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2021 GAWS Calendar Competition

Does your pet have what it takes to be a star? Could they be the face of the ‘2021 GAWS Graduate Calendar – "At Home" Edition’?

This year has undeniably looked very different, so why should our annual calendar release be any different?

This year, we are inviting our graduates to enter our competition for the opportunity to become 1 of 13 calendar ambassadors.

We would like to give our well deserving graduates their time in the spotlight and the opportunity to represent. These graduates embody the stories, the new beginnings, the gotcha days and the love, ‘because every life is precious.

How to enter:
  • Entries now closed! 
  • Finalists announced at 7:00pm 21/9/20 (via website, Facebook & Instagram) and voting will open to the public to decide the 13, 2021 GAWS Calendar Ambassadors
  • Animal must have been adopted from Geelong Animal Welfare Society (GAWS). We may request additional information to enable us to verify this
  • Competition is open to all past GAWS Graduates (including those adopted by staff, former staff and volunteers)
Tips & tricks for your photo entry:
  • Lighting:

Natural lighting is key.

Take your photo in the middle of the day and try to position your animal by a window.

Example: Evening photo with artificial light vs day time by a window

  • Background:

Ensure the surrounding area around your pet is free from household items. Keeping your shot tight (close up) will eliminate the background 'noise' that can be present in a home.


  • Get your pet's attention

Using your pet's favourite toy or treat, hold it behind the camera to get your pets attention. It may take a squeek of a toy, a silly sound from you - but it works as their eyes and ears will look alert.  An engaged pet really comes through the lens and brings your pet's personality out.



02 September 2020
Category: News