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We're looking for a picture-perfect pooch

Does your four-legged friend have what it takes to be the face of Paws in the Park?

Paws in the Park, in aid of St Nicholas Hospice Care, will take place at Nowton Park, in Bury St Edmunds, on Sunday 19 May, featuring a host of activities and attractions perfect for dogs and their owners.

Now, with the help of the Bury Free Press, we have launched a competition to find a picture-perfect dog to star on all the posters, banners, programmes and marketing materials for the event.

How the competition works

Simply fill in the form below, it is free to enter.

An album of entries will be posted on the Paws in the Park Facebook page and a selection of entries will be published in the Bury Free Press. Viewers are encouraged to ‘like’ their favourites on Facebook as the judges will consider the popular vote.

The closing date to enter your pooch is Friday 1 March. After the closing date, all photographs will be judged by a panel to find the ten cutest canines. The ten finalists will then be published in the paper for readers to pick a winner. 

We will be letting the winner know by Wednesday 13 March and we will announce the winner in the Bury Free Press on Friday 22 March.

Entrants (human and canine) must also be able to attend a Paws in the Park photo-call on either Thursday 14 March or Monday 18 March at the Hospice in Bury St Edmunds.

The prize

The winning dog will not only appear on all marketing materials for Paws in the Park, but its owner will win a 10 x 8 inch professional portrait of their dog and a family ticket (up to two adults and three children) for the event.

Enter the poster pooch competition online

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  • Competition rules

    The competition closing date is Friday 1 March.

    The top ten dogs with the most Facebook Likes will be automatically entered into the second round of judging.

    The dogs that are not part of the top ten Facebook Likes will still have a chance of winning, as they will be placed in the first round of judging.

    Postal entries will stand the same chance as online entries.

    Postal entries will be need to reach the Hospice by the closing date of Friday 1 March.

    All entries (photos) will be uploaded on to Facebook within three working days of receipt.

    Please ensure all photographs clearly show the dog’s face and a name is provided for each dog.

    If a person features in a photograph, they must have consented to their image being shared.

    The top ten finalists will appear in the Bury Free Press on Friday 8 March. Readers will have a chance to choose a winner. In the event of a tie-break, the St Nicholas Hospice Care Paws in the Park team will make the final decision.

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Thank you to our competition supporters

With thanks to event co-organisers Swayne & Partners and the Bury Free Press for their support.


Meet last year's winner, Louie

Last year's competition judges were faced with a tough decision

Behind the scenes at last year’s poster pooch photoshoot with winner Louie.

“This was the first time we had entered Louie into the competition. We have been to the event before, but my friend told me about it and said she thought he could be in with a chance. I was so excited when I got the call to say he had won. We all think he is very handsome, and other people have said it too, but it was so nice to hear he had been chosen.” 

– Amy Brett, the owner of last year’s winning poster dog, Louie.