We've answered frequently asked questions about the NYMetroParents Kids Cover Contest. Find out how to enter your child, information on how the winners are chosen, voting policies, cover contest prizes from Appaman and B&H Photo Video, as well as details on the cover contest photo shoot.
How do I enter my child?
It’s easy! Simply go to our link at nymetroparents.com/cover, make sure you have liked us on Facebook, and upload a recent picture of your child following the simple directions onscreen. Your photos must be submitted in electronic formats .jpg, .png, .bmp, or .gif and must be less than 20 MB to be eligible.
Can I enter more than one picture of my child?
You can enter only one photo of each of your children.
What if I want to enter more than one child in the contest?
You can enter one photo of EACH of your children. If you choose to enter one photo with more than one sibling in it, you will not be eligible to win the Fan Favorite (because we will not know which sibling fans are voting for!). Each sibling in a single picture will still be eligible to be selected as a Finalist by our editors (note that we will not select siblings as a unit to win or be photographed together).
How do you choose the winners?
Our editors review every entry (yes, we do!) and every member of our team picks their favorites, as our official rules indicate, “based equally upon the criteria of personality, charm, and marketability as a child cover model, as conveyed by their photo.” What does that mean? Well, it’s a visceral feeling—kind of, “We know it when we see it”: joy, bright smiles, playfulness or silliness or a quiet reserve…we want to see your child’s spirit shining through! We then consult with a professional photographer to decide upon 7 Finalists who get professionally photographed, along with one Fan Favorite Finalist, and from the resulting images we select one winner to appear on our covers.
Do I have to garner votes for my child to have a chance?
No, you do not have to solicit votes for your child to have a chance to win, as our editors’ picks for Finalists are not based on votes but on our own discretion. By soliciting votes, however, you do increase your chances of winning the Fan Favorite Finalist spot (which guarantees your child a photo shoot and a chance at being named the Grand Prize Winner)—and, equally important, it makes the contest all the more fun. Our contest is about parental pride in our kids’ spirit and joy, and what better way to spread that joy than to share their pictures with your family and friends…and their friends? Our contest also celebrates pride of place, as we pick Finalists in each of NYMetroParents eight regions (Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, Westchester, Long Island, Rockland, Fairfield, CT, and Bergen, NJ)—so why not show off some borough or county pride by sharing, too?
I have used vote-swapping sites in the past to help me win prizes—is that okay?
Simply put: No. Vote request sites and programs for soliciting votes are prohibited from use, and any entrant attempting to garner votes through sites such as these, including but not limited to voterequests.com and getonlinevotes.com, will be disqualified. We know it’s fun to win, and that it’s easy to get caught up in the “race” to see how your child is “competing”—but please, get into the real spirit of our contest, which is one of celebration and fun!
What will I win if my child is selected as a Finalist?
Each of the 8 Finalists will receive a complimentary professional photo sitting at Photo-Op NYC, an 8x10-inch print of their choice, a digital mock-up of their child on our magazine’s cover (approximate total value $300), plus a gift card to Appaman (retail value $25). There’s also a strong chance that every Finalist will be featured in a future print issue of our magazines.
What do I win if my child garners the most votes and wins the Fan Favorite category?
In addition to the Finalist prizes detailed above, the Fan Favorite will also receive a Sony DSC-QX10 Digital Camera Module for Smartphones courtesy of B&H Photo Video. (Approximate retail value: $248).
What will I win if my child is named the Grand Prize Winner?
The Grand Prize Winner will receive a Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 Digital Camera courtesy of B&H Photo Video. And, of course, you will see your child on the cover of our magazines: Big Apple Parent, Brooklyn Parent, Fairfield Parent, Long Island Parent, Queens Parent, Rockland Parent, Rockland Parent-Bergen Edition, and Westchester Parent.
If my child does not win, is there still a chance he or she will be featured in your magazines?
We cannot guarantee that, but there is still a chance. We occasionally pull pictures from our fans on Facebook to include in print, though not often. It is more likely that you may see your child’s picture shared on our Facebook pages or website during the contest period. If your child is one of our 8 Finalists, there is a strong chance (again, not guaranteed) that he or she will in fact appear in print even if not named the Grand Prize winner.
Where can I find the rules?
The full official rules to the 2014 NYMetroParents Kids Cover Contest can be found here.
What age children are eligible to be entered into the contest?
Kids aged 3-12 years old may be entered in the 2014 NYMetroParents Kids Cover Contest; more specifically, your child must have been born between April 29, 2002 and April 29, 2011.
I am having technical difficulties uploading a picture of my child—what should I do?
Send us a message on Facebook, and we’ll get back to you as quickly as we can. We’re parents, too, so we’ve got to (occasionally!) check in on our kids, feed and bathe them, you know the deal—so please be patient. If for some reason you don’t hear from us quickly to help resolve your problem, you can also email us at firstname.lastname@example.org during weekday business hours.
When does the contest end?
Entries can be submitted and new votes registered until June 11, 2014.
When is the photo shoot for the Finalists?
The Finalist photo shoot will be held on June 27, 2014.
Who will be taking the pictures of the Finalists?
Our amazing photo partner PhotoOp NYC will once again be taking shots of the Finalists at one of their Manhattan-based studios. PhotoOp was born out of the vision of Nathan Gindi, who most proudly describes himself as a dad. A former real estate lawyer and admittedly not a photographer, Nathan founded PhotoOp out of a need for a photo studio in Manhattan that specialized in families and children, offered talented and fun photographers, and provided fabulous photos—and, we can say from experience, they deliver. See some of their photographs in our Behind-the-Scenes feature from last year’s NYMetroParents cover shoot! (If your child is not named a Finalist, you can always book your own session—tell them NYMetroParents sent you!)
When will winners be notified?
Parents or guardians of the Finalists will be notified on or before June 19, 2014 by email. A Grand Prize Winner will be alerted by phone or email on or before July 14, 2014.
Do I need to pay to enter?
No, there is no fee to enter the contest.
I am interested in getting my child into modeling—can you help with that?
We’re sorry, but we are not in the modeling business or equipped to give advice in this area. There are local experts who you might want to check out, though (try Model Moves Boot Camp and Modeling Camp, both based in NYC).
If I want to email a link to this contest to friends, may I do so?
Of course, we love when you share! Please send them this link so they can “like” us on Facebook and learn how to enter: nymetroparents.com/cover.