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Grab your camera – or search your archives – it is time for another photo contest here at 5 Minutes for Mom!
This time we are celebrating summer fun with our sponsor The Skinny Cow, who recently launched their newest too-good-to-be-true treat, Skinny Dippers.
Since my greatest weakness is dessert – especially ice cream -The Skinny Cow is my kind of company! I am all about indulging in my favorite treats in a responsible manner. That means finding treats that taste insanely good, but don’t pad my waist with a crazy amount of fat and calories.
So when The Skinny Cow wrote me to tell me about their latest creation, Skinny Dippers, it was all I could do to not jump in my car and go buy some of these dreamy treats.
Weighing in at just 80 calories per pop, the perfectly-portioned chocolate-dipped ice cream snacks are available in rich vanilla, creamy caramel and refreshing mint flavors. Skinny Dippers contain no trans fats or artificial sweeteners and are only 3 grams of fat, making them a great option for guilt-free indulgence for the entire family.
But before I went on a Skinny Dippers hunt, I thought, “Hmmmm… The Skinny Cow sounds like the perfect sponsor for a summer fun photo contest…”
Which brings us back to YOU and YOUR PHOTOS!!! Let’s have some photo contest/carnival fun!
The theme for the contest is Summer Fun – which leaves it wide open for your creativity. Your photos can be of kids, adults, animals… anything that represents summer fun to you! Just keep the shots family friendly please.
Here is how our “Summer Fun” photo contest/carnival will work:
- For the next two weeks, we will accept entries. We are looking for photos that reveal the spirit of summer fun – however you want to do that. Entry deadline is Wednesday, August 13th, 3pm EST.
- If you are a blogger, post your photo on your site and then come back here and add your link to the Mr. Linky. (In your post on your blog, you can explain that it is a part of this contest and link back here. Explaining your photo is totally optional. If it adds to it, write about it. If you would rather let the picture do all the talking, that is great too.)
- If you are not a blogger – you can still play!!! Just email us your photo, with the subject line Summer Fun Photo Contest, to 5minutesformom @ gmail dot com. (Please add your image into the copy of the email so that we do not have to open attachments.)
- We will post the finalists on Friday, August 15th. If you are selected as a finalist, feel free to announce it on your blog, facebook, twitter, etc and get your friends to vote for you. That is fair game. But please play fair and do not use proxy servers or other black hat methods of increasing your votes. If we do discover unfair practices, we will have to disqualify the parties involved. Remember the spirit of our site and play nice!
- Voting will end Friday, August 29th, 3pm EST. We will announce the winner the same day! 🙂
This contest is only open to US residents, and please enter only one of your best photos. (So sorry Canadians, Aussies, etc! As Canadians, we feel your pain! However if you are not a US resident and thus not eligible for the prizes, you can still participate in the carnival fun. In our Motherhood Photo Contest we had an Aussie who participated on her blog and won an honorable mention with her fantastic photo. So join in anyway – don’t miss out on the photo carnival fun–just be sure to state clearly in the entry that you are not eligible for the prize.)
Entries are now CLOSED. We will post the Finalists on Friday, August 15th.
Love summer, love photos, love kids. What a great idea!!
Jamy Bailey says
Yay for contests! Especiallyl where I get to show off my cute kids! The problem is always the same: picking a favorite…
Kristen Archer says
I love photography! I saw this link from my friends website and I had to enter this picture of my little girl. She is so hilarious!
Thanks so much for the summer fun 🙂 It has been great going to look at all of the summer time photos.
Sandy (Momisodes) says
Sorry, here’s my link: http://www.momisodes.com/?p=976
Sandy (Momisodes) says
I have 5 minutes left!!! I just entered and posted my entry 🙂 Thanks so much for the opportunity!
Roxanne at TG Photography says
Yea ! Thanks for allowing me to enter the contest. I had known about it a while back and then forgot!
Dawn Hudson says
Really hope we win! Great idea now that summer is wrapping up!
Lil Foots Mommy says
Just in time!
