Photo Guide

First, remember this contest is about the Well‑Being of Pets. The health, comfort and well‑being of the animal being groomed is the number one priority. Never risk the health and comfort of the pet. Do your best and what is best for the pet. Do not attempt to save a coat that should be removed. In severe cases, consider grooming the pet over a period of time, such as 2 or 3 grooming sessions to relieve animal stress and fatigue. Many pets that have not been groomed in a long time can have skin sensitivity after major coat removals and dematting. Please seek medical attention for the animal under these circumstances. Sometimes pets with extreme coat conditions need a medical check before grooming, especially if you notice foul odors, sores, or behavior that may indicate illness. These animals should be taken to a veterinarian and may not be appropriate for submission into the contest. If you are not an experienced and qualified groomer, please do not enter this contest. Severely neglected pets in poor health or condition are not permitted as entrants in this contest.


1. The quality of the groom is important, but that is not the sole basis of judging. Only 25% of the overall score shall be determined by the quality of grooming. The transformational improvement of the subject shall be valued at 50% of your overall score. Select a pet that really needs a make‑over as we are looking for miraculous re‑creations. The pet should look very happy after grooming. Remember, you must have the permission of the pet owner or guardian to groom, photograph the pet and enter the pet's photographs in the contest.

 

Before profile photo   Before head photo
BEFORE
profile photo
  BEFORE
head photo
After profile photo   After head photo
AFTER
profile photo
  AFTER
head photo

 

2. The quality of your photos and their composition is very important to your overall score. Remember, your photos are all the judges will see. Your dog may look great in person, but the judges don't know this if the photo is dark or blurry.

Background: You could hang a clean plain colored sheet to cover “busy” grooming room backgrounds which distract from your art. If you are using an automatic camera, try to use a background that is slightly lighter or darker than the animal as your camera can read the background color and cause the pet to be under- or over‑exposed.

Pose: It is most important to pose the pet in the SAME position for both the before and after shot. Try to duplicate the pet's position exactly. Take both shots from the exact same distance. Pets usually look better posed on tables rather than the floor. Black dogs need a lot of light. Repeat, lots of light. Without plenty of light the black areas lack definition and may come out looking like a pen and ink silhouette drawing or ink blot. Pictures of poor quality including blurry, fuzzy, marked, overly low resolution, off color, etc. will be scored low for photo quality and composition. Very poor or blurry photos may be rejected.

Remember, no bandanas or props are allowed in pictures.

Resolution: Please shoot with the highest resolution (pixel width) that your camera provides (up to 1 megabyte). While smaller images are easier to email, they will not reproduce well and will not provide the proper detail to give you a chance to impress the judges with the quality of the transformation. Please try to keep images to a minimum of 600 pixels wide.

3. Based on previous experience, photos printed on paper from a color laser or inkjet printer and then physically mailed for scanning never look great. They may be publishable, but they often look dull and lifeless. Instead, if you cannot email the digital files, burn them to a CD-R or CD-RW disk and mail the disk via the post office. Please submit the photos in JPG, GIF or BMP format. Ask for help from a computer‑friendly friend or family member if you are unsure of these instructions.

 

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