"Miracle Baby" Wins $25,000 Prize

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Great American Photo Contest Announces Fall 2008 $25,000 Fame and Fortune Contest Winner.

magical child, a very special girl with a sparkle in her eye and incredible charm to match

Great American Photo Contest, the leading online baby photo contest, proudly awarded the $25,000 prize to the winner of its biannual Fame and Fortune baby photo contest. Great American's panel of independent professional judges selected a photo of Laurel from Kissimmee, Florida from thousands of photos entered by proud parents throughout the USA. Her mother Audra took the beautiful photo of Laurel in a flower patch, never imagining it would one day end up being worth thousands of dollars.

Great American Photo Contest's CEO, Joshua Gillon, traveled to Audra and Laurel's small-town home in rural central FL with a film crew to deliver the prize check and trophy. Audra, a single mother, works full time as a bartender and is also studying full time to become an interior designer, and has overcome many challenges in her life. The same can be said for her daughter Laurel, who has overcome a severe injury suffered at day care as an eight month old baby, including a skull fracture and visual impairment that doctors thought she would never recover from. According to her doctors, it is a "miracle" that Laurel is now perfectly healthy. Audra describes her as a "magical child, a very special girl with a sparkle in her eye and incredible charm to match".

Laurel's grandparents witnessed Great American's CEO delivering the check and trophy. "I knew my granddaughter Laurel was special from the time she was born. I am so proud of her and my daughter," said Audra's father. The family intends to use the prize money for Laurel's college education.

You can see video of the prize being awarded to Laurel and her family, and the prize-winning photo, here: http://youtube.com/watch?v=NhS7NWkhsvY

The December 2008 contest is in the judging stage right now. Great American is currently accepting qualified entries for the Summer 2009 contest. If you think your photo is good enough to win $25,000, you can enter the Fame and Fortune contest here: https://www.greatamericanphotocontest.com/FF/Fame_landingpage.aspx
You can also enter our free $2500 monthly contest, or browse more cute baby photos at http://www.greatamericanphotocontest.com.

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