Seven-month old Jake Wallace has no idea he’s famous, but the local babe gave 86,000 other kids a run for their money by placing at number 59 in the nationwide 2013 Gerber Generation Photo Contest.
The contest is held annually and awards a $2000 RESP to the winner every year. Voting takes place via Facebook and all Canadian residents are entitled to one vote per day, with the votes counting towards the individual photo that receives them. The 10 photos with the most votes are considered finalists and move on to the judging phase for a chance to win the grand prize or one of the runner-up prizes.
Jake’s parents Janelle and Derek Wallace, also mom and dad to Jake’s two older sisters, Mackenzie and Marlee, were enthusiastic about the contest and Jake’s showing at 59th place.
“We are really thankful to everyone in Bella Coola that took the time to vote for Jake in the contest. Although we had family and friends voting for him, we know we had community support and that meant a lot,” said Janelle. “Obviously Jake had no idea what the contest was about, but it was definitely fun watching him move up the ranks everyday! We had people stopping us and asking ‘where is he at today?’ We are happy with 59! This will make a great baby book memento for him.”