Krissy Alexander says
Pick me, pick me!!! 🙂
Phew, made it….
What a generous giveaway!
There are some truly amazing photos on here. WOW…y’all have your work cut out for you!
Jessica Stier says
Yay! I made it in time. It was hard to pick one!
I knew exactly what photo to enter. Little boys in the dirt is the epitome of summer fun! Mmm.. Skinny cow sounds yummy!
What a great contest idea! There are so many beautiful pictures out there! Good luck everyone!
Tammy W. says
Hard to pick just one when you have 6 kids but here are the girls having a blast building a sandcastle at the beach.
Yay! A contest! Glad I made it in time!
My entry is here.
There are some really great photos on here.
I thought these represented summer in different ways. To my son, summer is about climbing and exploring. To my husband, its fishing. My dd2 loves camping because she gets her dad all to herself lol. She loves playing in the sand.
What a fun contest and great pictures!
How fun! Living in Orlando we have summer 75% of the year… lol! I entered a pic of my sun playing in the pond, I mean puddle created by one of our many afternoon storms
Erika J. says
My husband and I have been on Weight Watchers for several weeks now and recently discovered Skinny Cow products. I have tried the Skinny dippers and I love them! Although the store didn’t carry the mint flavor, I will have to keep an eye out for that one! Yum! These products let you feel like you are indulging without all of the calories and fat!
Andrea J says
Fun Summer contest!! There are a lot of great photos. Good luck choosing the finalist 🙂
Such great photos from everyone!!
I just entered mine :o)
Oops, spelled something wrong in my URL, and I’m sure thousands of people will want to flock to my blog after enjoying my witty comments…so here it is spelled right this time…fingers crossed.
I’ve never entered a contest before; now I have. They say you never forget your first…
Oh, it was so hard to pick one picture!!! Thanks for another fun contest! Y’all are the best.
Sarah Buki says
I dont know how you are going to choose. Just looking at all the photos. There are some really artistic ones, really fun ones, and silly ones. Great shots ladies!!!
Laura S. says
Saw this contest posted on another’s friends blog and couldn’t resist. What a great idea.
The Apron Queen says
Couldn’t make up my mind which post best represented summer. Ended up submitting three. Feel like I’m suffing the ballot box! 🙂 Please let me know if I can’t have more than 1 entry & I’ll decide which one I really like best!
Thanks for the great contest!
This is a great site! Thanks for hosting the contest (sorry about my redo!).
I’ve got my pic up… “Days of Summer!”
thank you for this chance! I had so many pictures I could have posted, but this one has always stuck in my mind when I think of the kids in the summer! 🙂
OK so I had a hard time finding a “good” picture. I think I need a new camera 🙂 but I tried…It was fun looking at everyone’s photos..some really cool ones…probably hard to narrow it down, so I will help you..PICK ME! 🙂
I had a terrible time choosing a photo!
What a great contest. LOVE looking at all the wonderful photos!
I posted the wrong URL….ooops, I figured it out. You can tell I don’t blog much.
My wife entered a picture of our daughter on her blog but I couldn’t resist entering this picture of my son! This has motivated me to start blogging.
Thanks for the contest!!!! Love your site and can’t wait to see the finalist!!!!
love the contest…great theme.
I had a tough time choosing which of my photos most clearly screamed “summer fun”… I hope I made a good choice!?!
I am so excited about entering your contest! I have really enjoyed looking at the entries and can’t wait to see the finalists!
Earth Muffin says
Pick me! Oh, pick me! Pick me!
Sweet Serendipity says
Great contest and some great competition! Crossing my fingers 😀
Just a Flipflop Mom says
Thanks for letting me enter!! Ü What a fun contest!!!
Shannon (My3Sons) says
I’m so excited to find this site and enter this contest. Thanks to my friend Rebecca for letting me know about it! So many cute pics!!!
Cindy Reed says
What a fun contest!! I’ve entered my photo — but e-mailed it rather than providing a URL.
Thank you for the fun contest! Here is a picture of me and my girlfriends water babies lol
What a great contest! I’ve entered and now am excited to go look at all the other entries.
