COULD your child be the winner of our new Child of the Year competition for 2018?

This year our popular competition has a new format, making it even easier for you to enter.

There are four different age categories to enter and a winner will be chosen from each category.

Then from the four winners, an overall winner will be selected.

The four categories are:

  • unisex 0-9 months
  • unisex 10-18 months
  • unisex 19-36 months
  • unisex 3-6 years

Each category winner will win a family day ticket (valid for two adults and two children) to Weymouth Sea Life Centre including access to Pirate Adventure Golf and Jurassic Skyline.

The overall winner will also win a breakfast with the seals experience for four people.

Weymouth Sea Life Centre is home to more than 1,000 creatures, Caribbean Cove - Dorset’s largest outdoor adventure playground - as well as a splash zone and pool all included in admission. 

Touch a starfish in the outdoor interactive rock pool or marvel at majestic sharks in the Ocean Tunnel.

Plus, new for 2018, visit the only colony of Fairy Penguins in Europe.

How to enter:

Upload your image online by clicking the button below, don't forget to indicate the name / age of your child in the photo description and to only submit one image of each child.

Child of the Year 2018

Send us your entries for our new Child of the Year Competition 2018

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Entry to the Daily Echo Child Of The Year Competition is free

The closing date for entries is August 11, 2018.

A supplement of all the pictures will appear in the Daily Echo on August 28, 2018.

Readers will then be invited to vote for the child they would like to see crowned as the winner of the Daily Echo Child of the Year portrait competition by post, text and phone.

Full details will be printed within the supplement.

Terms and conditions:

There is no charge to enter online at

Newsquest competition terms and conditions apply see

The winners personal details will be provided to the competition sponsor/s, for the purpose of facilitating the competition prize.

For information regarding how we will process, handle and maintain your data please visit

Please ensure that it is the parent/guardian of the child in the picture that submits the picture for entry into the competition.

The Daily Echo maintains the right to exclude any pictures that are considered unsuitable for publication in the competition and will do so without notification.

The Editors decision is final.

The finalists and winners pictures maybe used in future publicity by the Daily Echo.

All pictures must be received by the closing date of midnight on 11th August 2018.

One child per image.

One image per child.

No fancy dress.

Image must not have been taken by a professional photographer.

The parent/guardian that submits the photo into the competition to appear online and in the supplement and in the Bournemouth Daily Echo must have the copyright and consent of both parents/guardians to do so.