We Have A Photo Contest Winner!

First, let me say WHAT FUN these last few months have been with SJL’s first photo contest. I loved receiving and viewing all the images of your “babies” and “best buds,” and then sharing them with y’all on “Pet Pal Fridays.”

A BIG THANKS to everyone who participated! There were some really good entries! For those who didn’t win, keep taking those great shots–and submitting them– you’ll get even better! The contest was judged by a professional photographer (read more about his comments regarding the entries below).

Now, getting down to business…drum roll please…


The winning photo (shown here) for SJL’s Pet Pal Photo Contest is of Abby, a 10-year-old Shiatsu, Maltese mix. She is an adopted rescue dog. Abby’s proud owner and winner of the Canon PowerShot 320 HS camera is Ann Hopka from Dearborn, Michigan.

“My goodness, I am delighted to have won,” says Ann. “I had actually forgotten which photo I submitted since I have a zillion shots of ‘my baby’ — she lights up my life. Thank you!”

Independent judging for SJL’s Pet Pal Contest was graciously handled by Bard Wrisley (see his impressive credentials at the end). I have worked with Bard, respect his work and his opinion, and I’m honored to be his friend. Thank you Bard!

Here’s what Bard says about his selection of the winner:

“It came down to two finalists (Abby and Dakota) and here is why.  Both are very appealing for the simplicity of background and the intimacy with the animal.  This is not easily achieved as dogs and cats tend to not like cameras stuck in their face without moving or wanting to smell the lens,” says Bard.

“With that said, I selected Abby for the top spot. It’s a great shot. I chose it because of the slight angle to the composition which worked well.  I also like the fact that the lighting on her is directional which gives the photograph more dimension and depth.  And let’s face it, she is just darn cute!  Several of the other photos would have ranked higher if the photographer had just moved in closer and de-cluttered the composition. Using the rule of thirds is a great place to start when creating one’s composition or crop, and to remember that for backgrounds, simple is always best.”

Here’s a shot of runner-up, Dakota, another rescue, who resides in Atlanta with his owner, John Becker.

Again, thanks to all of you for your submissions!

So, I’m ready for another contest…Should it be another pet photo contest… or something else?  Send me an email with suggestions at Jan@shutterjoylady.com  or post comments here.

Photographer’s Background:

BardBard Wrisley, a  photographer since 1975, has photographed for major corporations all over the world. He also specializes in portraits and among his credits are photo portraits of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, the late Robert Shaw, Andrew Young, Bernie Marcus, and Hank Aaron, just to name a few.

Bard donates his time and talents to many causes such as the Upper Chattahoochee River Keeper organization, The Tibetan Children’s Village and Camp Sunshine. He is an active member of the American Society of Media Photographers Southeast Chapter, where he has served in several capacities, including chapter president. His two professional sites are:




2 Responses so far.

  1. Ann Hopka says:

    HI! The camera arrived today. Thank you very, very much. This is such a treat. I never have won anything before! It is because of my sweet girl, Abby, that I won the camera.

    Love your blog, too.
    Best Wishes,
    Ann Hopka

  2. Ann Hopka says:

    Thank you so very much for choosing my photo of Abby and also for the lovely write-up. AND for the camera. :) great fun. Love your blog.

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