My year of winning competitions

When I first moved to Sydney, for some reason I started entering competitions, quite obsessively in fact. I’d always scoffed at those people who enter competitions for a living, but very quickly I started to win stuff. It wasn’t even like I was entering loads of competitions – just one or two a week. And it worked unbelievably well.

That’s not to say all the prizes were that good – I found the key was to enter competitions indiscriminately. So for every VIP yacht trip, you end up with something pretty shitty like a family pack of tuna, or a desk fan. But hey, that’s the competition roller coaster right?

Here’s a summary of what I got in 12 months:

  • Audi A3 for the weekend
  • A days sailing on a VIP yacht at Sydney Regatta with unlimited champagne
  • Sailing lessons on the harbor
  • Henry Lloyd jackets  and polo shirts
  • Designer sunglasses
  • Tickets to Sydney outdoor cinema
  • Tickets to ‘summer music festival’ Moore Park
  • Tickets to Chinese Laundry garden Party
  • Best of VICE hardback photo book
  • Pair of tickets to see Ladysmith Black Mambaza at State Theatre
  • Kings of Leon tickets at Sydney Entertainment Centre
  • A case of fine wine
  • Numerous cinema tickets
  • Ten bowling passes at AMF

And that’s it. I’ve since become disillusioned with competitions and don’t enter them anymore.

Image used under Creative Commons, courtesy of All Seeing Angler

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