The Best Photography Contests

Many of us have an outlet which allows us escape from the stresses of our everyday lives and partake in something we thoroughly love and enjoy. For some, this may be something as simple as reading a book or walking their dog, but for others, they use this spare time as a time to express themselves and get creative. Many of us own a camera of some sorts, and will often carry this with us during social events as a means to capture some memories in the form of an image. In some cases, we may not be too fussed with how we look in the image and the way in the composition has been captured. That is unless you are passionate about photography. Photography has quickly become a popular pastime with many people, and with new models of digital cameras on the market at the moment, it really couldn’t be easier to take a decent photograph and use computer software to tweak certain aspects of the image to make an impressive piece. However, in a lot of cases, great photography comes from some sort of training-whether it is from higher education or teaching yourself, but the more you practice and try new things, the better your photography will become.

If you’re serious about photography, one of the best ways in which you can get your work viewed by many, and possibly turn it into a career is through entering a photography contest. There are a wide range of photography contests which can be found both on the internet and through reading photography publications. Some are designed as a means to seek out fresh, new talent, and also as a way for many aspiring photographers to win some cash for their efforts. If you are looking to enter a contest, you firstly should research into the different photography contests which are out there and which ones are best sited for your level of expertise, whether you are a beginner to the art or a keen photographer who has practiced the craft for a number of years. The next thing you should look into is what type of photography contest it is-some are specialist contests focusing more on work which is based around wildlife and nature, others may be looking for something much broader.

One of the best resources for photography contests is This provides you with all of the main, official contests which occur throughout the year with details on how long the competition has been open for, what the deadline for entries is and also the categories that the competition is focusing on. This allows you to easily find the contests which are relevant you and the work you produce, as well as giving you the great knowledge that you are entering a legitimate competition which you will gain exceptional acknowledgment for were you to win. Alternatively, you can visit your local magazine store and ask to be shown to the arts aisle. Photography magazines are usually run by either avid photographers and/or members of a photography association, and so will be looking to put on official and recognized contests. Creative publications such as this will often put on a contest a few times a year, so there are plenty of chances to try your hand at winning a contest. If you are lucky to be shortlisted or even win, your work will also be seen by all subscribers of the magazine.

Getting your work shown to the world is often one of the hardest things you can try to do as an artist, but by taking part in a photography contest, you will have a much better chance of not only having your work viewed, but also have some feedback from outside parties. By researching into contests which are related to your subject matter, you could soon see yourself a winner of a great prize.

What is the Use of Dog Crates and Kennels?

The intense daily lifestyle lead by most of us requires that we as dog owners seek the help and assistance of dog crates and kennels to keep our precious pets away from harms way while we are working. Other uses can include securing our pet while they are competing in a contest, being hospitalized, traveling or while in a pension for training or a holiday time.

The use of dog crates and kennels is not limited to preventing our wonderful friends from getting into mischief; it can also be of valuable help when you are participating in a dog contest or show. There is no better way to calm down an anxious pup than to allow him or her to be placed in a place that is familiar to them.

In addition to these benefits, it can be a good way to help a convalescent dog be safe from other household animals while the injured pet is recuperating. Think of it as an added layer of protection during the healing process.

One of the benefits of having you own crate is that you can slowly adjust your pup to sit quietly in it without feeling punished or abandoned along with any additional dog training. Dog crates come in a wide variety of styles and materials so that your pooch will still feel pampered and you can feel less guilty.

Training your pup to accept his or her stay inside dog crates and kennels will also be beneficial if you ever need to have your dog in a pension. This type of training will also be useful if your pet is hospitalized or needs to travel.

Regardless if whether your pup is young or old, having a dog crate will require that you provide him or her with a comfortable dog bed that will allow your dog to lie comfortably while having to stay inside. Your dog crates and kennels provider can help you choose the right model.

In some instances dog crates may not not be appropriate for or may make your dog uncomfortable. If this is the case, you might want to check whether you should use a dog kennel instead.

