Photo Contest: Back To School!

Share your favorite first day of school photo with Patch – you could win a prize!

Is there a more-photographed event than the first day of school? OK, maybe weddings, but who doesn’t remember Mom making you pose in your brand-new outfit on the front steps of the house and offer up a big fake, summer-is-over smile?

Patch loves the first day of school, and we want to share in your memories with our latest contest.

To enter, upload your favorite first day of school photo to this article. It can be from this year, or 30 years ago! Tell us in the caption what makes it special to you – Patch editors will weigh that when choosing the finalists.

You may only enter one photo.

We will accept photo entries from 4 a.m. Aug. 20 through 5 p.m. Sept. 4. Patch editors will then choose the finalist photos.

Voting in the comments section of the article will begin at 4 a.m., Sept. 5 and end at 5 p.m., Sept. 7. The photo with the most comments will win a prize – it could be a $50 gift card or something of equal or greater value.

Some more important information:

  • Open to legal residents of the 50 United States, the District of Columbia who are 18 and older.
  • To enter, upload a photo to this article.
  • All entries must be received by 5 p.m., Sept. 4, 2012 Eastern Time.
  • You may enter one photo.
  • Patch editors will choose 10 photos, which will advance to the voting round. Patch readers can vote for their favorite photos by posting in the comments on the article.
  • Prize for the winning photo is a $50 gift card or a prize package of equal or greater value.
  • for complete Official Rules.



Tangie September 06, 2012 at 04:06 AM
My vote is for #25 by Donna.Denver looks like he can;t wait to get to school.Good luck Denver!!!
Susan Schoenberger September 06, 2012 at 11:34 AM
Hi folks, this is our nomination story. Your votes should be added to the story that shows only the top 10 finalist photos. Here's the link: http://patch.com/A-x5Dt
Donna Carney September 06, 2012 at 02:19 PM
thanks susan and sorry I will delette this from my facebook page so my friends don't bother you by voting for the wrong person have a great day
Lorie Davis September 06, 2012 at 05:36 PM
Your photo contest said nothing about only voting for the top 10 pics. So I made my pick out of the 25 that were there. Should make things a little clearer if you are going to do these kinds of contests. Seems a little one sided to me!!!!
Susan Schoenberger September 06, 2012 at 05:39 PM
You're right, Lorie. It was confusing and we apologize. We'll make sure it's more clear on the next contest.


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