I almost forgot! And we love Skinny Cow at our house. Great contest. Good luck to everyone!
Thanks for another fun giveaway opportunity!
I had so much fun looking at all the pictures that were submitted that I decided to enter too!
Meg Munson says
I LOVE this contest! There are some really great pictures on here and it looks like everyone is really enjoying their summer!
Good luck to all who have entered!
What a fun contest!!!
Also, Thank you so much for having me participate in your contest! I have never done anything like this before…. I never knew I would get this nervous, excited, and feel like a kid again! Thank you!
I feel blessed that my friend Jenn told me about this contest. I have never entered a contest like this before so let the FUN begin!
I am submitting our two daughters who love to play out side everyday especially in the water and with each other. I like this picture because it clearly shows how much fun our girls have even being 6 years apart! It’s not too often your oldest daughter (12) wants to play with her little sister (6) 😉
What a fun contest! Thanks for hosting this.
I almost forgot about this – the first picture (not the collages) is my entry…
Yay! I love these contests.
You can go ahead and delete #349 cuz I added my link wrong. Sorry about that!
I had a few fun summer pictures to choose from but by far, this is the perfect picture! What do you think? Thanks for the great contest! Can’t wait to see the results 🙂
Hello, what a great contest & lots of fun! I entered one of my daughter swimming as that is what she has GREATLY enjoyed this summer! 🙂 Thanks, Michelle
So fun! Thanks for hosting such a terrific contest!
I just loaded my picture. I had a hard time deciding.
Amy Nabors says
it was tough to pick a favorite summer photo. can’t wait to see the finalist.
There are some great summer photos here! I can’t wait to finish looking at them. I knew right away exactly which photo of my kids to enter 🙂
what a great contest, can’t wait to see the finalists!
I am very excited to have just joined the many mommy bloggers! You two are a great team! Thanks for guiding the way!
Wonderful contest! Who doesn’t love sharing pics of their precious little ones!
what a great way to end the summer! You guys rock 🙂
Great contest! And I do love the Skinny Cow!
I don’t have a blog yet (will soon!) and I’m not sure how to embed a photo into the email without it showing up as an attachment, so I hope it’s okay if I directly link to the image in an online album!
Who could ask for a better combination? Summer Fun and Skinny Cow!!
John Deere Mom says
What an awesome contest! And to be sponsored by ice cream? It’s like it was made for me! 😉
What a fun theme. Thanks!
Great contest! I’m posted. 🙂
What a fun contest, I’ve had so much fun looking through the pictures.
Leah Juarez says
Just entered via e-mail!! Great contest…Thanks!!
😀 😀 😀
Tracy B says
At 80 calories, I can have two and still not feel terrible! This will be a hard contest to judge!
I love skinny cow bars – just as much as I love swimming in the lake during the summer. My entry is #309, taken at sunset on Lake Minnetonka, MN. Thanks for your consideration of my lake-action, summer fun photo!
Jessica Dietzel says
I love your photo contest. Hope i get a chance to win!
What a FUN contest! Thanks 🙂
Judith Shakespeare says
Great contest! Thanks!
This is one great contest. Should be alot of fun!
Summer is almost over for us. We start school in a few days, but our wonderful summer memories will last a lifetime.
Secret Agent Mama says
My submission was originally a Love Thursday post that I do often. It’s of my dad and my kids, on a hot summer day!!
Great contest idea for the end of the summer!
Tina Wright says
Please enter me into your contest I would love to win.
Your site is really fun & amazing.
What fun! Now to go explore the other entries ….
Hey, this was my first contest to enter and it was so much fun to try and find and/or take the best picture that captures summer. I had it narrowed down to three and this one was my favorite – the popsicle! Thanks for doing this!
This is our first photo contest and Im excited to see how everything goes!! Good Luck To Everyone!
What a great way to end the summer. Thanks for hosting the contest.
Karen S says
How fun! I entered Boys’ Dream…a boating trip with the family…sunny-salty fun and ice cream!!!
summer fun! i can’t wait to see all the pictures…i know the perfect one for my/our entry!
