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Your Studio Assistant

To be in full creative mode sometimes means to be one with yourself. However, the best studio company — which may even help with the creative flow — is our animal companions.

WOMEN CREATE wants to see your furry, feathered, or four-legged friend on duty as your studio assistant! Submit a photo of your animal in your studio space for a chance to receive recognition and win amazing prizes!

ENTER THE YOUR STUDIO ASSISTANT PHOTO CONTEST!

 

Submit your best photos now – final deadline to submit is July 19, 2022

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Animals are such agreeable friends – they ask no questions; they pass no criticisms.
George Eliot

Prizes

1st Prize
  • $500 Cash Prize
  • One Custom Pet Portrait by Julie Woodbury of @gladyourehereco (Size options vary – Value of $50-$250)
  • Publication in a special multi-spread feature in an issue of WHAT or WHERE Women Create Magazine
  • Publication on the WOMEN CREATE website
  • Three (3) 1-year All-Access WOMEN CREATE Memberships
2nd Prize
  • $250 Cash Prize
  • Publication on the WOMEN CREATE website
  • $100 Etsy gift card
  • Two (2) 1-year All-Access WOMEN CREATE Memberships
3rd Prize
  • $100 Cash Prize
  • Publication on the WOMEN CREATE website
  • $50 Etsy gift card
  • One (1) 1-year All-Access WOMEN CREATE Membership

Entry Fees

$20

First Entry

$10

Each Additional Entry

Login / Register to Enter

Tell Us More

Want to share more about your companion? Explore PET TALES and submit a story told from the perspective of your pet … we’ll review it for an opportunity to be featured in upcoming WHERE and WHAT WOMEN CREATE Magazine issues. Explore submission details here.

Our Judges

Jo Packham

Jo Packham, a passionate storyteller for over 40 years in the handmade publishing market through her publishing of books, as a best selling Author, and as the Creator and Editor in Chief of WHAT and WHERE WOMEN CREATE magazines.

Veronika Olivier

Veronika Swanepoel Olivier is a contemporary South African multi-disciplinary artist and a well-known innovator in textile sculpting techniques. Veronika also incorporates many other sculpting and mixed media painting techniques in her creations. She learned to sew at the age of five and developed a love for fabrics, not only the colours and patterns but also the textures of the different fibres used in textile manufacturing. In addition to being an artist, Veronika loves cooking and binge watch animation films. She lives happily married with husband Willem and their three Royal Princess Poodles in a small country town South of Johannesburg.

Fifi O’Neill

Fifi O’Neill is the author of 8 books, including RESCUE ME: Love Stories of Humans and the Animals they Saved, and the founding editor of 11 national magazines among which For Pets’ Sake. The book and magazine were born from her love for animals and created for the sole purpose of raising money for animal shelters and rescue organizations nationwide with 100% of the proceeds going to these much-deserving groups.

Heike Willers

Based in Germany, Heike Willers started with experimental photography with a friend, in 1994. “Some years later we ran a very small gallery in Wiesbaden and organized some exhibitions. I came into Dog Photograpy in 2011 as so many others do...with or through my own dog MOLLY, my Jack Russell. She was my Master! Learning patience, learning how to have fun during the shootings and learning when to stop - these were the most important things she tought me! Soon I noticed that I was addicetd to "Dogs In The City" but also "Dogs In Studio" has always been a big part of my phoography. Meanwhile I found my own unique style in Dog Photography, I love to shoot fineart photograpyh as well as I love to create my artistic images.”

Heike’s work has been honored in contests, like "Fine Art Photography award", "Dog Photography Contest" and "Siena Awards" (shortlisted 3 times). Heike has published over 120 images on 1x.com - “And...I never stop learning and exploring."

Frequently asked questions and official rules

Frequently Asked Questions

We’ve compiled a list of frequently asked questions. If your question isn’t answered here, please send us an email at contests@madavor.com with the following details:

  1. The name of the contest (WOMEN CREATE Your Studio Assistant Photo Contest)
  2. Your username
  3. The image ID # (if applicable)
  4. The exact nature of your problem

Question: Who may enter?

