Pets have become such an important part of the family – they are loyal companions that are a joy to come home to.
The unconditional love that pets can provide do more than just keep you company, or give you free rein on the remote control, they can also give your health a boost.
It has been shown that pets help minimise stress, improve the health of your heart and even help children with emotional and social skills.
It’s no wonder that stars ranging from David Walliams to Holly Willoughby regularly post cute pictures on social media of their furry friends.
Celebrity’s pets have really started to hog the limelight – like when the Beckhams’ cocker spaniel Olive made the front page of Vogue. Also, Rochelle and Marvin Humes’ cockapoo Ginger has his own Instagram account with an impressive 16.3k followers.
Well, now it’s time to make your furbaby the star of the show and celebrate the special bond you have with them.
Scroll down for the entry form and full terms and conditions
The Express & Star’s Pawtrait Pets competition is inviting pet owners to submit their favourite picture of their pet to be in with a chance of walking away with up to £500 in prize money.
We want to see your best photos – or Pawtraits – of the animals that are part of your family. Whether they are cats, dogs, rabbits, gerbils or ferrets, it’s time to get out your phone and start snapping away.
The photos can be easily uploaded online and all pets are welcome – no matter how big or small.
Rob Kelly, head of circulation, said: “We all know how important our pets are to us, and this fantastic competition gives owners the chance to shine the spotlight on their furry friends.
“Our readers love to see these photos and so we will be creating a special supplement that will appear in the Express & Star on Wednesday, October 13 2021.
“We are expecting a great response from this competition and cash prizes will be up for grabs for the first, second and third-placed pets, after readers have voted for their favourite.
“So don’t miss your chance to enter your favourite photo of your pet.
“Please read the terms and conditions of the competition and ensure that the photo you send in is of good quality so it reproduces well within the supplement.
“A picture taken on your iPhone or Android should be of sufficient quality.
“Good luck with your entry and we can’t wait to see your favourite photo.”
Photos of your pets can be submitted from Monday, September 13 until 11.45pm on Sunday, September 26 2021.
All the pawtraits of your precious pets will feature in a supplement in the Express & Star on Wednesday, October 13 2021.
From there you will have the opportunity to vote for the pet that you think has the perfect portrait by sending in voting tokens, which will be printed in the Express & Star daily from Wednesday, October 13 until Saturday, November 6 2021.
The overall winner of the competition will win the coveted title of the Express & Star’s most popular Pawtrait Pet of the year – as well as £500 in prize money to either splash on their beloved companion or themselves.
So, get your cameras at the ready and start snapping!
Express & Star Pawtrait Pets 2021 Terms and Conditions
By entering this competition, the entrant agrees that they have read and understood the terms and conditions associated with “Pawtrait Pets” and agrees to have their pet’s photograph published in the Express & Star newspaper both in print and online.
Entries are invited between Monday, September 13, 2021 and the closing date of 11.45pm on Sunday, September 26 2021. Online entry only.
All entries require upload of a recent colour photograph of your pet. Only one pet can appear on each image submitted. Do not include people on the photograph only the pet you are entering. Images should ideally be in jpeg format, be at least 200 pixels per inch and should be no bigger than 2mb.
Midland News Association supports the prevention of cruelty to animals and in no way seeks to encourage readers to submit photographs or images which might endanger the wellbeing of animals and we reserve the right not to publish inappropriate pictures.
Photographs submitted to enter the competition must be a single work of original material taken by the entrant and not have been published elsewhere. Photographs must not contain obscene, provocative, defamatory, sexually explicit, or otherwise objectionable or inappropriate content. Entrants warrant that they own the copyright. Whilst copyright remains with entrants, by entering the competition, each entrant grants a worldwide licence to Midland News Association to feature any or all of the submitted photographs in any of their publications or websites connected with this competition.
By submitting a picture, the entrant warrants they are the owner of the pet with full responsibility for the animal. Pictures of wild animals will not be permitted to enter. The Editors decision is final on which pets will be accepted into the promotion.
