The YouTube Video Contest – And the Winners Are . . .

The votes are in and counted for the first ever YouTube Video contest. The contest was designed to honor the best user-generated video of 2006.

The winners are:

Most Creative OK Go: This music video with a scary treadmill theme also won a Grammy for “Best Short-Form Music Video” and has been viewed by 13 million people.

Most Inspirational Free Hugs: A heart-warming video showing how folks respond to a free hug.

Best Series Ask a Ninja: Created by L.A. comedians Kent Nichols and Douglas Sarine, this series of ninja answering questions would make Ann Landers or other advice columnists queasy.

Best Comedy Smosh: The creators Anthony Padilla and Ian Hecox, aka Smosh, have the number two most-subscribed channel on YouTube.

Best MusicTerranaomi: Terra Naomi, a YouTube success story now with a major record label, began vlogging and broadcasting live acoustic performances from her LA apartment in February 2006. She is the third most subscribed-to musician on YouTube.

Best CommentaryThe Winekone: A half-naked man rants.

Most Adorable Video Kiwi!: This film, Dony Permedi’s master’s thesis in animation with music Tim Cassell, is about the aspirations of a kiwi bird. Kiwi is the number one most watched Film and Animation video on YouTube with more than six million views.

If you are a fan of consumer-generated video, I recommend giving these winning videos a watch .

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