This holiday season, we decided to spread a little #FlixelCheer by putting on a festive contest. The grand prize: a Flixel Holiday basket, a 1 year subscription to Flixel Cloud Web+Apps, plus a $500 donation to the charity of their choice.
The theme was A December to Remember, and we asked cinemagraph creators across the globe to enter their holiday cinemagraphs on Instagram using the hashtag, #FlixelCheer. The contest was judged by Phil LeBlanc (Flixel CEO & Co-Founder), Robert Lendvai (Flixel CMO), and Mark Pavlidis (Flixel CTO & Co-Founder). There were tons of amazing entries filled with holiday spirit, but we narrowed it down to 3.
The #FlixelCheer Winners Are…
3rd Place: Mario Sahe-Lacheante
Mario’s attention to detail is his secret weapon. Whether it’s his beautiful colour grading, or perfect loops, Mario’s cinemagraphs stand out–this one is no exception. Though we all tend to get a little caught up in the madness of the holiday season, it’s important to appreciate the little things, and give back to those around you. Not only did Mario’s cinemagraph win the judges over, but his thoughtful caption really helped spread the #FlixelCheer. Check it out below.
• Festive Cheer • Earlier this week, I shot this cinemagraph portrait of Michaela at @dallowayterrace’s beautiful, Christmassy pop-up flower shop @orchidya_official. Michaela told me that her favourite thing is using her creativity and design with flowers to bring joy to people, and to see customers walking away with big smiles, especially during the festive season. So she feels really privileged to be able to have a job that affords her the pleasure of bringing people joy. For this reason, I’m also entering this shot into the @flixelphotos Christmas competition – where the brief is to capture something, with someone in shot, that depicts what Christmas means to us. For me, encountering people who love seeing other people happy is the epitome of the spirit of Christmas, so it was a true delight to meet Michaela. If you’re in London this week, do stop by and buy some flowers! 🎄🎁💐 #winteratdalloway @ck.photos
2nd Place: Julia Linkogel
New to the cinemagraph game, Julia is a fashion, travel, and lifestyle photographer from Berlin, Germany. There’s something so mesmerizing about a miniature merry go-round, infinitely spinning. Delicate Christmas trinkets, pastel tones, and colourful blinking lights bring this cinemagraph into the #2 spot.
1st Place: Jason Plummer
The magic of Christmas is alive in this cinemagraph. The look of childlike wonder, glowing lights, and dancing ornaments bring this cinemagraph to the top of the pack. Jason not only composed a beautiful holiday shot, he also captured a special moment with his two sons, Ryder and Kellen. This cinemagraph leaves the viewer feeling nostalgic, reminiscing of a time when the holidays were all about wonder, magic, and play.
I’ve got a special #FlixelFriday today – my boys, Ryder and Kellan. If you know me, you know that I’m just one big kid. I love December for a number of reasons, one of which is no matter how old we are we can’t help but be reminded what it was like to be a kid this time of year. And c’mon, what’s cuter than brothers in matching holiday robes? #Ballers #FlixelCheer
On behalf of Jason, we donated $500 US to the Alzheimer’s Association, in memory of his late grandmother.
I interviewed Jason to learn more about how this cinemagraph came into existence, and why he chose the Alzheimer’s Association to donate to this holiday season. Read below.