Ever since the launch of Boot Camp, Parallels Desktop, and VMware Fusion, Mac users have suddenly been inundated with "opportunities" to run our least favorite operating system alongside our favorite. It's been over a year now since the users of Intel Macs have been able to run Windows, and oh so far we have come. That's why Parallels is now hosting a video contest, asking the world to demonstrate one theme: "Why Choose?"
The video can be made nearly any way—short film, animation, narration, photography—to be pieced together into a "Why Choose?" masterpiece. Parallels says that the video doesn't have to be made on a Mac necessarily, nor does it need to use Parallels anywhere. It just needs to demonstrate that we Mac users can now have the "best of both worlds."
Entries from around the world are welcome, and they must be less than three minutes long. They must also be uploaded to YouTube and then submitted, along with contact information, to [email protected] before midnight PSD on December 9. The full contest rules are supposed to be available on the website, but that URL is currently returning an error. Perhaps it will be back up later today.
Prizes? The grand prize winner of the "Why Choose?" contest will win a trip for two to Macworld 2008 along with a 17" MacBook Pro, Sony HDS-SR7 HD camcorder, and "a filmmaking software bundle." The next runner up will get a 13" MacBook with a full copy of Windows XP Pro running on Parallels, along with an 8GB iPhone. Each of the top ten finalists will win a copy of Parallels Desktop, and the first 100 submissions (regardless of how bad your video is) will get you a free "Why Choose?" t-shirt. Oh, and if the grand prize winner attends high school or college, his or her school will receive a $10,000 grant. Not bad.
I know that there are a number of you guys who are into filmmaking, and there are even more of you who are into winning some badass prizes. If you're interested, get working on that video and let us know if you win anything!