Monday, June 25, 2012

Announcing Garth Riley's FIRST EVER Silly Photo Contest

I LOVE contests!  And I LOVE to make people smile.  So I have decided to host a contest which will make people smile -- perhaps even laugh.  Plus I have a strong interest in promoting silliness in general because I believe it has a positive effect on the humans around us.

Just find your silliest photo, pick your category, and send it to me per the instructions below.  I will include all the entry photos in posts about the contest, our esteemed panel of judges will select the winners, and I will write a post about the winners with the winning photos.

There will be PRIZES -- of course there will be PRIZES!!!  See below for details.

1. Contest is open to all nonhuman creatures, even cats (big of me, don't you think?).  Humans may be in the photo, but the main subject of the photo must be a creature.
2. You don't have to have a blog to enter, but if you have a blog, I'll post a link to your blog with your photo. (I think this is a great opportunity to learn about new blogs!)
3. By sending me your photo, you are giving me permission to post it in my blog posts about the contest.  I will be posting all photos entered, to share the silliness with my readers and hopefully make them smile and laugh.  If you want me to include a photo credit, please indicate that in your entry email.
4. Only one entry per creature.  If you have more than one creature in your household, each can have his or her own entry or you can have a group entry.
5. Winners will be selected by our esteemed panel of judges from all photos received before the deadline.  The decision of the judges will be final.
6. The contest begins RIGHT NOW and will run until midnight Eastern Standard Time on July 6.  Winners will be announced on July 14. Winners will be asked to provide a shipping address for their prize.
7. Contest organizer reserves the right to extend the contest if necessary to increase the number of entries.
8. Prizes are small in order to reduce shipping costs.  Contest organizer reserves the right to substitute a donation to the rescue or animal welfare organization of the winner's choice if winner is outside of U.S. and the cost of shipping the prize is prohibitively expensive. 
9. Contest organizer reserves the right to substitute prizes where appropriate and possible.  For example, a more appropriate prize may be substituted for a dog-oriented prize, where possible, in the event winner is some other type of creature.
10. Contest organizer reserves the right to add additional prizes and categories if he is so inclined.
11. Since many of the prizes will be handmade and customized by my talented staff, prizes may take 2-4 weeks for shipping.
12. Please follow my blog!  (This isn't a requirement for entry, but if you follow me, you can easily keep up to date with this contest and hear about my future contests).
13. Bribery of contest organizer is strictly prohibited.  (So if you want to give me presents, we can't let my mom find out.)  (Just kidding, no presents allowed.)

To enter:
Send your silly photo to me by email at garth DOT riley AT rocketmail DOT com with "Silly Photo Contest" in the subject line.  I will be posting all entries on my blog in a series of posts. If you have a blog and you would like me to include a link to your blog, please include that in your email.  Please also indicate which category you wish to enter and include your name (or names), type of creature(s) or breed(s), gender, age, where you live (city, state, country), your human's name, and your email address.

If you'd like to help spread the word about the contest and show your support and participation, please add the contest badge to your blog (pick one) and link it back to this page (

(Buttons created by Zoolatry.  Aren't they awesome?)

Categories and Prizes:

In addition to the prizes listed below, all winners will receive a handmade polymer clay trophy ornament, suitable for hanging in your trophy case, from your windshield, on your Christmas tree, or basically anywhere you can hang something.

Trophies are currently in production.
They will look something like this.
First Place Trophy

Other prizes are in production as well.  

Handmade photo frames will look something like these (these are still being assembled):

(With your photo of course!)

Handmade photo frame ornaments:

(With your photo.  Photos of me and Willow are just
for illustration purposes.  And so you can admire us.)

Handmade bone or paw print ornament will be personalized:

(Mom made these for Hero and his kitty brothers
as a moving away present.)


Pure Silliness
This category is for regular photos -- photos that haven't been photoshopped, no captions have been added, and no cute little things have been added from an app like “IHatMe”.  Cropping and use of Instagram or other filters is allowed, just no added images or captions.

1st place - handmade photo frame
2nd place - handmade photo frame ornament
3rd place - handmade ornament

Pure silliness

Technologically-Enhanced Silliness
In this category, anything goes!  You can use Photoshop or any app you want to add or distort images.  (My favorite app is called “IArrPirate”.) You can add captions to your heart's content.

