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The Winners of the 2021 First Day of School Photo Contest Are...

The Winners of the 2021 First Day of School Photo Contest Are...

Two children will each win a family 4-pack of tickets to LEGOLAND NY Resort, and one child will win a $100 Amazon gift card!

Whether your kids are heading back to school in-person learning this year or are continuing being home schooled, we asked to see them in their first-day finest. And boy, did you deliver! We received hundreds of submissions and thousands of votes, and the winners have been selected! 

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NYMetroParents' First Day of School Photo Contest Winners 2021

The Fan Favorite

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Editors' Pick

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Editors' Pick Runner-Up

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Siblings Jayden, Janelys and Jace 

Rockland Parent's First Day of School Photo Contest Winners 2021

The Fan Favorite

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Editors' Pick

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Ryan (and sister Kayla peeking through the window!)

Editors' Pick Runner-Up

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First Day of School Photo Contest FAQs

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?
To enter multiple children, enter them one at a time. To do so, enter one, wait a day, and then enter the next one. Our rules prevent someone from entering the contest twice in one day, but you can enter multiple children by waiting a day between entries.

How do you choose the winners?
Our editors review every entry pick two winners, as our official rules indicate, “personality, charm, and originality, as conveyed by their photo.” One additional winner will be awarded as Fan Favorite, determined by the number of votes he or she receives.

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 are not based on votes. By soliciting votes, however, you do increase your chances of winning the Fan Favorite.

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 and, 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 do I win if my child garners the most votes and wins the Fan Favorite category?
The Fan Favorite will receive a family 4-pack of tickets to LEGOLAND NY Resort!

What will I win if my child is named as one of the two editors’ picks?
The Editors' Pick will a family 4-pack of tickets to LEGOLAND NY Resort, while the Editors' Pick Runner-Up will receive a $100 Amazon gift card!

Where can I find the rules?
The full official rules to the NYMetroParents’ First Day of School Photo Contest can be found here.

What age children are eligible to be entered into the contest?
Kids ages 3-17 years old may be entered in NYMetroParents’ First Day of School Photo Contest.

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.

When does the contest end?
Entries can be submitted and new votes registered until 5pm on Monday, Sept. 27, 2021.

When will winners be notified?
Parents or guardians of the winners will be notified on or before Sept. 30, 2021 by email. Once all winners are confirmed, they will be announced on, in it's newsletter, and on its social media accounts.

Do I need to pay to enter?
No, there is no fee to enter the contest.

Good luck!

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Katelin Walling

Author: Katelin Walling is the former editorial director for NYMetroParents. She has been writing about parenting, health, finance, education, fun things to do in NYC and the surrounding area, and more for nearly 10 years. She also has 20+ years of child care experience and was a babysitter in NYC for 8 years. Katelin graduated from the University of Maine in 2011 and attended the NYU Summer Publishing Institute during the summer of 2011. To unplug in her free time, she can often be found reading, knitting (or general crafting), or whipping up a vegan treat—all with a cup of coffee nearby. See More

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