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Christmas Card Art Competition

Dogs Trust Christ-Mutt Card Art Competition!

*Closing date for entries now extended to Sunday September 6th at midnight*
Have you have ever fancied yourself as a bit of a ‘Pawcasso’? Well now is your chance to un-leash your creative side and help save dogs at the same time!

Dogs Trust are running our very first Art Competition, where entrants are in with a chance to have their artwork be forever memorialised as a Dogs Trust Christmas card, the sales of which help raise vital funds for the dogs and puppies in our care. Entries will be judged by special guest judge - Irish artist Don Conroy. See a special message from him below!:

Whether you’re a seasoned sketcher or a complete beginner, our competition is open to all ages and skill levels.

The winners will have their original design turned into its very own Christmas card, to be sold this year as part of our ever-popular Dogs Trust Christmas Card Pack. This is a prize not to be sniffed at!

Put your artistic skills towards a great cause and submit your entry today!

  Submit your Entry here - Over 18s entry  

Submit your Entry here - Under 18s entry  


Who can enter?
Our competition is open to residents of the Republic of Ireland of all ages, the only requirement is a love of dogs!
We have four categories for entry based on age:

  1. 5 and under
  2. 6-12 years old
  3. 13-17 years old
  4. 18+

Share with any Andy Warhowl’s and budding Barksy’s you know!

  Submit your Entry here - Over 18s entry  

Submit your Entry here - Under 18s entry  

What do I need to do?
Create an original festive painting, with a doggy twist. The theme is Christmas and of course, dogs!

Illustrate a festive landscape, a snowy scene, or even a pawtrait of your very own Santa-Paws – your imagination is the limit!

Some of our very own Dogs Trust dogs have starred in our Christmas cards, like Tiny and Shep. You can find lots of photos of our model-worthy muses for inspiration here if you’d like to try your paw at painting them:

When you have finished, take a clear photograph of your painting in good lighting, and submit via our entry form here.

Please make sure to hold on to your original artwork. If you win, we’ll need it to turn it into a Christmas card.
There is no need to add text, slogan, greeting etc. to the image. We will add these in at the card production stage

How can I do it?

You can use any media you like or a combination, including pencils, inks, crayons, paints, charcoals, oils, pastels, watercolours, acrylics etc. Or for the digital artists among us, by using an art software program such as Adobe, Krita etc. Paintings must be A4 in size and can be portrait or landscape orientation. Paintings can be realistic, abstract, traditional, contemporary, in colour or black and white – the options are endless, we can’t wait to see your unique style!
There is no need to add text, slogan, greeting etc. to the image. We will add these in at the card production stage.

Where can I do it?
It’s the perfect socially distanced activity that can be done from the comfort of your very own home. We suggest researching some doggie Christmas card inspiration to help get into the holiday spirt!

When is the closing date?
The competition will run from the 10th of August – 6th September. Entries must be submitted before 12.00 midnight on Sunday the 6th September to be considered. Unfortunately, late entries cannot be accepted.

Why should I enter?
Your paintbrush can save dogs!

The sales of our Christmas Cards help raise vital funds for our Rehoming Centre, where we care for up to 200 dogs and puppies at any one time. Proceeds go towards vital veterinary treatments, nutritious food, and the rehabilitation of stray and abandoned dogs. We are dedicated to finding each dog their perfect Forever Home, no matter how long it takes. We believe every dog deserves a second chance at life and love.

Join us in our mission to bring about the day when all dogs can enjoy a happy life, free from the threat of unnecessary destruction.

How are the winners chosen?

Finalist’s artwork will be evaluated by our special guest celebrity Judge - Irish Artist Don Conroy! One winner will be chosen from each of the entry categories, with their design being featured in our 2020 Christmas Card multipack.
Winners will be asked to submit the original piece of artwork by post for verification.

What are the entry rules?
Please see the rules and T&Cs here.

What are the submission guidelines?

  1. Artwork can be drawn or painted using any of the following: pencils, pen & ink, charcoal, pastels, watercolour, acrylics, oils, collage and digital creations. Artwork must be A4 is size and can be either portrait or landscape in orientation
  2. There is no need to add text, slogan, greetings etc. to the image. We will add these in at card production stage.
  3. When submitting a photograph of your artwork use good, natural lighting to photograph your work. Dark or unnatural lighting can distort colour/appearance. Children should ask an adult for help.
  4. We can also accept scans of your artwork.
  5. Photographs/scans of art must be high-quality Jpeg files. Images should be 1MB or larger. If sending from a smartphone, choose ‘Large size’ or ‘Original size’ when prompted
  6. Submit your entry form and artwork via the entry link on the Dogs Trust website not later than 31/08/2020 at 12.00 midnight. Late entries cannot be accepted
  7. Hold on to your original artwork. We will require the winning entries to turn them into Christmas cards.

Submit your Entry here - Over 18s entry  

Submit your Entry here - Under 18s entry