2. One Robbert Bobbert and the Bubble Machine CD
  3. Ten coloring pages

The grand prize…. Amy from Springfield, Missouri… Hers is the seemingly ordinary, yet classic playground slide photo. Playgrounds are the great unifier — tremendous fun and yet free for everyone… accessible from the earliest moments when Mom or Dad is willing to climb up there and plop a baby on their lap for the ride down. I love the static cling on his hair.

Photo of a child smiling coming down the bottom of a playground slide.

The five runners-up…

Rebecca from Zionsville, Indiana… Only a toddler would smile while being sucked into the fourth dimension.
Photo of a child standing in a metal pot in his kitchen, smiling.

Blair from Cary, Illinois… I’m sorry, it’s too late. That portion of the lawn is dead.
Photo of a child standing over a sprinkling toy on her lawn on a hot day.

Stacey… stylistically this is a documentary-style photo, but I couldn’t escape the fact that a part of the joy of childhood is taking carefree risks. Stacey is a shoe-in if we ever hold a The Pains of Childhood photo contest.
Photo of a child standing on top of her wooden rocking horse.

Julianne from Brooklyn, New York… At what age does claustrophobia become reality? This kid is a caver in the making.
Photo of a child crawling through a play tunnel.

Sandy from Olympia, Washington… On the one hand, having fun with a sibling. On the other hand, a brief window in time where the innocence of childhood persists (you won’t be taking photos like this one in a few short years).
Photo of two children smiling in a bath tub.

And now, all the other wonderful submissions…

Photo of a child and a kitty.

Photo of a child playing a guitar.

Photo of a child eating food.

Photo of three siblings lying on the floor smiling at each other.

Photo of a baby chewing on a teething toy.

Photo of a child licking a snowman.

Photo of a child playing with her father.

Photo of a baby peeking out from underneath a blanket.

Photo of a child fully clothed basking in a lawn sprinkler.

Photo of a baby looking at a dog who is about to lick the baby's hand.

Photo of two siblings hugging each other.

Photo of a child posing with Snow White.

Photo of a child hugging a dog.

Photo of a child surrounded by birds.

Photo of two kids on the floor with their father.

Photo of a child posing in her pajamas with a stuffed animal.

Photo of a baby chewing gift wrap ribbon with a bow placed on the head.

Photo of a child splashing in a pool.

Thanks for participating!


10 Responses to “Winners: The Joy of Childhood Photo Contest”

  1. Farah says:

    What a day brightner! I have no idea how you managed to pick a winner. I loved the one with the dog, snow white, the birds, the striped jammies..ok I loved them all. Can you please hold this contest daily? :D

    April 13th, 2009 at 8:08 am

  2. Ari says:

    what a great start to the week! thanks, daddy AJ!

    April 13th, 2009 at 10:33 am

  3. BBCPDX says:

    What a fun contest, Thingamababy! Great photos.

    April 13th, 2009 at 11:34 am

  4. midge says:

    Love these. I think Amanda’s is the favorite…..future musician for sure. She’s obviously in bliss.

    April 13th, 2009 at 3:58 pm

  5. Tim S says:

    I love the winning photo! Great job Amy from Springfield!

    April 13th, 2009 at 4:55 pm

  6. wwbd says:

    Cute photos!

    I was a little surprised to see my daughter here though, since I thought I had submitted her photo for the sleepy baby contest, way back when. I was wondering why her picture didn’t show up when you posted those ones. Oh well, it made for a fun surprise!


    April 13th, 2009 at 5:31 pm

  7. AJ says:

    Kerri, your photo was e-mailed last month, so maybe you accidentally submitted it to an expired contest. We held a Bedtime Photo Contest in December.

    Now, as for the photo, we could debate what is a larger joy of childhood … teddy bears or sucking thumbs.

    April 13th, 2009 at 6:31 pm

  8. Farah says:

    I don’t think it is teddy bears or sucking thumbs, I think the greater joy of childhood is pajamas with feet.

    April 14th, 2009 at 4:51 pm

  9. wwbd says:

    Oh, that explains it! This is an exciting new development with my e-mail. I sent a bunch of messages months ago that were just received by the recipients. It’s really weird to get a reply to a message that you thought you had sent ages ago. I really did send it back in December, it just didn’t get to you until last month. Isn’t technology great!

    Thanks for letting me know. Now I know why it didn’t show up when I expected!

    April 15th, 2009 at 9:02 am

  10. Amy says:

    Thank you so much! Morgan loves his prize! We go to the park as often as we can and I alway bring my camera, he is growing so fast I don’t want to miss anything!

    April 19th, 2009 at 11:34 pm