FAQ Page

To reach our customer service, please email contests@washingtonian.com

What formats of photo are accepted?
You can submit JPEGs or PNGs under 5MB.

Can I submit more than one dog in one photo/submission?
Unfortunately, only one dog per submission! You can submit multiple images of your dog(s) in the contest, but each image must be a separate submission (and will count separately in the voting). *Please note that we do not accept a collage of photos of your pet as the entry. All images submitted with multiple dogs or as a collage in one image will be disqualified from the voting.

I noticed an error: How can I edit my image/description that I submitted?
You can edit your entry description and image before voting begins by going to the "My Entries" tab and logging in with your email. All images that you submit by the time voting begins are final. Once voting begins, you cannot make any edits.

Can I submit an entry after the submission period?
Unfortunately, no entries are permitted after the submissions deadline has passed. Make sure to follow us on social media for other contests, as we run several per year! You can find us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and TikTok.

During the voting period, how many times can I vote?
You can vote for ten contestants; however, it can only be one vote per contestant. You cannot go back and “re-vote” for the same contestant the next day.

What is a contest beneficiary?
Washingtonian partners with a local non-profit on each photo contest. A portion of the entry fee you pay gets donated to this organization.

What is included with your submission fee?
A digital faux cover personalized to showcase your submitted image and dog’s name. A non-profit donation to the aforementioned contest beneficiary and an annual subscription to Washingtonian is also included with every submission. If you are already a subscriber, your subscription will be extended for an additional year.

What is a faux cover?
A faux cover is designed to look like a Washingtonian magazine cover, but is not real (and won’t actually get published). The file is a fun keepsake for you to post, print or distribute as you best see fit.

When will I receive my faux cover?
Within a month after the winners announcement. We create faux covers by hand, so we appreciate your patience as this usually takes a few weeks from the contest end date to complete.