Photos for the Pleasanton Weekly annual Mother-Daughter Lookalike contest are due by 6 a.m. tomorrow, Thursday, April 9.
They must be submitted by email to firstname.lastname@example.org/
Winners will be featured in the Mother's Day edition, May 8.
Last year's first- and second-place finishers were both daughters attending Arizona State University, although they went to different high schools.
Lily Martin, a Foothill High School graduate, and her mother Mary came in first. Emma Wicks, who graduated from Amador Valley High, and her mom Kristy finished in second place.
They said that everyone tells them they look alike, although in the Martins' case, the similarities became more pronounced as Lily got older.
"We have gotten it since she got to be as tall as I am, probably around 14," mom Mary Martin said. "People say, 'Whoa!' She looks just like I did at her age."
Mom Kristy Wicks said they've been hearing Emma's whole life how much they resemble each other.
"We're pretty similar," she added. "We're both pretty outgoing, and we're just very similar in terms of how we talk and act. We both have the same style."
Some readers send in their photos with apologies, saying they forgot to plan ahead and the submitted photo was the only one they could find. That can be especially challenging when the daughter is grown and living away.
Others tell us they plan for the contest all year, posing for photos and carefully picking out the best one to send in.
In the past, husbands/dads have sent photos in on their own as a surprise, but sometimes it turned out the photo was not the one the wife/daughter would have chosen. One husband was assigned the emailing duty and then forgot. He sent it in a little late, begging to have his wife and daughter be considered.
The Weekly staff chooses the eight finalists soon after the contest deadline. The finalists then are put online for the public to cast their votes at www.PleasantonWeekly.com/
This year first-place prizes are four tickets to the Alameda County Fair (available in June) and $50 cash; second-place prizes are two Fair tickets and $25 cash.