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Point Defiance AAZK 2024 PET PAGEANT "Silly Edition"


The top three vote-getters overall will win a prize bundle and be spotlighted on our social media pages.

 A fourth prize “Judges Choice” will be awarded to the pet that is chosen by a vote of the PDAAZK Officers. 



Winners will each receive a “Poorly Drawn Pet Portrait” of their pet, created by members of our chapter and a mystery prize pack.

* Mystery prize packs will cater to each winning species and could include treat, toy, etc.

How Much Is The Entry Fee?

There is NO fee to enter. All proceeds from votes will go directly to supporting the Point Defiance Chapter of the American Association of Zoo Keepers (PDAAZK) with conservation efforts and professional development.

How Many Photos Can I Enter?

You can enter as many as you'd like!

What are the eligibility requirements?

Photos of cats, dogs, horses, small mammals, reptiles, fish, amphibians, invertebrates and birds are accepted.

Pet owners do NOT have to be staff/volunteer at Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium to be eligible to enter the contest.

Photos may contain more than one pet.

Photos must feature pets owned by the photographer OR the entrant must have permission to submit the photo.

Once entered, photos become the property of PDAAZK and may be used for print and marketing purposes.

Can I enter professional photos of my pet?

Yes, but you MUST obtain permission from the photographer to enter the photo in the contest.

How do I vote for a pet's picture?

Votes are $1 each. You can also vote for your own pet's photo (and as many times as you and your friends and family want!).

When does voting close?

Votes for photo entries must be submitted by 8:00:00 PM (Pacific Time) on Monday, April 1, 2024*

*The host website’s server will be solely responsible for determining the end time for the online voting portion of the contest. Remember that your clock may differ slightly from the clock that determines the end time.

How do I know if I won?

The winners in each category will be announced via email and on the PDAAZK Facebook page. You can also regularly check the leaderboards to see your pet’s vote tally.

About Us

The Point Defiance Chapter of the American Association of Zoo Keepers (PDAAZK) is comprised of employees, interns, volunteers, and supporters of Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium, an AZA-accredited facility located in the heart of Point Defiance Park in the vibrant city of Tacoma, Washington.

Working together for conservation... everything else is irrELEPHANT!

National AAZK Mission and Vision Statement

The mission of The American Association of Zoo Keepers is to advance excellence in the animal keeping profession, foster effective communication beneficial to animal care, support deserving conservation projects, and promote the preservation of our natural resources and animal life.


AAZK will be the leader in the zoo and aquarium industry fostering professional development and personal connections that advance animal care, animal welfare and conservation.

For more information check out our website at: https://pointdefianceaazk.org/

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