NCGA Announces Winners in Third “My Co-op Rocks” Video & Photo Contest

Nov 01, 2013

A font created by fresh produce; a new rock anthem out of the Razorback state; and hip-hop in the aisles are among the six winners in the third “My Co-op Rocks,” an online video and photo contest hosted by National Cooperative Grocers Association (NCGA).

My Co-op Rocks asked people to share all the reasons their food co-op rocks, and fans nationwide responded by firing up their cameras and unleashing their creativity.

“We're always eager to see how people will express their love for their food co-op and this year's entries continued to delight us, incorporating everything from song and dance, to special effects, to products, farmers, customers and employees,” said Robynn Shrader, chief executive officer for NCGA. “It's great to see all the reasons food co-ops matter and how they're making a difference in people's lives.”

Individuals submitted videos and photos Sept. 1 through Oct. 31, with voting continuing through Nov. 30. The public selected winners in two categories: Video and Photography.

Prizes were awarded to the top three entries in each category: first-place winners each receive an Apple iPad2 with WiFi (64 GB), second-place winners receive a $500 co-op gift card, and third-place winners receive a Bloggie Duo HD camera.

Video Category

First place 
Wheatsville R.O.C.K.S. – Backed by beats and dancing that might inspire Lady Gaga, a co-op employee raps his way down the aisles. 
Entrant: Shane Shelton 
Co-op: Wheatsville Co-op, Austin, Texas
www.mycooprocks.coop/videos/1269/wheatsville-r.o.c.k.s.

Second place 
OMG! – The 2010 People’s Choice winner returns with a rap about the 100 or so reasons he loves his co-op. 
Entrant: Natt McFee 
Co-op: Hungry Hollow Co-op, Chestnut Ridge, N.Y.
www.mycooprocks.coop/videos/1264/omg/

Third place 
Ozark Natural Foods – “This is how we do it in Arkansas!” declares a co-op employee over a Kid Rock-style beat with some impressive guitar work.
Entrant: Tony Gray 
Co-op: Ozark Natural Foods, Fayetteville, Ark.
www.mycooprocks.coop/videos/1283/ozark-natural-foods

Congratulations also goes to Love in Bulk. Although technically rated third place in the Video category, its entrant was awarded second place in the Photography category and each entrant is only eligible for one prize.

Love in Bulk - Two people find lasting love in the bulk aisle of their local co-op.
Entrant: Mike Cuseo
Co-op Skagit Valley Food Co-op, Mt. Vernon, Wash., 
www.mycooprocks.coop/videos/1255/love-in-bulk/

Photography Category

First place 
F R E S H – Using fruit as an entirely new font, one co-op fan spells out her love. 
Entrant: Amy Neussl 
Co-op: Astoria Co-op, Astoria, Ore.
www.mycooprocks.coop/view-image/130/f-r-e-s-h/

Second place 
Bananas!! – A photographer captures a quintessential moment of a toddler enjoying a banana in the co-op's produce aisle. 
Entrant: Mike Cuseo 
Co-op: Skagit Valley Food Co-op, Mt. Vernon, Wash.
www.mycooprocks.coop/view-image/77/bananas!!!/

Third place 
Local Farmers – An artistic portrait captures the rugged image of one the co-op's local farmers.
Entrant: Patrick Kouba 
Co-op: Viroqua Food Co-o, Viroqua, Wis.
www.mycooprocks.coop/view-image/71/local-farmers/

For more details and to view all entries in the contest, visit www.MyCoopRocks.coop.