How do I enter?
The entry form is included on the page where you enter your photos. As long as you complete the Photo Contest Information section, and follow the Official Rules, your photos will be entered in the contest.
How is the winner chosen?
The Parents magazine judges will review all of the entries and choose 20 semi-finalists. The 20 semi-finalists will provide 5 additional, current photos of their child. The editors will narrow it down to 9 finalists from the 20 semi-finalists. 1 finalist will be selected through our Readers' Choice Voting App. For details on the Readers' Choice process, click here. Semi-finalists and finalists will be selected based on the criteria set forth in the Official Rules. Ten (10) finalists will be selected to fly to New York City for a professional photo shoot on or about 8/6/2012 to 8/8/2012. One photo will be selected for the November 2012 Parents Magazine 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) (34%), personality of child as expressed through the photo(s) (33%) and quality of photo(s) (33%)."
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?
Entrants must have full rights to the photos submitted and photos must be taken by the entrant. Photos must be of your child, unpublished and may not have won any prize or award.
If you are a professional photographer and have taken photos of your kids, you may use those photos.
How can people vote for my photo?
For more details on the Readers' Choice component of the cover contest, click here.
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 to try again
I can't find my photo! Help!
To find your photo, go back to the Parents.com photo area 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 Parents magazine/Meredith Corp. will only pay for one child and one guardian and only that one child and one guardian will be allowed at the photo shoot for spacial reasons.
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.
How did you choose which photo to feature in Parents Photo Faves for the Readers' Choice Contest?
We take the first photo that was uploaded into your gallery on Parents.com or Facebook.com/ParentsMagazine when you uploaded your photos to the Parents Magazine Cover Contest. You cannot change the photo once it is in Photo Faves for voting. You can change the photo order in your gallery on parents.com until Saturday night at 9:00 p.m. CDT of the week you uploaded.
When will the semi-finalists and finalists be announced?
Twelve Readers' Choice semi-finalists will be posted to the site on or around July 7, 2011 for the Readers' Choice Voting. The Readers' Choice finalist will be selected, determined by reader votes on or around July 14, 2011. The readers choice finalist will be contacted on or around July 22, 2011.
The 20 editor chosen semi-finalists will be notified on or around July 7, 2011 and will be asked to submit paperwork and five additional photos. Nine finalists will be selected on or about July 22, 2011.
What if I missed the entry period?
We always have a fun photo contest on the site. Check out our other photo contests.
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.
What is the difference between Most Recent, Most Liked, and Most Commented photos?
These search options allow you to sort which photos appear on the page. If you click Most Recent, the photos that were most recently uploaded will show up. If you filter by Most Liked, the photos with the most "Likes" will appear. If you click on Most Commented, the photos with the greatest number of comments will show up.
How do I enter the Sweepstakes?
If you enter a photo in the Contest you are automatically entered in the Sweepstakes. If you do not wish to enter a photo, you may enter the Sweepstakes here.
What is the connection between Parents Photo Faves and Parents Magazine Cover Contest?
Please click here to read about the Readers' Choice Portion of the 2011 Cover Contest: www.parents.com/readerschoice, or continue reading the frequently asked questions below.
Do Readers' Choice Winners have a better chance at becoming a finalist?
Please note that Readers' Choice winners have no bearing on the selection of any editorially-selected Semi-Finalists or Finalists. However, there will be one (1) finalist chosen purely through Readers' Choice. At the end of the contest entry period, the 12 Readers' Choice Winners will be placed into the Parents Voting Tool for a second voting round. The entry with the most votes will be a contest Finalist.
How do I vote for my child's photo?
Click on the "Vote For Me" button once. The "Vote For Me" button is found directly below each image. After you click the button, the image will now have a white overlay on top of it.
When does voting close for my child's photo?
Voting is open each week from Monday morning at 12:00 a.m. CT until the following Sunday Night at 11:59 p.m. CT. For more information on Photo Faves/Reader's Choice voting periods, see the Official Rules.
What does the winner get?
The 12 weekly winners will be grouped together for final voting beginning on or around July 7, 2011. The winner from this final voting will be named the Readers' Choice Winner. The Readers' Choice Winner will be the one of the 10 Parents Magazine Cover Contest finalists, and will get to travel to NYC to participate in the Cover Contest Photo Shoot in August.
I can't find my child's photo in Photo Faves.
You should be able to view your photo through the email that was sent to you. This will include a direct link to the photo, as well as a URL that you can copy/paste. The email is easily forwarded to family and friends to vote, too!
If you have more than one child, see next question.
I have entered more than one kid in the Contest and I only got one email.
You will need to use the functionality on photos.parents.com located in the upper right corner to locate the rest of your childrens' photos.
What do I do with the email I received?
You may forward the email you receive to your friends and family to vote. The link in the email will be the correct link to find your child's photo all week long.
How do I know what place my child is in?
You'll know the place your child is in by viewing the ranking. The ranking is found above the photo starting on Tuesday of the week. The ranking is determined by the number of votes each photo receives. Votes are counted nightly. Starting Wednesday of each week, you'll see the ranking for each photo as of "today" and "yesterday." Displayed rankings may not be accurate. All rankings are unofficial until verified by Parents.
Could you explain what current place # and Yesterday # mean?
Current place means the photo's current ranking with all others in that category; based on the number of votes they got from the previous day. Yesterday's # is the ranking of the same photo from yesterday. Votes are counted nightly. Displayed rankings may not be accurate. All rankings are unofficial until verified by Parents.
How do I share my photo to Facebook?
After you click "Vote for Me" under the photo you wish to send a vote for, you'll see a white overlay show up on top of the photo. On this overlay, you'll see a blue Facebook button. If you click this button, you'll be given the opportunity to log in to Facebook and share the photo with all your Facebook friends.
Can I change my kid's photo?
You are not able to change the photo once it is in Parents Photo Faves. The photo that was taken was the first photo you uploaded into your gallery on Parents.com/photo. You can change the photo order until Saturday night at 9:00pm CDT of the week you uploaded.
How did you choose which photo to feature in Parents Photo Faves for the Readers' Choice Contest?
We take the first photo that was uploaded into your gallery on Parents.com when you uploaded your photos to the Parents Magazine Cover Contest. You cannot change the photo once it is in Photo Faves for voting. You can change the photo order in your gallery on parents.com until Saturday night at 9:00pm CDT of the week you uploaded.
How can I view the album I uploaded through Facebook?
If you have a Parents.com account, log in to the website using your username and password. Visit Parents.com/photos and click the "view my photos" button at the top right hand corner of the page. There, you should see your list of albums.
If you are not already a Parents.com registered user, you will receive a welcome email from Parents.com with a username and password. Use this username and password to log on to Parents.com and view your photos using the instructions above.
If I uploaded my photo using Facebook, where do I find my Parents.com log in?
By uploading a photo through Facebook, you are automatically registered for Parents.com. You can find your username and password in the welcome email that you received after you uploaded your photo. You should receive a welcome email within a week of submitting your photos through Facebook.
Why won't it let me upload some of my Facebook albums to this contest?
You may only use your Facebook albums that can be seen by everyone. To make sure your photos are set to this privacy setting, click "photos" underneath your profile picture on the left hand side of your profile. Click the album you wish to upload from for the contest. Scroll to the bottom and click "edit album info." There you will see a drop down menu next to the word "privacy." Make sure this is set to "everyone." Push "save changes." Return to the upload tab and upload your photos.
Do I have a better chance at winning if I upload to Facebook instead of ShareMy?
Users will have the same odds of winning a weekly or grand prize whether they upload through Facebook or through ShareMy.
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