With just over a week to go before submissions are due for Top Dog Photo Contest on August 7, my inbox is once again overflowing with questions about the rules. So to ensure none of my readers run afoul of the rules and find themselves in the judges’ doghouse, I’ve pulled together a list of my responses to the most frequently asked questions:
I can’t decide which fabulous photo of my pup to submit. Can I submit more than one?
It probably wouldn’t be any easier for our judges to decide for you. Unfortunately multiple pictures of the same pooch will disqualify all of your submissions.
I have more than one photogenic dog in my pack. Can I submit a photo of each one?
Technically that is permitted, but you risk splitting the vote, especially if more than one of your photos makes it to the online voting phase.
A photo I submitted to a previous Top Dog contest didn’t get enough votes to win a prize. Can I resubmit?
There’s likely a very good reason your photo either didn’t make it past the judges into the top 25 or didn’t earn enough votes to win. So no, photos entered in previous contests are not eligible. But please feel free to snap and submit a new photo of the same dog.
My pooch won a prize a few years ago, but my new dog is even more fetching. Can I submit a photo to this year’s contest?
Congratulations on your earlier win! Unfortunately it just wouldn’t be fair to the other pooches if such a seasoned doggie photographer was permitted to win again. So no, previous winners are no longer eligible to enter this photo contest.
My dogs are inseparable. Can I submit a photo with more than one of my dogs in it?
Since this is a contest to determine the Top Dog in Balboa Park, photos of packs or pairs of pooches are not eligible.
I took an amazing photo of my dog in Balboa Park, but there’s another pooch and person just entering the frame. Can I crop them out?
Yes, absolutely! Certain image modifications are permitted (cropping, sharpening, red-eye removal, filters to clean up the image and to give it a more natural appearance). However, adding or replacing objects, using artistic filters (e.g. color tints, atmospheric haze, etc.), and adding a frame or border to the image are not allowed.
If you stlll don’t understand what I’m barking about, please read the complete Top Dog Photo Contest Rules (click on “Contest Rules” and “Terms” buttons at bottom of page). In fact, anyone participating should probably read them anyway.