In 2010, Gerber launched a baby photo contest called the Gerber Generation PHOTO SEARCH. It was originally inspired by the first Gerber Baby—Ann Turner Cook.
The launch of the Gerber Generation Search was a huge success. There were hundreds of thousands of entries making it the biggest baby photo contest around.
It was first Gerber baby contest ever since Cook won in 1928. And it's also the beginning of a new generation of Gerber babies.
In the last few years, this cute baby contest sponsored by Gerber® has became the most popular annual baby photo contest known as GERBER PHOTO SEARCH.
Each year it attracts hundreds of thousands parents and guardians of adorable babies to enter their baby's photos for a chance to win the huge cash prize and more.
Winners are usually awarded with $50,000 cash in a form of a check.
Beside the cash prize, winners also get to be named the new "Gerber Baby" for that following year and opportunity to be featured in Gerber ads, tv commercials, and not to mentioned making headline all over the news.
With prizes like that:
No wonder the Gerber annual baby contest is the most popular baby contest—each year attracting hundreds of thousands entries. Parents are rushing to find information on how their baby can become the next Gerber baby.
There's only one grand prize winner. So, it's not easy.
There are runners-up prizes also—which are vary from year-to-year, like the number of prizes available and what are the actual prizes.
We're not going to bored you with a long history of this Gerber baby contest. Recommended Reading: The Ultimate Guide to the Gerber Baby Contest.
Here's how you can enter this popular contest. Each year Gerber search for the new Gerber baby and each year contest rules can change quite a bit.
But in the last two years, Gerber has been utilizing Instagram.
How to Enter the GERBER PHOTO SEARCH
Consider entering your baby if they're adorable and have a contagious smile. And you must enter your baby if someone ever said to you, "Your baby is a Gerber baby"!
It's so easy to enter the GERBER contest.
If you don't have an Instagram account then you'll need to signup for an Instagram. Once you've signed up or already have an account then make sure that your account is set to "public" and NOT "private".
Finally, upload photos of your baby to Instagram with the hashtag #GerberPhotoSearch2018 (was 2018), #GerberPhotoSearch2017 (was 2017), hopefully 2019 will be the same with #GerberPhotoSearch2019.
DON'T ENTER JUST YET! You have to wait until Gerber announced the official contest launch. Entries only valid during the submission period.
Photos submit before or after will be invalid and disqualified.
It's always best to wait for the official Gerber baby contest rules each year. There could be changes as to how to enter. In the past Gerber has utilized gerber.com, eprize.com and social media channels like Instagram and Facebook as an entry method.
When Contest Starts
The annual PHOTO SEARCH usually launches sometime in the fall of each year. Then Gerber will announces the winners sometime in the beginning of the following year.
Usually winners are announced in mid or toward the end of January.
So here's how it works.
Contest will start with a photo submission period that's when all parents and legal guardians submit their children photos. Submission closed follow by a judging period. That's when Gerber panel of judges will search for the next Gerber baby.
And finally, the winners will be announce.
You should always wait to check with the official contest rules.
Here we will give you some rules that seem to be very basic for each year. Most of these rules haven't changed and most likely will be the same for the next Gerber baby contest.
- You must a legal resident of the 50 United States, Washington D.C., or Puerto Rico. And be 18 of age or legal age of resident.
- You must be the parent or legal guardian of the child(ren) in the photo(s).
- Contest are for children between 1 day old to 48 months.
- Photo(s) may not be taken more than 30 days old at the time of submission.
- Only one child can be in a photo.
- You may enter more than one child if you have children within qualifying age.
- No naked photos. Child(ren) must be clothed appropriately at least with a diaper on.
- Photo may not be collage. Do not have multiple photos into one image.
- Do not hired a paid professional photographer.
- Up to 10 different photos can be enter. (since 2017 & 2018)
- No purchase required for entry. Contest is completely free to enter.
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Remember the Gerber baby contest doesn't allowed paid professional photos and photos must be taken within 30 days prior to submission?
So if you have paid professional photos then you can just forget about entering. "But my baby is so cute in those photos", you said.
It's not a complete lost. We recommend the CuteKid. It's a photo contest for children from 1 days to 12 years old. They allowed professional photos. You can enter the Cute Kid.
If you missed the Photo Search deadline or it has not launch yet, and you got a really cute baby photo then you will want to submit that photo to the Cute Kid.
They have contests running everyday. Each month they will announce the winners and will qualified for Cute Kid of the Year—grand prize of $25,000*.
You don't want to wait because it will become disqualified from the Gerber annual Photo Search anyways, once 30 days passed by.
Additional resources: About the Gerber Baby Contest - Gerber Photo Search