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Monday, April 1, 2013

This information was sent to me and I thought some of you may be interested as well.

Submit Images of Cute Kids from April 1 – June 22
on Facebook for a Chance to Win
New York, NY (April 1, 2013) – The search is on to find the cutest kid in America!Parents magazine launches its cute kid cover contest today. From8:00 a.m. EST on April 1 to 8:59 p.m. EST on June 22, proud moms and dads can submit photos of their kids for a chance to win $10,000 and a chance appear on November 2013 cover ofParents, on newsstands October 8.
Ten finalists, nine chosen by Parents editors and one picked by reader vote, will be brought to New York City for an all-expenses-paid professional photo shoot. The deadline for entries is Saturday, June 22, 2013.
To enter the 2013 Cover Contest, parents can upload adorable, non-professional photos of their child between the ages ofthree months to six years on the Parentsmagazine Facebook page. Once photos are submitted, participants are automatically entered to win a $10,000 sweepstakes.
Dana Points,Parents magazine Editor-in-Chief offers these tips for taking the perfect photo:
1. Make sure the child’s personality shines through during a happy, energetic moment in each photo you submit.
2. Take photos in front of a simple, natural background. A busy background is often distracting. Natural light and outdoor shots are great!
3. Dress appropriately. Stay away from complicated and intricate clothing, hats and peek-a-boo blankets.
4. Include background to make the photo interesting. We know your little one is the center of attention, but steer clear of extreme close-up shots.
5. Shoot, shoot, shoot. Take a lot of photos—you’ll have tons of cute images to choose from.
The following Monday after photos are uploaded, parents will receive an email notifying them that their child’s photo is available for Reader’s Choice voting. Parents, friends and family will then be able to vote daily for one week. The photo with the most votes each week will be deemed a Reader’s Choice semi-finalist and win a $250 gift card. On or around July 8, 2013, the twelve Reader’s Choice semi-finalists will be posted for final voting in order to determine the one Reader’s Choice winner. That winner will become one of the 10 finalists and receive an all-expenses-paid trip to New York City.
For more information and contest rules, check out the May 2013 issue ofParents on newsstands April 9 or visit Enter a child in the contest on the Parents magazine Facebook page. For regular contest updates, follow Parents on Twitter @parentsmagazine or on Facebook
Parents was founded in 1926 and, along with American Baby, FamilyFun and Ser Padres, makes up The Meredith Parents Network portfolio of parenthood brands. Parents is the leading voice for a community of more than 15 million moms who are engaged and inspired by the brand’s trusted content. In turn, these moms enlighten and inspire others by joining ongoing conversations about parenthood via as well through Parents’ robust presence on Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, Instagram and Tumblr. Parents is dedicated to engaging and inspiring moms with the information they need, wherever they go.

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