It's time once again for area residents to share in life's most precious moments.

For doting parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles who tirelessly snap photos of their favorite kiddos at every event - now is the time to show off those efforts.

The Stephenville Empire-Tribune wants your photos for the newspaper's annual Erath County's Most Photogenic Children calendar contest.

Photos old and new will be accepted, but all photographs entered into the contest must be of children who were five years old or younger at the time the photo was taken.

The entry deadline is Friday, Nov. 5, and the registration fee is just $10 per entry. Only one photo per child will be accepted and copyrighted or Polaroid pictures are not allowed.

Photos and entry fees must be brought to the E-T office by the entry deadline to be considered.

But here's a hint: the sooner you bring yours in, the sooner the public can vote on your entry. Entries will be viewed and judged by E-T readers and area residents as a part of the contest. All submitted photos will run in the Tuesday and Thursday editions beginning Thursday, Oct. 21, to allow readers to make their choices and cast ballots. Votes will be accepted until noon Wednesday, Nov. 24, at a cost of 25 cents per vote.

All votes must be submitted on official Empire-Tribune ballots, which will publish regularly in the newspaper and are also available at the E-T office, located at 590 East South Loop.

The 12 photographs with the most votes will appear in the 2011 calendar, and the grand prize winner will be displayed on the calendar's cover. Winners will be revealed in the Christmas edition of the Empire-Tribune.

The grand prize winner will also be awarded a 40" flat screen television, courtesy of Wal-Mart SuperCenter.  

Proceeds from the contest will benefit Newspapers in Education (NIE), a program that puts local newspapers in classrooms across the country.

Over the years, NIE has put thousands of newspapers into the hands of local school children. Daryl Robinson, circulation director for the E-T, coordinates the local program.

"When we started this program, we sent out 400 to 500 papers to elementary, middle and high school campuses in Erath County. Now, we send about 1,200 papers to area schools including several outside of Erath County," Robinson said.

For more information, call Robinson at 968-2379 ext. 226 or e-mail daryl.robinson@empiretribune.com.