WINNER: Back to School Photo Contest

Patch users shared their favorite first day of school photos with Patch, and you have declared the winner!

As many Patch users pointed out in their comments, every one of our top 10 photos had something special about it, whether it was a cute smile, a touching embrace, or even a priceless scowl.

And while all deserve a big round of applause, there can be only one top vote-getter.

With the majority of your votes, No. 1—the young boy waving through the window of a school bus—is the winner of our Back to School Photo Contest. Kerry Bomba, a Brookfield Patch user who we'll assume is the proud mother, has won a $50 gift card and a Patch Back to School prize pack. Congratulations!

We'd also like to thank everyone who uploaded a picture in the contest and all those who voted for their favorite pic. We hope you had as much fun as we did and wish you all the best for a safe, successful school year.

The original post follows:

Patch loves the first day of school, and now we know you do too, based on the number of entries we received in our Back To School photo contest.

Now we have chosen our Top 10, and it is time to vote in the comments.

To vote, please refer to the photo number (top right corner above the picture).

Voting in the comments section of the article will begin at 5 a.m., Sept. 17, and end at 6 p.m., Sept. 20. The photo with the most comments will win a prize — a $50 gift card plus a Patch Back to School prize pack complete with a notebook, pens, folders and a hat and T-shirt.

Some more important information:

  • Open to legal residents of the 50 United States, the District of Columbia who are 18 and older.
  • To enter, upload a photo to this article.
  • All entries must be received by 11:59 p.m., Sept. 14, 2012 Eastern Time.
  • You may enter one photo.
  • Patch editors will choose 10 photos, which will advance to the voting round. Patch readers can vote for their favorite photos by posting in the comments on the article.
  • Prize for the winning photo is a $50 gift card and a Patch Back to School prize package.
  • Click Here for complete Official Rules.

This is a regional contest that accepts entries from Bethel, Bethwood, Brookfield, Danbury, Hamden, Milford, Monroe, Naugatuck, Newtown, Orange, Oxford, Ridgefield, Shelton, Southbury, Stratford, Trumbull, Woodbury-Middlebury.

Dasher September 20, 2012 at 05:17 PM
#9 is classic
Maggie Murolo September 20, 2012 at 05:18 PM
My vote is #1 also!
Star September 20, 2012 at 05:33 PM
amy September 20, 2012 at 05:35 PM
# 9
Kate o September 20, 2012 at 05:37 PM
#9!!!!!!! It's not even posed and they are so cute!
Kate o September 20, 2012 at 05:39 PM
Just showed the whole UConn swim team #9 and they say thats the cutest! Add 50 votes to that picture.
Marcia September 20, 2012 at 05:40 PM
Sara September 20, 2012 at 05:42 PM
Jen Catlin September 20, 2012 at 05:54 PM
Diane Leeney September 20, 2012 at 06:06 PM
nick carvalho September 20, 2012 at 06:10 PM
#10 gets my vote
Lorraine September 20, 2012 at 06:16 PM
#10 all the way!
Jeanne Malgioglio September 20, 2012 at 06:53 PM
Definitely #10!
cheryl MUNIZ September 20, 2012 at 07:15 PM
#9 is the best
Linda September 20, 2012 at 07:34 PM
Blondies in #9!
Leshea Schaivone September 20, 2012 at 07:50 PM
#1 is the best!!!
Leshea Schaivone September 20, 2012 at 07:51 PM
#1 is the best
Veronica September 20, 2012 at 07:52 PM
These are all adorable but #1 is my favorite.
Anthony September 20, 2012 at 07:59 PM
#10 IS the best one just touching.
Runner Girl September 20, 2012 at 08:30 PM
I kind of feel bad for the kids that don't win....
Barb Lawton September 20, 2012 at 09:25 PM
#9 Love the expression-pity the teacher :D
Jessica Kirchner Sudusky September 20, 2012 at 09:25 PM
#9 for SURE!
Julie Faller September 20, 2012 at 09:53 PM
#9 Takes the cake, hands down!!!
Theresa O September 20, 2012 at 10:00 PM
#10 all the way
Grace September 20, 2012 at 10:01 PM
Sarah Chiarelli September 21, 2012 at 12:17 AM
JJ September 21, 2012 at 03:53 AM
#1 says it all.
walsh September 21, 2012 at 04:22 AM
#1 is expected kid cute, # 10 is a touching moment, but #9 gets my vote...the classic will it or won't it be a great year? BTW, ALL the photos are great shots!
Gary Jeanfaivre (Editor) September 21, 2012 at 11:23 AM
Congratulations to all 10 finalists, and thanks to everyone who entered the contest and voted for their favorite. Check the top of this article to find out who won the contest. Congrats again to all our finalists and thanks for sharing your awesome pics on Patch!
Theresa O September 23, 2012 at 04:11 AM
Hi will we be receiving an email about winning the contest?


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