Once again it’s time for area residents to show off their pride and joy and share in life’s most precious moments.

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

The Stephenville Empire-Tribune wants your photos. The photos will be viewed and judged by E-T readers and area residents as part of the newspaper’s annual Erath County Most Photogenic Children Calendar Contest.

Entrants are asked to submit photos of children, ages five or younger when the photo was taken. The Oct. 31 entry deadline has been extended until Friday, Nov. 6, and the registration fee is just $10. Only one photo per child will be accepted and copyrighted or Polaroid pictures will not be accepted.

Votes will be received until noon on Wednesday, Nov. 25, at a cost of 25 cents each. Proceeds will benefit Newspapers in Education (NIE), a program that puts local newspapers in classrooms across the country. You ballot can be mailed to the E-T (don’t forget to name your choice), or ballots may be cast in person at the Stephenville Empire-Tribune office located at 590 E. South Loop.

All submitted photos will run in the Tuesday and Thursday editions so readers can make their choice and cast their ballots. The 12 photos with the most votes will win a spot in the 2010 Erath County Most Photogenic Children Calendar and will be announced in the E-T’s Christmas Day edition.

The grand prize photo will appear on the calendar’s cover and all 12 winners will be featured throughout. The grand prize winner will also receive a Nintendo Wii.

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 400-500 papers to elementary, middle and high school campus’ in Erath County. Now, we send about 1,200 papers to area schools,” Robinson said.

The deadline is just around the corner, so start sorting through your albums to find that one favorite photo.

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