The St. Augustine Humane Society kicked off its 12th annual Pin Up Paws Pet Calendar Photo Contest this year with a pop art theme, “Dig It.”
The fundraiser was established in 2010 to support the nonprofit’s mission to promote lifelong ownership of healthy pets while reducing the rate of abandonment at shelters.
For a chance to have a local pet featured in the high-quality, full-color calendar, entertaining photos and descriptions are submitted to let community members know why they should vote for the animal. Each vote is a $1 donation.
Last year, over $23,000 was raised through calendar votes and campaign donations. The campaign, calendar sales and events will benefit the St. Augustine Humane Society Sterilization, Sterilization and Surgery Clinic, services and programs.
The pet with the most votes at the end of the contest will be the first place winner and will receive the coveted cover spot on the 2023 Pin Up Paws Calendar. Each of the 12 second place winners will be featured on one calendar months. All first and second place winners will receive a professional photography session as well as Columbia Restaurant gift certificates as part of the prize.
The 12 pets with the most votes will be the finalists and will have the image they submitted to the contest and a brief description of their pet listed within an inch and a half space in the timeline. The top 80 pet competitors will have their submitted photos included in a timeline collage.
The “Dig It” calendar will feature the winning pets in a groovy Pop Art scene. Voting closes at 8 p.m. on August 13, when the winners will be revealed.
Styling and photography sessions will take place with award-winning photographer Addison Fitzgerald, who has donated his talents to the Humane Society since the calendar’s inception. Local artist and graphic designer Maribel Angel continues to donate her creative talents to the design of the distinctive calendar publication.
The full schedule will be unveiled at the Pin Up Paws party on November 4 at the Renaissance St. Augustine Historic Downtown Hotel, 6 W. Castillo Drive, St Augustine. Price per ticket is $95 for dinner, live music by Rob Ellis Peck and the Matanzas Inlet Allstars, silent auction, wine, refreshments and more.
The calendars will be available for $12 each in October with purchases available online, by phone or at the St. Augustine Humane Society, in addition to local retailers. The Humane Society is located at 1665 Old Moultrie Road. All proceeds from submissions, votes, sponsorships and sales will benefit its programs and services.
For more information, call 904-829-2737 ext. 111 or email [email protected] Or go to the contest website at PinUpPaws.com.