Overview of contest types

There is surprisingly many different ways how contests are organized and what one has to do to enter and get a chance to win. Each different type requires you to take a specific action and getting that right is the first step to winning some giveaway. On this page you find an overview of all the common types of contest in the Philippines and some tips on how to enter and win. Click on the links if you want to see some contests open for entries right now for the particular type.

Creative Contest

Creative Contests are among the most difficult to enter because you need to produce something good to have a chance. Usually the most creative entry will win so you need to make an effort. At the same time the odds of winning may be quite good simply because there are much much less entries compared to those competitions where you just join easily by signing up. The main thing of this contest is that you are asked to be creative in a particular field such as writing, photographin, video, and many more. Before entering make sure what creative contest that really matches your interest so you can enhance your chance to win in this type. Once you understand the rules just give your best and be creative. Then you have a good chance. If you just enter sloppily your entry may be wasted.

Facebook Competition

Facebook Competitions are usually not difficult to join provided you do have a Facebook account of course. To enter you might need to follow the Facebook account who gives out the prize first. Mostly there is some like and share button located on the bottom of the post that you need to activate. Often you are also asked to write your comment based on the organizer\'s criteria. This can be about your review of their product, why you need that product and many variants of that. The comment often has to contain particular hashtag(s) that are set by the rules. Sometimes you need to invite friends to like, follow and join the contest too. As always read the rules that we summarize for you so you do not miss your chance.

Instagram Competition

Instagram Contests are quite simple and often fun to do. Usually you just need to repost a post or make a short Instagram story about the product given away or the brand promoted in the contest. You often also need to link in a minimum number of your friends. Follow and tag the Instagram account who gives away the prize. Make sure that your account is not private so your action can be seen publicly (otherwise the organizer of the giveaway would not know you are in). Check out the rules to see if there is additional requirements about the post and how the select winner. Then make sure you follow that to maximize your chances.

Photo Competition

Photo Contests are quite common now and seem easy to enter. You can just take a quick snap and submit it as entry. However, in most cases the winner is determined by selecting the best (or funny, or original, etc) photo. So to maximise your chances you should put in some effort to really make it a good photo that stands a chance of winning. Otherwise your entry maybe we wasted. If you like taking photos and being creative about it these are also some of the most fun contests. When you join Photo Contests you need to note what are the criteria defined by the contest jury committee. Then, you also need to know what types of images are eligible. Normally at the last step which is submission, there will be guidelines for how to submit your photo contest such as the size of the image, name of the file, etc. If you follow this advice you might have a good chance of winning.

Pinterest Contest

The mechanics of Pinterest Competitions are similar to those on Instagram, just using Pinterest instead obviously. This organizer usually asks you to follow their Pinterest account. Then, you are often asked to repin several times in their particular post. Sometimes you also need to make a board about their product or put the hashtag that is already set by the organizer. Please notice the terms and conditions of the Pinterest contest such as who can participate, minimal age, etc so you can choose which competition that is a match with you so you will have a higher chance to win.

Question-Answer Competition

Question and Answer Contests are a concept that is easy to understand but sometimes hard to enter. You need to answer some specific question correctly to qualify for an entry. Sometimes the speed of your answer or details of how you write your answer also play a role. Before you answer the question, sometimes you need to fill your data first so make sure you fill it correctly too so when you are chosen as the winner you can verify your data to the organizer who runs the contest. Note that some organizers of the contest might put more or less steps that you need to do so make sure you read the rule completely. Often the correct answer you can find out by reading some text on the competition website or just search it online. The extra step involved sometimes means there is less entries for this type of contest which means higher chances of winning.

Random draw Competition

Lucky draw or random draw competitions where the winning is based entirely on chance. The winner is determined in a raffle draw where all entries have the same chance. This is the most common form of competitions in New Zealand. One big advantage is that entry is very simple. You just sign up with your contact details and your in the draw to win the prize. Sometimes you have the possibility of several entries which you can do to increase your chances. Or you get the rest of your family to sign up as well to increase your chances to win even more. Because participation is so easy you should sign up to many of them and indeed some compers have a routine to sign up with half a dozen random draw raffle cmopetitions every day.

Sign-up Competition

A Sign-up Competition is really the easiest to enter. You often just have to fill in a form with your contact details and you are in. The main thing here is to make sure that the data is actually correct. Provide the correct email address and valid phone number so that they can contact you in case you are the winner. Also your name need to be spelled correctly, ideally matching your ID document. And do not forget the date of birth. Sometimes there is a condition on minimum age so if you are too young you may not qualify.

Words-or-less competitions

These are competitions where your entry needs to be motivated with a short text, often 25 words or less or 100 words or less in length. The winner of the competition is determined by a jury which is reviewing all words-or-less entries and deciding on the best or most original contribution. Words or less competitions are considered games of skill where your win is not based on chance but on the skill that you demonstrate. Often words or less competitions give you somewhat higher odds than other competitions such as straight lucky draws. Try to be creative or funny in your answer. Also if possible mention the product or brand so you have a higher chance of your answer being selected by the jury. And absolutely make sure to stick to the word limit. If it says 25 words or less they will disqualify you if you do 26 words or more.
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