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The Friends of the Sepulveda Basin Off-leash Dog Park (SBOLDP) is sponsoring a photo contest at their spring-summer dog adoption event on Sunday, June 23.

The top three vote-getters will receive gift certificates from Gelson’s Markets for $500, $250 and $100. The top 18 vote getters will featured in a calendar the Friends of the SBOLDP are planning.

Park visitors can cast their votes from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. If you aren’t a photographer, please come by to see the photos and vote. All the entries will be displayed on the fence of the small dog section of the park, 17550 Victory Blvd., in Van Nuys.

Photo Contest Rules

The rules for entering this contest are simple:

  • Entries must be original photography taken at SBOLDP since Jan. 1, 2019.
  • The subject can be anything the photographer desires, as long as the photographer is taken at the dog park.
  • Up to four photos may be entered in the contest by a single photographer.
  • Entry fees are $15 for the first photograph entered and $5 for each additional photograph.
  • There is an online entry form with payment via PayPal on the Friends of the SBOLDP website.
  • All photos submitted must be printed and mailed so they are received by the photo contest organizers by Monday, June 17, 2019.

If you want some inspiration and tips for great dog photography, see what photographers Brig Van Osten and Isky Iskandar had to say. They spoke at the Friends of SBOLDP’s March 19 meeting.

I’ve had my own challenges taking good photographs of my favorite dogs. Here are some photography tips I’ve discovered.

This is one contest where everyone comes out a winner.  All the proceeds go to support the Friends of the SBOLDP’s ongoing advocacy for the Sepulveda Basin Off-Leash Dog Park. A nonprofit organization created in 2014, the Friends of the SBOLDP is committed “to enhance the dog park experience in a safe, beautiful setting by fostering community, government and donor relationships conducted with accountability and transparency.”

Their work at the park includes:

  • Sponsoring events such as the photo contest, Halloween dog costume contests, portrait sittings with Santa Claus and adoption events.
  • Providing donations to help trim the park’s trees, buy new ones, install water fountains for dogs and people, reseeding and resodding worn areas of the dog runs and putting in concrete benches.

Disclosure: In the interest of transparency, I must disclose that I am a supporting member of the Friends of the SBOLDP and work on their website as a volunteer. I was neither asked nor compensated for the writing of this post.

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AAA is sponsoring a contest to select the photos that will be featured on the back cover and spine of the 2013 edition of its AAA Pet Book,due out in May 2013.

Photos are due to AAA before Nov. 30, 2012. The selections will be made in January 2013. The AAA Pet Book website gallery shows examples of past year photos.

The first place winner gets his or her photo on the back cover, $300, a $150 Best Western Travel Card good at any Best Western worldwide, pet treats and five copies of the book.

The minutes are ticking away on your last opportunity to get a photo of your dog with Santa. Make a memory or get ready for next year’s holiday card. But get going now.

The Americana at Brand will hold its last Pet Night on Wednesday, Dec. 18. Go online to purchase your photo package; prices range from $20 (the Comet Package) to $60 (the Rudolph Package) depending on the numbers and sizes of photos and whether you have the photos stored on a DVD and flash drive.

Saturday, mid-afternoon, Joey and I are cruising Pet Co. because we need kibble.  (Actually, I’m the one who needs the kibble. Joey would much prefer take-out steak tartare.)

We pass a pen closing off a couple of aisles and a young woman with a major Nikon, who coos over how adorable Joey is, and suggests that we take advantage of the special deal on pet photography.

I explain that Joey is photophobic and formal efforts to take his picture result in something that the Amnesty International Canine Division would use as a poster for the prevention of exploitation of dogs.

“Oh, but I have a fast shutter!” she told me.

It was a worm on a hook.  I couldn’t resist the challenge.  I’m a photographer.  I love Joey and I know the issue isn’t shutter speed. It’s the invasiveness of a light-flashing, pointed, black prong challenging him that he HATES.

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