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I did some statistics today on competitions and figured out that the most common contests are still tablet PCs and smart phone. I think that has been the case for two years now. Quite surprising I find. Do organizers not come up with better ideas? Or at least other ideas?
Now the other thing I checked was what our visitors to Aussie Contests actually interested in. Having loocked at what people click on until my eyes got tired I can fonfirm that indeed you are still very much interested in consumer electronics and most of all in these tables and smartphones! With most people having the gadget already why would you want a 2nd one? Well I guess you can always give one to your mum.

Having figured out that I wondered whether you guys are more into Apple or Samsung. With many of my friends actually trying out Samsung after being long time Apple addicts I was really curious. Again looking at our clicks I can conclude it is something Apple vs. Samsung 7:3!

Whatever your preference is I can recommend either of these two competitions to help you get a Christmas present for yourself:
win_Apple_iPad win_Samsung_Galaxy

Just to let you know both of these are sponsored competitions. The two contests are organized by Planet49 and Cohort, respectively. I have looked into what they do and can confirm that these are genuine contests where the prizes are given out.
If you are still not sure if you want to be an Apple or Samsung owner you can always join both and let your luck decide. Or browse other contests with electronic gadgets here:
more electronics gadgets for the undecided

I got some email saying that there was a weird ad on my page. That made me think and I paid more attention to what actually is appearing myself. Just to let you know how this works: The ads that are showing are not actually selected by me. I just signed up with some network and they show ads that are supposed to be of interest to the audience of my page. Now how that should work I do not know but I think most of the times the ads are ok. I saw one however which I thought was quite funny if not to say useless:
The ad has these "before and after" pictures showing in rotation:
Face Before Face After

I first thought it was about lifting but it actually was a photo studio offering an extensive photoshop job on the pictures they take of you. I would say if the results is like this one might as well just get a picture of somebody else who is prettier haha!

What makes more sense to me is cosmetics and you can find all current competitions to win cosmetics in this list: Win cosmetics.

My favourite one is this one:
The clou with this prize is the blue thingy. That is to make my nail polish harden faster or better if I get that right. I would buy it because I wonder whether that actually works but for free I really want it quite urgently!

P.S. On the topic of the ads - please let me know if you see something on my page that you find is not appropriate. I will try and get it removed! Thanks

When you enter many competitions, the amount of your incoming mail will increase. Organizers sending you newsletters, promotions and offers – and in between all of this maybe THE email you have been waiting for – you WON! You definitely don’t want to miss this so it is important to have a good overview and check your email regularly. You may want to set up a filter to search for typical words.

Competitions and my email
Alternatively you could open another email account to be used especially for competitions. It is nothing wrong with that, the organizers can still reach you with their offers. Although keep in mind that some promoters actually have fun and interesting newsletters and you do not want to miss out on any good offers!

Thanks to all who have send me your thoughts and wish list on the most popular prizes you would like to see in Australian competitions. One thing that surprised me was that to win an iPad (or iPad mini) came up on top! So many competitions are available to win Apple iPad so I guess they get that right!

Here is the hit list based on the replies I got
  1. an iPad
  2. grocery or supermarket vouchers
  3. holidays
On holidays there was obviously a lot of destinations but top on the list was Europe as well as resorts in Thailand and Bali and the like.
Here is a compilation of some of those popular prizes for you
  1. win an Apple iPad or iPad Mini
  2. win shopping vouchers
  3. win a holiday in Bali and other Asian destinations
Thanks for all who contributed and let me know if you are looking for other prizes yet. Will look for you wishlist!

I got a mail from a visitor of our page asking where the caption contests would be. Actually, that is a very good point indeed. I cannot recall a single caption contest that I put up in the last few months. Even when searching today I could only find one that was still active and a handful that expired recently. Also they seem to be set up more by individual rathan than any of the bigger organizers. That's a pity! I reckon more caption contests could get more people excited about joining just for the fun of participating.

Caption contests - we want more
While I am on the lookout for more picture caption contests I can recommend to check who seem to have a caption contest quite regularly.

Thanks to George who brought this up and to all organizers of competitions: please give us more caption contests!

