How do I enter?
From the American Baby Cover Contest category located here, click "Upload Your Album" or "Upload Photos." Fill out the entry form by uploading your photos, submitting into the American Baby Cover Contest category, and completing the Photo Contest Information section. If you follow the Official Rules, your photos will be entered in the contest.
How is the winner chosen?
The American Baby magazine judges will review all of the entries and choose 10 semi-finalists. Semi-finalists will be selected based on the criteria set forth in the Official Rules. Semi-finalists will be asked to provide more pictures for consideration, and then five finalists will be selected to fly to New York City for a professional photo shoot from 2/15/2011-2/17/2011. One photo will be selected for the May 2011 cover.
How will the photos be judged?
As it says in the Official Rules, judging will be "based on overall appearance of the child as shown in the photo(s), personality of child as expressed through the photo(s), and quality of photo(s)."
Will the judges really look at all entries?
Yes, they really are looking at all entries.
Can I enter my twins together?
Twins must be entered separately. Although they may look alike, a set of twins can have totally different temperaments and have a different presence in front of the camera.
Can I enter a professional photograph?
Photos must be taken by entrant, non-professional, unpublished and may not have won any prize or award.
Do the ratings and recommendations play any part in deciding the winner?
No, they do not.
Why won't my photo upload?
First, check that your photo is the right size and file type (photos must be .jpg or .bmp and under 3 MB). During periods of heavy traffic, some users may experience very slow load times or not be able to upload their photo at all. In this case, it's best to wait a few hours and then come back and try again.
I can't find my photo! Help!
To find your photo, go back to the Parents.com photo area (www.parents.com/photos) and click the View My Photos button at the top right to see all of your galleries.
Click on the thumbnail to see your gallery, or click "Tell a friend" to e-mail friends and family a direct link to your gallery (see screen shot below).
If my child is chosen as a finalist, can the rest of my family join us in New York City, provided we pay for their expenses?
Yes, but American Baby magazine/Meredith Corp. will only pay for one child and one guardian.
I uploaded my picture but it won't fit in the thumbnail and it won't shrink.
The shrink feature is to allow you to shrink your photo back to original size once you've grown it. You cannot shrink the thumbnail photo to be smaller than the original that was uploaded. If you want more of your photo to show in the thumbnail view, you'll need to resize in a photo editing tool.
I select the photo I want to upload on my computer. The thumbnail box is empty and my picture never displays.
Most likely you have a photo that is too large. Try resizing the photo using a photo editing tool and resubmit.
What if I missed the entry period?
We always have a fun photo contest on the site. Check out our photo contests here.
How do I add more to an album that I submitted to the contest?
Go to www.parents.com/photos Click on the View My Photos button in the top right header. Log in. You will see a listing of your galleries that you've uploaded. Click Edit underneath the album you wish to add/edit photos. You will enter your album and have the ability to enter more photos or change photos. Be sure to click the Submit Album button so your changes will take place.
How do I delete my entry?
To delete an entry, log back into the account in question, go back to the Parents.com photo area (parents.com/photos) and click on "View My Photos" in the top right. This will take you to a page with all of your albums displayed, and each has the option to delete.
How does the Reader's Choice portion of the contest work?
There will be nine weekly Reader's Choice winners. During the voting periods, entries will be displayed in the Parents Photo Faves gallery, and visitors to the site will be invited to vote for their favorite entries based on overall appearance of the child as shown in the photo(s), adherence to theme as expressed through the photo(s), and quality of photo(s). The Reader's Choice winners will have no bearing on the five finalists going to the official cover contest photo shoot. Each official weekly winner will win $250 cash.
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