Alex Hart’s “Novice A: I Have No Idea What I’m Doing!” Photo Challenge

Whether you’ve been competing in dog sports for years, or are considering competing in the future, we all start off as beginners! In many dog sports, this means entering the “Novice A” class—the class reserved for first-time competitors.

We welcome the return of sponsor, Alex Hart and her photo challenge,”Novice A: I Have No Idea What I’m Doing,” the theme of which is to take a lighthearted look at the challenges we all faced—or plan to face—as we work on figuring out how to do these sports with our dogs.

The challenge:

•   Depict a dog sport in your photo in an identifiable way;
•   For this challenge, “dog sport” means any activity performed with your dog in which it earns a title from an organization (i.e. AKC, UKC, etc);
•   Display an error or a misunderstanding in that sport;
•   When submitting the photo entry, please indicate the name of the dog sport in addition to the name of this contest;
•   Entries will be judged on the how clearly and how humorously the dog sport and the error/misunderstanding of the sport are depicted

NOTE: Because of similarity, if you enter this contest, you may not enter the National Association of Dog Obedience Instructors’ “Training Gone Awry” Photo Challenge

The prize:  $40 email gift card for Orvis Dog Products

The Sponsor: Alex Hart

The Dreaded Small Print You Must Read To Enter

•••• This contest happens on May 1 on our Facebook page. It is open to US residents only;

•••• One entry per person; You may enter four different photo challenges. If you enter this one, you may enter three more;

••••  When submitting your photo entry on Facebook, you must indicate the name of this contest, the “Novice A: I Have No Idea What I’m Doing!” Photo Challenge

•••• Your entry must be for the 2024 contest. Photos submitted from previous years’ contests will be disqualified, and yes, we remember photos from one year to the next;

•••• Within the photo, your image must include a purebred dog and one of the following either downloaded from the link or handmade:

The “IPurebred Dogs” sign

The “Happy National Purebred Dg Day” sign 

The “I Lve My Purebred Dog” sign 

Any official National Purebred Dog Day item available here. 

•••• No photoshopping, and that includes the required sign. Be creative with how you use it, but our judges, David Frei,  co-host of NBC’s National Dog Show, and veteran Westminster Kennel Club photographer,  Jack Grassa, must see what you actually shot with your camera;

•••• Many people may help you take your photo, but the prize goes to the person submitting the winning photograph;

•••• Entering this contest implies consent that your photo may be shared on NPDD’s social media platforms;

••• A full explanation of how, when, and where to submit your entry can be read here;  

•••• Important! You and your dog should have safe fun when composing your entry!

•••• Judges’ decisions are final




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