There is quite a lot of Facebook competitions around nowadays. Often they are very easy to enter with all being required of you is too like the page. Usually when that is the case the organizer wants to use this to increase is "fan base". I doubt whether that really works for them but whatever let's us get the freebie is kind of fine with us I guess.
One thing you should remember with those "Like and Win" competitions is that it is easy enough too enter of course but it also may end up with your Facebook wall being swamped by the organizers promotional messages broadcasted to all your friends. Also the easy entry may mean that lots and lots of people will join thereby reducing your chances to win dramatically.

Here you can find a compilation of Facebook Competitions

Competitions for children have become very popular recently so I have decided to set up a dedicated category just for stuff to win for kids. Here you can find toys, children activities or even family holidays with special stuff for kids. There is also children's books to be won as well as educational prizes. Major organizers like Kiwi Families are listed in this category.

Visit Competitions for kids and get freebies for your children.

I am so egg-cited...
Must confess that I have a soft spot for Creme Eggs so this competition is perfect for me. I remember eggs-actly when I first tasted one many years ago and I have been hooked ever since. Maybe I can pluck up the courage to finally confess my feelings in a love letter to Creme Egg - because that is what you have to do to enter this competition in order to win a hamper full of Cream Eggs!

I had a look at the entry form and it doesn't look too difficult, you egg-ctually only have to fill in a few blank spaces and your love letter will be generated, so you don't have to be particularly creative to take part. So, who, egg-cept me, wants to win this great prize? Just click on the Creme Egg below:


Well it works for me! Browsing through competitions, signing up for stuff, hoping for a win and everynow winning something is really fun for me.

Today I found a competition which I find really fun to join. This contest to win a trip around the world for 6 (SIX!) months and all expenses paid (WOW!) is just dramatically tempting:
Ultimate Holiday Competition
You should check it out. Participation alone is quite exciting with creative elements, photos and a video to be submitted. Really quite demanding but also a fund project to do with family or friends!

If that does not work for you can always join the competition to win tickets to the Happiness and its Causes Conference in Melbourne:
Happiness and its Causes Conference in Melbourne

Recently, Jamie Oliver stuff comes up all over the place in competitions. Jamie Oiver frozen fish, Jamie Oliver pans, Jamie Oliver pots and Jamie Oliver cook books. The one thing missing is a competition for a date with him!

I have not found that yet but while we wait for that you can win Jamie Oliver stuff here.

Tips on how to win words or less competitions to increase your chances or winning. Words or less competitions are very common in Australia and often the odds are better than in other contests because of the additional hurdle for participation. Here is my guide to getting you close to winning that prize!

1 - Make the most of your chance

Words or less competitions give you that unique chance to win through skill rather than luck. So if it is a demanding question but on a topic where you know your stuff or just have a very creative moment you can really increase your chance of winning dramatically.

2 - Think about the jury

The winner of a Words Or Less competition is determined by a jury reviewing the various entries. Try to think about what those people in the jury and what they may be looking for in deciding on the winner. Also remember the jury may have a hard work to do with potentially thousands of entries. To make their life easier you want to make it a bit entertaining and not boring like all the other entries that those poor people have to go through.

3 - Be original in your answer

Don't just copy something good that you saw elsewhere. Chances are that the jury will check that and the original text may be found with just a quick search on Google. You need to come up with your own text to make your entry win.

4 - Make your answer a surprise

Again to stand out and make the jury notice your answer you want to write something that is different from what can be expected and what everybody else will submit as their entry. Your surprise answer could make people smile, laugh or be stunned. Either would do the job of making your entry special.

5 - Being funny may do the job

If you can manage to turn your words-or-less answer into a friendly joke go for it! Something funny that makes the jury smile and enjoy your entry definitely will help and increase your chances of winning the contest. Be a bit careful with making to harsh a joke on the product that you want to win as the jury may consist of marketing people promoting just that product. If you go too far they may not choose your entry which is supposed to be published as the winning entry to the public!

6 - Try a rhyme if you can

It is not an absolute must to make your entry a rhyme but if you find a way to do so go even better. It does not even be a perfect rhyme. A rhyme of words which is a bit off may even be funnier.

