Smile! Photography contest a chance to showcase the best horse photos


Marion Yingling’s image won the student section of the University of Kentucky Agricultural Equine Programs 2021 Photo Contest. © University of Kentucky

Two online photo contests for horse lovers are open for entries, with the University of Kentucky and the Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation holding contests.

The University of Kentucky Agricultural Equine Programs is hosting its second annual horse-focused digital photography contest, with three divisions, Student UK, Youth (17 and under), and Open (18 and over). He is looking for original, high-quality photographs that feature all disciplines or breeds of horses, horses interacting with people, and the artistic “landscape” category.

Entries will be judged by a committee of qualified staff, students and photographers in early March. The winning image from each division will be posted on the UK Ag Equine Programs Facebook page for a ‘People’s Choice Award’. Voting for the prize will be determined by the number of likes each image receives by 5 p.m. EST on Friday, March 11.

Prizes will be awarded to winners in each age category as well as the opportunity to be featured in the monthly program newsletter, The gallop of the wild cat, and other UK publications.

» Closing of registrations on February 28.

The Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation competition is open to entrants from the United States and Canada. Horse enthusiasts are encouraged to submit original photos of horses representing all breeds, backgrounds and disciplines. All entries must be the original work of the entrant and the entrant must own all right, title and license to the photographs.

Finalists will be selected by the Grayson team, and the winning photo will be chosen by public votes on Grayson’s Facebook page. The winner will receive a Grayson “loot bag” and each finalist will also receive a prize. Selected photos submitted to the contest will be shared on Grayson’s social media accounts using the hashtag #ilovehealthyhorses.

“Our photo contest has proven to be a popular way for horse enthusiasts to raise awareness of the importance of equine veterinary research,” said Jamie Haydon, president of the Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation.

» Closing of registrations on February 28.

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