Judging Criteria
Pet Photo Contest

• Include the name of the pet and an optional caption.
• No human or human parts should appear in the photo.
• Simple enhancement, such as color corrections, are permitted.
• No elements may be added or removed from original image.
• More than one pet in the photo is permitted.
• No wildlife.
• Photo submitted must less than 9MB in size.
• One photo per entry (unlimited entries per person/pet).
• The image must not have been used in any commercial endeavours or been paid for or published.
• Proof of pet with vet records or previous photos must be provided if requested. Photos of deceased pets are permitted.
• (1) Semi-finalist every (1,000) entries will be chosen by professional photographers.
• Finalists are chosen by a non-profit board of directors.

Enter and re-enter whenever you like because the odds are the same at any point in the contest.

1. CREATIVITY: creativity speaks directly to your imagination and innovation in how you deliver the message or thought to the viewer.

2. IMPACT: a powerful image will evoke some kind of inner good feeling or uplifting thought process.

3. GRAY SCALE / COLOUR BALANCE: can bring harmony to a photo. Do the tones work together, effectively supporting the image, which can increase emotional appeal to the viewer? Black and white photos can be every bit as powerful as colour.

4. LIGHTING: the use of light shows dimensions and shape, thereby having an affect on every aspect of an image.

5. STORY TELLING: the photo image can affect the viewer’s imagination and bring up a story. What story does the entrant wish to awake in the viewer’s imagination?

6. STYLE / TECHNIQUE: how the entrant is able to showcase their personal originality to influence how the image is presented and interpreted.

7. TECHNICAL EXCELLENCE: artistic merit, design and quality of submission. Composition, Focus, and Level of detail.