06-18-2014 08:53 AM
06-18-2014 09:11 AM
@strathortiz The readers' choice portion of the contest is only one feature of the Cover Contest. Reader's Choice winners do receive a gift card and are eligible for one of the finalist spots in the contest.
But Parents staff members do review every photo submitted (over 50,000+ and counting this year!) and have the ardous task of cutting the list down to select the small group of kids who will be flown to New York for the cover shoot. Rest assured, there is someone looking at all photos, not just readers' choice winners.
scenes look at last year's cover shoot, check out this video: http://www.parents.com/videos/v/81488210/parents-c
06-18-2014 09:59 AM
Absolutely! You do not need to participate in the readers' choice portion. When you enter a photo you will automatically receive an email the following Monday encouraging participation and this portion, but it is not necessary.
06-21-2014 05:10 AM