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2018 Baby Photo Contest FAQs

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About the Contest
 

When does the contest start and end?
It started on April 12, 2018. Entries will close at midnight on April 26, 2018. Voting will close at midnight on April 29, 2018.

What are the prizes?
3 Grand Prize winners will each receive a $500 529k educational savings plan from Mountain America, a Fawn Design diaper bag, a pair of Freshly Picked baby moccasins, and a $75 gift card to The Baby Cubby. Six additional winners will receive either a pair of Freshly Picked baby moccasins or a $50 gift card to The Baby Cubby.

How do I know if I won?
We will contact the winners via email. We will also announce the winners on our page on Facebook and Instagram.

What happens to the winning photos?
Mountain America may post the photos of the winners to our social media pages, website, and in our online newsletter.

 
Entering the Contest
 

How do I enter?
You can enter either through Facebook or Instagram or both. Then get at least 50 votes on your entry on our official contest page for it to become a semi-finalist.

  • Enter through Facebook by clicking the "Enter a Photo" button on our official contest page.
  • To enter through Instagram, make sure your profile is set to public, then post a photo to your Instagram account with #MACUbaby (don't forget to tag @mountainamericacu). Your photo will be automatically pulled into the "Vote for Entries" section of our official contest page. Note: Your profile MUST remain public for the duration of the contest to be eligible.

How many times can I enter the contest?
Each person may enter the contest once through Facebook and once through Instagram. However, you may only win one prize.

Do I have to enter on both Facebook and Instagram?
No.

How old does my baby need to be to enter?
Your baby must have been born on or after April 13, 2015.

I have more than one eligible child, can I enter both into the contest?
Yes. Your options are to: A) Use a photo with the children together or B) Enter one child through Facebook and the other through Instagram. Note: You may enter once through Facebook and once through Instagram, but you may only win one prize.

Do I need to use a recent photo?
As long as your baby was born on or after April 13, 2015, you can enter any photo of them taken at any time.

Can I use a professional photo?
You may enter any photo of your child, even if you are not the one who took it, as long as you own the rights to do so.

Can I use a collage of photos?
Yes. If it becomes a semi-finalist it will be judged according to the same criteria as single photos.

Can I enter the same photo through Facebook and Instagram?
Yes. However, we recommend you enter a different photo from each platform because if both entries become semi-finalists, one will be removed during the judging round. Also, votes on separate entries will not be combined, even if they are the same photo. Note: You may enter once through Facebook and once through Instagram, but you may only win one prize.

Why won't it let me upload my photo?
Please make sure that your file is less than 15MB in size and that you are using an acceptable file format such as .jpg .png .tiff or .jpeg. Also, please update your browser to the latest version. If you are still having trouble, please email us at socialmedia@macu.com and we will create your entry for you.

How can I edit/delete/change the photo I entered?
The only way to edit/delete/change an entry is to delete it. However, doing so will erase all votes it has accumulated up to that point. If you would like your entry deleted so that you may try again, please email us at socialmedia@macu.com and we will delete it for you.

How do I find my photo?

  • If you entered through Facebook, click the "Enter a Photo" button again on our official contest page while logged into Facebook to bring up your confirmation page, then click the black "View Your Entry" button. Or, go to the Vote for Entries" section and you can search for your entry with your Facebook name (there is a search box in the gold header).
  • If you entered through Instagram, go to the "Vote for Entries" section on our official contest page. Look for your photo in the feed or search for it using your Instagram username (there is a search box in the gold header).
 
Voting
 

How do I share my photo to get votes?

  • Facebook:
    After you complete your entry, you will see a gold "Share" button. Click or tap it to open the sharing options popup box. Use the icons or copy and paste your unique link to share with your friends. If you come back later to share your entry, please click the "Enter a Photo" button again on our official contest page while logged into Facebook and it will bring up the same gold "Share" button.

  • Instagram:
    After uploading your photo to your public Instagram account with #MACUbaby, (don’t forget to tag @mountainamericacu) go to the "Vote for Entries" section on our official contest page. Find your photo in the feed or search for it with your Instagram username (there is a search box in the gold header). Click or tap the share icon button (it looks like 3 dots in a connected triangle) next to the vote button to open the sharing options popup box. Use the icons or copy and paste your unique link to share with your friends.

My share link won't work, what can I do?
Go to the "Vote for Entries" section on our official contest page and find your entry in the feed (there is a search box in the gold header). Click on your entry to bring it up as a popup box. Then click on your name to go to your entry's page. Copy the page link in your browser's address bar (it will look similar to this: http://a.cstmapp.com/voteme/25111/##########). Send that link to your friends and they will be able to vote for you (they must have a confirmed Facebook account to do so).

Do “likes” on my Instagram photo count as votes?
No. Only votes on your entry on our official contest page count. To find your photo on our contest page, go to the "Vote for Entries" section of the contest page. You can look for your photo in the feed or you can search for it with your Instagram name (there is a search box in the gold header).

I entered the same photo through Facebook and Instagram, will the votes be combined?
No. Votes on separate entries will not be combined, even if they are the same photo. Either or both can become a semi-finalist by reaching 50 votes individually. However, if both become semi-finalists, one will be removed during the judging round. Note: You may enter once through Facebook and once through Instagram, but you may only win one prize.

How many times can I vote?
Each person can vote for each photo one time during the contest period.

Why won't it let me vote?
In order to vote, you must be logged into Facebook and have a confirmed Facebook account and have accepted cookies from the voting tab.

What happens when I get 50 votes?
Each entry that receives 50 or more votes will become a semi-finalist and advance to the judging round where a panel of judges will choose the winners.

Does the total votes matter after 50?
No. Once you get 50 votes your entry will become a semi-finalist and advance to the judging round where a panel of judges will choose the winners. The judges do not take the total number of votes received into account.

   
Judging Round
 

How do I get to the judging round?
Your entry must receive 50 votes in order to become a semi-finalist. Semi-finalists advance to the judging round where a panel of judges will choose the winners.

How will the judges choose the winners?
3 grand prize winners and 6 runners up will be chosen. Judging criteria for the semi-finalists is based on but not limited to the following: Personality, originality, creativity, technical quality and composition.

Here are some general tips to get a great photo:

  • Use good lighting (natural light is usually best)
  • Show your baby's face
  • Make sure your baby is in focus

Also, we ask that you please avoid using effects such as heavy filters, text overlays, and graphics.

I am a previous winner, can I enter again this year?
Yes. Note: Previous winning photos cannot win another prize.

   
Have another question?
 

Please read the official rules, and if you still have a question email us at socialmedia@macu.com.

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