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St. Mary's Animal Welfare League’s Charity Pet Photo Contest

Thank you for helping us exceed our fundraising goals!!!

Congratulations to the winners!  All votes have now been tallied.

The order for calendars and custom tote bags will be placed the 3rd week in October.  We will contact the winners of free calendars and tote bags when we have them ready to distribute.

We still have many calendars left to sell. You can also continue to purchase reserved days through the 3rd week in October before we print the calendars.

You can purchase calendars and reserve days on our website:

Welcome to the St. Mary’s Animal Welfare League 2017 Photo Contest!
 All photo entries are used to create a colorful, full-sized calendar celebrating treasured pets.  Show off your adorable pet while helping the shelter pets awaiting their forever homes at SMAWL.

Don’t forget to encourage your friends and family to vote for your pet’s photo. The top photos with the most votes will receive great prizes! 

Contact us at for any questions!

Reserve a Day to Honor your pet!
Want a guaranteed spot in the calendar?  Reserve a day to honor your pet. Your pet's photo will appear on the day of your choice.  Just choose your favorite photo and then choose the day and pay!  First come first served!  Once a date has been reserved, it will no longer be available.  Each day is $10.

Want to pre-order your calendar?
Please consider pre-ordering a calendar.  This will help SMAWL purchase the right amount of calendars so we don't waste valuable funds on extra stock.

Every eligible photo entered into the SMAWL Calendar Contest will be featured in our 2017 calendar. 

1st Place Prizes

Your beloved pet will be part of a specially arranged photo shoot by Bountiful Hound where the pet will be featured on the calendar cover of SMAWL's 2017 calendar*.  The winner will receive a photo session which includes up to 10 professionally edited digital images. The 1st place winner will also receive 2 free calendars and one custom SMAWL tote bag.  The winning photograph will also be displayed on the SMAWL website and Facebook page for 30 days.

2nd through 13th Place Prizes

Your pet's photo submission will be featured as the main photo in one month of the calendar.  These winners will also receive two free calendars and one custom SMAWL tote bag. Contest winners may need to re-submit their photo as a high resolution, print quality image.  Winning photographs will also be displayed on the SMAWL website and Facebook page during the 2017 calendar month in which they are featured.

7 runners-up (14th through 20th places) Prizes

Each will receive one SMAWL custom tote bag. 

All participants to achieve 200 votes or more for their photo entry will receive two free 2017 calendars. 

All participants to achieve 300 votes or more for their photo entry will receive two free 2017 calendars and one custom SMAWL tote bag.

Prizes are not transferable and may not be redeemed for cash.

*A new portrait will be taken of one domestic pet by a professional photographer from Bountiful Hound. The photograph time and location will be arranged with the photographer.  Photo shoot location must be within 25 miles of zip code 20657. To be included on the Calendar cover the session must be completed by October 15th, 2016.  It is this photograph that will become the calendar month page. If these requirements cannot be met, an alternative prize will be substituted. Winner’s choice of a Petco $100 gift card or a $100 gift certificate to Bountiful Hound for a photoshoot scheduled at a later date will be offered to those who are not able to meet the specified guidelines for the calendar photo shoot.


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