Holiday Photo Card Challenge: Special Prize Winners (Part 1)

Each year Minted hosts our highly anticipated holiday photo card competition in search of the best and freshest holiday card designs. The results blew us away! Independent designers from all over the world stepped up to the challenge—we received an incredible 4,103 submissions from 481 artists. The winners below each stood out in one of our special prize categories. Congratulations, winners! Check back tomorrow for more special prize winners.

Can’t Pick Just One Award for the best design that showcases multiple photos – our customers often can’t pick just one!

“Etched Greetings” by Misa

Misa’s casual holiday collage is such a fun way to feature multiple family photos on a card! The rough edges of the photos perfectly match the chalk-texture type and the lovely rustic foliage illustration. “Etched Greetings” is so beautifully balanced while still maintaining a casual feel.

“Our Favorite Moments” by Pistols

We loved Melissa’s design so much that we decided we “couldn’t pick just one” winner! “Our Favorite Moments” is beautifully soft, with gorgeous watercolor-textured frames and washi tape in a sweet and chic mint and grey color scheme. We love how the captions will let customers really tell the story of their year!

Runners Up:

Laughing All the Way Award for the funniest card that just makes you laugh

“Season of Miracles No. 2” by The Detroit Card Co.

Cara and Genna are a dream team! The clever copy is so relatable, and “Season of Miracles No. 2” will put a smile on anyone’s face when they take it out of the mailbox. And it’s not just the copy that caught our attention –  we’re also such fans of the simple and bold two-photo layout and the eye-catching field of turquoise.

Runners Up:

Visionary Award for the most unconventional, unique design in the challenge that you wouldn’t find on any other site

“Velvet Ribbon” by Snow and Ivy

We just love seeing something that we’ve never seen before, and couldn’t help but give this award to two ultra-fresh designs! In “Velvet Ribbon,” Hailey so skillfully goes outside the box. The ribbon and pinecones, which Hailey photographed herself, are so classic and yet combine to such a modern effect. The white space, clean type, and subtle gradient at the bottom of the photo are the perfect details to finish this stunning card. Great job, Hailey!

“urbanist” by annie clark

“Urbanist” is not for shrinking violets! We love how bold Annie was with this design, combining super-clean type with a splash of bright yellow. But the standout feature of this card is the large type spelling out “bright” bleeding off the edges. We can’t get enough of the way the “bri” is echoed at the bottom of the card.

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  1. Kerry

    Congrats, everyone!

  2. Kim Dietrich Elam

    Great work! Congrats, all!

  3. lori

    Love these picks!! Congrats, everyone!! 🙂

  4. beautiful work Misa nicely done congratulation and even more success