7 - Put in a personal note

If you have a personal story to share in your answer that can be interesting for the jury. Maybe how you or some family member would benefit so much from winning the prize or some funny incident that happened with friends or family related to what the words-or-less contest is about.

8 - Remember the words limit and mind your spelling

You really need to pay attention to the limit of words allowed in the words-or-less competition. Even if the jury really really loves your entry they would not be allowed to award you the prize if your entry is too long. The terms and conditions are legally binding so once published they really would not be allowed to deviate from them as that would be unfair to other entrants who stuck to the rules.
Not quite as strict as the word limit but also a possible pitfall is your spelling. You really should spellcheck your response using some online tool or wordprocessor. A spello in your answer definitely risks your entry being disqualified from the words or less competitions. The brand organizing the competition typically wants to publish the winning entry and they really do not want to publish something with a spelling mistake which would look embarrassing even for the jury. In particular, be careful with regards to the spelling of the brand and their products themselves. The jury would never let you through with a lapse on those.

9 - Name the product or brand name

Make some friendly reference to the product or brand name of the competition. After all the whole competition is likely to be a marketing activity for the organizer so they want what ever they try to promote to be mentioned.

10 - Do lots of Words-Or-Less entries

As always remember that your chances increase with more entries. Words-or-less competitions are skill games so by right you will not win by luck but by skill. However, if you have more entries you will of course have a higher possilibity of on of your entries being selected by the jury. Some words-or-less competitons actually allow for several entries per participants. This is because the organizer really wants to create some buzz for their competition and the more people write the better. Before you do multiple entries though check the terms and conditions whether this is really the case for the particular competition.
Then you can of course also enter many different words-or-less competitions from different websites. And when doing so you may even be able to 'recycle' some of the creative work you did in a previous competiton. After all the jury will be different so they would not know. And it is your own original work so there really isn't anything wrong with using that several times!

To better understand the basics read Australian words-or-less competitons and find the latest words-or-less competitions here.

Understand Words-or-Less to win in Australian competitions. Participating in a words-or-less competitions is very easy:
Strictly speaking to join a words-or-less competition you only need to write some text and comply with the word limit. So if it is a 25-words-or-less you really must not exceed that word limit or otherwise your entry will be disqualified no matter how good it is. Now that is easy enough but to make your entry a winner you also need to come up with something good that will capture the attention of the competition prize jury.
See my other blog for the complete guide to winning Australian words-or-less competitions.

Did you ever wonder why brands are actually doing words-or-less competitons? Words-or-less competitions are very very common in Australia for a number of reasons:
  1. They are fun to do
    Many people enjoy entering words-or-less competitions pretty much like they enjoy solving some puzzle.
  2. Words-or-less for marketing
    Competitions are often done by brands to create some buzz for their products. They may select words-or-less competitoins because this makes consumer engage with their product or brand as they get creative to write their winning entry.
  3. Legal reasons
    Words-or-less competitions are games of skill which do not require a licence for the organizer. This is different from lucky draws which are governed by the various states' trade promotion lottery acts. Thus, organizing a words-or-less competitions involves much less red tape than a straight lucky draw.

You can always find the latest Australian words-or-less competitions here.

Do you like Words-or-less competitions but have troubles finding them among the many competitons that are out there? In that case don't look further because we have them all summed up for you.

We have a dedicated page with just words-or-less contests for you. You can find all the latest Australian words-or-less competitions on this one page and it is updated all the time.

Alternatively you can also look for particular brands who always run words-or-less competitions. Here is a few of them:

Some tips on winning FB competitions that you may want to consider before you like and enter the next one on Facebook. Facebook competitions are often easy to enter but still you should be aware of a few things to increase your chance of winning on FB while avoiding some of the common pitfalls.

Know when to Like (and Unlike)

Many Facebook competitions require you to like the page as part of the entry or even before you can see the entry form. That is easy enough but you should also think through if an when you want to unlike it. Many compers just like the page to enter the draw and then unlike it as soon as they have entered - or so they think. If your plan is to only like the promoter's page for the sake of entering you should check the competition terms.
Some actually say that your entry only qualifies if you are still following that page at the point in time when they determine the winner. So if you unlike it prematurely you may have wasted your time as you would never actually have a chance to win.

