Well, it is that time again! Time to choose winners for our annual My Beautiful Child – Photo Contest. I have to tell you that this is absolutely the toughest job I have here at Parent Guide!
I am honoured to pieces that each one of you have entered your beautiful child – and I am amazed at the support that each of the children received from their friends and family voting.
If you have a moment, I would love to tell you how we choose our winners!
First of all, everyone entered got 2 weeks to vote for their favourite photo. Once the voting was done, (and there was A LOT of votes) the top 20 from each category is put into the final round.
Our judges, made up of family, friends and business associates, narrow down their top 5 from that list of 20. At this point of the judging, we don’t look at how many votes each child has received. From the top 5, each of us are given one last chance to choose our favourite overall. This isn’t a perfect process, but somehow we end up with a winner! (we secretly want them all to win!)
So, this is the hard part! I really want every photo to win, every child to receive the prize, and every parent to walk away with bragging rights that their child was on the cover…but, unfortunately, we can’t do this. But, what I can do as owner and publisher at Parent Guide is, I can make some decisions that would affect you all (just one of the perks of my job – which I LOVE!) I can put your child’s photo in the guides anyway – that’s right, I can place them in the guide no matter if you won or didn’t win the photo contest. Fun right? All I need is your OK – and a hi-resolution photo with your child’s first name, emailed to me at email@example.com. If you don’t want your child in the guides, don’t send the photo…but if you do…please send it to me by April 30, 2014.
I wanted to say one last and HUGE THANK YOU to all of you that entered, voted, wished upon a star, and is right now holding your breath, waiting to hear who won! THANK YOU to each and every one of you. I am so honoured that you spent time with us on our website and Facebook page. If you stick around, I promise I will do my best to continue to offer great information, contests and inspiration! Thank you, thank you, thank you!
If your child is one of the winners, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org for instructions on how to claim your prize and set-up your photo shoot!!!
And the winners of the annual My Beautiful Child Photo Contest are: