Roanoke's Top Dogs 2021 Photo Contest

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Think you’ve got the cutest four-legged friend? Prove it in The Roanoker’s second annual Top Dog Photo Contest! Your canine companion could be featured in our upcoming March/April issue and you could even win a professional photo shoot! 

All sizes, breeds and ages are encouraged. We are also collecting donations to benefit the Roanoke Valley SPCA. Please see the entry form and full rules below for more information regarding donation perks, including how you can get a free 1-year subscription to The Roanoker magazine and even a mock cover featuring your dog!

Thank you, and good luck!

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Top Dogs Mock Cover 2021

GRAND PRIZE: The winning dog will be professionally photographed and appear with a full-page photo and bio in the March/April 2021 issue of The Roanoker Magazine.

  • All applicants who donate $50 or more will receive a JPEG image of a mock Top Dog cover of The Roanoker Magazine with their dog’s name and image. The cover will be a replica of a Roanoker Magazine cover including the submitted dog’s photo displayed underneath the Roanoker Magazine logo, similar to the one shown above.
  • All applicants who donate $25 or more will receive a complimentary one-year subscription to The Roanoker Magazine valued at $14.95. (If you are already a subscriber, your subscription will renew at the term of one year at the end of your current subscription.) Subscription includes 6 issues of The Roanoker Magazine. Complimentary print subscription to The Roanoker Magazine for participants residing in the continental United States only.
  • Applicants must be residents of the Roanoke metro region.
  • No humans or multiple dogs in the photo.
  • One entry per living dog; one living dog per photo. 
  • All contestants will be featured in The Roanoker Magazine’s Top Dog photo gallery on the contest webpage.
  • Deadline to enter The Roanoker’s Top Dog Photo Contest is January 10, 2021, at 11:59 p.m. Online voting will run January 12-24, 2021. The Top Dog photo entries will be voted on by the public during the voting period and a winner will be chosen from the popular vote.
  • The Roanoker Magazine will combine all submitted donations to benefit the nonprofit Roanoke Valley SPCA.


We are looking for a great shot of your dog. Whether sitting pretty or playing hard, we want to see your Top Dog submission.

  • No purchase necessary to enter or win. A donation will not increase your chances of winning.
  • Photo entries must be no smaller than 1575 pixels x 2100 pixels, in RGB, .jpg, or .jpeg format. Photos must be high resolution for printing purposes. If you are taking photos with your phone, please be sure to capture your image at the highest possible setting in order to meet resolution criteria.
  • People are NOT allowed in photos.
  • Multiple animals are not allowed in one photo.
  • Only digital photos are allowed. Please do not send prints.  
  • We cannot accept photos with digital overlays, photo stickers, doodles or any digital effects. Copyrighted photos may only be included with the written permission of the copyright holder.
  • Once entered, photo submissions become the property of The Roanoker Magazine, and you transfer all copyrights in and to such submissions to The Roanoker Magazine, to be used at its discretion for print and marketing purposes.
  • The Roanoker Magazine and its employees and affiliates are not responsible for any injury, damage, or other loss associated with entry or participation in this contest and Participant assumes all such risk for entry and participation.
  • Contest void where prohibited or restricted by law.
  • The submission period begins on December 17, 2020, and ends January 10, 2021, at 11:59 p.m. EST.
  • The voting period runs January 12th through 24th (one vote per person per email address).
  • Winner will be contacted by email after January 24th, 2021. Winner must respond within 24 hours of being contacted. If winner does not respond within 24 hours, The Roanoker Magazine holds the right to select a runner-up.
  • Winner’s photo will be arranged with our selected photography studio.
  • Donations are optional. All donations will be given to the Roanoke Valley SPCA.

USER: By participating in this Contest and/or accepting a Prize, where permitted by law, recipient grants to authorize The Roanoker Magazine and all sponsors the right to print, publish, broadcast and use worldwide in all media without limitation at any time the recipient’s full name, portrait, picture, voice, likeness and/or biographical information for advertising, trade and promotional purposes without further payment or additional consideration, and without review, approval or notification.

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