We Have Our Winners!
From February 26 to March 23, 2011, Odyssey fans were given a chance to participate in the second annual ScoopYourself contest to win a free copy of Album 53: The Green Ring Conspiracy, and some special surprise bonus prizes (see below). Much like the popularity of our first ScoopYourself in early 2010, our 2011 edition proved to be even more popular than the one before. We doubled our participation from the previous year with a total of 63 contestants. All 63 entries went through preliminary judging and narrowed down to 11 finalists. Fans were given an opportunity to vote for their favorite of the 11 so we could gather an assessment of what the fans thought compared with ours (we received well over 250 votes). The final judging session took place on on April 12th with the winners announced on Wednesday, April 13th.

What is ScoopYourself?
In each ScoopYourself challenge, visitors have the opportunity to incorporate themselves into a unique contest entry and be the most creative to win exciting prizes!

The Challenge
We wanted to see fans' Adventures in Odyssey collections. We wanted to find out who would come up with the most creative display of their Odyssey albums, books, videos, DVDs, action figures, T-shirts, and more!

Judging Entries
For this particular challenge, the quantity of items in fans' collections had no effect on the chances of winning. We were interested in the quality of entries submitted, regardless of how many Odyssey items contestants had. We were looking for the use of props, camera angles, and lighting to create the most creative display. We weren't looking for just simple displays of Odyssey items on a background. We were looking for entries that stood out as a cut above the rest, entries that went that extra mile. The ultimate ScoopYourself contestants.

Of course, a contest like this is very subjective, and our opinion may differ from yours. But that's okay. We enjoyed looking at every photo we received and are confident that you will too.

It was extremely difficult to judge the entries (and that's not surprising!), It was so much fun seeing the creativity expressed, much like last year... and better!. And because of all the hard work and creativity displayed, we have decided to throw in some special bonus prizes to our three winners. Not only will our 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners receive their free copy of The Green Ring Conspiracy, they will also be receiving their very own copies of books 1 and 2 of Adventures in Odyssey's new Imagination Station series. Plus, we're including a "Best Small Town" poster to top it off. A big congratulations to our winners!

This contest was just too exciting to hand out only one prize. If we could, we'd give you all a prize for the effort you put into this contest. Thanks to everyone who entered! And now, our winners!

Each winning entry is featured below. Click on each photo to read our review and commentary.

 

Winners

David
David B., age 13 (Coatesville, Pennsylvania) -- We thought David B's entry was exactly what one would imagine the Whit's End bulletin board to look like. David's entry includes tons of visual and written references to the entire Adventures in Odyssey series, including BTV, Wooton's comics, Odyssey Little League, Charles Thompson's "Pants" poem, Eugene's philanthropic organization, and more. Kudos to David for bringing back tons of Odyssey memories to our judges.

1ST PLACE:
David B., age 13 (Coatesville, Pennsylvania)
Joshua
Joshua S., age 15 (Bartlesville, Oklahoma) Joshua amazes us again this year with his creative K'NEX display! We definitely loved the Eugene glasses and the "Scoop Yourself" and "Odyssey Scoop" text. I think most of all (if those weren't enough to help us decide on Joshua as a winner), the attention to detail with his Odyssey main characters in Lego form were second to none! How creative! It's interesting to note that Joshua's entry was voted by the fans as one of the three most creative entries. Congratulations, Joshua!

2ND PLACE:
Joshua S., age 15 (Bartlesville, Oklahoma)
Hannah
Hannah S., age 16 (Ridgefield, Washington) -- We definitely noticed the "cute" factor when deciding on Hannah's entry. Who would have ever thought that someone could karate chop a stack of Odyssey albums. And Hannah made it happen. Congratulations, Hannah, on being our third place winner.

3RD PLACE:
Hannah S., age 16 (Ridgefield, Washington)

 

Honorable Mentions

JosephS."
Joseph S., age 19 (Arnold, Missouri) -- Joseph's entry is a very creative parody of the cover art for "The Green Ring Conspiracy", the album we're giving away in this contest. To us, this entry is quite a clever way of beating around the bush saying "PLEASE LET ME WIN, I WANT TO FIND OUT WHO THE STILETTO IS SOO BAD!".