Of course, kennels will not work in the same way as if you left your dog free to run around inside your house or the backyard, but it will certainly work if you want to prevent them from going into the street or when in a temporary location. Dogs are like small children that enjoy romping around and exploring their world, which sometimes causes them to injure themselves or get into mischief.

Pet carriers and dog kennels can provide double duty by providing safety and sometimes working as temporary dog houses. In this case you may need to add a pet bed and some of your dogs favorite dog toys.

When you need a dog house that can is mobile so that you can take your pate with you, a pet carrier can perform work beautifully. Just remember that you will usually require to place an appropriate dog bed inside the kennel. This is of the utmost importance if your cherished pet has a hip problem or other health condition. An adequate solution maybe adding orthopedic dog beds or heated dog beds that will provide comfort and soothe aching joints and bones.

There are many great dog crates and designer dog beds in the market today in addition to all the other great dog accessories available to make your dog more comfortable.

Why Commercial Dog Food Will Kill Your Dog – What You Can Do About It And How You Can Halve Vet Bill

For all you dog, cat and even ferret lovers out there (I’m a dog lover) you really need to read this. If you want your dog to have a long, happy, healthy life I’m going to tell you something that will do just that and save you a lot of money in the process, so please read on.

As a dog owner and lover I’ve always wanted the best for both my dogs. I have two dogs a Great Dane cross Bull Mastiff called Hannibal and a Boxer called Ralphie. Both my dogs had a lot of problems with commercial dog food. Ralphie constantly had diarrhea and a lot of stomach upsets and Hannibal was always sluggish and looked depressed and he was only 11 months old.

I started going on dog forums and eventually came across a diet called the BARF diet. People were raving about how much better it was for them, and also how much cheaper it is.

What is BARF?

BARF stands for Bones And Raw Food or Biologically Appropriate Raw Food, depending on which books you read. The basic principle is to feed a diet that the animals have evolved to eat, or to put it another way as nature intended.

Dogs & cats (and ferrets) survived for thousands of years without a pet food manufacturer in sight there are records of wolves living to in excess of 35 years of age! We all imagine dogs living pampered lives in modern civilized countries, but believe it or not they are also thriving in African villages, wild in Oz as Dingoes, still hunting prey in deserts, and so on and no, they don’t have yellow, filthy plaque-encrusted teeth or gingivitis.

Dogs and cats in the wild lived off whole carcasses including the internal organs, and the contents of the stomach which usually contains ground down, partially digested vegetation containing essential nutrients.

A BARF feeding diet is as close to nature as we can get with the right mix your pets will live a happier healthy life. We hope this information helps you on your way.

Why I started feeding my dog Barf

I would like to say I started feeding my dogs the BARF diet because of health reasons, which is very true, but having two big dogs or should I say one very big dog and a fairly big dog they ate so much, in the end I was paying about £80 ($158) a month feeding them commercial dog food. Now I pay between £20 and £30 ($39-$59) per month on BARF, a BIG difference!

Why I would never go back to commercial dog food

Since learning about the Barf diet and how good it is for them I was disgusted to find out how very bad commercial dog food is for a dog. I also couldn’t believe vets knowingly support these companies when they should know they are putting rubbish in their products. I mean they put diseased meat into dog food, they also put corn into dog food knowing full well that dogs find it hard to digest. They also put chemical preservatives into dog food knowing full well they can cause cancer, sweeteners which causes health problems and also food colouring that is also linked to health problems, plus so much more bad stuff. How many dogs do you hear about dying of cancer nowadays? A lot is the answer!

So lets go over that again. If you’re feeding your dog commercial dog food, there is a 99.99% chance that your dog will be eating diseased meat, corn, cancer causing chemical preservatives, sweeteners and food colouring which has been linked to bad health, no wonder dogs only live to 8-10 years of age nowadays. And vets know this, if they don’t perhaps they should consider another vocation?! Yet most vets still continue to support these companies who are only thinking about lining their greedy pockets, while you are unwittingly and slowly killing poor old Sammy or Patch!

