Results of 2010 Global Vegan Waffle Party Photo Contest, Part 1

A few weeks ago I suggested some  creative ideas for photos from vegan waffle parties, and was excited to receive some great submissions. Where a submission didn’t indicate a particular category–either one I had suggested or one created by the host–I picked one or two photos out and assigned them a category.

Aletha A.’s Pontiac, MI, US vegan waffle party photos were captured by Agnes Domanska. Aletha labeled a photo with her friend (on our right) as “cutest cook.” So here you have a cute host, a cute cook, and even a cute toaster. Thus, best “Collection of cuteness.” Perhaps next year we’ll also see a Hello Kitty waffle maker!

Collection of cuteness
Collection of cuteness

Also in Aletha’s album was this photo, which I believe best represents “Waffle partyers having a great time.” Her full album has more great shots, including a few of the party balloons that may have been filled with some nitrous oxide. (On a serious note, I think we could all benefit from more laughter!)

Hosts with the most fun expressions
Waffle partyers having a great time

Elaine V. gets a high honor for her Vegas Veg*n submission, which best represents “So delicious that I couldn’t stop to take a picture before eating it.” At least there was a half left!

couldn't wait to eat this vegan waffle
So delicious that I couldn’t take a picture before eating

The same couldn’t be said for this pic from Haroula G.’s Athens, Greece party, which gets the “Was there really a waffle?” award. I mean, it could have been a pancake, or maybe everyone just piled toppings onto the plate and ate them without a waffle at all.

Was there really a waffle?
Was there really a waffle?

Actually, Haroula provided evidence that there was a waffle at some point during the party, with the “Most aesthetically interesting waffle.” The various toppings combined with the heart-shaped pieces create something I might expect to see at Baltimore’s Visionary Art Museum. (Used to be among my favorite places to visit when we lived there.)

Most aesthetically interesting waffle
Most aesthetically interesting waffle

Photographer Derek G. of the Vegan Bus takes the prize for “Most mouth-watering photography of a waffle.” I found myself trying to bite the screen when I saw his picture of the Smlove waffle. It looked almost like someone had actually drizzled the chocolate syrup on my screen. (As photography is part of his business, the thumbnail links to his post with his full-size photos.)

Most mouth-watering photo of a vegan waffle
Most mouth-watering photo of a vegan waffle

Also very appetizing was the winner of the “Best multi-course waffle meal,” from Ida, Noah, and VegOut NYC’s vegan waffle party. Ida listed the various waffles and toppings in her photo: “Sweet Yeast-Raised Waffles, Chocolate Beer Waffles, Yeast-Raised Cornmeal Chili-Dippin’ Waffles, and Blueberry Waffles. With toppings: Chole Masala (Curried Chickpea), Three-Bean Chili, Macerated Strawberries, Bananas and Blueberries, Soy Ice Cream, Soy and Rice Whip Creams, Chocolate Sauce, and Maple Syrup.” Holy cow-free waffle! And the contrast between the various reds and the blue plate earns it a few points for aesthetics.

Best multi-course vegan waffle meal
Best multi-course vegan waffle meal

Wes A. and the Austin, TX, US vegan waffle party crowd exhibited “Best use of technology to spread vegan waffle propaganda.” Guests thought they were watching a normal recording of the last episode of “Lost,” but the hosts secretly inserted quick flashes of the image you see in this picture. Coincidentally, the photo was taken at just the right moment to capture the important message. Subliminal programming at its best. But now the secret is out…

Best use of technology for vegan waffle propaganda
Best TV programming during party

Heather S.-D. and Leah F. of Fort Wayne, IN, US take home the award for photo of “Largest audience with gas.” (How could I resist such an opportunity for a childish pun?) Seriously, I thought the inclusion of educational activities such as this tofu-making demonstration was very cool, and was impressed with how many components their event incorporated. They showed, contrary to what the photo may seem to suggest, that you do not have a marathon ahead of you when learning to make delicious vegan food.

Largest audience with gas
Best image of educational activities with audience

See the second post on this year’s events, showing the fun array of waffles, people, and parties.

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