The following information is what we've summarized from the latest Gerber 2016 photo search official rules.
We were able to get a copy of it and you can read the boring stuff here or just keep reading and we will share with you the good stuff from it as well as tips that we think are more exciting.
Either way, we'll keep this Gerber contest guide and tips updated as more information becomes available.
Now that we got the boring disclaimer stuff out of the way it's time for the meats, the "good stuff".
Gerber Baby Photo Contest Prizes You Can Win
The grand prize winner will take home a whooping $50,000 USD cash, but remember there is only 1 winner. Hopefully, it's you—one of our visitors. And don't you go thinking that this $50k cash must be use for your baby's college funds. Its can but it doesn't have to be. It is in no way required. And that's not the end of the cash part yet.
Do you have to pay taxes on your winning? Most likely you will. But no worries, Gerber has you all covered on that too. How about another extra $15,540 in cash sound? That's exactly what the 2015 Gerber baby contest winner got to help pay for the taxes.
And of course, it's not required that you use it for that purpose either. If you know how to get around the IRS then you can use it for something else. But our advice is to just pay your taxes. You really don't want to spoil all the fun by getting in trouble.
The fun stuff just getting started. Your baby will be featured in Gerber brand advertisements for the following year. The opportunity to appear in Gerber ads is (not a guaranteed). <<==⇐Gerber just has to add that in their official rules just in case for some weird reasons it doesn't work out for them. At least that is what we think on that section.
There's more, any travel expenses that are related to photo shoots for the baby are paid for, even for the parents.
Last but not least, your baby gets a $1,500 worth of clothing from Gerber Childrenswear.
So the actual estimated retail value awarded comes to a grand total of $67,040.
New clothes, big cash, and fame, no wonder the Gerber baby photo contest is the biggest baby contest and made waves in the news each and every year. It is a big deal to win. The opportunities and possibilities are endless, possibly leading your child to baby modeling and baby beauty pageants.
Gerber + baby + contest = Gerber baby modeling
Baby modeling agencies and agents usually keep a close eye on contests like these, they might even be one of the judges in the events.
This is probably one of the best and cheapest way to have your child start of in the right path into the entertainment industry.
By winning the grand prize, your baby is set up to model for Gerber and at the same time getting lots of exposure to other modeling agencies.
There are 6 Milestone Categories You Can Enter
Each milestone is awarded with $3,500 in cash and $750 in clothing from Gerber Childrenswear. That's a total retail value of $4,250! Cash prizes for the 6
milestone winners are also awarded in the form of a check, much like
the grand prize.
Here are the six milestone categories:
- SUPPORTED SITTER
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There is no purchase necessary to enter the Gerber contests but there are some requirements. Oh and also entry is totally free which makes it the biggest FREE baby photo contest on the planet.
The only requirements are; you must be a legal resident of the 50 United States and District of Columbia who are at least 18 years old, are parents or legal guardians of the child or children, and the age of the child is between the range of 1 day
old to 48 months old at the time of entering the contest.
And if you're a Gerber employee then you should know already that you're not supposed to participate in Gerber's baby contest.
Photo qualifications for Gerber contest submission
You can only submit one picture and that picture must be current. It must be taken within the last 30 days at the time of submitting to the contest. So basically, if you have a really cute picture of your baby at 4 months old but she's now 6 months old and the contest is starting today then that baby photo is not eligible.
Professional pictures are not allowed. Don't hire a photographer to take your photos for you... do it yourself. When you spend the time to photograph your baby it's fun and more rewarding anyway.
Photo collages which are 2 or more pictures that make up one main picture are not allowed. So don't cut and paste pictures together it will be disqualified. Avoid as much photo editing as possible besides basic resizing, cropping, and converting a file format.
You might have to convert the picture file into a.jpg, .png, or .bmp format, if it's not already so and the file size cannot be more than 5 MB.
This is a big one... You must have all legal rights to the picture. Plus, the photo may not published before you submitted it to the Gerber's photo contest either. It's really important that you make sure you own that picture and that you're the legal guardian of the child that's in the photograph.
Also, once you submit the photo
to Gerber, don't submit or publish it anywhere else or you will be disqualified, and there may be other legal issues that
might be a pain.
As a matter of fact, don't even upload it to your Facebook page. (Just to be safe. Anything you upload to Facebook will be their properties.)
Some Great Resources:
Baby Photo Contest
Past Gerber Contest Winners