The Winners: Olympus E-PL8 & Elf on the Shelf 2016 Photo Competition

If you’ve followed our Elf on the Shelf competition sponsored by the Olympus E-PL8 you’ll no doubt by now be desperate to know who the lucky winners are! 

Well wonder no more, we’re delighted to reveal to you our favourite – and winning – top three entries! If you haven’t seen the twenty shortlisted finalists you can check them all out here – no doubt you’ll laugh, be amazed and totally in awe of the creativity of some of our Mum Central elf fans!

Firstly, what will the lucky winner be receiving? Well they’ll be cheering as they score the hottest camera around, the Olympus E-PL8! Here’s what you need to know about the prize…

The Olympus E-PL8 is as much of a fashion statement as it is a great family camera. It produces DSLR image quality (and is amazing in low light) plus a selfie mode (super cute for shooting yourself with the kids) and it even links with your mobile phone via Wi-Fi for image sharing. It’s got a range of filters if you love to amp up your images, has interchangeable lenses, comes in three cool leather style finishes for a cool retro meets tech look and it’s totally portable being what we’d describe as ‘handbag size’. As a mum this is super important because you want to capture those gorgeous images #allthetime right? But who wants to lug a tonne of gear around with them? Not us!

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Our grand winner goes under the Instagram handle of Mrs Park! Olympus loved her entry because they couldn’t believe the skill to get the kitty cat to hold still long enough and take the shot! Well done mum and her furry friend! There’s an awesome new Olympus camera coming your way! Woohoo!

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Our first runner up for sheer commitment to Elf magic is Tina Blackhall! We totally admire and respect how much effort goes into festively wallpapering a bathroom in Elf pics! Well done Tina you’ll score a new Elf to add to the collection – imagine what you can do next year with double the trouble!


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Second runner up is Jo Harding! A girl after our own heart Jo really knows how to throw a party and the image showed her Elf getting down with his toy robot friends! Complete with a disco ball and mini fairy lights what’s not to love? The Elf doing the splits is just the icing on this fun cake! Jo scores a new Elf to add to the family’s magic next year!

Thanks to everyone who enjoyed the fun of Elf on the Shelf this Christmas and with over 2,000 entries judging was hard so thank you for your efforts and we hope that we can bring you some more magical fun this Christmas.

We hope your Elf on the Shelf bought you and your children so much laughter, happiness and beautiful family memories this Christmas! We also hope the parents enjoyed the challenge and fun of being an Elf-loving parent! Don’t forget to follow Mum Central for more competitions!

Lastly, a huge thank you to Olympus for providing this fabulous and hotly contested prize! Don’t forget if you’re thinking of a new camera this year you can’t go past the Olympus E-PL8 for capturing those all-important family memories in beautiful rich colours and amazing detail!


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Belinda's a passionate advocate for community and connection. As the founder of the Mum Central Network she’s committed to celebrating the journey that is Australian parenthood. Mum to two cheeky boys, and wife to her superstar husband, they live a busy but crazy lifestyle in Adelaide. Great conversation, close friends and good chocolate are her chosen weapons for daily survival. Oh, and bubbles. Champagne is key.

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