Browse the terms and conditions

Reading those Ts&Cs is always boring but you may want to have a quick look at them just to make sure you understand what you need to do to win. Some brands do a good job show an excerpt of the most important things (how to enter, how to win, licence number if applicable) on the Facebook page so that you do not have to find it in all that legal text of the terms. One thing to note about the terms is whether they actually do exist. If there is no terms and conditions at all that is rather dubious and in violation of Australian law and Facebook rules. So I would recommend to stay away from anything that is lacking proper terms. Most likely you would waste your time as there is not actual prize to win.

Understand how to win

Apart from liking and maybe sharing with friends Facebook competitions are actually similar to other online competitions. The winner may be determined in a random draw, by jury decision on a 25 words or less contribution, some question and answer mechanism, a photo competition or a creative contest where the best entry wins. So in addition to liking the FB page you also need to perform the task, for example if it is a 25 words or less question to answer put some effort in and make sure you stick to the 25 words. Check also my tips on how to enter 25 words or less contests.

Avoid Facebook competitons that break FB rules

You may wonder why I bring this one up? In principle as a comper I agree that compliance with FB rules for competitions should not be my concern. However, it happens quite often that Facebook shuts down competitions or entire Facebook pages because they break the Facebook guidelines. When they do that you wasted your time with your competition entry as that competition is gone as well.
Brands should not do any of the following:
  • Run a competition directly on their Facebook wall (such as 'like this picture to win') but need to run it in a separate FB application
  • Request participants to ask friends to like the competition page as well.
  • Accept entries to a competiton just by a Like of a picture, posting or page.
  • Inform the winner on the Facebook wall. The rules say the winner needs to be contacted by mail or phone.
My advice would be to stay away from any competiton that violates those rules.

Careful with your data

If you are concerned about privacy you need to be extra careful with Facebook competitions. When the competition requires you to like the page your Facebook friends will be able to see that. If it is a creative or photo competition that you are entering it is likely that anybody on Facebook will see your picture, text or any other contribution that you made.
Some of the Facebook competition apps also request you to give permission to post onto your wall etc. If that is the case you may end up being drowned in postings by that brand. Not only may you not want to see that yourself but it may also be something that your FB friends find irritating.

Got into the mood for some FB comps? Then check out our listing of Australian Facebook competitions.

Lastly do remember:
Facebook is like a jail. you sit around,waste time, have a profile picture,write
on walls and get poked by guys you don’t really know. (quote from

Are you also looking for the best Facebook competitions to join? I got a comment from one of our member regarding my last blog on Facebook competitions saying that is all fine but how to find all those Australian Facebook competitions. I guess she is not the only one so I put my reply here. If you just Google search Facebook competitions or Facebook contests you end up with a lot of stuff about Facebook regulations and quite long list of expired competitions. You can find stuff like that but it is quite tedious. You can also try the Facebook search function but that is really quite useless in my experience.


What we do at AussieContests is that we follow all those Australian brands with good Facebook pages and constantly look out for their postings to spot the latest FB comp. Often we also get contacted directly by the brand when they are preparing to launch a new promotion to win something through Facebook. That's basically our daily Facebook work and all of that results in our listing. So if you check our directory of of Australian Facebook competitions you are pretty much set. We don't list everything out there, rather we focus on those FB promotions that are genuine and think our members would be interested in so it is a digest of the best win at Facebook stuff.

I was complaining a few months ago that we do not get enough Caption Contests in Australia. Unfortunately, not much has happened since then and there are still not may. Really a pity because I think they can be a nice change from all those 25 Words Or Less competitions that make us work so hard. I love competitions where you need to write a picture caption because it almost always ends with a laugh. Especially, when you can see other participants attempts at making a funny caption for a photo it really is entertaining.

Now complained enough for today... I am happy to announce that we found a nice caption contest again! In this competition you can win two bottles of champagne if you come up with the best caption for this picture:

Caption Contest        Caption Contest 2

I really hope we will be getting more such caption contests and in anticipation of all the stuff to come we set up a new section just for Australian caption contests.

