The “Old Dogs, New Friends” Photo Challenge

“Old dogs, like old shoes, are comfortable. They might be a little out of shape and a little worn around the edges, but they fit well.” – Bennie Wilcox

Few things tug at the heart strings like a veteran dog. They’ve given us years of love and loyalty, know our likes and dislikes, and body willing, always want to do what we want to do. They aren’t too old to make new friends, however, and in this challenge, photographers are tasked to portray a veteran dog (seven years and older) with a special friend (animal or human, it doesn’t matter). Tug at our judges’ heartstrings, make them reach for a tissue, and if a laugh can come in with the tears, your image might be the winner!

The Challenge: We welcome back as a sponsor,  a wonderful supporter of NPDD, Betsy Copeland. This year, she challenges photographers to interpret the theme, “”Old Dogs, New Friends;”

The prize:  A 5″ x 7 ” Pewter/Copper Etching by Walker Works in the breed of the winner’s choice.  The image seen here doesn’t begin to do justice to these incredible etchings.

The Dreaded Small Print You Must Read To Enter

•••• This contest happens on May 1 on our Facebook page. It is open to domestic and international participants;

•••• 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 which is the Betsy Copeland’s “”Old Dogs, New Friends” Photo Challenge;

•••• Your entry must be for the 2022 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. Our judges, David Frei and Jack Grassa must see what you actually shot with your camera;

•••• Many people may help you take your photo, but the prizes 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, and by Betsy Copeland and Walker Works for promotional use;

•••• 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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