1st place - handmade photo frame
2nd place - handmade photo frame ornament
3rd place - handmade ornament
Most creative use of app - handmade photo frame ornament

Technologically-Enhanced Silliness using
my favorite app - "IArrPirate"

Local Silliness
This category is for locals only, defined roughly as the metro Richmond, Virginia area (Richmond, Hanover, Henrico, Chesterfield, Goochland, New Kent).  (I want my local non-blogger friends to have a fighting chance to win something too!)  These may be purely silly photos or technologically enhanced photos.

1st place - handmade photo frame
2nd place - handmade photo frame ornament
3rd place - handmade ornament

Grand Prize - the ABSOLUTE silliest photo in ALL categories

Handmade photo frame + goodie bag

LOL Award - awarded to photos that make the judges laugh out loud
Handmade dog bone or paw print ornament

Art by Zoolatry


  1. Wow! Super fun contest ... Garth, you "done dog gone good" and you made us smile!
    We'll definitely be entering.

  2. Looks like a fun contest. And your mom makes the prizes? She must be really talented.

  3. Hello mate! Nice to meet you. This looks like fun! Deccy x

  4. Wow, Garth, what a grreat contest! I'm going to start going through all mine and Cinderella's pics tonight to pick out our silliest one ever! We may be posing for a few new ones tonight. :D I'll be sure to share your contest with my followers too!

  5. Hi.... I just signed on to follow your blog. And I'm gonna enter your photo contest too. And I'm gonna post about it on my blog. So. I think that about hooks us up for real. I love the idea of funny photos. Have a great day.

    pawhugs, Max

  6. Oh I gots a good one! Headed to you in a minute!

  7. We think this is a great contest!!! We're going to get Mom to send our entry in asap!!

    The Florida Furkids and Lexi

  8. Hi Garth and thank you for including Felines in this most creative and fun contest. Mom and I have several photos in mind we'll decide then send you one.
    Hugs Madi

  9. While I am Most Dignified, I believe Mom will have to sort through the ZILLIONS of silly photos of Abby. I mean, that girl is Goofball personified (or dogified, if you prefer, as I do). We can't wait to enter!!! And those are COOL prizes - your Mom is Super Talented!

    *kissey face*
    -Fiona and Abby the Hippobottomus

  10. Wow we like , we will try and do an entry. Have a great day!
    Best wishes Molly

  11. Hey Garth!
    Wow, what a fun idea! I am full of silliness, so I'll be competing fur sure. I'll get your info added to the BCCalendar and following your blog too. Thanks so much for hosting!
    Grr and Woof,
    Sarge, COP

  12. Sounds like a hugely funny fun contest, Garth. We will have to see what we can come up with:)

    Woos - Phantom, Thunder, Ciara, and Lightning

  13. Hi there! Stopping by from Mango's Blog! That's so pawsome of you to hold a contest. The prizes look neat too! Your human is very creative to make those!

  14. We are NEVER silly. Ever. We're going to have to cull the archives...

    -Bart and Ruby

  15. Hi margeaux and jesse, from berner tails, we have just awarded you the “very inspiring blog” award because your blog always bringing inspiration into M’s and my life!! Thank you for all your great postings and pictures. Pick up your award – just copy the award picture and place it on the sidebar of your blog— (p.s. if you don’t want to pass it on, that’s okay we understand – we almost didn’t, but you deserve the award!)

  16. This is a funny contest friend
    Benny & Lily

  17. garth this is barktastic.... not sure i have any really funny photos like i love of yours....but count me in, will have to take a look...maybe even let M take a shot. jesse

  18. Wow this is so cool! Picking a photo and will email you soon

  19. Such a fun idea! We'll be entering for sure! Can't wait to see all the entries!

  20. I am so in on this. Will send you my photo asap!!!! Thanks for hosting this fun event.

  21. Please email me at as the email you have above isn't going through the way I am doing it???? I know just enough to get myself into trouble. I want to enter, have my photo ready to go.

  22. It's me again. Had the dad of the house help me out so ignore my plea for help.

  23. Love the idea, new to photography and look forward to entering.

  24. Madi said you were a cool dog in her last post to include us kitties in the chance to show off our funny faces. Even when dignified we have a silly side.

  25. Hiya Garth! I just found you over at Khyras Khorner! I signed up to follow you. I luvluvluv your bloggy! Will post the contest badge and rules today. This is gonna be fun!

  26. Oh WOWWEE!!!! I'm working on it!

  27. Hi Garth, I came over from Khyra's too. Great idea for a contest. I will has to have a dig around. hehe!
    ~lickies, Ludo