THE winners of the Burton Mail Baby and Child of the Year competition can now be revealed.
Taya-Anais Bristow, of Swannington Street, Burton, was named Baby of the Year, with Amir Cawley-Khan, of Sycamore Road, Stapenhill, being crowned Child of the Year, after a total of more than 11,000 votes were cast.
Emma Cawley, mother of Amir, said: “I was shocked when I found out Amir won. I was lost for words. I didn’t know what to say as I was a bit emotional.
“I entered him last year in the baby category and this year as a child because he is a beautiful little boy.
“I think he got the most votes as he is beautiful and I got all my family and friends to vote for him too, and I want to thank them.”
This year’s competition was the largest ever with 257 entries for the baby category, and 5,000 votes cast, and 111 entries for the child category followed by a massive 6,414 votes cast as the bouncing beauties battled it out to be crowned the winner.
As well as scooping the accolade of being named baby or child of the year, the youngsters’ parents will also be rewarded with a canvass print of the winning photos as well as £100 worth of high street shopping vouchers.
Meanwhile, 11-month-old Taya-Anais Bristow was crowned the Baby of the Year.
Her mother, Dawn Earp said: “I am just really overwhelmed when I was told she had won, she is a beautiful smiley baby with big blue eyes.
“Looking at the babies they were all beautiful and all deserved to win.
“It is a real achievement to win and I want to thank everyone who voted for her.”
Ms Earp said she hopes to spend the high street vouchers on an outdoor swing and slide set for her daughter, while Miss Cawley said she will save the vouchers until the summer and spend them on Amir.
Kevin Booth, Mail editor, said: “It was great success and I’m delighted that so many mums and dads took the trouble to put their youngsters forward.
“In the end, there could only be one winner from each category but the standard of competition was incredible.
“I’d also like to thanks all readers who took time out to vote.”