Megans Aunt Cee Cee says
LOVE this idea! We are so excited to participate!!
yeah i entered i hope i win. i really need this money.
Stacy G. says
At the recommendation of another friend who entered this contest, I decided it’d be fun to just submit.
Man, it sure would be exciting to win! I’ve never won an online contest yet so maybe my chances are getting better? I MUST think positively. I’m sure there are lots of fabulous photos out there. Have fun choosing!
I entered this contest using a photo of some flowers my kids brought me. Hope you enjoy!
Z's Mom says
Hi all….what a cool contest. Those skinny cows are making me hungry. I can’t remember who turned me on to this site, but glad I found it.
All of those pictures are great!!!!
(but pick mine, pick mine…) 😉
saw this on a friends blog and had to enter, but i will be emailing in my photo, can’t wait to see what you guys pick!
Oh it was hard, but my wonderful readers were kind enough to help me pick the perfect picture. It has been fun participating and you haven’t even picked a winner yet!
Thanks for the chance to win, can’t wait to see the finalists.
sandi lou says
what a great contest! thank you for the opportunity to be a part of it!
I ended up linking twice…sorry! I did it wrong the first time. I now have my correct link up.
Jaci Spain says
This is my first contest to enter with ya’ll! I’m looking forward to being a part of it! Thanks!
What a fun contest!!! I love summer and what a fun way to see what everyone loves about the best time of the year!
Amanda Skinner says
The Skinney Dippers sound yummy, and I need to lose some baby weight, so if I win maybe I’ll buy $500 worth of Skinny Dippers!! Hmm, then again, maybe that’s not the best way to lose weight…anyhow, here’s my entry!
I don’t envy your job…having to choose between all those cute pictures. I only regret not entering a fun silly picture of both my boys enjoying the summer.
Just Jamie says
Skinny Cow … mmm… Skinny Dippers? Holy Delicious sounding!
Swimming pics, of course. If that’s not summer fun for my kids, then I don’t know what is. Looking forward to seeing the finalists.
CanCan (Mom Most Traveled) says
I’m all posted!
Awwww, I was so excited till I read ‘not open to Canadians’.
It was a fun task anyway, thanks for the idea!
Many great photos and thought I would throw mine into the ring. However, I am clearly the minority here being the stay at home dad! 🙂
what a fun contest! it’s been fun to look through so many of the photo’s! it’s going to be tough to choose, i’m sure!
this is the first time i have visited your blog. seems like a great place for moms! thanks!
Pamela Kramer says
Keeping our fingers crossed over here. Great contest. Thank you!
Awesome contest! Lots of fun photos!
Wow what a great contest!! Thank you so much!
Chef's Widow says
Catcher & Louisiana Splash Fest 2008
great giveaway girls! Way to go! It was hard picking my favorite picture… I’d hate to be the one narrowing down the field!
I have posted my pic… here is the link…
From the Crown Fountain in Chicago’s Millenium Park
I just entered and am #231….here is my comment.
Thanks for the chance!
Thanks for another great giveaway. I have loved looking at all the pictures. I do not envy the person who has to narrow them down!!!
What a fun contest! This is fun!
What a fun contest! I just put my link up!
Gwyn Valverde says
This is fun. What great pics!!!
All the summer pics are amazing….kinda making me sad that summer is nearing an end. Need to move south, way south…..keep summer alive!
*crosses fingers and prays*
….this is the first photo contest I have participated in….good luck to all!
What a fun idea!! I love looking at everyone else’s “spirit of summer fun” – cherishing the moments as it will come to an end all too soon – here in the midwest anyway 🙂
Thanks for the photo opportunity!
Geri C says
Whoo-hoo! What a great contest! I have seen so many great pics. Thanks!
Allison Byrd says
I love skinny cows and I love seeing the pictures of all the cute kids enjoying summer!
Tina - Golden Goodness says
Ooo, come see my picture and enter me! 🙂
Great contest. I enjoyed looking through all the fun photos.