Joseph S., age 19 (Arnold, Missouri)

 
Luke
Luke B., age 15 (Coatesville, Pennsylvania) -- When we first saw this entry, we were amazed at how much time it must have taken to do all of that fan art! The checker board set up was also a nice touch. It makes you wonder why he didn't throw album 30 in there.

Luke B., age 15 (Coatesville, Pennsylvania)
Zachary
Zachary G., age 14 (Kernersville, North Carolina) -- Although Zachary's may not be as massive as some collections, it certainly does include quite a few more "rare" items. Some things that a lot of Odyssey fans may not have seen before are: the production cell from "Go West Young Man", (an original production cell used in the animated series), a signed picture of a few of the actors for Odyssey, and of course, that authentic wood carved camel hand crafted from a block of wood from the town of Odyssey!

Zachary G., age 14 (Kernersville, North Carolina)
OdysseyFan"
OdysseyFan, age 33 (Denver, Colorado) -- Now when we look at this collection, the first word that comes to mind is "hardcore". You can really tell OdysseyFan is exactly what he says he is! This has to be by far the most complete collection we've ever seen!

OdysseyFan, age 33 (Denver, Colorado)
   

 

Contestants' Entries
Each contestant's photo is featured below. Click on each photo to zoom in. Navigate between images using your left and right arrow keys.

Abby
Abby K., age 13 (Manitoba, Canada)

Abby K., age 13 (Manitoba, Canada)

 
Abby
Abby S., age 9 (Arnold, Missouri)

Abby S., age 9 (Arnold, Missouri)
Adrienne
Adrienne N., age 15 (Louisville, Kentucky)

Adrienne N., age 15 (Louisville, Kentucky)

 
Alexis
Alexis N., age 11 (Louisville, Kentucky)

Alexis N., age 11 (Louisville, Kentucky)

 
Alina"
Alina, age 14 (Sidney, Ohio)

Alina, age 14 (Sidney, Ohio)
Ana
Ana O., age 13 (Gainesville, Georgia)

Ana O., age 13 (Gainesville, Georgia)

 
Annalysa
Annalysa C., age 11 (Carrollton, Georgia)

Annalysa C., age 11 (Carrollton, Georgia)
Austin
Austin P. age 16 (Gallup, New Mexico)

Austin P. age 16 (Gallup, New Mexico)
Beauchamps"
Breanna (14), Flint (12), and Jenna Beauchamp (10), (San Diego, California)

Breanna (14), Flint (12), and Jenna Beauchamp (10), (San Diego, California)

 
Brienzi
Brienzi D., age 10 (Malang, Indonesia)

Brienzi D., age 10 (Malang, Indonesia)
Canaan
Canaan H., age 13 (Whitney Point, New York)

Canaan H., age 13 (Whitney Point, New York)
Daniel
Daniel B., age 12 (Ham Lake, Minnesota)

Daniel B., age 12 (Ham Lake, Minnesota)

 
David
David S., age 12 (Cass Lake, Minnesota)

David S., age 12 (Cass Lake, Minnesota)
DeanineKristaK."
Deanine K., age 14 (Manitoba, Canada)

Deanine K., age 14 (Manitoba, Canada)

 
Drew
Drew L., age 15 (Beaverton, Oregon)

Drew L., age 15 (Beaverton, Oregon)

 
Elijah
Elijah H., age 10 (Manteo, North Carolina)

Elijah H., age 10 (Manteo, North Carolina)
Elizabeth
Elizabeth S., age 11 (Arnold, Missouri)

Elizabeth S., age 11 (Arnold, Missouri)

 
Gabriel
Gabriel W. (Corvallis, Oregon)

Gabriel W. (Corvallis, Oregon)

 
Holly
Holly L., age 18 (Spotsylvania, Virginia)

Holly L., age 18 (Spotsylvania, Virginia)

 
Irwin
Irwin S. (New London, Wisconsin)

Irwin S. (New London, Wisconsin)
Janessa
Janessa K., age 19 (Manitoba, Canada)

Janessa K., age 19 (Manitoba, Canada)
Jessa
Jessa M., age 15 (Chico, California)

Jessa M., age 15 (Chico, California)

 
Jessica
Jessica P. (Lancing, Tennessee)

Jessica P. (Lancing, Tennessee)
Jethro
Jethro S., age 25 (Ontario, Canada)

Jethro S., age 25 (Ontario, Canada)

 
Joel
Joel S., age 16 (Slidell, Louisiana)

