Andrew Humphrey > Competitions

In my spare time, I enter consumer competitions, usually those that require some creativity. I want to win holidays, money and cars, but I end up with all kinds of other things. I have written about consumer competitions around the world for Competitor's World magazine. I took a break from competitions for a few years when tie-breaker competitions fell out of fashion, but I recently started again.

One of my prizes made the national news as a classic "Silly Season" story when The Guardian newspaper wrote about my trip to Mexico under the headline More sex than splendour on Academy's Aztec holiday. The London Evening Standard picked up the on the story, and Tony Blair's sister-in-law Lauren Booth wrote about it in her Mail on Sunday column. It even made the South African Sunday papers (scroll right down to the headline "Startled"...) Unbelievably, I also turned down interviews with BBC Radio 4's You and Yours and the Take a Break supermarket tabloid! Must have been a very slow news day.

Evening Standard story
London Evening Standard
Mail on Sunday story
Lauren Booth, Mail on Sunday

November 2010

  • 2 tickets for Typography Tour of London (Guardian Extra website)
  • 2 tickets for Taste of Christmas Event (Foodpedia website)
  • Weber barbecue and picnicware (South African Avocadoes website)
  • 2 tickets for Kelis concert (Russian Standard Vodka website)
  • 2 tickets for exclusive Alesha Dixon show (Facebook/Malibu)
  • Trip to London and lunch with actress June Spencer (Waterstones cardholders website)
  • 2 tickets for Secret Cinema Event (Guardian extra website)
October 2010
  • Barbecue tools and accessories (Hellmanns mayonnaise website)
April 2010
  • Wine tasting, cooking class and London hotel stay (Casillero Diablo wine website)
January 2010
  • Mexican catered dinner for 6 at home (Discovery foods website)
June 2009
  • Tickets for England vs Andorra at Wembley (National Express)
  • "Token White Guy" t-shirt (Visual Candy website)
  • Tickets for art event at Corsica Studios (local paper)
  • �50 (YouGov)
  • Champney's products selection (Slimming World magazine)
December 2005
  • Case of Bordeaux wine (The London Wine Show)
September 2005
  • 5 night trip to Atlanta and Dollywood (Pride London website)
August 2005
  • Year's subscription to Sainsbury's magazine (Tetley tea)
July 2005
  • A case of South African wine (Co-op)
June 2005
  • 7 night 5* star holiday in Mauritius (Harrods/Lancaster Suncare)
May 2005
  • Adidas British Lions Rugby Shirt (Somerfield/Guinness)
April 2005
  • �50 Waterstones vouchers (Barclays Bank)
March 2005
  • Selection of Clinique products (Metro)
February 2005
  • �500 (The Palaces bingo)
  • England football club commemorative beach towel
November 2004
  • �1000 (Paypal/eBay)

October 2004

  • Pair of tickets for Todd Solondz interview, premiere of Tracey Emin's feature film, and gala screening of Mondovino and bag of souvenirs (London Film Festival website)
  • Pair of tickets for London Film Festival gala screening and first night party (Time Out)
  • Pair of tickets for Mondovino and Triple Agent at London Film Festival (Haagen Dazs)
September 2004
  • Seven step makeover and soft-focus portrait (Attitude magazine)
August 2004
  • �1000 (Western Union)
  • Fenjal pampering products (Women's Health magazine)
July 2004
  • Case of beer (Australian Times Travel photography competition)
  • Two day trip to Spain for two to party with Shaggy (Star Magazine/MTV)
June 2004
  • Football (Somerfield/Pepsi)
  • 4 x �25 tickets for Toast Life Australian Food Festival (
April 2004
  • An apple tree (Copella fruit juice website)
March 2004
  • Free entry for 2 to Bump nightclub in London with a bottle of champagne and a bag with a t-shirt, DVD, whistles and Jelly Beans (Boyz magazine)
  • �30 ( Academy Awards sweepstake)
  • Two nights at a posh hotel in Barcelona (GBA Travel Fair, London)
  • Japanese stationery (Queen Mary University)
February 2004
  • Two week trip to Australia, visiting Adelaide, Borossa Valley, Kangaroo Island and Sydney (Morrisons/Jacobs Creek wine)
  • Soundtrack CDs of Catch Me If You Can and Treasure Planet (MyTravel)
January 2004
  • 2 bottles of organic Californian Bonterra wine (Safeway)
December 2003
  • 2 x Sony Ericsson T610 mobile phones, worth �300 each (London Evening Standard)
October 2003
  • Set of Simpson family figurines (Kellogg's No Problem-Os cereal)
  • Case of wine and Thai cook book (The Wharf newspaper)
  • Tickets for Stephen Malkmus concert in London (Time Out offers)
September 2003
  • Invitation to launch of Gothic exhibition at Victoria and Albert Museum (Time Out offers)
August 2003
  • Guest tickets for Coronet Club and signed Victor Calderone CD (Time Out Gay)
July 2003
  • A summer pass for the Streatham Megabowl (Time Out Kids)
  • Two tickets for Pride in the Park (Boyz magazine)
  • Family ticket for Legoland Windsor (Sainsbury/Funsize)
  • Weekend pass for Fitness First (Benjy's/Walkers)
  • Liquid Summer CD (Lipton/MTV)
  • Two tickets for Tony Bennett at the Royal Albert Hall (BBC London Live)
June 2003
  • Two tickets for Mobile Life show at Earls Court (Time Out Gadgets)
  • Two tickets for Sussex vs Middlesex cricket match at the Oval (Time Out Sports)
  • Samsung A800 mobile phone (Tesco/Masterfoods)
  • Two tickets for Alpha Blondy and Kingpin at the Royal Festival Hall (Time Out Music)
  • Pass for the Vodafone Derby at Epsom (Time Out Sports)
May 2003
  • Two videos, a sweatshirt and a baseball cap (The Hallmark Channel)
April 2003
  • True Romance Director's Special Edition DVD (no idea)
  • Pair of tickets for comedy show and reggae show during Hammersmith Festival (no idea)
  • Pair of tickets for DJ Rauhofer's UK debut at Turnmill's nightbclub (
March 2003
  • Place on a creative writing masterclass at London Book Fair (BBC London Live)
  • Two tickets for The Mysteries at the Royalty Theatre (Time Out Theatre)
February 2003
  • �10 (Tesco bananas/
  • Pair of First Class return tickets from London to Oxford (Thames Trains)
  • Barbra Streisand Duets CD (What's On in the Midlands)
January 2003
  • Holiday for two in Cancun, Mexico (Royal Academy of Arts/Caffe Nero)
  • Fame Academy DVD (BBCi)
  • 2 x Africanism CDs (no idea)
December 2002
  • Dinner for two at Vintry (BBC London Live)
  • Dinner, bed and breakfast at the Marriott Maida Vale (BBC London Live)
  • Suede's Introducing the Band DVD (Boyz magazine)
  • Flesh muscle shirt (Manzone magazine)
November 2002
  • 2 tickets for Clotheshow Live at Birmingham NEC and four Playboy t-shirts (Midlands zone magazine)
  • 2 tickets for Roach nightclub at Turnmills (QX magazine)
October 2002
  • Xfm Remix Project CD and 12" sampler (Boyz magazine)
  • Stuart Little DVD, books and toys (Express Dairies)
  • Sylvie Guillem dance DVD (Time Out Dance)
  • Pair of tickets for Alison Moyet at G-A-Y (
  • Pair of tickets for Europe Masters Football at the London Arena (Hot Tickets magazine)
September 2002
  • DVDs of The Office and 24, and new Supergrass CD (Time Out Gadgets)
  • Elvis Has Left The Building CD (Boyz magazine)
  • Ali G boxer shorts and plastic kit bag (Sainsbury's/T&T soft drink)
  • 2 tickets for the Russian Symphony Orchestra at the Queen Elizabeth Hall (Hot Tickets magazine)
  • Wilson Pro-Ultra tennis racquet worth �50 (Tesco/own brand cream)
August 2002
  • Polaroid i-Zone camera (The Pen Shop)
  • "Summer Country" CD (Boyz magazine)
  • Two tickets to Second Awakening at the Serpentine Gallery (Time Out magazine)
  • 100ml bottle of Parasol 20+ Sun Filter (Canary magazine)

