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Prizes

Every pet entry will appear in and receive a copy of AWLA's 2022 calendar.


Grand Prize*
The Grand Prize will be awarded based on total votes received. The pet entry that receives the most votes at the close of competition on June 25, 2021, at 8 p.m. will be recognized as Alexandria's 2022 Animal of the Year, and will

  • Grace the front and back covers of the popular AWLA annual photo calendar, and receive 10 complimentary copies.
  • Receive a professional pet photography session for the cover photo with one of our talented pet photographers (read more below) at a to-be-determined location. Cover photos will be selected by the AWLA from the results of this photo session; submitted contest photo will appear on the back cover of the calendar alongside a professional photo of the owner(s).
  • Receive one 8 x 10 and two 5 x 7 complimentary prints (with an option to purchase more photos or products offered by the photographer), and two mugs with chosen cover photo honoring their Pet of the Year status.
  • Have their calendar cover receive a spot-of-honor in the Vola Lawson Animal Shelter for the upcoming year.
  • Receive year-round invitations to AWLA events as Alexandria's 2022 Animal of the Year.
  • Be featured on the AlexandriaAnimals.org home page throughout 2022.
And by popular demand, this year's grand prize winner will once again have their photo featured on buses throughout Northern Virginia in late 2021!

*Winner must be within 20 miles of the AWLA and available for a July/August 2021 photo shoot in order to be eligible for prizes. If not available, prize moves to next eligible candidate.


Top Vote Recipients*
The next six top vote recipients will receive

  • A 20-minute photography mini-session with a participating AWLA pet photographer (read more below). Calendar photos will be selected by the AWLA from the results of these photo sessions. The photo submitted as part of the animal's entry will not be included.
  • A full-page professional photo in the 2022 photo calendar.
  • One complimentary 5x7 print, with an option to purchase more photos or products offered by the photographer.
  • Featured time on AlexandriaAnimals.org home page during their corresponding calendar month.
  • Five copies of the calendar
*Recipients must be within 20 miles of the AWLA and available for a July/August 2021 photo shoot in order to be eligible for prizes. If not available, prize moves to next eligible candidate. Entries receiving the 8th through 13th-highest vote tallies will receive a quarter-page photo placement on one calendar page. Their photos will also be featured on the AlexandriaAnimals.org home page and the video screen in the AWLA lobby for the corresponding calendar month.


All Entrants
Everyone is a winner when you participate in the AWLA's 2022 photo calendar contest. All entrants

  • Will be in the calendar!
  • Will receive a free calendar
  • Will get the wonderful feeling of helping to make Alexandria an even better home for animals!

AWLA's Volunteer Team of Professional Photographers:
Thank you to our incredible team of professional photographers who volunteer their time and expertise to photograph AWLA's animals for adoption and donate their services each year to this important AWLA fundraiser:

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Special Thanks to Our Calendar Contest Photographers!

Shelley Castle Photography
DeSilva Studios, LLC
Dirty Paw Photography
Alison Lane Photography
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