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2022 PET CALENDAR Call For Entries

Calling all amateur and professional photographers! It’s that time of year again, where we love to celebrate some of our dearest family members with our annual Pet Calendar photo contest! Help us make our 2022 calendar the best yet and learn the must-haves so your photo makes it to the judges. 

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 20, 2021 • 5:30 PM (PDT)

This year, we’ve once again added pro tips from local photographers so you can capture the best images of your pets to fill your social media pages, picture frames or our calendar. We’re featuring Sydney Pearce of Cast + Forge and Shanna Paxton of Shanna Paxton Photography to give you insights into getting the photos you want.

We appreciate all of your wonderful contributions over the years. We wish everyone the best of luck in our sixth year of the contest and thank you for your participation.

Taryn Colborn of Olympia Federal Savings at HayDay Heritage Farm

The Details

Please review the must-haves to ensure your photo makes its way to the judges.

Year-over-year, we’ve been grateful to Concern for Animals (a local animal welfare organization) for reviewing all submissions and selecting the winning photos on originality, artistic merit and technique.

Isabella Marocco from OlyFed at St Martin's University in Olympia, WA

Enter Your Photo

Let’s begin 2022 with daily reminders of how much our pets brighten our lives. Give us the best photo you’ve got!

The deadline for photo submissions is Monday, September 20, 2021 • 5:30 PM (PDT)

Dog in rose petals by photographer Shanna Paxton

Pro Tips: Shanna Paxton

Shanna has been photographing for over 15 years and recently photographed a group of Olyfedders volunteering at Habitat for Humanity. Her love of animals and nonprofit work is as vast as her photography skills and we’re proud to be able to provide her tips for getting the best pet portrait!


Our judges will choose one photo for each month and a cover photo. Those photographers will receive five 2022 pet calendars and a custom photo mug.

Three lucky photographers will receive something more …

Cover Photo

One winner will be featured on the front cover and wins:

Five additional 2022 pet calendars

A $200 gift card to a pet store of your choice

Most Votes

The photo that receives the most votes will win:

Five additional 2022 pet calendars

A custom felt portrait from renowned felt artist Anneli Kirby

Kid's Choice

The photo that receives the most votes from our kid judges will win:

Five additional 2022 pet calendars

A customed portrait print from Crown & Paw

2021 Pet CalendarHorizontal photographs are photographs that are wider than they are tall. Our calendar is printed in a horizontal format so all entries must meet this requirement.

And, did you know that cameras are actually designed to take horizontal photos? It most closely mimics the way we see the world, with our eyes set horizontally apart, giving us a view that is wider rather than narrow. We want to see your pet’s full personality!

Ditch Digital Zoom

Digital zoom nearly always produces poor results as it reduces the resolution of the image. Avoiding it is one of the basic photography tips for taking better photos. Instead of using it, try moving closer to your subject to maintain the image quality.

Look for Natural Light

The flash of an LED light from a smartphone doesn’t flatter anyone and that glaring light coming from a single source will more often than not give your images a harsh, odd-colored look compared to light being diffused from one or multiple sources.

Capture Multiple Shots

One of the best things about smartphone photography is that you can take as many photos as you want and there is no need to print them off to see the results. This makes it much easier to learn and improve from your results. Burst photos are good to use when using your smartphone for photography they allow you to capture multiple shots as your subject moves. Once you’ve taken a set of burst photos, you can then select the best shots.

Burst Mode Details

Steady Yourself

The key to fixing this is to practice how you hold your phone – stabilize yourself or use a tripod. Hold your phone horizontal at all times instead of vertical to get a wider image that captures important contextual details. And make sure you try burst mode when snapping pictures of moving objects.

Try Different Angles

Change your perspective on things. Trying different angles not only gets you a better shot, but it also shows how you see the subject.

Clean Your Lens

A shot with a clean lens is always going to be better than a shot through a dirty lens.


HDR mode stands for High Dynamic Range, and it is increasingly common on many smartphones. It adds detail from the dark and light areas to provide better-balanced exposure. If there’s a big difference between the lightest and darkest parts of your scene, using the camera phone’s HDR function it’s a good option.

HDR Details