Information About NYMetroParents' Cover Contest

Information About NYMetroParents' Cover Contest


Each year, NYMetroParents hosts a Cover Contest to give local kids the chance to be featured on our magazines' covers. Here's what you need to know about the contest and how you can be the first to know about the next round.


What’s the question we get asked most often by our readers? How can I get my child on the cover? Here’s what you need to know about our annual cover contest.

The annual NYMetroParents Cover Contest is held on Facebook, where parents or guardians can upload a photo and follow the directions there to enter the contest. NYMetroParents Facebook fans will then be able to vote once a day for their favorite entry—one of the finalists is the Fan Favorite (the child whose picture garners the most votes) and the other nine are chosen by the NYMetroParents editorial staff.

Sign up to be among the first learn about the 2018 Cover Contest


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 eight 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.

Past winners include:


olivia nymp cover contest winner

Olivia from Nassau County
Winner of the younger than 6 category
Photo by PhotoOp NYC



victoria nymp cover contest winner 2017

Victoria from Brooklyn
Winner of the 6 and older category
Photo by PhotoOp NYC



 carter cover contest winner 2016

Carter from Suffolk County
Photo by PhotoOp NYC 


kennedy december 2015 cover contest winner

Kennedy from Bergen County, NJ
Photo by PhotoOp NYC



emily nymetroparents cover

Emily from Queens
Photo by PhotoOp NYC



max 2013 cover contest winner
Max from Manhattan
Photo by PhotoOp NYC 


When is the cover contest held?

We just had the photoshoot for the 2017 NYMetroParents cover contest. Our 2018 cover contest is yet to be announced; sign up for our newsletter to be among the first to find our details about it. We typically aim to have the photo shoot for the cover images soon after the end of school and before camps, family travel, and other summer activities begin.


Where is the photo shoot held?

NYMetroParents partners with PhotoOp NYC, a Manhattan photo studio that specializes in families and children. 

Take a peek behind the scenes of this year's cover contest photo shoot:


How can I be among the first to know about this year’s cover contest?

Sign up for our weekly activities newsletter to get advanced notice about the 2017 cover contest at—Bonus: The newsletter is full of the best weekend activities for families in your region!—and like us on Facebook where you’ll be able to enter a photo of your child.


Is the winner the only child featured on a cover?

While we only choose one grand-prize cover winner (and a voted fan-favorite), our goal is to make as many families happy by capturing their kids’ spirit in pictures and using as many as we can on future covers, and occasionally within the pages of our magazines. Check out these covers that feature finalists!

 nymetroparents cover contest finalist covers


Have other questions that aren’t answered here? See our cover contest FAQ and rules.

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