Have A Pet And A Camera? Don’t Miss These 6 Photo Contests

January 16, 2016

in Cats

Most pet owners can’t resist taking pictures of their best friend, and let’s face it: animals are lot easier to shoot than people: they don’t complain about “making a funny face”, “looking fat” or “that stupid look”, and most require only a treat to pose for you. So get out the treat jar, camera and your furry special someone and have fun creating photos that will blow the competition away.

These 6 competitions are not only terrific opportunities to get your photos seen (and judged) by the pros, several also support good causes.

HSUS Online Photo Contest

The Humane Society of the United States holds this contest every year, and the funds raised go to spaying and neutering. There is no entry fee, both professionals and amateurs are welcome, and you can enter as many photos as you want. There are two categories: “Judged”, where 11 winners are selected by a panel of celebrity judges, and “Fundraisers, where people get to vote for your photos by donating to a charity selected by you. The winners are the 500 pets with the most votes. Prizes include gift certificates, a photo session with famous photographer Amanda Jones, paintings of your pet, and more. The deadline is February 27, so you better get moving on this one. Or start shooting for next year’s competition.

Photo District News’ “Faces”

Photo District News’ “Faces” contest is not strictly an animal photo competition, but one of the four categories is “Animal Portraits”. It’s open to pros and amateurs, and you may enter as many photos as you want, either as single entries or a series (max 6 photos that make up a story). The cost to enter (for amateurs) is $35/image and $50/series and prizes include digital cameras, online portfolio, and your photo in print and online. The deadline is March 16, 2009, but you may enter as late as March 30 for an additional $10/entry.

Equine Ideal

Sponsored by the Equine Photographers Network, this annual event is all about horses. The Spring 2009 contest has 14 categories (7 for professionals and 7 for amateurs), the entry fee is $15/image and the deadline is March 20. Winners are announced on May 11, and prizes include canvas prints, EPN memberships, camera equipment and more.

American Humane’s Pets & Pals

American Humane’s annual competition is usually held in the summer, and this year, they will open up the contest somewhere between June 15 and July 31 (check their website for updates). There will be six categories: Dogs, Cats, People&Pets, Petpourri, Down on the Farm, and Shelter Life. Prizes have not been announced yet, but last year’s winners received generous cash prizes. Open to pros and amateurs.

American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA)

ASPCA’s annual photo contest always centers around a theme. In 2008, their 9th contest, the theme was “About Face”, and the winning photo, an adorable picture of a cat peeking through a hole, ended up on the cover of their Animal Watch magazine. The proceeds from the contest go to a fund for health care for abused and injured animals, so enter as many photos as you can afford! No information is available for the 2009 contest yet, but keep checking their website.

Monthly Contests At Club Equestrian

If you spend time around horses, this one is for you. The monthly contests at the online community “Club Equestrian” are a great opportunity to get feedback on your photos from the other members, and they give out nice prizes too. It’s members only, but it’s free to join, and the deadline is on the 19th every month. The February contest theme is “Best Horse and His/Her Animal Buddies” and the winner will receive a Troxel show helmet.

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