Kittens USA 2013-2014 Photo Contest Announcement

Snap a picture of your kitten cuddling with another feline friend or a different animal altogether for our upcoming annual photo contest.

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Savannah kitten with toy -- Kittens USA Photo Contest
Snap a photo of your kitten with another kitten or a friend of a different species, and your kitten could win a prize and appear in the next Kittens USA magazine.

The themes for the 2013 Kittens USA photo contest are Cuddly Kittens and Unlikely Friends. For Cuddly Kittens, send in your best photo of two or more kittens cuddling up together. For Unlikely Friends, submit your best photo of your kitten hanging out with his best friend of another species, such as a dog, rabbit, bird or other pet. No people, please.

Prizes
The first-, second- and third-place winners in each category will receive a selection of books about cats and kittens from Bow Tie Press and "Cat Calls" from Square One Publishers. The judges may also choose to honor various entries with honorable-mention status (no prizes awarded). Winning photos will appear in the 2014 edition of Kittens USA. All entries must be postmarked no later than Jan. 1, 2013.

Photo Guidelines
Clarity and good composition are essential in producing a winning photograph. Make sure your kitten is the photo’s main subject. Although props can add to the appeal, too much background clutter will compete with your kitten.

We accept digital images or color prints. Slides, computer printouts, photocopies and self-developing photos will not be accepted. Please make sure your digital entries are large enough. See guidelines below.

To Enter
Send a color photo of your kitten. Make sure your picture is clearly focused, with your kitten as the main subject.

Each entry must have a completed entry form taped to the back of the photo; if submitted via email, be sure to include all requested information, including the kitten’s name, age and breed; the photographer’s name; and the owner’s name, address, telephone number and email address. Indicate which category you are entering: Sleeping Cuties or Send in the Clowns. Do not write directly on the backs of prints; it causes lines and dents.

Send digital entries to kittensusa@bowtieinc.com. Type “Kittens USA Photo Contest” in the subject line. Send photos as attachments in TIFF, JPEG or EPS formats. Images must be at least 4 by 4 inches at 300 dpi resolution.

Send only previously unpublished photos. Each person may submit up to three entries per category. One prize per person.

Any amateur photographer may enter, except employees of BowTie Inc., the sponsor and their families.

All entries become the property of Kittens USA and will not be returned. Entrants certify that they own the animals photographed or have the owners’ permission to enter the photos.

Winners will be chosen by judges selected by Kittens USA. All decisions are final.

Entries must be postmarked by Jan. 1, 2013. Send entries to Kittens USA 2011 Photo Contest, P.O. Box 6050, Mission Viejo, CA 92690-6050.

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Debbie    San Jose, CA

7/3/2013 1:51:18 PM

My April issue of Cant Fancy did not come in, so I missed the winners of the Annual Kitten Photo Contest. And, I'm not able to find it on the catchannel website. Please help. I'd really like to see if our kitten was there

Arnot    Tecumseh, ON

7/5/2012 1:34:07 PM

As a long time reader of your Magazine I have often thought about a Kitten Poetry Contest for your magazine.
Today as I sat with my coffee in Chapters Book Store here at the Devonshire Mall in Windsor, Ontario I could not help but come up with a poem of my own about a little kitten that I rescued on a cold Winter night and brought home. Her name was Maggie Sue.
Here's the poem about her just for you. You can use it if you like.
Arnot Ross McCallum

Forever

I found a little kitten,
My Mom said, “She’s a stray.”
“Mommy, can I keep her?”
My Mom said, “For today.”

The kitty came to bed with me,
We had a pillow fight.
“Mommy, can I keep her?”
My Mom said, “For tonight.”

The kitty chased me ‘round the house.
We both played hide and seek,
“Mommy, can I keep her?”
My Mom said, “For the week.”


The kitty found a ball of yarn,
We shared our woolly toy,
“Mommy, can I keep her?”
My Mom said, “She’s a joy.”

“I guess she has no family,
I think we should endeavor,
To keep her safe and warm and loved,
Let’s keep her, Son...
...Forever.”


© Arnot McCallum
arnot@mnsi.net

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