Answer:

Contest is open to individuals over the age of 18 and residents of the U.S.

Question: How do I enter?

Answer:

Click “Submit Your Images.” You’ll need to be logged in to your Women Create account to enter. If you don’t have an account, click here to register for your free account.

Question: In what format should I submit my photos?

Answer:

Each photograph must be submitted in .JPG format and cannot exceed 5 MB in size. Also, make sure your photo is in the sRGB color space, or else your image may look discolored.

Question: How many photos may I enter?

Answer:

There is no limit to the number of photos you may enter.

Question: How much does it cost to enter?

Answer:

You can enter your first submission at the entry price of $20 for one (1) image. Every subsequent image submitted will cost $10 per one (1) image.

Question: Is my credit card information secure?

Answer:

The payment form is hosted on our secure payment processor’s site and your credit card information (including your physical address) is submitted directly to the applicable credit card company through 256-bit encrypted pages. The header graphic is the only non-secure item on the payment page, and only your email and the success/failure message of the transaction are submitted back to our site.

Question: I want to enter your contest but I’m confused about how entering works. It’s asking me to pay before uploading my image(s). Is this right?

Answer:

In order to enter our photo contests, you first pay for your submission package. Once you do this, you will be redirected to submit your entry. You can submit your entry any time before the contest deadline.

Question: Can I pass the word on this competition to my friends, classmates, Facebook/Twitter followers, etc.?

Answer:

Yes, please! The link to the contest portal is https://womencreate.com/contests/your-studio-assistant/

Question: Do I have to print or mail in my photos?

Answer:

No. Please upload entries using the online entry form. Mailed submissions will not be accepted.

Question: When will the winners be notified & announced?

Answer:

By September 20, 2022

Question: What are the prizes?

Answer:

See the contest landing page or the official rules for a complete list of contest prizes.

Question: Can I edit my submission after I’ve already submitted it?

Answer:

If you’d like to make any changes to your entry, please email us and indicate:

  1. The name of the contest (Women Create Best Studio Photo Contest)
  2. Your username
  3. The image name
  4. The changes you would like to be made to the submission

Question: I accidentally submitted the same photo twice. How do I fix this?

Answer:

Please email us with the name of your duplicate submission, and we will remove it for you so you can re-upload. In your email, please indicate:

  1. The name of the contest (Women Create Best Studio Photo Contest)
  2. Your username/email
  3. The image name

Question: When I try to enter online, I get an error message. What's going on?

Answer:

If your attempts at entering online aren’t successful, our system might be struggling. Try waiting a few minutes, then clear your browser’s cache and cookies—you might even try restarting your computer—and go to the online entry page again. Additionally, title your photos with alphanumeric characters only. Please don’t use apostrophes, ampersands or any other character symbol, as doing so may cause errors during uploading.

Question: I've tried clearing my cache and cookies, and I even bought a new computer. The online entry form just isn't working for me.

Answer:

Double-check that the size of your images meets our requirements. If all else fails, send us an email at contests@madavor.com. In your email, please indicate:

  1. The name of the contest (Women Create Best Studio Photo Contest)
  2. Your username
  3. The image name
  4. The exact nature of your problem

Women Create Your Studio Assistant Official Rules

ELIGIBILITY:
The WOMEN CREATE 2022 Your Studio Assistant Photo Contest (“Contest”) is open only to individuals who are over 18 years of age and who are residents of the U.S. Employees of Madavor Media, LLC, (“Sponsors”), and their respective parents, affiliates, subsidiaries, and advertising and promotion agencies, and their immediate family members (spouse, parent, child and sibling and their respective spouses, regardless of where they reside) and/or those living in same household of each, whether or not related, are not eligible to participate or win. Sponsors reserve the right to verify all eligibility requirements. Contest is subject to all applicable federal, state, and local laws and regulations.

CONTEST PERIOD:
The Contest will begin on May 24, 2022 at 7:00 AM PST, and end on July 19, 2022 at 11:59 PM PST (the “Contest Period”).

