Annual OHS Photo Contest

If you are like many pet owners, you consider your pet a star—and you have the photos to prove it!

Photo Contest Winners Announced

The results are in! The OHS Fuzzy, Furry, and Feathered Friends Photo Contest celebrated its 25th anniversary with the most successful contest ever. The new People’s Choice voting format helped raise a record $16,808 dollars for pets and drew more than 400 photo submissions. You can still view the contest results online here. All top photos are shown below.

With the voting now closed, the official winners in the People’s Choice categories are:

Top Dog: Meatloaf, by Wendy Smith

Top Dog Runner-up: Bobby, by Sallie Cutler

Top Cat: Chet, by Sally Claycomb

Top Cat Runner-up:  Fungi, by Carly Russell

Top “Other” Pet: Ladybug and Peppercorn, by Genna Andron

Top “Other” Pet Runner-up: Knuckles, by Amanda Davis

Meatloaf, the winning dog entry, received more votes than any other pet in the contest—812 votes in total. Meatloaf is a Bernese/Rottweiler mix who lives a life as guardian to over 100 rescued barnyard animals at the Odd Man Inn Animal Refuge in Washougal.

In addition to the above winners, a group of photo-loving OHS employees reviewed all submissions to determine a Staff Pick. The Staff Pick is judged on the quality of the photography and the emotional qualities captured by the image.

Staff Pick Winner: Nellie Joe, by Marika Bierma

Staff Pick Runner-up: Jackie, by Dru Martin

The winners in each category receive a $250 gift certificate from Pro Photo Supply and a $200 gift card from Frame Central, plus a professionally printed and framed photograph of their entry courtesy of Pro Photo Supply and Frame Central.

The winners and runner-ups will be featured in the Fall issue of the OHS Magazine, due to arrive in mailboxes the first week in October.

Gallery of 2016 Top Photos

Winners from 2015

Oct. 1, 2015: Har Rai Khalsa, of SE Portland, today won the Grand Prize for his entry in the 24th annual OHS Photo Contest. In the winning photo, Khalsa’s dog, Jackson, and his human companion, Emily, share a moment while playing in the snow on Mount Hood.

The 2015 OHS Photo Contest set a new record: last year’s submissions were eclipsed by more than 25 percent. The contest received more than 2,700 photographs submitted by 537 photographers in seven categories. Thank you to everyone who entered your photos of pets enjoying life and being loved. All contest entry fees directly support the pets at OHS still seeking homes.

Congratulations to:

Grand Prize, Har Rai Khalsa
Editor’s Choice, Joy Anderson
Best Dog, Cindy Luebbers
Best Cat, Amber Smith
Best Other Pet, Laura Hinrichs
Child with Pet, Stephanie Cereghino
Me and My Pet, Lenny Parrott
Dog and Cat Couple, Angie Kniss
Funniest Photo, Jamie Barnes-Hoyt

Official contest judges were: Lori Carruthers, Pro Photo Supply; Jayme Dodrill, For the Love Pet Photography; Lindsay Hile, Sit! Stay Pet Photography; David Lytle, OHS Magazine editor; the staff of OHS.

Thank You Photo Contest Sponsors


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