Today I have something exciting to share. A special guest feature by Jon McKnight, co-comper and author of A Prize to Die For. I hope you like this introduction to Jon's new book and will enjoy reading his novel as much. I certainly did and I think anybody slightly addicted to competitions must have read it!

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Imagine being a comper if websites like this didn't exist, Facebook hadn't been invented, and you couldn't Google the answer to anything.

Instead of entering comps by e-mail or text, you'd have to write everything out by hand and then entrust it to the postal service.

And rather than getting up-to-the-minute information about the latest comps from AussieContests, you'd have to rely on solutionist magazines that were printed and posted to you once a month and were usually out of date by the time they hit your doormat.

Well, that's how things were in the early Nineties – and author Jon McKnight, a comper in England, conjures up that far-off world in A Prize To Die For, a comic novel that lifts the lid on our obsession.

Here, in a special feature for AussieContests, he tells how he came up with the winning idea for a novel...
A Prize to die For

Tell people you’re a comper and there’s a good chance they’ll think of you as some sort of anorak – something akin to a train-spotter or a twitcher.
But tell them you’ve just won a car, and suddenly they’re all ears and envious looks. Such is the plight of compers. People are only too willing to portray us as losers (rather ironic, in the circumstances), but the moment we win something spectacular, they all want to know the secret of our success.
I discovered that for myself when, a couple of decades ago, I bagged an Audi worth almost a year’s salary with a slogan that beat 3,000 others in a national magazine competition. Suddenly, all the people who’d laughed at me for buying 99 tins of cat food despite not owning a cat were laughing on the other side of their faces. The National Lottery didn’t exist in the early Nineties, so anyone who won, say, £1,000 a month for life would have made front-page news.
It was while I was writing my 50th slogan for just such a competition (I won a runners-up prize of £100 a week for a week!) that the idea for my novel came to me. What if a struggling pet food company tried to publicise its way out of financial difficulties by offering a £1,000-a-month-for-life prize, but decided to fix the judging so that the oldest entrant won?
The firm would get tons of favourable publicity and sales would soar, and it wouldn’t cost the firm very much if the winner was a 95-year-old whose life expectancy would probably be shortened by the shock of the win.
But what if something went wrong and the prize was awarded, on merit, to a comper who was only 30? The Managing Director of the pet food firm would be incandescent with rage at the realisation that the young winner could cost him a fortune… if he lives! And so a plot was born...

The bent judge who would have fixed the result of the competition if he hadn’t been, er, tied up at the time, is pressed into service as an assassin and tries to ensure that the 30-year-old winner won’t be around to enjoy his win for very long. And that isn’t the only problem that the 30-year-old Tim Wembury has to contend with. He’s embarrassed himself severely to buy 36 condoms for a comp, only to find himself in the only city in Britain where the postmen are on strike, the postboxes are sealed, and he can't post his entries.

And he thinks he’s been clever by entering a comp on sexy Italian bikinis and only giving his initial on the entry form so the judges will assume he’s a woman… but he hasn’t read the rule about having to wear his purchase to the prize presentation. No matter how successful he is, Tim feels everything is meaningless unless he can win the one thing he wants most in the world: the heart of a woman. He can’t believe his luck when Dilly arrives on his doorstep to find out more about him for the pet food firm, and she appears to enjoy his company. But is she only being nice to him because it’s her job? And is she part of the plot to send him on a one-way trip to the next world? Well, you’ll have to read the novel to find out!

