Image guidelines

Following these guidelines is our best advice for success.

A cute pet and a great photo = a winning formula

Follow our quick-tips for entering a photo that fits what we are looking for:

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Size & Shape

Our calendar prints horizontally, on 11 by 8.5 inch paper – for this reason vertical or square images will be taken out of the running. Also make sure you image is of a high-enough resolution to be printed that large (at least 3000 pixels wide).


Your pet is a star! Make sure they are in focus and that the background compliments them. Our judges are looking for great composition, content, originality, technical quality and visual impact. Colour photos only please.


Don’t shy away from picking a photo that highlights a season or holiday – it’s a calendar after all!

Entering a photo with more than one pet? Just remember that you can only enter one photo per pet. So if you have a photo of your cat and dog together, that would count as an entry for both pets. We also have the refer-a-friend function, and that allows you to enter another photo of your pet should you chose to.

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Photo Submission Guidelines

Only digital photo submissions will be accepted. No printed photos and/or black and white photos will be accepted. Photos must be submitted electronically as a high resolution image, and must be at least 3,000 pixels wide (horizontal format). The maximum file size is 10 MB. All photos must be in .jpg format. Photos must be in colour only, and must be appropriate for printing as an 8.5” x 10.5” inch horizontal print, as winning photos will be printed and featured in the 2018 Calendar to be made available at Bosley’s by Pet Valu, Total Pet and Tisol stores.

Permitted digital modifications:

  • Images may be cropped and rotated as necessary as long as the rectangular format is maintained and the size is within

    the specifications set out above
  • Images may be resized as long as the aspect ratio is maintained

  • Red-eye removal and spot editing

  • Use of filters to sharpen, soften, blur, despeckle or remove noise

  • Use of corrective functions to improve the natural appearance of the image, such as levels, contrast, brightness, curves, intensity, tone, hue, saturation, lightness, value, colour balance and tint

Not Permitted:

  • No borders or frames may be added to images

  • No watermarks, signatures or copyright notices may be added to images

  • Artistic filters are not permitted

Only original photos that have never previously been submitted for entry into a contest or awarded a prize in a previous contest are eligible to win a Prize.

Judging Criteria

Photos will be assessed based on the following judging criteria:

Pet Diversity • Regional Representation • Composition Content • Originality • Visual Impact • Technical Quality • Seasonal Appropriateness.