Holiday Photo Card Challenge: Special Prize Winners (Part 5)

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!

Traditional Take Award for the design that best uses traditional holiday or Christmas colors such as red & green or blue & white

“So Very” by Angela Marzuki

Angela’s red and white design is “so very” chic! Minimal but festive, this card puts on a modern spin on traditional holiday colors. The understated text and perfectly executed frame – complete with just a hint of mint green – work together to make the customer’s photo the main focus of the design.

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Auld Lang Syne Award for the best design that is specifically a New Year’s card

“Engraved Year” by Phrosné Ras

Phrosné combines her talents for intricate illustrations, fresh color palettes, and clean layouts in “Engraved Year”! The gorgeous ornate numbers are the stars of this design, and the clever use of color shows off every detail. The illustrations fit the numbers perfectly without feeling like they’ve been cut off or crowded in, which is no easy feat – even if Phrosné makes it look effortless!

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Newbie Award for the best design by a first-time entrant

“Beach Joy” by Erika Firm


Erika hit it out of the park in her first Minted challenge! We love how “Beach Joy”is super modern while still being playful. The texture in the word “joy”gives the card a personal, hand-done feel which provides the perfect counterpoint to the clean and minimalist family name and year. Welcome to Minted, Erika!

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Customer Favorite Award as rated by Minted customers

“Merry & Bright Hand Lettered” by Annie Mertlich

Annie blew us away with her 4th place win in her very first Minted challenge, and so we’re not surprised that “Merry & Bright Hand Lettered” was a hit with our customers as well! Annie’s hand-lettering is so festive and has so much movement, and the texture of the lettering lends a vintage feel. Great job, Annie!

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  1. Kim Dietrich Elam

    Great work – congrats, everyone!

  2. Congrats everyone a job well done