Adorable Kids contest is back

Wednesday, December 2, 2015
Cloey Marston was none too pleased about meeting a big fuzzy stranger, but this photo of the event won the 2014 Adorable Christmas Kids contest. Shannon Infante, a relative, took and entered the photo. (Submitted photo)

Cloey Marston wasn't too happy about meeting Santa Claus.

But Cloey's pained expression, and a creatively-framed photo with Santa waiting patiently in the background, eventually led to a happy Christmas for Cloey's family, as the winners of last year's Times-Gazette "Adorable Christmas Kids" photo contest.

This year's contest will begin on Friday, and once again the top winner will receive a $200 gift certificate from Lowery Jewelers, with the runner-up receiving a $100 gift certificate.

The contest is open to any type of holiday-themed photo of children. Lowery Jewelers and the Times-Gazette are sponsors of the contest, with DSC Sanitation, Little Eagles Nest Preschool/Daycare and Domino's Pizza as additional sponsors.

Please only submit photos of children to whom you're related. Possible subjects or settings include children with Santa, children in front of the tree, gifts being opened, kids looking at Christmas decorations, baking holiday cookies or enjoying a parade.

Professional or copyrighted photos may only be submitted with the prior approval of the photographer.

Photos can be new or old, from this Christmas season or years past.

You can get to the contest from our website, http://t-g.com ; from the Times-Gazette Facebook page, http://facebook.com/ShelbyvilleTimesGazette ; from the Times-Gazette Sports Facebook page, http://facebook.com/TimesGazetteSports ; or on your mobile device at http://t-g.com/ackids.

Starting this Friday, you can upload photos to the contest. Then, beginning Dec. 12, viewers can vote on which photo they like best. The site makes it easy to use social media to share your entry and encourage your friends and family to vote.

Voters selected this photo of Caroline and Aiden Turner sitting amid some potential Christmas trees as runnerup in last year's contest. It was submitted by the children's mother, Tara Turner. (Submitted photo)

You must register to vote, and only one vote will be allowed per registered user per day. For complete official rules, see the contest website.

The contest is mobile-friendly, making it possible for you to submit photos directly from your smartphone.

Even after voting has started, you can still submit photos -- but remember, the earlier you submit, the more chances you give voters to find and support your entry.

Both submissions and voting will end at midnight Dec. 23.

The Times-Gazette will publish the winners and several pages of the top vote-getting photos on Sunday, Dec. 27. All photos can be viewed online.

Don't wait -- start looking through your photos today!