HOW TO ENTER:
Click the submit your images button above to submit. All entries must be received by July 19, 2022 at 11:59 p.m. PST to be eligible. Each photograph must be submitted in .JPG and cannot exceed 4 MB in size. Enter from May 24, 2022 until July 19, 2022 at 11:59 PM PST at $20 for one (1) image and $10 for each additional image.
Please note: Entries submitted online will be eligible for (i) the First Place Prize (as described below), (ii) Second Place Prize (as described below), and (iii) Third Place Prize (as described below).
Entry must be the original work of the entrant and the entrant must be the sole owner of the copyright of such entry. Entry must be in keeping with the Sponsors’ image and may not be inappropriate or offensive, as determined by the Sponsors in their sole discretion, nor can it defame or invade publicity rights or privacy of any person, living or deceased, or otherwise infringe upon any person’s personal or property rights or any other third-party rights. The Sponsors reserve the right, in their sole discretion, to disqualify any entry they deem to be offensive, inappropriate, that is not in keeping with Sponsors’ image or that is otherwise not in compliance with the terms of these Official Rules. Entrant must have obtained express written consent to submit any entry that contains persons other than entrant or third-party elements not owned by entrant and, if requested to do so, produce such written consent from appropriate parties in a form and manner acceptable to the Sponsors.
By submitting an Entry, entrant acknowledges and agrees that Sponsors may obtain many Entries in connection with this Contest and/or other contests staged and/or promoted by the Sponsors, and that such Entries may be similar or identical in theme, idea, format or other respects to other Entries submitted in connection with this Contest and/or other contests sponsored by the Sponsors or submitted for other reasons or other materials developed by the Sponsors. Entrant waives any and all claims entrant may have had, may have, and/or may have in the future, that any Entry and/or other works accepted, reviewed and/or used by the entrant may be similar to his/her Entry, or that any compensation is due to entrant in connection with such Entry or other works used by Sponsors.

FIRST PLACE PRIZE JUDGING:
One (1) potential First Place Prize winner, one (1) potential Second Place winner, and one (1) potential Third Place winner will be determined from among all eligible entries received by a panel of qualified judges, based equally on the following criteria: Adherence to Theme, Composition and Creativity/Originality (“Judging Criteria”). The entrants who submitted the entry receiving the highest scores, as determined by the Sponsors in their sole discretion, will be the potential winners and finalists respectively.
In the event of a tie for any prize, an additional “tie-breaking” judge will determine the applicable winner from among those tied using the Criteria. The Sponsors reserve the right to not award any prize if, in their sole discretion, an insufficient number of eligible and qualified entries are received. Decisions of the Sponsors and judges are final and binding.

WINNER NOTIFICATION:
Potential winners will be notified by telephone, mail and/or email by September 20, 2022 and will be required to execute and return an Affidavit of Eligibility and Liability and, unless prohibited, a Publicity Release, a W-9 Form and any additional documents that may be required by prize provider within fourteen (14) days of date of issuance. If any potential winner is an eligible minor in his or her jurisdiction of residence, prize may, at the Sponsors’ discretion, be awarded in the name of the parent or legal guardian, and such parent or legal guardian will be required to fulfill all requirements imposed on winners set forth herein. Noncompliance with this time period or with these Official Rules, or the return of any prize notification as undeliverable, may result in disqualification and, at the Sponsors’ discretion, the prize will be awarded to an applicable runner-up.

PRIZES:

First Place Prize: $ (U$D) cash prize;

Total First Place ARV: Approximately $

Second Place Prize: $ (U$D) cash prize;

Total Second Place ARV:

Third Place Prize: $ (U$D) cash prize;

Total Third Place ARV:

Current total ARV of all prizes:

If, for any reason, the Sponsors do not feature any of the winning entries in WHERE WOMEN CREATE Magazine, no compensation or substitution will be provided; however, the remainder of prize package will be awarded and the Sponsors will have no further obligation to winners. All prize details are at the sole discretion of the Sponsors. No substitution, cash equivalent or transfer of prizes permitted by winners. Sponsors reserve the right to substitute a prize (or portion thereof) of comparable or greater value, in their sole discretion. All federal, state and local taxes as well as any costs and expenses associated with prize acceptance and use not specified herein as being awarded are the sole responsibility of each winner. Prizes are awarded “as is” with no warranty or guarantee, either expressed or implied by the Sponsors. Limit one (1) prize per household.

