Are you one of the many Southern Californians who took their pets on vacation this summer? Did your favorite fur ball prefer hiking, boating or some other pursuit? If so, send AAA their fun in your best photograph by Nov. 30 for a chance to show off your pet in a big way.
For the ninth year, the AAA PetBook Photo Contest is sponsored by Best Western, which has more than 1,600 pet-friendly hotels worldwide. Photos are judged on the ability to convey the joys of traveling safely with pets, along with artistic qualities. “Happy pets that are out and about at scenic locations make excellent photographs and cherished memories,” said the Automobile Club of Southern California BookStore Administrator Derek Davis. “The challenge is to combine joy, safety and travel in one clear image.”
When snapping photos or choosing one to enter, contest participants can improve their results by running through a quick checklist:
- Be sure to photograph pets from the front to show their personality and emotions.
- Show your pet in a scenic travel setting – not in the backyard.
- Ensure they’re wearing appropriate harnesses or safety vests for the situation.
- Look for an angle that separates your pet’s coloring from the background. No white fur pets in snow or tan-colored pets on sand.
- Make sure the lighting and resolution are strong enough to show details.
Tips, contest rules and entry forms are provided at http://www.aaa.com/petbook/photo_contest.html
First- and second-place contest winners grace the back cover and spine of Traveling With Your Pet: The AAA PetBook®. Winner and finalists are showcased on the AAA.com/PetBook photo gallery — a virtual brag book for proud pet parents. Additional prizes include pet treats, multiple copies of the book and, for the first-place winner, a $300 Best Western Travel Card. The second place winner receives $150 cash.
For everyone who travels with pets throughout the U.S. and Canada, The AAA PetBook is a must-have resource. The annually updated guide provides detailed listings — including pet policies, amenities and fees —for more than 13,000 AAA Approved and Diamond Rated hotels, plus more than 800 pet-friendly campgrounds. Listings also include nearly 1,000 AAA Approved and Diamond Rated restaurants that welcome pets in outside dining areas. For recreation planning, the book lists national public lands and attractions that allow pets and dog parks in popular travel destinations. Tips for first-time and seasoned pet travelers address packing suggestions, pet etiquette, border crossing and emergency vet clinics.
Where to fetch a copy of Traveling with Your Pet: The AAA PetBook? Copies can be found at AAA and CAA branches at the member price of $14.95 and the public can also find it at bookstores and online for $18.95.