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Aviary API Developer Contest

*Update: Check out the winners gallery here!

To celebrate the launch of our Effects API + new developer site, we're excited to announce our first ever API challenge! The idea of this contest is to give developers an opportunity to build on top of our API to create an application that's interesting, useful, powerful, and fun.

This is the beginning of something new and exciting for us, and we're happy to say this is the first of many contests.  As contests end, we'll announce a new one accordingly - some will have twists and turns (specific categories, use cases, industries, etc.) and some will allow you to work with other existing APIs to create one ultimate application. All in all, we want to see developers hack our API like it's the end of the world, and of course, winners will be rewarded very kindly!

Contest: This first challenge will be very straightforward: Use our Effects API to make an awesome app. It'll be a free-4-all, meaning any app leveraging our API will be considered for the grand prize! To enter the contest, head over to the Effects API page and get your key.

To get your engines running, here are a few ideas we've brainstormed ourselves (but we're pretty sure you'll come up with something even better!):

  • An app that uses your webcam + our filters to create one sweet photobooth
  • An app that makes Facebook's news feed and photos look like a broadsheet newspaper from the 1800's
  • A mobile app that adds an effect/filter + automatically posts to your desired social network
  • An app that takes 10 photos and makes a stylized scrapbook out of them, or builds a collage using effects on each image
  • An app that turns your images into a collectible comic book (comic book effect)

Prizes: On top of being featured and recognized in our Apps Gallery (coming soon) , you'll have the chance to win:

  • Grand Prize: A brand new iPad 2 (black or white)
  • Runner-Up: The F-Stop Watch
  • Honorable Mention: Box o' Aviary swag

Note: All entries will be showcased in the Apps Gallery, and all three winners will receive a box o' Aviary swag.  Follow @aviaryapi and our blog to get the latest happenings and updates on this developer contest.

Deadline: 11:59pm EST on Tuesday, May 24th. Winners will be announced the following week.

Judges: The Aviary staff! Apps will be judged based on technical accomplishment, cleverness, originality,  and of course, the value of the application. Bonus points for coming up with something completely unique.

Rules and Submissions: Entries must be submitted by 11:59pm EST on Tuesday, May 24th. To submit an app, please sign up here. If you have any questions about our API or about this contest, please visit our developer site, Google Group, or send an email to

*Aviary reserves the right to extend the deadline and/or make adjustments to the contest if need be. If your website has an API, and is interested in partnering up for a future contest, let us know at