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June 5, 2014

Kids Story Builder app wins Imagin8 Mission contest

Seeking outstanding Windows Phone apps that make use of the capabilities of the Nokia Imaging SDK, Nokia Developer hosted the Imagin8 Mission contest this spring.

Developers were able to submit new and updated imaging apps in nine different challenges available from DVLUP, where they could also earn points for their qualified submissions. All of the eligible apps submitted to these challenges were automatically entered in the Imagin8 Mission.

The judging panel, during their review and testing of apps submitted to the contest, were looking for creative, outstanding imaging experiences with consumer appeal. They also checked the quality and functionality of the apps submitted.

After a lengthy review and judging process, a panel of experts from Microsoft has selected Kids Story Builder as the Imagin8 winner (featured above).

The judges agreed that this app by Australian developer, Jared Homes, is a creative and original concept that makes it easy to put together immersive stories that include images, text and even sound.


Kids Story Builder makes use of some of the most recent features of the Nokia Imaging SDK, and there’s even a version of the app for Windows 8.1. Jared originally created the app for his own daughters, and you can see it is a true labor of love.

The two runners-up in the Imagin8 Mission contest are 4Blend HDR by Sebastiano Galazzo; and Momento by the team at Indonesia-based Madina Technologies.


The app 4Blend HDR allows anyone – from hobbyists to professional photographers – to take advantage of the powerful imaging capabilities inside Lumia phones and create pictures that are truly stunning (sample image by developer shown above).


Using a special algorithm that he developed, Sebastiano’s app is “able to create the perfect pixel with regard to the light.” The app then applies filters dynamically to each layer of the final image. To learn more, read the full story that recently appeared in Conversations.

Momento allows you to add a variety of details that describe what is happening in your Windows-Phone-taken photos, based on things like your location, events, baby arrivals and of course foods (we all love a picture to remember a great meal).

You’ll also find a wide range of filters (effects), framing options and even stickers that you can add to your pictures. You can save your photos locally, or to OneDrive, and you can share what you create via various social networks, too.

What do you think of the top three imaging apps chosen as winners for the Imagin8 Mission? Download them from the Windows Phone Store (QR codes below), and then share the pictures you take with these award-winning apps in the Comments below.

You can learn more about how the winners were selected in the Nokia Developer news blog.

QR codes for the winning apps: