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BIRMINGHAM (Mar. 8, 2013) – Calling all bundles of joy and toddling tykes to Birmingham’s Most Photogenic Baby Contest at the Riverchase Galleria, March 14-17 to benefit Children’s of Alabama.  For a $35 entry fee per child, infants through 5-year-olds will get a professional photo shoot with a fashion photographer in four categories – precious (smiling), beautiful (serious), comical (funny face) and fashionable (full body poses).  Photos of all contestants will be on display at the Riverchase Galleria April 19-21 for judging and voting, and parents will keep the 8x10 photos of their little cover girl or guy after the contest.

To register for the contest, parents can bring their children to the Riverchase Galleria anytime between 10 a.m. and 7 p.m., Thursday, March 14 through Saturday, March 16 and from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, March 17.  Judging and voting will take place April 19-21 with an awards ceremony on Sunday, April 21 at 1 p.m. at the Riverchase Galleria.  Judges’ choice winners are determined by a panel of modeling professionals who anonymously judge the photos during the three-day display, and there is a winner in each category for each age group.  The child who receives the most overall points from the judges will be named the Birmingham Judges’ Choice Winner and have an opportunity to participate in the national contest.

On behalf of Children's Miracle Network Hospitals (CMNH), all families are encouraged to collect donations with the sponsor sheet they are given at the photo shoot.  During the three-day display of photos, parents may use the money they collect to vote for their child's photo.  Voting is open to the public, and one vote costs 50 cents.  All vote ticket proceeds benefit Children’s of Alabama.  Winners are named for each category in each age group, and the child who receives the most overall votes will be named the Birmingham Voter’s Choice Winner with the opportunity to participate in the national contest.  As an added incentive, families who collect $100 or more in donations will receive a CD with all photos taken of their child during the photo shoot – an average of 50+ photos.

America’s Most Photogenic Baby is a CMNH national event which has raised more than $3 million dollars for affiliated Children's Hospitals since 1993.  Local winners from 15 cities compete for a chance to work in the field of modeling, and previous winners have appeared in national magazines, newspapers, on television and even on Broadway.

Children's of Alabama, which was among the first to join Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals (CMNH), raised $1.92 million through CMNH campaigns and partners last year, and 100 percent of the dollars raised locally goes directly to Children's of Alabama.  Nationally, CMNH raised more than $300 million dollars in 2012 -- which testifies to the teamwork shown by the families, friends, advocates of children and sponsors who want to help millions of kids overcome diseases and injuries of every kind by providing the finest medical care, life-saving research and preventative education available.

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. For the past three years, Children’s has been ranked among the best children’s hospital programs in the nation by US News & World Report. Last year, patients made more than 670,000 outpatient and nearly 14,000 inpatient visits to Children’s from every county in Alabama and from 41 other states and four foreign countries. With more than 2 million square feet, it is the third largest pediatric medical facility in the U.S. Children’s offers inpatient and outpatient services across its Russell Campus on Birmingham’s historic Southside with additional outpatient services provided at Children’s South and Children’s on 3rd. Primary care is provided at more than a dozen medical offices in communities across central Alabama. Children’s of Alabama is the only medical center in Alabama dedicated solely to the care and treatment of children. It is a private, not-for-profit medical center that serves as the primary site of the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) pediatric medicine, surgery, research and residency programs. Children’s recently moved much of its inpatient services into a new building named The Benjamin Russell Hospital for Children.