Proof of submission is not proof of receipt.
Entries will not be accepted without full contact details.
Employees of Midland News Association their families and anyone professionally connected to the promotion are not eligible to enter or vote.
All entrants into this promotion must reside within the circulation area of the Express & Star at the time of entry into the competition. Contact the newspaper for details.
Failure of entrants to send in a suitable image or to follow any of the published rules may result in entrants’ exclusion from the competition.
Winners may be required to participate in in-paper/online publicity within any Midland News Association newspaper title.
Midland News Association reserves the right to change or withdraw this promotion at any time.
Approved photo entries will appear within the Pawtrait Pets supplement planned to be published in the Express & Star on Wednesday, October 13 2021. Supplement date may be subject to change and additional supplements may be required dependent on number of entries received. Entries may also appear online @expressandstar.com and relevant social media pages associated with the newspaper.
Each photo will appear with the pet’s name and will be allocated its own unique voting code, which will be published alongside.
Midland News Association accepts no responsibility for any error, misprint or omission in the printing of an entrant’s details/photograph. Although every effort will be made to ensure all entrants’ photographs are published and are of the highest quality, in the event of any unforeseen circumstances where they do not appear, no compensation will be offered. It should be noted that pictures re-produced on newsprint are not of the original quality. Midland News Association reserves the right to refuse to print or request a new image in the event that the image provided is not suitable or deemed inappropriate for in-paper and other media use.
No responsibility is accepted for entries which are lost, delayed or images not fully uploaded. Images submitted which are deemed to be below print quality may be excluded from the competition.
Readers will be able to vote for their favourite pet photo by using voting tokens published in the Express & Star from Wednesday, October 13, 2021 until Saturday, November 6, 2021.
Special voting tokens may be published throughout the voting period which give the readers access to multiple votes, see the Express & Star for details. Each voting coupon will be clearly marked to specify the number of votes. Dates of publication of multiple vote coupons may not be revealed in advance.
Voting coupons may not be published every day during this period. In the event a voting coupon does not appear in paper on any given date due to a misprint and has been publicised in advance or on the front page of the same newspaper, then the newspaper masthead on the front-page will be accepted as a single vote accompanied with the relevant unique voting code.
Readers of the publication may vote for their favourite pet photo using the published in-paper voting tokens as many times as they like and for as many pets as they choose, providing they are using original voting coupons as published in the Express & Star newspaper; no photocopies will be accepted.
Readers can only vote for one pet on any single voting coupon.
Voting coupons do not need to be posted individually, we welcome votes posted in batches. Voting coupons should be posted to the address published on the voting coupon.
Correct postage should be attached to any voting coupons sent via post in order to guarantee arrival before the closing date.
All votes will require readers to use the Pawtrait Pets unique voting code number attributed to each pet. Unique voting codes can be found in the published Pawtrait Pets supplement and on any accompanying website (where appropriate). Any votes received with an incorrect, missing or illegible unique voting code will not be counted.
The Express & Star accepts no responsibility for any votes that do not arrive in time, or do not arrive at all for any reason including incorrect postage and these votes will not be counted.
No responsibility is accepted for any votes which are invalid, inaccurate, damaged, lost or mislaid for whatever reason and proof of posting will not be accepted as proof of delivery.
Closing date for all votes is 5pm on Friday, November 12 2021. Any votes received after this date will not be counted.
There is no limit to the number of times an individual can vote for each pet by post using an official voting token published inside the Express & Star.
Votes will be counted and independently verified. No correspondence will be entered into. The total number of votes for each entrant will not be disclosed unless published in the newspaper.
The pet photo with the most votes will be deemed the winner and will receive £500. The runner up will receive £250 and the pet photo in third place will receive £100.
The Express & Star reserves the right to amend the prize package at any time.
In the event the winners are unable to take up the prize for any reason, the Express & Star reserves the right to offer the prize to the entrant with the next highest vote scoring.