Joel S., age 16 (Slidell, Louisiana)
Joey
Joey L., age 7 (Wenatchee, Washington)

Joey L., age 7 (Wenatchee, Washington)

 
Jon
Jon M., age 14 (Fallbrook, California)

Jon M., age 14 (Fallbrook, California)
Jordan
Jordan G., age 19 (Braselton, Georgia)

Jordan G., age 19 (Braselton, Georgia)
Katie
Katie B., age 14 (Fredricksburg, Virginia)

Katie B., age 14 (Fredricksburg, Virginia)

 
Larry
Jared B., age 12 (Wilmington, North Carolina)

Jared B., age 12 (Wilmington, North Carolina)

 
Leanne
Leanne S., age 14 (Keyser, West Virginia)

Leanne S., age 14 (Keyser, West Virginia)

 
Lydia
Lydia S., age 16 (Arnold, Missouri)

Lydia S., age 16 (Arnold, Missouri)
Macy
Macy B., age 15 (Luthor, Oklahoma)

Macy B., age 15 (Luthor, Oklahoma)

 
MarinaIsabellaElenaQ."
Marina (14), Isabella (10), and Elena Q. (8), (Ham Lake Minnesota)

Marina (14), Isabella (10), and Elena Q. (8), (Ham Lake Minnesota)
Markie
Markie D., age 18 (Oklahoma City, Oklahoma)

Markie D., age 18 (Oklahoma City, Oklahoma)
Matthew
Matthew S., age 15 (Sedro-Woolley, Washington)

Matthew S., age 15 (Sedro-Woolley, Washington)

 
Max
Max M., age 6 (Sidney, Ohio)

Max M., age 6 (Sidney, Ohio)
Max
Max T., age 19 (New Paris, Pennsylvania)

Max T., age 19 (New Paris, Pennsylvania)
Missy
Missy K., age 13 (Beaver, Pennsylvania)

Missy K., age 13 (Beaver, Pennsylvania)

 
Natalie
Natalie B., age 10 (Ham Lake, Minnesota)

Natalie B., age 10 (Ham Lake, Minnesota)

 
Nicole-LucyQ."
Nicole (13) and Lucy Q. (8), (Mount Vernon, Ohio)

Nicole (13) and Lucy Q. (8), (Mount Vernon, Ohio)
Paul
Paul K., age 8 (West Liberty, Ohio)

Paul K., age 8 (West Liberty, Ohio)
Rachel
Rachel D., age 13 (Raleigh, North Carolina)

Rachel D., age 13 (Raleigh, North Carolina)
Rebekah-Daniel"
Rebekah (18) and Daniel R. (11), (Green Bay, Wisconsin)

Rebekah (18) and Daniel R. (11), (Green Bay, Wisconsin)

 
ReneeWilmaK."
Renee K. (Manitoba, Canada)

Renee K. (Manitoba, Canada)
Roger
Roger S., age 19 (Peachtree City, Georgia)

Roger S., age 19 (Peachtree City, Georgia)

 
Ruslan
Ruslan M., age 9 (Sidney, Ohio)

Ruslan M., age 9 (Sidney, Ohio)
Ryan
Ryan K., age 13 (Ferndale, Washington)

Ryan K., age 13 (Ferndale, Washington)

 
Samantha
Samantha S., age 13 (College Park, Maryland)

Samantha S., age 13 (College Park, Maryland)
Sam
Sam W., age 15 (Bemidji, Minnesota)

Sam W., age 15 (Bemidji, Minnesota)
Susy
Susy S., age 18 (Sedro-Woolley, Washington)

Susy S., age 18 (Sedro-Woolley, Washington)

 
Thomas
Thomas L., age 9 (Wenatchee, Washington)

Thomas L., age 9 (Wenatchee, Washington)
Tim
Tim B., age 23 (Connersville, Indiana)

Tim B., age 23 (Connersville, Indiana)

 
Vita"
Vita, age 8 (Sidney, Ohio)

Vita, age 8 (Sidney, Ohio)
Will
Will L., age 12 (Wenatchee, Washington)

Will L., age 12 (Wenatchee, Washington)
Yudit
Yudit L., age 16 (Skokie, Illinois)

Yudit L., age 16 (Skokie, Illinois)
 


Thanks to all our contestants who made our second ScoopYourself contest a smashing success!

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