USE OF ENTRY:
By submitting an entry, entrant grants the Sponsors and their designees an irrevocable, royalty-free, nonexclusive, worldwide perpetual license to use the entry and his/her name, city and state of residence for credit purposes in Sponsors’ online galleries, without further compensation, notification or permission, unless prohibited by law. In addition, each winner grants to the Sponsors and their designees an irrevocable, royalty-free, nonexclusive, worldwide perpetual license to use and distribute the entry (as submitted, or as cropped by the Sponsors), and his/her name, city and state of residence for credit purposes, in any and all media now or hereafter known, including without limitation in Women Create and any Madavor Media magazines for purposes of promotion of this Contest except as otherwise stated herein, without further compensation, notification or permission, unless prohibited by law.

USE OF PERSONAL INFORMATION:
Your personal information collected in connection with this Contest will be used in accordance with Madavor Media’s Privacy Policy (available at http://www.womencreate.com/privacy-policy) including, without limitation, for marketing and promotional purposes.

MISCELLANEOUS: Released Parties (as defined below) are not responsible for late, lost, garbled, damaged, incomplete, delayed, undelivered, or misdirected entries or photographs or for computer, technical, printing, typographical, human or other errors relating to or in connection with the Contest, including, without limitation, inability to access any website associated with the Contest, errors which may occur in the administration of the Contest, the processing or judging of entries, the announcement of the prizes or in any Contest-related materials. If for any reason the Contest (or any portion thereof) is not capable of running as planned, including infection by tampering, unauthorized intervention, fraud, technical failures, or any other causes that corrupt or affect the administration, security, fairness, integrity, or proper conduct of this Contest, Sponsors reserve the right, at their sole discretion, to cancel, terminate, modify or suspend the Contest and, if terminated, at its discretion, determine winners from among all non-suspect, eligible entries received up to time of such action using judging procedure described above. By participating, entrant agrees (i) to be bound by the terms of these Official Rules and the decisions of the Sponsors and judges, which are final and binding in all respects, and (ii) to hold the Sponsors and their respective parents, affiliates, subsidiaries, prize suppliers and advertising and promotion agencies, and the respective directors, officers, employees and agents of the foregoing (collectively, the “Released Parties”), harmless against any and all claims and liability arising, in whole or in part, directly or indirectly, out of or in connection with participation in this Contest, acceptance and use of any prize or Released Parties’ use of any of the rights granted herein. Sponsors may disqualify (and void all associated entries) anyone from participating in the Contest or winning a prize if, in its sole discretion, it determines that such person is attempting to undermine the legitimate operation of the Contest by cheating, deception or other unfair practices, or intending to annoy, abuse, threaten or harass any other entrant or Sponsors’ representatives or who is otherwise not in compliance with the terms of these rules. ANY ATTEMPT TO DELIBERATELY UNDERMINE THE LEGITIMATE OPERATION OF THE CONTEST MAY BE IN VIOLATION OF CRIMINAL AND CIVIL LAWS AND SHOULD SUCH AN ATTEMPT BE MADE, THE SPONSORS RESERVE THE RIGHT TO SEEK DAMAGES AND OTHER REMEDIES (INCLUDING ATTORNEYS’ FEES) FROM ANY SUCH INDIVIDUAL TO THE FULLEST EXTENT OF THE LAW, INCLUDING CRIMINAL PROSECUTION.

WINNERS’ LIST: For the list of winners (available after October 2022), send a separate, stamped, self-addressed envelope to: WWC 2022 Your Studio Assistant Contest Winners’ List, Attn: Marketing Department, 35 Braintree Hill Office Park, Suite 101, Braintree, MA 02184, to be received by July 31, 2022.

SPONSORS:
Madavor Media, 35 Braintree Hill Office Park, Suite 101, Braintree, MA 02184