Announcing The Spring 2010 Bento Contest

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Update: The winners are announced here!

I’m very excited to to announce the Spring 2010 Bento Contest, together with top French bento site FrenchBento and the awesome online bento boutique Bento&co.

Here in the northern hemisphere, the days are getting longer and the weather is slowly but surely turning warmer. Spring is the perfect time to bring delicious, healthy bento lunches from home. Whether you’re just starting out, or already an experienced bento crafter, you can never have too many bento boxes or cute bento accessories, right? Right! So, now’s your chance to win one of 10 great bento prizes.

The Spring 2010 Bento Contest is sponsored jointly by FrenchBento, JustBento and the supplier of the great prizes, Bento&co - who have just launched the English version of their site!

The contest details

  • Theme: Spring! Just create a spring-themed, balanced and healthy bento. It does not have to be a charaben! We want to see colorful, delicious looking bentos that reflect the season.
  • Photo: Take as good a photo of your bento creation as you can. It doesn’t have to be professional quality, but how clearly we can see your bento will make a difference in the judging process.
  • Include a description: Include a description of your thinking behind the bento, who the intended recipient/eater is, any ingredient notes, etc.
  • Include your contact information: Be sure to include your name (or nickname), email address and country, to be eligible for a prize. You can also include your blog name and URL if you have one. Clarification: You can post the entry to your blog, but you must send the photo and description to the official email address to be considered an official entry.
  • Email your entry to: contest [at] bentoandco [dot] com.
  • Limit: One entry per contestant. Take your time choosing your best creation.
  • Contest period: March 12, 2010 to March 29, 2010. Your entry must be submitted on or before March 29th.

The prizes!

The following prizes will be awarded to ten lucky winners:

  • One (1) Gold Medal: A geniune wood lacquerware shokado bento box worth 7500 yen (approx. 60 Euros or US$82) plus a 75 Euro (about US$102.50) gift certificate from Bento&co
  • One (1) Silver Medal: A 75 Euro (about US$102.50) gift certificate from Bento&co
  • Three (3) Bronze Medals: A 40 Euro (about US$54.50) gift certificate from Bento&co.
  • Five (5) Runner-Up Winners: A 25 Euro (about US$35) gift certificate from Bento&co

The fine print

  • Anyone who lives anywhere that Bento&co ships , and is not associated with Bento&co, FrenchBento or JustBento is eligible. Bento&co ships worldwide, except within Japan, so if you live in Japan you can’t win a prize, sorry!

    Clarification: “Associated with JustBento” means you work for or volunteer officially for the site in capacity (e.g. me, the site admins, and the forum moderators). If you are a regular site/forum registered user, you are eligible for the contest!

    Another clarification: Bento&co. ships worldwide. The only country they cannot ship to is Japan. If you live in Southeast Asia you are eligible! If you’re not sure, and you don’t find your country on the list of countries, just drop a note to Bento&co to see if your country is ok!)
  • To repeat: Only one entry per contestant will be accepted.
  • The entries will be judged by Mook of FrenchBento, Erico and Thomas of Bento&co, and Maki (that’s me!) of JustBento. We will choose the top ten entries, which will then be put up to a public vote to see who will emerge with the medals!
  • The finalists and the winners will be announced on both FrenchBento and JustBento, as well as on Bento&co’s official blog; the winners will be announced on or after April 9, 2010.

So…good luck everyone! I’m really looking forward to seeing your great entries!

Update: The winners are announced here!

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Re: Announcing The Spring 2010 Bento Contest

I participated in the first spring contest last year and many beautiful bentos were made. Now with even English-speaking people, we'll have even more beautiful bentos and I'm looking forward to seeing them :).

Re: Announcing The Spring 2010 Bento Contest

I'm sure you've heard this a million times, but I just found your site, and it is beyond amazing. I don't know if I'll make anything great yet, but perhaps in the future!

Re: Announcing The Spring 2010 Bento Contest

It really seems a good idea, see a lot of healthe and beautiful bentos with the same theme being done by people in many different places ^^

I will give it a try, but here, in Norway, it doesn't feel spring yet...

