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Harri Tarvainen


Who can participate in the contest?

The competition is open to photographers worldwide, both amateurs and professionals over the age of 18, other than affiliates, employees, or family members of Dog Photography Awards or any Competition Jury member.

How can I enter the competition?

To enter, simply visit our website during the submission period and follow the instructions for uploading your photographs. Make sure to select the appropriate category for each photo and provide accurate information.

Image submission:

Can I submit images that feature other animals in addition to dogs?

While dogs should be the primary focus, images that include other animals are acceptable as long as the main subject is clearly a dog.

Can I submit photos that have been edited or retouched?

Yes, edited and retouched photos are allowed. However, make sure that you are the owner of all parts of your image in the case of composites.

Can I submit a photograph that has won an award, or has been entered in a previous DPA competition, or in another competition?

Images that have won prizes in other competitions or that have been submitted to other competitions currently underway are eligible.

Is there a time limit on when the photograph was taken?

There are no restrictions on the date of a photograph.

What are the technical requirements for submitted photos?

All photographs should be submitted as JPEG files with an optimized resolution, in the sRGB color space, with a minimum of 2000 pixels on the longest side.

Please do not use symbols or spaces in the file name.

Can I submit photos taken on a smartphone?

Yes, images taken with any type of camera, including smartphones, are accepted as long as they meet the resolution and format requirements.

Is there a limit to the number of entries I can submit?

No. You can submit as many images as you like in each category.

Can I submit the same photo to multiple categories?

No, it’s not allowed to submit the same photo in different categories.

How will I know if my submission is complete?

You should receive a confirmation email shortly after submitting and paying for your entry. If you do not receive an email, please verify that your email address is correct in our records by logging into the participants portal and selecting « Profile ». If you still do not receive an email, log into the Member Section and click on “My Submissions” to check your submission status and make any necessary payments for unpaid entries.

Can I make changes to my entry after I have paid?

No, once payment is made, entries cannot be changed. Please review your work carefully before finalizing payment.

How should I submit my photographs for the competition?

First, complete the online submission form by providing the necessary details about your entry, including the credit name, entry title, description, and the category for submission. On this same page, you can also upload your digital image with the appropriate specifications.


How can I pay for the photographs that I submit?

You may pay for your entry after you submit your photographs by credit card.

Are all the fees on your website in EUR?

Yes, we currently accept only EUR currency.

What are my submission fees used for?

Proceeds from the entry fees for the International Dog Photography Awards goas toward winners promotion, systems and investments that the competition requires.

Use of images:

Do I retain the copyright to my images?

Yes, you retain full copyright to your images. Your images will only be used for promoting the International Dog Photography Awards competition.

Will I be compensated for the use of my images?

There is no monetary compensation for the use of your image. However, if your image is to be used for any purpose beyond promoting the competition, you will be contacted and given the option to decline its use.

Judging process:

How are images evaluated for the competition?

The official judging process of the DPA competition extends over several weeks and is overseen by our esteemed panel of judges, comprising experts from diverse corners of the globe. After careful deliberation, scores are aggregated, and winners are determined through the collective votes of the jury. To uphold the integrity of the voting process, the identities of all photographers remain undisclosed to the jury, ensuring impartiality and fairness.

Winners Announcement:

How are the Winners notified?

Upon the completion of the Jury selection process, all winning images will be prominently featured on the IPA website. Additionally, notification emails will be dispatched to the photographers who have earned a prize, ensuring timely recognition of their achievements.

How do I know if I’ve won an award?

You can reliably check whether you’ve received any awards by accessing your member profile. Simply log in and navigate to the « My Submissions » tab, where you can view your winning entries to stay informed of your achievements.


What prizes do the winners receive?

All 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners, as well as Honorable Mentions in each category, are presented with a Winner Certificate along with a Winner Seal/Logo. These exclusive winner assets are conveniently accessible for download via the portal.

How prizes are delivered?

Following the announcement of contest winners, our team will contact entrants who have won a cash prize using their email address to facilitate payment arrangements.