Mountain Dog Photo Contest

by M John Fayhee on February 1, 2011

Editor’s note: After eyeballing more than 400 submissions to Mountain Gazette’s 4th Annual Dog Photo Contest over the course of six weeks, I made a stern vow, one that pretty much mirrors the vow I made this time last year: “NEVER AGAIN!!!” It’s just too difficult to try to pick a relative handful of shots from the mountain of wonderful material our loyal, faithful readers send us. I say this every year: We want to print every single dog shot that comes our way. But, alas, we can’t even scratch the surface. We go back and forth, sluice-boxing the photos into various sub-files, then moving them into other sub-files, until we totally lose control of whatever semblance of organization we were aiming for. Then we start over. Then we say the hell with it and pop a beer. (There are, of course, worse jobs!)

Like 2010, we ended up changing the rules midstream. Last year, after asking readers to send in shots in very specific categories, we ended up dunking those categories and making up a whole new set on the fly, categories that fit the photos rather than vice-versa. Thus, we ended up with categories like “tongues” and “sticks.” This year, we opted to dunk the whole notion of categories and simply pick a variety of photos that covered a wide stylistic spectrum: scenics, portraits, action and dogs having wild sex. (I just made that last one up.) Understanding all that, we still pulled some sorta categories our of our asses so we could give out some prizes. Winners have a “Best In” logo above them, with prizes won listed under the winning photos.

Unlike last year, when the judging onus fell entirely to me, I asked our art director, Keith Svihovec, to help pick the final selections. And, like last year, we ask those whose photos did not make it into print to understand that such exclusions were unavoidable. We’ll try to get as many of the submissions on our website as possible.

Thanks to Granite Gear for sponsoring Mountain Gazette’s 4th Annual Dog Photo Contest, and thanks a million times over to everyone who took the time to share their images of man’s best friend with us. Though, as I said earlier, it’s mentally taxing, every time a new dog photo con-test submission enters my inbox, it brightens the day of both me and my spouse. Editorially, it’s the highlight of the year.

We hope you enjoy eyeballing these photos as much as we did. — MJF


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Steve February 15, 2011 at 2:37 am

Amazing photos!
I’d like to remember Rex. An amazing Border Collie who was loved by many people. He lived in Palm Springs, Lake Tahoe, Idaho and Hawaii. What a good boy… Man we love our dogs.

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Marcie February 16, 2011 at 12:47 am

huMAN’S best friend….for sure. They are always there for you, always want to go and will do whatever you want…whenever you want to do it. Need I say anything more?

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Dave Baldridge March 18, 2011 at 1:16 am

Cheers and best wishes, Rex and Steve

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Bob March 29, 2011 at 7:30 pm

Rarely does a photo capture the human qualities we all see at times in the dogs we get to know, but one of these rose to the occasion of a portrait, the one from gracie.peekaboo wearing a pack in a slickrock canyon. Nice job.

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K. H. Johnson May 30, 2012 at 3:17 pm

I enjoy your magazine very much. Living in Michigan, I get my Mountain fix from it often.

Thank you.

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