July 2002

  • Pair of VIP tickets for London Mardi Gras (Time Out magazine)
  • "Generation 80s" CD (Boyz magazine)
  • A place for my 9-year-old nephew on the Manchester United soccer coaching school for one day (Sainsburys)
  • A VIP weekend for two in Brighton with travel, accommodation, food, drink, entertainment and spending money (3sixty magazine)
  • 2 FIFA Official World Cup footballs (Sainsburys)
  • A day horse-riding (Sainsbury's organic tomatoes)
  • An Umbro Sports Kit worth �100: bag, shirt, trousers, watch, football, cup (Sainsbury's/Walkers crisps)
  • Six-week overland trip for two from Kathmandu to Beijing, via Everest, Tibet and Inner Mongolia (Rough Guides)
  • Long weekend in New York, staying in a serviced apartment (Selfridges)
  • A week's snowboarding for two in Whistler, Canada (Motorola)
  • A week in France as the guest of the Roquefort cheese people (Safeway)
  • A 5-day gorilla safari in Uganda (
  • A week in Dhaka, Bangladesh (Harrods tea department)
  • A year's supply of Plymouth gin, �250 worth of Dartington crystal glassware and a VIP weekend in Plymouth (Plymouth gin)
  • A week camping in Cornwall (can't remember)
  • Portable television (Safeway/Carlsberg)
  • Black and Decker lawnmower (Express Parent magazine)
  • Gold pass for every film at the London Film Festival (Time Out magazine)
  • Six months' free films at Odeon cinemas (Time Out magazine)
  • Two VIP passes for V2001 music festival (Time Out magazine)
  • A kettle barbecue and picnic hamper (Somerfield)
  • A gas barbecue (can't remember)
  • Pair of Dr Marten boots and twelve contemporary British novels (Sunday Times)
  • �50 Clarks shoes voucher and a pair of Burberry socks (Boyz magazine)
  • 2 VIP tickets for Mardi Gras with champagne and lunch (Mardi Gras magazine)
  • Pair of Timberland boots (Sainsbury/Vaseline)
  • Mathmos lava lamp (London Institute Students Union)
  • David Beckham's autobiography (
  • Pair of trainers (Mardi Gras magazine)
  • Set of 10 contemporary country CDs (Borders)
  • Ani DiFranco's back catalogue, 6 CDs (The Pink Paper)
  • Stars In Their Eyes book and video (
  • 2 tickets for Barbra Streisand impersonator at the Cafe De Paris (Boyz magazine)
  • Total Greek Yogurt cool bag (no idea)
  • Sunset Beach cool bag (no idea)
  • Glass wine saver that I thought was a butt plug (Boyz magazine)
  • Fisher Price child's goal (no idea)
  • Austin Powers video (no idea)
  • The Insider video (no idea)
  • Three boring porn videos (QX magazine)
  • 3 fleeces (Benson and Hedges, Safeway/Diet Coke)
  • Selection of E45 products (no idea)
  • more when I remember them