Celebrations theme of winning baby photo contest entries

Becky Cooper By Becky Cooper

May 9, 2013 at 12:09 a.m.

First place:  Zachary Thomas Perez, born  Dec. 28, 2012, to Courtney and Randy Ray Perez Jr., of Hallettsville. Prize: $100

First place: Zachary Thomas Perez, born Dec. 28, 2012, to Courtney and Randy Ray Perez Jr., of Hallettsville. Prize: $100

Zachary Thomas Perez was a little angel in February when his parents had him baptized.

The photo capturing the religious ceremony won first place in the DeTar Healthcare System and the Victoria Advocate's annual Adorable Baby Amateur Photography Contest.

The contest, open to babies born at DeTar in 2012, included 82 photos.

"The Adorable Baby Amateur Photo Contest always brings very creative entries, and we look forward to seeing the clever ideas parents come up with for their photos," said Judith Barefield, director of marketing for DeTar Healthcare System.

Young Zachary, who was born Dec. 28, was baptized Feb. 9 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Hallettsville by Msgr. John Peters. The photo was taken by family friend Mindy DeLoRosa, of Hallettsville.

His mother, Courtney Perez, said he is a very good baby who is always grinning.

"He became a Christian that day," his father, Randy Ray Perez Jr., said of their first child.

The Hallettsville family received $100 for having the winning photo.

The second-place winner is no stranger to photo contests.

Young Jackson Grunewald was in the winning photo of the Advocate's Valentine's reader-submitted photo contest. He was shown receiving a kiss from his sister, Ava, 3.

In his most recent win, Jackson was celebrating his first birthday with a sock monkey themed party at his step-grandfather Trey Ruschhaupt's home in Mission Valley.

Jackson's mother, April Grunewald, said he had a great time at the party, noting he is a happy baby who liked wearing the sock monkey cap.

Jackson, who was born Jan. 3, 2012, is also the son of Cory Grunewald.

The Grunewalds, of Victoria, received $75 for the second-place win.

Keeping the family theme going, the third-place winning photo was shot by Bob Lucas, of Cuero. He captured the photo of his granddaughter, Kinsley Gayle Marie, on Easter in a field of bluebonnets at her parents' home near Cuero.

Kinsley, the daughter of Jonathan and Laura Marie, was born July 5, 2012.

The Marie family received $50 for placing third.

The judges also selected seven honorable mention photos. Each winner received $25.

Honorable Mention• Rylee Elizabeth Bures

• Oct. 24, 2012

• Parents: BJ and Mandi Bures

• Ganado

Honorable Mention• Addison Aleah Poncio

• July 19, 2012

• Parents: Henry and Jennifer Poncio

• Victoria

Honorable Mention• Alexander Gregorio Ocanas

• Aug. 5, 2012

• Parents: Joshua and Heather Ocanas

• Victoria

Honorable Mention• Remy Noelle Crossler

• Dec. 14, 2012

• Parents: Robert and Amanda Crossler

• Victoria

Honorable Mention• Eden Claire Hawes

• Feb. 8, 2012

• Parents: Hugh and Lindsay Hawes

• Victoria

Honorable Mention• Gavin Lee Tate

• March 23, 2012

• Parents: Christina and Brian Tate

• Victoria

Honorable Mention• Dominik Labastida

• June 1, 2012

• Parents: Ceauhtemoc and Luisana Labastida

• Victoria



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