What BARF does for your dog

Here are some pointers I have learned along the way.

o Reduced doggy odour – This is a fact for my dogs anyway. The amount of wind my dogs passed when eating dog food used to make me feel sick lol.

o Naturally cleans teeth – no need for toothbrushes, de-scaling jobs, helps prevent gum disease – This is also true, even if you don’t decide to feed your dog barf give him/her a bone a day as my dogs teeth are now whiter than mine!

o The time it takes for a dog to chew a raw meaty bones give their stomach time to get the acids moving – They also seem to exert more energy which keeps them fitter.

o Produces firmer stools with reduced quantity – This is also true. When I fed my dogs dog food, their poo was so runny there was no way I could pick it up.

o Can reduce vet bills (healthier dogs) – We’ve covered this above.

o Economical to feed in comparison to commercial dog foods – Most definitely true. A pig’s head cost me 70p that probably about $1.30 or something. (You don’t have to feed your dogs pigs head if you don’t want, lots of people wouldn’t lol)

o Mirrors what nature intended them to eat in the wild – I am a firm believer in this.

o Puppies develop at a more appropriate rate and quick growth spurts are avoided. A GOOD breeder will want to stop fast growth in any pup. – I’m not a breeder and I have to say I didn’t notice different growth rates as I started my one dog when he was 11 months on the BARF diet.

o The ripping and chewing involved in eating raw meaty bones develops the jaw, neck, and shoulder muscles of a dog – This is very true, my dogs look a lot bigger than their average size for that breed. They also have very well developed heads legs and shoulders. In fact I’ve been considering entering my Boxer (Ralphie) into a bodybuilding contest. If they’ll have him.

o Better weight control which helps to reduce the symptoms of arthritis and obesity. – I can tell you that my dogs can eat twice as much raw meat than they would dog food and yet they are slimmer than when I fed them commercial dog food, and they look like athletes compared to the other dogs in my area.

Prey Model Diet

There is another diet which I think I’m now slowly converting to and that is the prey model diet. This diet is designed to totally imitate what dogs/wolves used to eat in the wild. As dogs are carnivores and not omnivores some people suggest they do not need vegetables (the raw food bit in BARF) in their diet. Some say dogs would have eaten the stomach contents of their prey which may have meant they would eat vegetables, some say they wouldn’t have eaten the stomach contents so they would of only ate the meat. What I can say is my dogs (Hannibal & Ralphie) like their meat a lot better than their vegetables, and after seeing how strong and healthy my dogs look after eating meat I’ve slowly converted over to the Prey Model Diet.


I won’t go on again about commercial dog food as it disgusts me and I’ll only get wound up, but what I will say is this. I love my dogs very much and I could not feed my dogs commercial dog food and live with myself after knowing what I know now about it. I can honestly tell you that my dogs are so much more livelier, fitter, stronger, healthier and happier now that they eat proper meat than when they were eating that rubbish. They really get excited when it’s dinner time, and the first couple of times we (my partner and I) fed them BARF food Ralphie was jumping up to my shoulder height and Hannibal was almost to jumping up to the top of my head (Very funny to watch).

It’s very easy to feed them now, I just throw them down some meat out my back garden leave them for an hour, if it’s all gone then great if they’ve had enough then I pick it up, put it in a cooler box and give it to them later (they get fed twice a day). It’s quicker than giving them tinned food.

I hope this article will have made some of you think and hopefully convert you to feeding your dog either the BARF or Prey Model Diet. Remember a happy dog is a healthy dog, and who wants to see their dog die of some horrible disease and have to pay for all the vets bills when a simple diet change can save you money and most of all save your dogs life!!

If you would like to learn more of the full horrid details of commercial dog food, the diets you can give your dog that will increase his or her life, and keep your pet fit and healthy then please continue to the report entitled Pet Health Report below.

