Calendar Contest Guidelines
Thank you for your interest in our 2020 calendar contest! Please thoroughly read through all of the guidelines and tips below, then enter your photos through the link at the bottom of this page.
- Only photographs of companion animals will be selected. Photos with humans will not be included in the calendar.
- Please note: due to the dimensions of the calendar, all photos will be cropped into a perfect square before they enter the judging process if they are not already square. Keep in mind that this may alter the composition of your photo, so you may prefer to do the cropping yourself before submitting.
- All animals must be depicted in a humane and dignified manner. No prong or choke collars, please.
- Only digital entries in jpeg (.jpg) or tiff (.tif) format will be considered. Photos must be at least 1500 x 1500 pixels to be considered for the photo of the month or cover. As a general rule of thumb, your photo must print clearly at 8.5" x 8.5" to qualify for a month page. Smaller photos may be entered, but will only be used for the collage pages. Absolutely no print photographs will be accepted.
- If your entry was taken by a professional photographer or commercial studio, you must send us a signed copyright release, by mail (Wisconsin Humane Society, 4500 W. Wisconsin Avenue, Milwaukee, WI 53208, Attn: Allie Christman), email (firstname.lastname@example.org), or fax (Attn: Allie at 414-431-6200). Be sure to include your full name and the file name of the photo you sent along with the release.
- All entries must be received by the Wisconsin Humane Society no later than noon on Tuesday, July 23, 2019 to be considered. The entry form will close at noon on 7/23/19.
- Photos become the property of WHS and may be used and/or altered for the 2020 calendar and for other fundraising efforts.
- You will be notified if your photo is chosen for the cover or as a Photo of the Month. All other photos will appear in the calendar on a collage page.
Tips for Taking a Great Picture
- The animal should be in a neutral, humane setting looking at the camera, preferably at eye level.
- Don’t distract the focus of the picture, your animal, with a heavily cluttered background.
- If your animal is dark colored, take the photo in front of a lighter background. If your animal is light colored, take the photo in front of a darker background.
- Natural light is better than flash. The more light, the more detail your camera will catch.
- It might take many photos to get the perfect shot, so start clicking!