Baby & Toddler of the Year 2019

Do you have the cutest child in the West Midlands or Mid Staffs? 

Does your child look adorable in photographs? 

Then your child could be crowned Baby or Toddler of the Year!

What's it all about?

The Express & Star competition is back, searching for youngsters who stand out from the rest. And it’s you, our readers, who will vote for their favourites!

There are four age categories: 0-9 months, 10-18 months, 19-36 months and toddlers aged 3-5 years, with the winner of each one receiving a cheque for £500. What’s more, the overall winner will win a  further £250 and take the coveted title of Baby & Toddler of the Year 2019.

How to take part

Bring your young one along to one of our sessions and your child will be snapped by our professional photographer. You do not need to book, simply arrive at your chosen location and our team will be on hand to help.

What’s more the sessions are absolutely free and you will be invited back to the relevant shopping centre to choose which picture you would like published in
the newspaper. You will also have the opportunity to purchase some of the photographs taken on the day.

photography sessions

Mander Centre,


Lower Mall (outside of New Look)

Friday July 19 to Saturday July 27 

9.30am to 4.30pm*

NOTE: Last photo session 4.15pm Monday to Saturday & 3.45pm on Sunday

Churchill Shopping Centre,

Situated next to YMCA (near the Market Street door)

Monday July 29 to Wednesday August 7 

9.30am to 4.30pm*

NOTE: Last photo session 4.15pm Monday to Saturday. No session on Sunday August 4.

What happens next?

A special Baby & Toddler of the Year bumper feature will be printed in the Express & Star on Wednesday, September 11 showcasing photographs of all the participating children.

Readers will then be invited to vote for their favourite child in each of the four age brackets by collecting special vote tokens which will be published in-paper until Saturday October 12.

Click here to see the full terms and conditions. They will also be available at each photographic session.

Additional Information