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Super Cute Pets Competition

Top Tips for pet photography from Venture Studios

It’s official! Venture Studios are searching for the internationally cutest pets.

We all love our pets, and during the difficult days of 2020 we have particularly enjoyed their company. So it’s time to celebrate all our beautiful pets. To do this we are running our Venture Studios Super Cute Pet Competition to find the cutest pets in the world.

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Venture Studios Super Cute Pet Competition is now open. To enter, all you need to do is upload a photograph of your pet, along with a caption telling us just why your pet is super cute, to the competition page here.

Once you have done this your image, pet’s name and caption will appear on our competition page, and people will be able to vote for your pet there. You will also be provided with a link to share on social media so that you can get as many votes as possible for your cute pet.

You need to upload your photograph by Sunday 31st January 2021, and the last day for voting will be midday on Sunday 7th February 2021.

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Top Tips for Pet Photography

Our Creative Director, Alicia Hall, has put together ten top tips for getting the best photo of your pet. You can watch Alicia putting these into action with her gorgeous cockapoo Dexter in the video on our Venture Studios Super Cute Pets Competition Top Tips page.

Alicia shares really helpful information on the Top Photography Tips below, with the able assistance of Dexter!

      1. Find a backdrop that highlights your pet’s best features.
      2. Try looking outside for great backdrops too.
      3. Use words that your pet will recognise and react to.
      4. Look for creative places to frame your pet.
      5. Get down to your pet’s level for some close up shots.
      6. Hold treats out to get your pet really close to the camera.
      7. Get your pet to look up if you want some lovely doey eyed pictures.
      8. Place treats on the camera to get your pet to look in the direction you desire.
      9. Play games and capture your pet having fun.
      10. Take lots and lots of shots and choose your favourites at the end.

Watch the video here to increase your chances of winning our fabulous Venture Studios Super Cute Pets Competition.

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How will the winners be chosen?

There are two categories for regional and overall winners:

  • Category 1 - Professional. Photos taken in a Venture Studio.
  • Category 2 - Pet Owner. Photos taken by pet owners.

Regional winners

There will be a regional winner for both categories in each of our studios. This will be based on votes. Each regional winner will win a pet photography experience valued at £245.

Overall winners

From each studio, the five entries with the highest number of votes will be shortlisted for the Super Cute Pet final. The two overall Super Cute Pet winners - one for each of the Professional and Pet Owner categories - will then be chosen by a judging panel.

The judging panel will base their decision on the photographic qualities and overall cuteness factor of the image, and also the words in the caption.

Each overall winner will receive £100 worth of Pets At Home vouchers (or international equivalent), a perfectly cute professional pet photography session, including a framed image from your photoshoot session valued at £550.

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So don’t delay! If you just know that you have the cutest pet ever then you need to get photographing now, and ensure that your competition entry is submitted as soon as possible. Your pet will then appear on our Super Cute Pets competition page and give you plenty of time to get those votes that you need by Sunday 7th February.

Good luck with the competition! We can’t wait to see all your cute pets, and see who will be crowned our Super Cute Pet winners.

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