SPCA New Zealand

SPCA's 2020 Calendar Competition has launched!

15 August 2019
SPCA's 2020 Calendar Competition has launched!

Our 2020 Calendar Competition is now CLOSED!

A huge thank you to everyone who entered. We had an incredible response and had over 1000 entries. We will be announcing the winners in due course!


Everyone thinks their pet is the cutest and here is your chance to prove it.

Snap your best shot of your pet that is high-res (at least 1MB), landscape in orientation, and enter it here.

Every pet entered is guaranteed a spot in the calendar with 12 chosen as 'pets of the month' and a lucky cat, dog, and small or farm animal as the cover stars.

The entry fee is just $25 per photo and every entry gets a free calendar. All proceeds go toward helping the injured, abused, and abandoned animals of New Zealand!

2019 Cover Star
2019 Cover Star

Plus, thanks to our friends at PURINA, we have some great prizes to give away!

If your dog, cat or other pet is chosen as the cover star, you will win a fantastic prize thanks to our friends at PURINA.

2019 Cover Star
2019 Cover Star

How to enter?

Take a fantastic photo of your cat, dog, rabbit, lizard, goat or other pet and enter using our online form!

The entry fee is just $25 per photo - this includes a copy of the calendar which will be delivered to you as soon as it is released.

To enter: complete the secure online entry form, upload your digital photo, and make full payment by credit card.

You can enter as many times as you like. So, get snapping, and enter your best photo by Sunday September 9, and help animals in need!

2019 Monthly Winner
2019 Monthly Winner

Here are some ideas and suggestions that will help you ensure you take the best photo possible of your pet.

  • Please note that you will need to upload a Hi-res image (at least 1MB) otherwise the image may not be good enough quality to use. A mid-range camera or phone should be fine for taking images of this quality.
  • Make sure your pet is the focus of the photograph – this may seem obvious, but it is essential that your pet is the star of the shot.
  • Animals only! – there must be no humans in the shots; this is your pet’s time to shine.
  • Make sure the photograph is taken in landscape, not portrait
  • Set your resolution as high as possible – while high-res photos take up more room on your memory card, the higher quality photograph is worth the decreased space. Better a handful of great high-res photos to choose from than lots of low-res ones.
  • Keep your camera still – use a tripod if you can, this gives you stability and allows you to take your time framing your shot. If you don’t have a tripod, make sure you hold your camera in a way that prevents any slight shaking which might disturb your shot. A good way to minimise shake is to place one hand under the camera and lens while pressing the elbow of the same arm into your ribs.
  • Take care with composition – a good technique to use is photography’s ‘Rule of Thirds’. Imagine there is a grid across the lens of your camera divided into nine squares (many cameras have a grid setting you can use). The ‘Rule of Thirds’ says that the subject of your photo should be centred on one of the lines of the grid or a point at which the lines intersect. This creates a more interesting composition than if the photo was exactly symmetrical.
  • Adjust exposure – make sure your camera isn’t over or under exposing your photographs and making them too light or too dark.
  • Think about your lighting – make sure you aren’t shooting directly into the sun or that shadows aren’t falling across your shot.
  • Find an interesting angle – explore different ways to photograph your pet. Take some high and low angle shots and try to create a unique perspective.
  • Be deliberate in choosing your setting – although your pet should be the focus of the photograph, try to choose a background that is interesting and compliments the composition. Avoid clutter and anything that will distract from the focus.
  • Photos where pets are looking directly into the camera or are focused on a specific focal point are usually the most engaging.
2019 Monthly Winner
2019 Monthly Winner
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