Sarge's Pet Photo Contest begins

By Sarge's Animal Rescue Foundation | Jan 17, 2014
Photo by: Ellen Weaver Ellen Weaver tied for First Place "Under 12" in 2013 with "The Boss."

Sarge’s Animal Rescue Foundation is now accepting photographs for its eighth annual Pet Photography Contest.

Entry forms are available on Sarge’s website ( and at the following locations: The Dog House, 304 N. Haywood St. in Waynesville; Mountain Dreams Reality, 3457 Soco Road in Maggie Valley; Smoky Mountain Dog Bakery, 102 N. Main Street in Waynesville; and Sarge’s Adoption Center at 256 Industrial Park Drive. They can also be found at Country Lane Animal Hospital, Canton Animal Hospital, Balsam Animal Hospital, Maple Tree Animal Hospital, Junaluska Animal Hospital and the Animal Hospital of Waynesville .

Deadline for all entries is Friday, Feb. 28.  Categories for this year’s judging are Best in Show, Dog, Cat, Puppy, Kitten, Photographers under the age of 12, Sarge Rescue, Other (animal other than a dog or cat), and Super Shooters (people who have previously won first place).

“This is one of Sarge’s favorite events,” said Brenn Rohman, co-chairperson of the contest. “We especially look forward to seeing the photos of the entrants in the “Under 12” category and hope we’ll have a lot more of them this year.”

Photos must be the original work of an amateur photographer. Size should range from 4x6 to 8x10 inches.  Please do not frame or mat the photos. Photos, entry forms and a $10.00 fee should be mailed to Sarge’s Adoption headquarters at P.O Box 854, Waynesville, NC, 28786, or delivered to the Adoption Center. For directions, please call 246-9050.  More than one photo can be submitted but a completed entry form and $10 fee must accompany each photo.

Electronic submissions or electronically altered photos will not be accepted.   Photos cannot be returned. Beth Brown of Beth Brown Photography will be joining Ellen Schattie to judge the entries.

“When judging the photos for Sarge’s Pet Photo Contest, we look for how creative the photographer was in capturing the unique and often fun or crazy qualities of the pet. We also look for originality in composition of the image and quality in the final print.” said Brown.

The Best in Show winner will receive a free photo sitting at Brown’s studio in Maggie Valley.  First and second place winners will receive gift certificates for Bocelli’s Italian Eatery in Waynesville. First places winners will also be given prizes donated by local businesses in specially hand-crafted tote bags.

For more information call Sarge’s at 246-9050 or visit