The winner will be announced in the December issue.

We’ve tallied the votes and are pleased to present our five finalists in the 2018 Columbus Parent Win the Cover contest.

These children were the top vote-getters among 15 semifinalists in online voting, which was conducted Sept. 26 to Oct. 17. Their contest photos will appear in our December issue.

One of these five finalists will be chosen as the winner and will appear on the cover of that issue.

In the meantime, we’re always taking entries for our Kid Pic of the Month contest. The deadline is the first of the month for the next month’s issue. (For example, Dec. 1 is the last day to enter the January issue contest.) For complete contest rules, go to ColumbusParent.com/KidPic.

This year’s Win the Cover semifinalists included all of our Kid Pic of the Month winners from the October 2017 to September 2018 issues, as well as staff choice entries from the contest period. All photos were submitted by the children’s families.

This year’s finalists, in alphabetical order, are:

Aurora Baugess

Age at time of photo: 7

Parents: Amy and Zac Baugess

Submitted by: Her mother

The backstory from Amy: “She was getting all bundled up and ready for school.”

Hezakye Boyd

Age at time of photo: 5

Parent: Shadell Hollins

Submitted by: His mother

The backstory from Shadell: Hezakye was “extremely elated on his second day of school; we were waking outside and I told my son to strike a pose in all of our happiness. This is his go-to pose as he ALWAYS mentions how strong he is and that he will protect mommy!”

Maizy Fulcher

Age at time of photo: 3

Parents: Scott and Deanna Fulcher

Submitted by: Her mother

The backstory from Deanna: “Maizy loves exploring outside with her family. She found a frog, named Spot, in her backyard.”

Lily Kinnamon

Age at time of photo: 6

Parents: Heidi Kinnamon and Matt Dicks

Submitted by: Her mother

The backstory from Heidi: “This picture was taken at Oakland Nursery while waiting to see Santa. As Daddy held our spot in line, Lily and I walked among the Christmas trees and other decorations. … Our annual tradition is to go to Oakland Nursery.”

Noelle Park

Age at time of photo: 22 months

Parents: Holly and Michael Park

Submitted by: Her mother

The backstory from Holly: “She loves to read and grabbed the magazine and just plopped down on the floor and starting perusing it. … It was just so funny to see this tiny human leafing through a big magazine!”