Dog Fashion Shows Are A Hit Around The Globe

The last few months have seen the unveiling of new Spring and Summer collections at pet couture shows in cities across the globe. Getting things rolling at the top end of the market was the famous Harrods Department Store in London which held its fifth annual Pet-à-Porter dog fashion show in November. The theme of the show was ‘Diamond Dogs’ and one of the highlights was a spectacular Stephen Webster diamond and precious jewel dog collar worth over half a million pounds. Other designs incorporated pearls, sapphires, and rubies. Hundreds of people turned out to sip champagne and nibble on canapés at Harrods while watching the well behaved dog models (and their human companions) strut down the runway wearing outfits by top designers including Ben de Lisi and Vivienne Westwood. After two hours of dazzling dog fashion, guests left with an exclusive doggy bag full of treats for those furry friends who couldn’t attend the show.

Tokyo is another up-and-coming centre of dog fashion where canine couture is particularly popular. Walking through the city’s parks you will rarely see a dog that isn’t dressed to the nines and perfectly accessorized, and some Tokyo owners are known to have several dozen different outfits for their dogs. Tokyo also hosted Japan’s first New Year Dog Party in January. The event featured activities such as dog yoga, photo sessions, gourmet dog food bars, and fashion shows with human and dog models strutting down the runway in matching outfits by top international designers. Highlights of the show included a $20,000 diamond-encrusted leather doggie jacket modelled by a dachshund and a gold and silver coloured jacket with Swarovski crystals for $5,000. Other canine uber-models included shih-tzus in biker jackets, poodles in polka dot dresses, bull dogs in sailor suits, a poodle dressed as Audrey Hepburn, greyhounds in rasta hats, a maltese in a denim body suit and yellow boots, and even a dog in a neon green wig. The two day event attracted crowds of up to 20,000 people who enjoyed themselves almost as much as all the dogs who welcomed the chance to socialise, enjoy the aromatherapy spas, sniff, do a little yoga, perhaps compete in a speed-eating contest, and of course – show off their latest outfit.

New York is naturally at the forefront of dog fashion and it is the site of Pet Fashion Week New York, an annual event since 2006. In addition to the runway shows, this event features a lifestyle tradeshow, a black tie fundraiser for charity, and awards ceremonies. The show is held in August and last summer some of the most outrageous fashions were provided by Isle of Dogs whose canine and human models ranged from visions of post-apocalyptic, metallic silver and purple robots to a pink chiffon Mary Poppins accompanied by a teacup poodle with pink highlights and a sparkling princess crown. Other designers showcased leopard print and denim combinations, ruffled dresses and even a yorkie wearing a white angel outfit with feathers and wings.

So – what fashion trends emerged from these shows? Well here’s a rundown of what’s in for pet couture this Spring.

Pink is as hot as ever this Spring season but with a new twist of pretty floral patterns, ruffles, lace and appliqué detail, polka dots, metallic fabrics and accessories. For a fresh Spring look and feel, soft sheer fabrics combined with cotton and linen will feature and yellow will be popular alongside contrasting black and white, colours that suit dogs of all shapes and sizes. Shades of green will also be popular as the more environmentally friendly hemp will be making an impact amongst more eco-conscious owners in the coming months.

White will also feature strongly this Spring/Summer season for both boy and girl dogs with smocking and puff sleeve detail making an appearance as well. Making a comeback this season are soft cosy pajamas, and they’re not just for casual home wear – pet parents wearing matching pj’s are predicted to be a new street-wear trend combining style with comfort. For cooler days, stylish warmth will be provided by cotton hoodies, soft knit jumpers and ponchos in pastel shades of pink and green.

Dog Tee’s with slogans are always popular. This Spring, Tee’s with leopard trim are predicted to be a big hit along with Tee’s with chiffon trim for girls and skull and heart designs for boys. And finally, pet parents of big dogs will be finding it easier to dress their dogs in the latest funky trends this year as more and more pet fashion designers are including big dog sizes in their lines.