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Second annual Cutest Pets Photo Contest

Share the cutest photo(s) of your pet with us for a chance to get your furry friend’s photo in Down East magazine and support P.A.W.S. Animal Adoption Center at the same time!


First Place:  Submission printed on a full page of the April issue.
Second and Third Place: Submission printed on a half page of the April issue.

All winners also receive:

  • A matted print of your photo
  • $50 Down East gift certificate – redeemable for identified products
  • Announcements on our social media outlets and newsletters
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of net proceeds will be donated to P.A.W.S. Animal Adoption Center


1st Place


Age: 2 years

From: Princeton, NJ and Lincolnville Beach, ME

Gus is a 2-year-old Airedale terrier that splits his time between New Jersey and Maine. Gus is the younger brother of Hunting Henry, a popular Airedale on Facebook and Instagram. He loves Maine, especially Lincolnville Beach, where he gets to chase the seagulls and watch the lobster fishermen and the Margaret Chase Smith ferry. Gus is also very fond of the Camden Dog Park, and would be thrilled if his prize money could be donated to P.A.W.S. Thank you so much for this great, fun honor!

2nd Place

Tiger Lily

Age: Approximately 3 Years

From: Maine

Tiger Lily was found wandering the streets of mid-Maine by a good Samaritan. She was taken to a nearby animal shelter. Too sick to adopt out, PapAdopters Papillon rescue was contacted and she was taken to an emergency vet. She nearly died. After having a complicated life- saving surgery for a large liver shunt, she began to thrive. Her PapAdopters volunteer adopted her. She was so sweet natured and affectionate to everyone, we had her tested and certified by Alliance of Therapy Dogs to do nursing home and hospital visits. Tiger Lily is a natural, and happy to pay it forward. She brings joy wherever she goes!

3rd Place


Age: 8 months

From: Honeoye Falls, NY

Reny is an 8-month-old Goldendoodle from Honeoye Falls, New York (a suburb of Rochester). His family has a cottage in New Harbor, and the contest photo was taken during a beach walk on Johns Bay. Reny’s first summer was all about new Maine experiences, and his favorites were climbing rocks near Pemaquid Beach, going crabbing at Back Cove, and kayaking in Pemaquid Harbor. He is named after Renys, the iconic Maine department store, and truly fits their slogan of “A Maine Adventure”!

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Below are our rules and guidelines for the Down East Cutest Pets Photo Contest:

  • HOW TO ENTER: Enter photos and the name of your pet(s), which will be judged by our readers. Winners chosen will receive a full page in Down East and a highlight on Each submission is $10 per entry. Deadline is January 22, 2020. You agree to indemnify and hold harmless Down East Enterprise Inc., its agents and employees, contest judges, and contest sponsors from any claim or proceeding resulting from your entry. Generally, entry order is determined by successful, valid entry/submission as directed in the respective contest and is subject to Down East review and approval. Down East reserves the right to determine valid entries. Entry deadline is noted in the respective contest. Entrants represent and warrant that their Submission has not been copied from others, and it does not violate the rights of any other person or entity.
  • All entry materials become the property of Down East Inc. and will not be acknowledged or returned. The copyright in any Submission shall remain the property of the entrant, but, in exchange for the possibility of publication of the Submission in Down East, entry in this Contest constitutes entrant’s irrevocable, perpetual permission and consent to Down East Inc. and others authorized by Down East Inc., without compensation or attribution, (i) to use, reproduce, print, publish, transmit, communicate to the public, distribute, sell, perform, adapt, enhance, or display the Submission and the entrant’s name and city and state for editorial, advertising, commercial, and publicity purposes, in any and all media now in existence or hereinafter created, throughout the world; (ii) to do (or omit to do) any acts in respect of the Submission which may otherwise constitute an infringement of the entrant’s moral rights; and (iii) to edit, adapt, and modify the Submission. Except to the extent prohibited by law, Sponsor excludes from these official rules all conditions, warranties, and terms implied by statute, general law, or custom. Each entrant releases and discharges the Down East Inc., the judges, sponsors, any party associated with the development or administration of the Contest, their employees, agents, or representatives, or any of their parents, subsidiaries, or affiliates from any and all liability in connection with the Contest, including, without limitation, legal claims, costs, losses or damages, demand, or actions of any kind.
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  • ELIGIBILITY: Contest open to individuals 18 years of age or older as of November 2019, and US residents excluding residents of jurisdictions where restricted or prohibited by law. Employees of Down East, its respective affiliates, subsidiaries, dealers or retailers, advertising, production and promotion agencies, the independent judging organization, and the immediate families and/or members of the same household of each are not eligible. Contest void wherever prohibited or restricted by law. All federal, state, and local laws and regulations apply.
  • RIGHTS: By accepting prize, winner agrees to release Down East Inc., its directors, employees, officers, and agents, judges, and sponsors, including without limitation, its advertising and promotion agencies from any and all liability, loss or damages arising from or in connection with the awarding, receipt, and/or use or misuse of prize or participation in any prize-related activities.
  • PRIZE: Acceptance of prize constitutes permission (except where prohibited) to use winner’s name, hometown, and likeness for purposes of advertising, promotion, and publicity without additional compensation.
  • WINNER SELECTION: Decisions are final and binding on all matters relating to this contest. The prize is guaranteed to be awarded, assuming sufficient number of entries. Winner will be notified by e-mail at the e-mail address with which they entered the Contest. If any prize notification letter, e-mail notification, message, or any prize is returned as undeliverable, and there is ample time to select and clear an alternate winner, the prize will be awarded to an alternate winner. Generally, winners will be notified by email. Winners may be required to provide name, address, email address, phone number, and other information in order to fulfill the award.
  • MISCELLANEOUS: Down East Inc., sponsors and judges are not responsible for late, lost, stolen, damaged, garbled, incomplete, or misdirected entries or communications; for errors, omissions, interruptions, deletions, defects, or delays in operations or transmission of information, in each case whether arising by way of technical or other failures or malfunctions of computer hardware, software, communications devices, or transmission lines or data corruption, theft, destruction, unauthorized access to or alteration of entry materials, loss or otherwise. Sponsor disclaims any liability for damage to any computer system resulting from participation in, or accessing or downloading information in connection with, this Contest, and reserves the right, at its sole discretion, to modify, cancel, terminate or suspend this Contest should any virus, bug, technical failures, unauthorized human intervention or other causes beyond Sponsor’s control corrupt or affect the administration, security, fairness or proper conduct of the Contest. In the event of such cancellation, termination or suspension, a notice will be posted. Sponsor reserves the right, at its sole discretion, modify or cancel this contest at anytime and to disqualify any entrant if his or her participation affects the integrity of the Contest.
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