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Anisa Arsenault
Associate Editor

Meet the 2017 Gerber Baby!

He's ready for his close-up.
PUBLISHED ON 01/26/2017

The judges have spoken! Among over 110,000 entries in the seventh annual Gerber Baby Photo Search, 7-month-old Riley Shines has come out on top.

Riley's parents, Kristen and Devin Shines of Lewis Center, Ohio, knew their son's chances of winning were slim, but decided the contest was worth a shot.

“Originally, my husband laughed at me for entering the contest because there were so many submissions," Kristen tells Gerber. "Now, we have the opportunity to start a college fund for our beautiful baby boy.”

The family will receive $50,000, plus $1,500 in Gerber Childrenswear. Riley will also have the opportunity to star in Gerber ads.

“Riley brings such joy to our family with his infectious laugh and big, gummy smile, and we can’t wait to share that joy with the rest of the world," Kristen says. "We are truly honored to be joining the Gerber family.”

Riley takes the crown from another extremely smiley baby, Isla, the 2016 winner. But both babies have big shoes to fill: The world is still celebrating the original inspiration for the Gerber Baby logo, Ann Turner Cook, who turned 90 in November.

PHOTO: Gerber