What a fun summer contest! I love browsing through all of the pics….looks like everyone is having LOTS of fun this summer!
This is sooo much fun!
Amy R. says
Thanks for having this fun contest! I love skinny cow bars!
Thanks for such a fun contest!!
Marie King says
Thanks for the contest and the blog!
pineapple princess says
I love kids.
I love water.
I love kids having fun in the water.
I also love skinny cow.
Thanks for the fun contest!
Okeydoke, I’ve entered. Should be fun….
Very cool contest!
fun fun summer – so glad to let you be a part of it!
Some great photos there, ladies!
Thanks for hosting the contest. I love seeing the final entries.
I love photo contests, and certainly wouldn’t be disappointed about winning that prize!
Hiya! Could you possibly delete my accidental entry (yeah, no link…I’m a genius), #167 and just leave up the one with the link? Sorry ’bout that!
Great contest. Love all the pictures!
Thanks for this very fun contest! My entry is actually the second picture (the one of my little girl) on the blog entry.
Mrs. H says
Posted my pic! Thanks for the contest! Thanks to Skinny Dippers as well!
My picture is of my little girl chasing waves in California. The picture was snapped right before the wave got her and was totally soaked. The picture on my blogs header is of the same beach. ENJOY!
Looks like everyone had a great summer!
I’m excited about the contest! I had the perfect picture to enter of my 2 year old daughter swinging!
Thanks for having this great contest It gave me a home for my favorite picture from this summer 🙂
Picture is under Jennifer @ http://thedirtyshirt.typepad.com
Hannah C. says
I am the Hannah C. in the contest! My daughter is sliding into a pool in the picture.
Thanks for the fun contest!!
Fun! Now I must go get some Skinny Cow – oh how I love those things!
exciting! I loved looking at everyone else’s pictures!
Stephanie Reed says
Thanks for the wonderful contest. Thanks your cool sponsor, too!
This is a blast for this photo fanatic!! Another excuse to take a million pictures!
SO excited to see who wins!
Ive never entered a photo contest before. How fun is this?? I love all the photos of Summer Fun.
How hard it was to choose just one! 🙂
I love looking at everyones pictures, thank you!
Thank you for this contest! Summer is my favorite time of year…I knew just what picture I wanted to enter. Can’t wait to look through everyone’s photos!
I love skinny cow, and I am looking forward to seeing everyones entries! Thanks for hosting this fun contest. 🙂
it’s the first picture in this post…my son is a trip! 🙂
Midwest Mommy says
I love this contest for many reasons!
I have to say it is the only contest where I have actually kept coming back to check out everyone’s photos. I love taking pics and I love seeing what other people are doing.
This is great!
I love my picture entry. I believe it shows how much swimming can be for little ones.
Army Wife says
This is a great idea! I love this site and I love seeing all the pics that have been submitted.
Becca Carter says
Gave this site a mention and posted the photo I would have entered if I didn’t live in Canada.
And I definitely want Skinny Dippers now!
This is the first contest that I have ever entered! Thanks for the opportunity. I have never eaten a Skinny Cow, but I would sure like to be one! HaHa!
I have seen so many great pictures! Do we vote after the 15th when the finalist are anounced? Kim
For some reason my link isn’t working. Sorry about that. Anyway, it’s mamadance.wordpress.com. Thanks!
Midwest Mommy says
You guys are the best!
Thanks for the contest. I’ll be sure to try some of those skinny cows!
What a great contest and can’t wait to go to the grocery store!
Thanks for having such a fun contest for us wanna be photographers!
this is my first contest. yay! 🙂
Lots of great photos! My photo is now up, Thanks.
I would LOVE if you could erase my last name from my post….
I am new to blogging, but I am really enjoying it! Thanks for the fun photo contest!!!
Fun Fun! I was torn on which photo to enter. Went with one of my favorites. 🙂
This is my first blog photo contest! It was so fun to go through my photo archives of summer pic’s! Hard to choose though. I hope I win $500. the day before my BIRTHDAY! I will have to celebrate with the Skinny Cow! ;o)
Stephanie B. Shaw says
What a great idea! I’m entering one of my favorite pictures ever.