Re: Announcing The Spring 2010 Bento Contest

I just discovered this site and bento-making, and I'm going to give it a try! How exciting!^-^ <3

Re: Announcing The Spring 2010 Bento Contest

AIyyyeee i've been stalking this site since I found it way back when and since ive been telling myself that i'd make a bento. xD I dont think new comers are allowed or It would have been really fun to participate in this (and hopefully get out of my bento-slump) lol. Wah I cant wait to see the winning entries!!!

Re: Announcing The Spring 2010 Bento Contest

Of course newcomers are allowed - it says anyone who is not associated with the sponsors and who doesn't live in Japan. And the Japan thing is only because the prizes can't be shipped there.

Re: Announcing The Spring 2010 Bento Contest

Newcomers are allowed, absolutely! I hope you give it a try :) At the very least it should be an interesting challenge!

Re: Announcing The Spring 2010 Bento Contest

Aw too bad I'm not eligible.. I would have wanted to give it a shot. ^_^

Re: Announcing The Spring 2010 Bento Contest

Hmm...why are you not eligible? I think that Bento and Co ships to the Phillipines...

Re: Announcing The Spring 2010 Bento Contest

I checked their site and Philippines is not in the list of places they ship to. Strangely enough, they only ship to Singapore in East/Southeast Asia. >_<

Re: Announcing The Spring 2010 Bento Contest

As I've found on their web "We ship orders to France, Belgium, Switzerland, Canada, Luxemburg, the Netherlands, Monaco, Guadeloupe, Martinique, Réunion Island, Sweden, the United Kingdom, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Spain, Singapore, Australia, New Zealand, and the United States." [http://en.bentoandco.com/pages/delivery]

Yeah...they don't seem to ship to Philippines :( But I'm sure we can enjoy you spring bento theme in flickr ^^

Re: Announcing The Spring 2010 Bento Contest

This is a great event! And I think many bento maker will join this event. Although I'm not eligible to join this contest but I will be a supporter for all my bento friends who will join this contest (^.^)

Eligiblity for southeast Asian countries

I'll check with Thomas of Bento & co to see if people in Indonesia, Phillipines, etc...are eligible for the prizes and update the post accordingly.

Update: yes, you are! :)

Re: Eligiblity for southeast Asian countries

That is such wonderful news! Thanks Maki and Thomas!

Re: Announcing The Spring 2010 Bento Contest

Thanks a lot Maki for the update for SE Asia bento makers. Hope bento friends from SE Asia can take part on this event :)

Re: Announcing The Spring 2010 Bento Contest

Oh, what a great contest :) I already asked Bento&Co whether they ship to my country.

Re: Announcing The Spring 2010 Bento Contest

I'm really glad that so many of you, from everywhere, want to participate!
On Bento&co, shipping method are not yet set up for some countries, but we can ship (and take order!) from everywhere except Japan.

Re: Announcing The Spring 2010 Bento Contest

Drat, I could never make a bento good enough. Guess this is for experianced bento makers only?

Re: Announcing The Spring 2010 Bento Contest

In New Zealand autumn is just starting so spring ingredients are hard to come by at the moment. I know it's quite probably a dumb question given the title of the contest, but would an autumn-themed bento be okay?

Re: Announcing The Spring 2010 Bento Contest

If you explain your reasoning behind it...why not! :)

Re: Announcing The Spring 2010 Bento Contest

I'm new to bento, but I will give it a try. :)
I think this event is really cool, and I will make my bento next week for this spring competition. ^_^
Greetings from Sweden!

hey maki you're on

hey maki you're on singapore's newspaper! :))

Re: Announcing The Spring 2010 Bento Contest

I just sent my entry in. :)
I hope to see many cute and resourceful bentos!

Re: Announcing The Spring 2010 Bento Contest

i'm looking forward for all those spring bento pictures!
i had to ask a friend to use my computer and send it because i got a call and had to hurry off to work earlier tonight. i hope it's the right photo, not me at the beach or something..

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