It's that time of year again! The Crescent-News is now accepting submissions for its annual Cutest Baby Contest.
The contest is open to children who are 4 years of age or younger. Readers have until Jan. 31 to submit a favorite photo of their child or grandchild. Entrants are vying for more than $2,000 worth of prizes, with winners determined by reader voting.
The cost of the entry is $18. Babies may be entered into the contest by visiting www.crescent-news.com and clicking the Cutest Baby Contest link at the top of the page, by mail or in person at The Crescent-News office. All entrants may be viewed on the contest website.
Voting will be held in three rounds beginning Feb. 5 and concluding on March 17. Votes are 50 cents each and can be submitted online, via mail or in person at The Crescent-News office. Each round of voting cuts the field of entrants in half. The baby receiving the most votes in the final round will assume the Cutest Baby title.
The winning baby will receive $1,000 and have his or her photo featured on the cover of the Smiling Faces supplement, to be published in The Crescent-News on Friday, March 21. The second-place vote-getter will be awarded $500, while the third-place winner will receive $250. Photos of the second- and third-place winners will be featured on the inside cover of the Smiling Faces edition. The entrant who receives the most votes during the second round of voting will be awarded a 16x20 family portrait from Rod Brown Photography.
Proceeds from the contest voting are used to support The Crescent-News' Newspapers in Education program, which supplies newspapers to area classrooms.
New this year is a special glossy calender featuring entrants born in 2013. The top vote-getter will be featured on the cover of the calendar. All children born during 2013 will have their photo published in the calendar on their birth date on a first-come basis. Calendars will be available for purchase for as little as $15. Customized calendars can be ordered for an additional cost.
Rules for the contest are available on the contest website or at The Crescent-News office.