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Your Pet Could Be a Calendar Model! Enter Our 2023 Pet Calendar Contest 

As fellow animal lovers and pet owners, we know you’ve got plenty of favorite photos of your furry best friend. Now’s your chance to have them feature in the popular 2023 Kentucky Humane Society Pet Calendar!

Photo submission donations are 1 for $25, 2 for $40, 3 for $60 or 4 for $80. Each donation gives your pet a chance to be one of 11 Featured Pets of the Month, or 36 Runner Ups. Everyone who submits a photo is guaranteed to have their pet’s photo printed in the calendar collage. Plus, each entrant will be mailed a 2023 calendar in November. Calendars will be available for purchase at Feeders Pet Supply in November.

See guidelines for submitting your photo below.

Your Pet Calendar donation will support KHS’s lifesaving mission to help local homeless cats, dogs and horses.

*Submissions are now closed. Thank you so much for your participation!*

The KHS calendar committee will select the Featured Pet and Runner Up photos. Committee members will judge the photos solely on the quality of the photo – judges will not know who submitted each photo.

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Rules for Submitting Photos

To enter the contest by submitting a digital or hardcopy photo. All entries must be in color, with a horizontal layout and contain ONLY animals.

For digital photos, we require well-focused, sharp images that are at least 300 dpi (dots per inch) at a 4″x6″ size and in JPEG (JPG) or TIFF format.  

Hardcopy photos should be no smaller than 4″x6″ photographs. We do not accept Polaroid photos or copyrighted-professional photographs. Photos cannot be returned. For clarity and quality photo reproduction, please do not stamp or write on the back of photos.

All entries that meet these requirements and are postmarked or emailed by September 3, 2022, will be included in the 2023 Pet Calendar. Winners will be notified by phone or email, and the calendar will be available in November 2022. 

All entries will be blind judged by KHS. Eleven photos will be featured as “Pets of the Month,” which will be 8″x 11″ printed. Thirty-six photos will be selected as Runners Ups, which will be 2″ x 3″ printed and included on a select month’s page. All other submitted photos will be included in the Calendar’s Lifelong Friends Collage.

Questions about our calendar or the contest? Contact Ally Duncan at 502-366-3355 ext. 1068 or [email protected].

Hardcopy photos can be mailed to:
Kentucky Humane Society
c/o Ally Duncan
241 Steedly Drive
Louisville, KY 40214

Tips for Photographing Your Pet

Location and Background

  • Look for a location where your pet will be relaxed and natural.
  • Photograph your pet against a color that contrasts with his/her coat.

It’s in the Eyes

  • Focus on your pet’s eyes, as the eyes will convey your pet’s personality the best.
  • Avoid shooting in low light situations where flash is required and your pet’s eyes are likely to glow.

Black and White Coats

  • When working with dark animals, make adjustments to properly expose the image.
  • When photographing animals with very light coats, make sure the lighting is not too bright.

Patience is a Virtue

  • Don’t get frustrated. Stay relaxed and have fun, and your pet will too!
  • Enlist a helper or squeak toys to get your pet to look toward the camera.
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