Baby & Toddler of the Year 2019

What’s it all about?

The Shropshire 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.

Photograph sessions:


Lower level (Opposite QVC)

Thu, May 9 to Sat May 18, 9.30am to 4.30pm*

NOTE: Sunday, May 12 (no sessions)


Dean Square (Opposite Primark)

Mon, May 20 to Wed May 29, 9.30am to 4.30pm*

NOTE: Sunday, May 26 + Bank Holiday Mon, May 27, 10.30am to 4.00pm**

Last photo 4.15pm Monday to Saturday and 3.45pm on Sunday + Bank Holiday Monday

What happens next?

A special Baby & Toddler of the Year bumper feature will be printed in the Shropshire Star on Thursday, June 27 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, July 27.