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Hey there! Happy Summer! Here we are, smack dab in the middle of July, and I’m thinking summer is pretty great. Yes, it’s hot, and yes we New Englanders will always gripe about that… but I’ve got to say (as I’ve just spent the past few hours planning my calendar for the fall busy season) that summer is pretty fantastic. Oh, did I mention my kids are both in camp 9am-4pm all week this week? So relaxing.

I realized it’s high time I put together a blog post about Phase 2 of the BBP 10 Year Anniversary bonanza/extravaganza. The 10 Summer Contests launched on Facebook a few weeks ago, and they’re going really well! If you haven’t voted yet, you should really head over to the Boston Baby Photos Facebook page and do some voting — the pictures are really fun.

I’ve told you before about Phase 1, when I hung 100 photos for the gallery show opening at Steel & Rye last month, but now we’re doing…

If you’re interested in a little more detail about the contests, read on.

The contests will be up on on Facebook from June 16th through September 12th. There are two phases: 1) The 10 Summer Contests, which run from June 16, 2013 at 9:00 a.m. Eastern Time (“ET”) and end August 27, 2013 at 11:59 p.m. ET (“Contest Voting Period”); and the 2) Grand Prize Contest, which runs from August 29, 2013, at 9:00 a.m. ET through September 12, 2013 at 11:59 p.m. ET (“Grand Prize Voting Period”).

One category will be highlighted each week this summer until all ten contests end at the same time – on August 27th. Share the contests with your friends – anyone with a Facebook account can vote, they just need to “Like” the Boston Baby Photos Facebook page in order to vote. Photos appear for every voter in random order on the contest page. Each person can place one vote in each contest until midnight on August 27th. On August 28th the ten winners will be notified by email, and the Grand Prize contest will begin on August 29, 2013.

The Grand Prize Contest, a final contest occurring after the Ten Summer Contests are finished, places the winners from the Ten Summer Contests into one final contest.  It will run for two weeks, from August 29th-September 12th, and the winner (the photograph receiving the most votes 8/29-9/12) of the Grand Prize Content will receive a gift certificate for an in-home photoshoot, including all the final digital files (JPG files) from that shoot. The in-home photoshoot must take place within 45 miles of Milton, MA.

In the Grand Prize Contest, all previous votes from the summer contests are cleared, and we count only the votes voted August 29th through September 12th towards the Grand Prize total. The Grand Prize winner will be notified by email on September 13, 2013.

The 100 photos you see in the contest have been mounted and will be hung in the Wotiz Gallery at the Milton Public Library for the month of August. (We’re calling the library show “Phase 3” of the BBP 10 Year Anniversary bonanza/extravaganza.) A opening/fundraising event was held in early June for this gallery show and contest and we raised $3,435 for the Jimmy Fund. The library show’s opening reception will be on Tuesday, August 6th from 4-6pm, or you can see the show by visiting the Milton Public Library anytime they’re open between 8/6/13 and 8/29/13. Contest winners will receive their mounted, single edition photo after the August gallery show is taken down. The other ninety photos will likely be available for purchase in September to benefit the Jimmy Fund, or the show may travel to a few other libraries and venues before the photos become available for purchase.

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