Suffice it to say that this is one of the very few novels ever to feature a comper as hero (I'm only aware of one other, which is no longer in print), and compers everywhere will recognise our unusual and fascinating world at every turn of the page. A Prize To Die For has been well received, so far, with a string of five-star reviews on Amazon. Reviewers have described it as "achingly funny", "a gem of a book" and "thoroughly enjoyable and entertaining". One comment, fortunately typical, was: "Not many books make me laugh out loud and hoot with delight, but this one did." It's jolly nice of them to say so, but what a shame they weren't sitting on the judging panels all those years ago!
Author Jon McKnight

That's one of the problems of being a novelist: every reader is chairman of his or her own judging panel. Will they think it's apt and original? Does it say what it needs to say in 72,000 words or fewer? And does it deserve to win space on their bookshelf? Another winner could, of course, be Plymouth, my home city in England. Not many novels have been set here, but A Prize To Die For uses real locations that people can explore as they retrace the characters' steps. It's a great city, and a perfect backdrop for a novel. Smeaton's Tower, the lighthouse on Plymouth Hoe, is the scene of an attempted murder, while the magnificent war memorial that dominates the skyline nearby has a secret chamber inside it that nobody notices even though countless people inspect the names on the plaques every year. But perhaps the biggest winners are compers themselves. Everyone who reads A Prize To Die For will finally understand how our world ticks, what drives us to often extraordinary lengths to enter and win competitions, and the rewards our passion brings. And now, the judging begins: will A Prize To Die For win a place on your own bookshelf?

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A Prize To Die For by Jon McKnight is published by Middle England Media and is available for Kindle, Kobo or iBooks. Details at and on the A Prize To Die For Facebook page.

Facebook has changed the rules for competitions dramatically. Previously, any kind of competition would have to be held in special Facebook apps. With the new rules that is not longer the case and a competition can be run straight on a Facebook page.

This simplification will change completely the landscape for Facebook competitions. There will definitely be many many more of them going forward. In this blog I try to summarize what this means both for people who like to participate in competitions but also for the brands who intend to run a Facebook competitions.

Changes for compers who want to join Facebook competitions

First the good news: The main change that we will see is that there will be much more choice of competitions. Previously, the requirement to run a competition in a specially programmed app made it a bit difficult to run competitions. With this obstacle removed you can expect many more competitions especially from smaller companies and bloggers and the like.

So what's the bad news then? Well, things can become a bit messy in the future. Facebook in general is a bit confusing for many people. Frequently Facebook users wonder about the whereabouts of their data and who receives what piece of information as they browse through Facebook pages, click on stuff and join competitions. The good thing about the special apps for Facebook apps was that they were stand alone in a way and you could easily see when you are doing something as part of the comp and when not. With the new rules everything is more relaxed so the boundaries between the competition and the rest of the Facebook page becomes a bit blurred. So you need to mind your steps if you worry about your data.

The other thing that can easily happen is the appearance of more illegitimate competitions. With the requirements for running Facebook apps simplified more companies or individuals may take a dirty short cut and just throw a competition out there on their Facebook wall without thinking about the law in general and even worse without never giving out a prize. With the need for special apps gone it may be more difficult for participants to track the progress of a competition and see the results at the end. At AussieContests we will continue monitoring the details of Facebook competitions carefully before we list them on our side. This way we should avoid any of the illegitimate stuff.

One obvious thing you should remember before you join all those Facebook competitions that are due to come up is to think about the consequences of joining. Many brands going forward will run simple 'Like to win' competitions. That is fine but remembers some will cover your timeline with a continuous blasting of their promotions. If you do not want that stay away. Or just unlike them when that happens.

If you are eager to join Facebook competitions now you want to check our competitions guide to winning on Facebook.

Changes for companies running Facebook competitions

First of all you should remember that only the Facebook rules have changed. You still need to comply with the specific Australian laws governing competitions. In particular, if you are running a random draw competitions that meets certain criteria you still need to apply for a trade promotion licence. Actually, violating the law is not only bad and stupid but it can mean your Facebook page will be shut down (all fans gone!). This is because a violation of the law is also a breach of Facebook rules according to their terms. You really should get a legal expert to draft the terms and conditions if you are in doubt. This blog post should give you some ideas about pitfalls but it is not a legal advice.

Remember going forward that you still need to have a disclaimer in all Facebook competitions. This should say that your company is the organizer and contact for the contest and Facebook has nothing to do with it. It is not a difficult thing to do and also fine for you as a brand. Just make sure that you do not forget to add this.

