First-time father Ricardo Alvarez said his daughter, Raely, is a fan of having her picture taken.

First-time father Ricardo Alvarez said his daughter, Raely, is a fan of having her picture taken.

"She loves the camera," the 32-year-old Alvarez said. "Anytime she sees the camera she just smiles."

Perhaps fittingly, judges for the Mail Tribune's Cute Kids Photo Contest, which ran June 7-24, chose a photo of Raely as the winner from 121 submissions. The picture shows Raely, then 6 months old, sitting up in a field near Agate Lake.

"We do a routine trip out there to take the dogs to go play," Alvarez said. "I just set up the tripod and sat her up. That was one of 50 pictures I got that day."

Alvarez, a CT technician at Asante Rogue Regional Medical Center, said Raely is rarely without a smile.

"She's an extremely happy kid; very rarely in a bad mood."

Other top finalists included:

"Cruz and Dada" by Melanie Haden "Thomas" by Kristine Bevington "Finger Lickin' Good" by Nicole Sylvester

The Peoples' Choice winner, chosen by online readers, was "Haylee turns 1" by Candace Tuttle.