Great pics!! I love summer!!
Karyn Hughes says
I love summer pictures!
Great idea! I’m really loving everyone’s pictures!
This is such a fun idea, can’t wait to see all the fun pictures!
This looks like so much fun — Thanks for the contest — I added my photo to my blog.
LOVE this!! everyone has SUCH great pictures!
Oooh…great contest! I’m so excited!
Awesome contest ladies! :o)
I didn’t mean to post twice. The first post I just linked my blog and not the actual pictures. Great contest!
This is the first time that I have entered a photo contest online. This is really neat.
Christine the Soccer Mom says
What a fun contest! And I’ve been SO busy with pictures this Summer. The one I linked to is just one of my favorites of my girls from early Summer.
How fun! This is my first time on this site, but I have to enter my picture of my chubby baby in her swimsuit!
Valerie Mitchell says
What a wonderful prize!
This is so cool! I’m entering mine.
I love seeing all of the summer fun photos!
What a great contest! I knew the exact picture I was going to use when I read the title. I can’t wait to see others’ pictures.
Thanks for this contest. I already make a post about this in my blog. Cheers.
Yipee! Another photo contest! I enjoy the contests so much. It’s fun to look at all the entries!
WOW! $500.00 would be awesome. It would be a great help on back to school shopping! It’s sad to see summer winding down already! The upside, we’ll have lots of fun memories to keep us through the long winter while looking forward to next summer!
Thanks a bunch 5 minutes for moms for another generous opportunity to win something great!
Mine’s up! I’ve got a killer sweet tooth, so here’s hoping I win!
Thanks for the great contest! Summer + Babies = Awesome Cuteness. 🙂
I love taking pictures and if nothing else at least some people may come look at my beautiful kids! Thanks for the contest!
Thanks for the chance!
We love summer here, its hard to pick just one picture. I look forward to seeing all the fun shots!
Shannon, PHAT Mommy says
Kids, swimming and colorful popsicles – that definitely says summer!
I'm The Mom (Stacy) says
I love your photo contests!!!
Grasping for Objectivity in my Subjective Life says
Oops (blush) I guess I’m not so good at reading directions after all.
workout mommy says
summer fun for us always means the beach!
Adventures In Babywearing says
Oh how fun! I have a feeling I am not eligible, but I LOVE SKINNY COWS!!!
Jen-The Mom says
I’m entered, thanks for the fabulous contest!
I entered one of my daughter having a wonderful time on the beach. We live near the coast of South Carolina, and the beach is summer fun for us! Great contest.
The post I linked to has 3 pictures in it, but since the rules say to submit 1, I’d like to submit the first one, of my son being thrown by Dad.
So hard to pick just one!
I entered a photo of my two daughters heading down an enchanting path towards the beach this Summer. This is one of my favorite photos of them because it tells a story of its own: little Meredith following her big sister Lydia and the purity and wonder of childhood! Thanks for the contest!
Grasping for Objectivity in my Subjective Life says
Oh I LOVE your photo contests!! I hope you don’t mind that I couldn’t narrow it down to just ONE entry – that’s asking a lot!! I read your rules multiple times and it didn’t say anything about one entry per person, so I’m having summer fun picking out my summer fun pictures!!!
Thanks, ladies, you are the best!!
I’ll be working on it.
Sarah Galbraith says
oohh, i am so excited…I have never entered my pictures in a contest before!! thanks for having these!! i cant wait to try the skinny cow bars!
Amy C. says
I’m so excited for another photo contest! I think I’ll run to the store, buy some Skinny Dippers, and eat them one by one while I wait to see the contest results. 🙂
Thanks for the opportunity!
What a fun contest! I LOVE LOVE LOVE the Skinny Cow fudge bars. They are the best fudge bars ever. Seriously, get thee to the store and buy some right away. They rock.
Interesting…the photo I entered was named “Summer Fun”. As soon as I read about the contest I knew exactly which picture to enter.