Overall things got definitely easier and chearper. If you want to run a competition on Facebook you can do that directly on the fan page. Thus, you do not need to program any app or use any of those external providers of Facebook ads. Going forward you can do competitions on the Facebook page like:

  • The comment with the most likes wins
  • The best or most creative or funniest comment wins
  • The posted image with themost likes wins
  • Every body who likes a post goes into a random draw for a prize
In the past this was not possible. You had to create some special voting method within an Facebook app to do this. Now you can do it straight on the page. Much easier and I would say also much more intuitive actually.

You can also run competitions where everybody who is already a follower is automatically is automatically getting a chance to win. This could be a good option if you plan to hold competitions regularly. If your fans know there is an easy entry to your comps they may not unlike your page that quickly. Brands also can combine this with hurdles such as giving out a prize by random draw if the number of fans reached 10,000 or something like that.

One thing that is still prohibited is making use of Facebook users personal pages in competitions. For example a competition organizer may not requrest that people post on their own personal page to be entitled for a competiton entry. Similarly, you may not request that participants need to share the competition on their own timeline. Basically this rule is in place for things getting out of control. You need to stick to this to ensure Facebook compliance.

Also, like before, you are not allowed to require participants to do tagging on an image where they are not actually part of the picture. This is a rather dirty method of increasing Facebook chatter which rightly is still banned as before the change of rules.

One thing you should definitely do as make the terms and conditions easy to understand and easily accessible. Already before the rule change Facebook comps were notorious for missing terms. That is utterly annoying for Facebook users and your potential customers. Just make it easy for them and make the terms available right there where you run the competition. The cleanest way is to either put the complete terms into a Facebook note or a dedicated webpage outside of Facebook which can be reached with a direct click from your Facebook page.

If you intend to publish the names of the winners make sure this is set as a requirement in the terms. This way you are free to do so once the winner is established. If you fail to do that you need to tediously get the winners consent before you do so. And that is sometimes difficult, especially if you want to use their photo.

Also in the terms you should state the participants agree to comply with the law when doing any postings as part of the competition. If you have a large fan base it may easily happen that there is somebody violationg some law and somebody else picking this up and turning it against you as the organizer of the competition and promoter of the page. Just make sure this does not happen. So you should include a condition that postings e.g. do not contain racial hatred, religious hatred, insults, false facts, copyright or trademark violations etc.

Another simple thing is to consider age restrictions. There is a lot of minors on Facebook. If you run a competition outside of an app like the new rules allow you, you have no way of checking participants age. So to avoid minors joining for something they are not entitled to make that very explicit on the page and in your terms and conditions.

Hyundai car goes to a member of AussieContests! Last night we got a message from one of our members on Facebook describing how she won not only a Hyundai car but also other prizes recently. We are obviously very happy to hear this story. It is of course very motivating for us to see that all the hard work actually helps our members. Read below for yourself.
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A Prize to die For

Just recently becoming a member and a liker I am slowly going through posts etc and found the ones about facebook competitions - I would just like to say that at first I was very dubious of these, thinking they were the easiest way for "hackers" to get to our private information.

I then came across the Hyundai Australia page (always liking their cars I thought I shall like their page even b4 I saw competitions) - I then found the "why are you Unique" competition with 2 days before closing I decided what have I got to loose, if it's a dud site the most people will get is a good laugh at my answer. Well I got a phone call when it was drawn saying I am a finalist - WOW I though (the call came from Ausstero so I thought ok) well 3 hours later I got another call saying I won - my prize a Hyundai Veloster - wow how cool was that I only had to come up with 25 words or less why I was unique and I won out of 6000 entrants.

2 weeks b4 that I won a washer/dryer combo through That's Life, and then 2 weeks after winning the car, I managed to win a weekly prize through Medibank - they are there if you are able to source your pages properly - keep up the good work compers - I am now fully addicted lol.

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Congratulations to Carmen Leak for striking luck three times and in particular for winning that Hyundai. For those of us who not won anything yet this is a great insipiration and a reminder to keep on trying!

