Top Dog RVA

Top Dog RVA 2019

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The Top Dog RVA photo contest, a first for Richmond magazine and in celebration of its 40th year, seeks to showcase the most photogenic dogs in the Richmond region — regardless of size, breed or age.

View the 2019 entries below.

Top Dog 2019 entries

GRAND PRIZE: The winning dog will be professionally photographed and appear with a full-page photo and bio in the May 2019 issue of Richmond magazine, which will feature its first Pet Guide.

  • All applicants will receive a mock Top Dog RVA cover of Richmond magazine with their dog’s name and image. The cover will be a replica of a Richmond magazine cover including the submitted dog’s photo displayed underneath the Richmond magazine logo.
  • Applicants must be residents of the Richmond metro region.
  • No humans or multiple dogs in the photo.
  • One entry per living dog; one living dog per photo. 
  • All contestants will be featured in Richmond magazine’s Top Dog RVA photo gallery on the contest page.
  • Deadline to enter the Top Dog RVA Photo Contest is March 24, 2019, at 11:59 p.m. Online voting will run March 26-April 7, 2019. The Top Dog RVA photo entries will be voted on by the public during the voting period. A winner will be chosen from the popular vote.
  • All applicants will receive a complimentary one-year subscription to Richmond magazine valued at $19. (If you are already a subscriber, your subscription will renew at the term of one year at the end of your current subscription.) Subscription includes 12 issues of Richmond magazine, six issues of R-Home, two issues of RVA Traveler, Dine and Richmond Bride (total of 24 issues). Complimentary print subscription to Richmond magazine for participants residing in the continental United States only.
  • The fee for each entry is $35. Richmond magazine will donate $5 from each entry to benefit the nonprofit Pet Partners of Richmond, which supports local therapy animal teams.


We are looking for striking images of your dog. Show us how majestic your dog can be! We want to see the best capture of your dog in a photograph.

  • Photo entries must be no smaller than 1575 pixels x 2100 pixels, in RGB, .jpg, or .jpeg format. Photos must be high resolution for printing purposes. If you are taking photos with your phone, please be sure to capture your image at the highest possible setting in order to meet resolution criteria.
  • People are NOT allowed in photos. Multiple animals are not allowed in one photo.
  • We strongly recommend that all photo submissions are digital, as printed photos and Polaroids are unlikely to be of high enough quality to be reproduced in the magazine. We cannot accept photos with digital overlays, photo stickers, doodles or any digital effects. Copyrighted photos may only be included with the written permission of the copyright holder.
  • Once entered, photo submissions become the property of Richmond magazine, and you transfer all copyrights in and to such submissions to Richmond magazine, to be used at its discretion for print and marketing purposes.
  • Richmond Magazine and its employees and affiliates are not responsible for any injury, damage, or other loss associated with entry or participation in this contest and Participant assumes all such risk for entry and participation.
  • Contest void where prohibited or restricted by law.
  • The submission period begins on March 11, 2019, at 12 p.m. EST, and ends March 24, 2019, at 11:59 p.m. EST.
  • The voting period runs March 26 through April 7, 2019 (one vote per person per day).
  • Winner will be contacted by phone (first) or email (alternatively) on April 8, 2019. Winner must respond within 24 hours of being contacted. If winner does not respond within 24 hours, Richmond magazine holds the right to select a runner-up.
  • Winner’s photo will be taken sometime on April 9, 10, 11 or 12, 2019.
  • Each entry is $35. Richmond magazine will $5 from each entry to benefit Pet Partners of Richmond. All applicants must be metro Richmond residents.


All submissions must be in JPG or JPEG format, and in doing so, must follow all guidelines. Each submission should represent a living dog. All photos submitted must not contain any logo, or third-party sponsorship. All submissions must ONLY contain the dog and not any other human or animal within the image. Submissions must also not contain any language or images that are in any way threatening, abusive, offensive, defamatory, invasive of another’s privacy, in breach of confidence, embarrassing to any person or likely to deceive any person, hateful, blasphemous, pornographic, or racially, ethnically or otherwise objectionable or which constitutes or encourages conduct that would be considered a criminal offense or otherwise contrary to any law or appear contrary to the spirit of the Contest.

USER: By participating in the Contest and/or accepting a Prize, where permitted by law, recipient grants to authorize Richmond magazine and all sponsors the right to print, publish, broadcast and use worldwide in all media without limitation at any time the recipient’s full name, portrait, picture, voice, likeness and/or biographical information for advertising, trade and promotional purposes without further payment or additional consideration, and without review, approval or notification.

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