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Rocket City Mom’s 2015 Sad Santa Photo Contest

Rocket City Mom’s 2015 Sad Santa Photo Contest

It’s that time of year again! Santa has arrived full force and everyone and their mother is trying to get a pic with the big guy. If my kids pictures are any indication, the vast majority of these pictures are questionable representations of our children at best. The fact is, we’ve all got at least one photo through the years that resembles this one. You get them all dolled up, you wait in line, and then all you get are angry, crying, or goofy faces. What can you do but laugh?

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Well, we’ve got an idea! You can share them on Rocket City Mom. Why not bask in solidarity? Let the world laugh WITH you and you could win a second chance at the perfect family Santa photo.

The Contest

Want to join in the fun? Upload your own Sad Santa Photo (link at bottom of post) before 5PM on Nov 14th. Voting will end at 10PM on November 15 and the photo with the most votes will win! We’ll announce the winner here and on social media Monday, November 16th.

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Each IP address can vote once. To increase your chance of winning, encourage your friends to vote by sharing the contest on Facebook, Twitter, or Google+.

The Prize

Santa2015AdNot only do we hope this contest is super fun and good for a few laughs, but the winner will receive a well-deserved family photo session* with one of our favorite local PROFESSIONAL photographers, Sarah Brewer of Click Photo Designs AND the big guy himself. The session will include 5 professionally edited images from the session on CD!

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*If you can’t make the Santa photo session on the 28th, you can choose to use your package in 2016.

The Rules

The rules are simple but must be adhered to. By submitting a photo, each contestant agrees to the rules of the contest and states that he or she is 18 years old or older.

  1. The photo you upload must be one of your own child.
  2. You must own the “rights” to the photo (don’t submit a professional photo please).
  3. While you retain your rights to your photograph, by entering the contest, you grant Rocket City Mom Media Group, LLC (RCMMG) a royalty-free, world-wide, perpetual, non-exclusive license to publicly display, distribute, reproduce and create derivative works of the entries, in whole or in part, in any media now existing or later developed including, but not limited to, advertising and promotion of the website. In Other Words: We might use the winner’s photo to promote next year’s contest. 
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  • Hi, I’m not sure this is adding up the votes correctly. a few of my friends tried to vote for “Am I still on the nice list” and its saying we already voted. Can you see if a vote from email was added to that pic too? Thanks.

    • Julie – the contest only allows one vote per IP address for the entire contest (vs. voting once a day). I cannot search by email addresses as that is not how it tracks the votes. So, if you have your IP address you can send to and I’ll be happy to check and see if it registered your vote.

      • Please make sure your browser allows cookies. This might be the problem. Because the plugin is set to monitor IP addresses it uses cookies. Certain security set-ups may block the plugin.

    • Can you check to see if your browser allows cookies? This might be the problem. Because the plugin is set to monitor IP addresses it uses cookies. Certain security set-ups may block the plugin. If you allow cookies and you try again and it still doesn’t work let me know and I’ll see what else it could be. Since it’s working for some, I’m thinking it’s got to do with individual security settings.

  • Well, it seems obvious someone is paying to use a website that generates IP votes for a fee. Is this going to be checked, or is the contest “anything goes?”

  • Hello, it seems my message was deleted. I was asking about the rules for the contest. I have been monitoring this contest, and it seems like someone is using a website for which you can pay a fee for IP votes. Can this be checked, or is it anything goes?

    A response would be appreciated, instead of just sweeping my question under the rug. If you don’t know, just say you don’t know. Thanks.

    • Your first message wasn’t deleted but all new messages (from people who’ve never left comments on our site before) have to be approved by a moderator. Because it’s the weekend it takes us longer than normal to do that. The plug-in we’re using for the contest has a fraud detector. After looking at the map it provides of where votes are coming from it does seem likely that at least one of the contestants is trying to cheat the system which is unfortunate. We’ll be contacting them shortly but at this point, that’s not the person in the lead.

      Hope that helps. We do our best to ensure that the person who wins has done so with legitimate votes.

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