We found a really cool giveaway in a competition by Miss Mel. If you are old enough or have been to Germany or Brazil where they were around a bit longer you may remember the classic Volkswagen Van that became a synonym for Hippie lifestyle. In this competition you can win a tent that has the exact looks and dimensions of that VW van. It is just great and if you set it up on a camping site you can be sure to get lots of fellow campers coming by to comment on it. Check it out here: Hippie Van for free

Volkswange Hippie Van

Some of you may may remember the 80s time capsule giveaway by Nat Geo. We find this is the same for the 70s, just better!

Don't miss this wonderful opportunity to win a beautiful car and help an important charity in one go. Here is what this charity is about:

Platinum Class Lottery is one of the major fundraising activities to raise funds for Act for Kids – an Australian charity providing free professional therapy and support services to prevent and treat child abuse and neglect.

For over 26 years, we have helped thousands of Australian children and families who have experienced, or are at risk of child abuse and neglect.

We work to …

keep kids safe by providing information, support and counselling to help parents care for their children

help families develop new ways to cope in times of stress

support and counsel children who have experienced trauma from abuse or neglect.

The issue

Child abuse and neglect is one of Australia’s biggest and most misunderstood social problems. Despite being under-reported, Australian authorities confirmed 40,574* children were abused or neglected in one year alone. That’s almost one child every 13 minutes suffering from neglect or physical, sexual or emotional abuse, most often in their own home.

How you can help

You can show your support by buying tickets from the Platinum Class Lottery. Proceeds from the lottery provide vital funds for us to continue providing intensive treatments for abused and neglected kids free of charge.

Platinum Class Lottery runs six times a year. Tickets are $50 each, limited 9,000 tickets available for each draw. Your chance of winning a brand new Mercedes-Benz is pretty high! If you spend more than $100, you could win extra prizes worth up to $25,000. Join the Platinum Reserve member and receive tickets automatically for each draw plus additional chances for exclusive draws for Platinum Reserve member’s worth up to $20,000!

Don’t miss out! Buy a ticket today and help us help more kids!

Win a Mercedes-Benz with Act For Kids

We can offer you another superb competition to win an awesome car and support some good work at the same time. This time, the prize pool is an amazing $500,000.

Imagine how your life would change if you had Half a Million dollars to spend!
You could secure your financial future and pay-off those bills and the mortgage, plus perhaps add a new car or two to your garage. Maybe you'd prefer to treat yourself to a Jaguar XJ 3.0 V6 Supercharged Plus add $290,000 in Gold Bullion to your bank balance?

This charity raffle is held by The Deaf Lottery which raises funds from the sale of Lottery tickets to support the Deaf and hearing impaired.

If you think a Jaguar is too fancy for your taste, you can choose any motor vehicle/s of your choice with up to $450,000 in Gold Bullion. The choice is all yours!


Ni hao! Ever been to China? This is a super chance to win a trip to China worth up to $10,000 and it is totally free to enter this competition!

The entry is quite fun and not difficult at all; you do your own 'China checklist' which is adding 5 attractions you would like to visit on your trip to China. There are many suggestions on the website to get you inspired. How about eating delicious Dim Sum in Shanghai, admiring The Great Wall, see the Terracotta Army, visit stunning natural scenery and temple and go shopping in ever vibrating Hong Kong?

If you are in a hurry but still want to enter, you could click on the 'Autfill my cheklist' button, but it is more fun to do it yourself!

We know you guys like campers a lot, so don't miss out on another chance to win your own great camper! This is a Jayco Hawk OutbackCamper Trailer inclusive of all on road costs and dealer delivery. Whole prize valued upto $26,696. Any resident of Australia can participate as long as you are aged 18 years or older. There will also be 10 runners up who will get a $100 DiscoveryHoliday Parks Gift Voucher.

What you have to do to enter? Not much really, just sign up with your contact details through Whats Up Down Under Facebook page.

The festive season has started and we have therefore started to list all Xmas competitions so you can win great Christmas gifts! Looking back over the years, there are usually quite a lot of good opportunities to win Christmas hampers, toys, shopping vouchers, Christmas getaways, cozy Christmas CD's and a lot more. So keep your eyes on our special Xmas comp collection here:
If it will be Christmas prezzies for family, friends or yourself is entirely up to you....