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How to Win $1000’s Entering Pet Photo Contests
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by - September 24, 2011 - 10 Comments

Pet photo contests are a great way to make extra money and even though I don’t have any real photo talents, I do have an adorable dog that is more than willing to pose whenever the time calls for it.

Here are a few tips to increase your chances of winning:

Enter. And Enter Often.

Photo contests are notorious for having a small amount of entries compared to other contests. It turns out that most people aren’t that interested in spending time to enter contests that require more than a name and an email address. That’s where you and I can take advantage…

Scout the Past Winners

It’s important to get an idea of what the judges are looking for before you submit your photo. Some contests tend to prefer cutesy pictures, like the one to the right of my dog Franklin, while others prefer more professional looking pictures like the one below of my parents’ dogs.

If it’s a monthly contest, you can look back at the archives to see what types of pictures have performed well with the judges.

Create a Voting Army

A lot of photo contests are decided by the photo that receives the most online votes, so do your best to tip the scales in your favor. Strike an agreement with your friends and family that you will help vote up their picture if they help vote up yours.

Here are a few of the best 2011 pet photo contests to help get you started…

1. Martha Stewart Halloween Pet Contest  – Top Prize: $200 Pet Gift Cards

Martha Stewart’s website also hosts a monthly contest. This month the contest is Halloween themed so you will to send a picture with your pet in full costume.

2. Purina Monthly Photo Contest – Top Prize: $500 Amazon Gift Card

Purina hosts a different theme every month and September is “Most Talented Pet Month.” A $500 Amazon gift card will go to both the cat owner and the dog owner that submits the photo which receives the most votes by Purina website goers.

3. Fresh Step’s YouTube Contest – Top Prize: $500 Cash 

This one is for you cat lovers. Fresh Step, the kitty litter company, is hosting a contest where entrants have been asked to upload a video to the Fresh Step YouTube page of your cat being silly. The winner may also be offered a role in an upcoming commercial.

4. World’s Ugliest Dog Contest – Top Prize: $1,000 Cash

Probably the most famous dog contest and the one to enter if your pooch is less than photogenic. The contest takes place at the Sonoma-Marin fair in California every summer.

Good Luck Penny Hoarders!

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  • http://www.thefrugaltoad.com Paul @ The Frugal Toad

    Not sure anyone, other than my daughter, would vote for our dog Max. But I guess you can never know!

  • http://onecentatatime.com/ SB @ One Cent At A Time

    I wish I had pets. I will show this to my colleagues though

  • http://www.centstosave.com/ Lisa @ Cents To Save

    When I get a minute, I am going to explore this more. My two dogs are might have a chance at this. Thanks for posting the info.

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  • http://www.simivalleyfrugalliving.com Sierra

    I Love this idea! My dog happens to be drop dead gorgeous in my opinion :) But I’m sure most Pet Mamas feel that way!

    • The Penny Hoarder

      LOL. I feel exactly the same way! ;)


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  • M Houston

    I tried doing the great american pet photo contest, the first one on this list. Its really a ruse to get you to give over your email and cell phone number so they can start sending you coupons, emails, texts and possibly even charging you for whatever the service is. It was hard to tell, though it seemed to be coupon webpages. Perhaps they do give out the $1000, but it wasn’t worth it to me to put all that info out there, and then instantly start getting annoying emails and texts.

    Skip this one and perhaps search out local photo contests.

    • The Penny Hoarder

      Thanks for the heads up! We removed this one from the list and apologize to anyone who went through the trouble…

  • Carol Hoffmaster

    I would like to enter a beautiful picture of my two cats 13 months old that are sisters in a photo contest.
    What size photo to you need?
    How do I enter?

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