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BIRMINGHAM (April 18, 2012) - The search for Birmingham’s Most Photogenic Baby of 2012 has been extended!

The contest will be held on Friday, April 20, at Colonial Brookwood Village (Shades Creek Parkway, Birmingham) and Saturday, April 21, between 10 a.m. and 7 p.m.  No appointment is necessary. To enter, parents should bring their children to Colonial Brookwood Village mall during the contest period for a professional photo shoot with fashion photographers from American Performing Arts Network.

The annual contest, presented by American Performing Arts Network, benefits the UAB Cleft and Craniofacial Clinic at Children’s of Alabama. The $35 entry fee includes the photo shoot and an eight-by-ten color photo for each contestant. All contestant entries will be displayed at Colonial Brookwood Village on April 21-22. The winners will be announced and trophies awarded on Sunday, April 22, at 1 p.m. Visit for further details.

Infants and children through age 5 may participate in four different categories: beautiful, fashionable, precious and comical. The “Judges’ Choice” winners are
selected by a panel of judges, while the “Voter’s Choice” trophies are awarded to the participants. Every 50 cents donated equals one vote for the participant of choice. This year marks the 20th anniversary of this event which takes place annually at Colonial Brookwood Village and has raised more than $119,000 for ill and injured patients treated at Children’s Hospital. The overall “Judge’s Choice” winner in Birmingham will have their photo compete for the title of “America’s Most Photogenic Baby 2012” later in the year.

Children’s of Alabama has provided specialized medical care for ill and injured children across the state and throughout the southeastern U.S. since 1911. It is the only hospital in Alabama dedicated solely to the care and treatment of children. Ten of its divisions – pulmonology, neurology and neurosurgery, orthopedics, urology, neonatology, cancer, cardiology, gastroenterology, endocrinology and nephrology—were recently ranked among the best children’s hospital programs in the nation by US News & World Report. Children’s is recognized by the American Nurses Credentialing Center as a Magnet-designated hospital for excellence in nursing care. It is a private, not-for-profit hospital that serves as the primary site of the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) pediatric medicine, surgery, research and residency programs. A 750,000-square-feet expansion is currently under construction and will open in June. Last year, patients made more than 634,000 outpatient and nearly 14,000 inpatient visits to Children’s. More information is available at