Frequently Asked Questions
Can I enter more than one dog in the contest, or one photo showing multiple dogs?
You are free to enter as many dogs as you would like. Your photo may contain one dog or multiple dogs.

Can I enter a photo showing a human being along with my dog(s)? Can the person be a child?
Yes, you are welcome to enter a photo that shows a person with your dog. Pictures that include children are also acceptable. Please be aware, however, that the image will be viewable on a publicly accessible website as part of this photo contest. You will also be required to sign a release, and to obtain signed releases from all human subjects in the photograph.

Can I enter a deceased dog in the contest?
We are so sorry to hear about the loss of your dog and hope that your grief will soon be replaced by happy memories. Entering a deceased dog is absolutely fine, and in fact we encourage you to enter him or her into the contest. It would be a wonderful tribute.

Do I have to be the guardian of the dog whose photo I want to enter?
You do not have to be the guardian of the dog whose photo you want to enter; however, you must be the owner of the submitted image, and you will be required to obtain a signed release for the dog(s) shown in your photo and be authorized by the owner to do so.

Can I enter the contest through the mail, or by emailing you a photograph?
We're very sorry, but the only way to enter the photo contest is through the five-step process at http://orvis.com/coverdog. If you do not have any digital images of your dog you can use a scan of a printed photo (saved as a "jpeg") to upload when entering the contest. The reason for this is that Orvis does not have the staffing available to scan images and upload them to the website or enter emailed images into the Contest. If you have a printed photograph and do not have a scanner or computer, we hope you will be able to find a friend or neighbor who can help you enter the contest.

When is the last chance to enter the contest to be eligible to win?
Each year we run two contests, 10/1 – 3/31 and 4/1 – 9/30. Enter by 3/31 or 9/30 to be eligible.

How old do I have to be to enter/participate in the contest?
The Orvis Cover Dog Photo Contest is open and offered only to legal residents of the 50 United States and the District of Columbia and legal residents of the United Kingdom who have reached the age of majority in the state of his/her residence as of start date of Promotion.

Can I enter even though I do not live in the United States?
The Orvis Cover Dog Photo Contest is open and offered only to legal residents of the 50 United States and the District of Columbia and legal residents of the United Kingdom who have reached the age of majority in the state of his/her residence as of start date of Promotion.

I can't find my entry
To see if your entry uploaded to the contest website, visit the vote and donate gallery and search by owner name, dog name, or breed. If you do not find you photo, you may need to upload again contest from this page. You should also receive an email confirming your entry.

What is my email address used for?
Both contest participants and voters can opt-in, separately, to receive dog tips, action alerts, and special offers via email from Orvis and Morris Animal Foundation. If they choose to do so, they will be able to quickly and easily "opt out" of future such communications by following the instructions on any electronic communication we send. Morris Animal Foundation will also send a separate acknowledgment to any voters, thanking them for their contribution to canine cancer research. Orvis and Morris Animal Foundation do not sell, rent, trade, or share its email addresses with any third parties.

I discovered a typo in my written description. Can I edit it?
Sorry. Once you enter your photo, you may not edit your entry.

Can I upload a different photo?
You may not edit or replace a photo you’ve just entered, but you may enter more than one photo.

Can I delete my entry?
You may not delete your entry after you have entered the contest. You may upload another if you wish. If you must delete your photo, contact us at coverdog@orvis.com with details.

How can someone find my dog on the Orvis Cover Dog Photo Contest website?
From the home page of the contest site, click the VIEW GALLERY AND VOTE HERE button. You may then search the gallery by dog name, owner name, or breed.

How can I vote for a dog?
Visit the photo gallery page, search for your dog or a friend’s and click vote. Forward your dog's photo page to your friends and family, and then ask them to donate to vote for your dog! Every vote for your dog is another dollar that will help will help fund important canine cancer research. There is a minimum donation of $5, or 5 votes. All of the money donated will be used to fund canine cancer research. Click here to learn more about the Canine Cancer Campaign.

Do I have to pay to enter the contest?
No, you do not have to pay to enter the contest.

Do I have to pay to vote for photos/dogs?
Yes, to vote for your favorite dogs, you will need to donate to the Canine Cancer Campaign. Each vote costs one dollar. There is a minimum donation of $5, or 5 votes. All of the money donated will be used to fund canine cancer research. Click here to learn more about the Canine Cancer Campaign.

Are my donations tax-deductible?
Yes, contributions from U.S. residents are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law. All donations to the organizations participating in Orvis Cover Dog Photo Contest will be held by Morris Animal Foundation until the Contest period ends. After the Contest ends, the Morris Animal Foundation will designate the funds in the form of grants to the appropriate research foundations — with 100% of your donation going directly to fund canine cancer research. Morris Animal Foundation is tax exempt under IRS code 501c(3).

Can I vote for more than one dog? How many times can I vote?
You can donate to vote for as many dogs as you'd like - and for as many times as you’d like!

How do I win the contest?
Your dog will be instantly entered in the Judged contest. Our panel of judges will pick the winner of the Orvis Cover Dog Contest. Your dog is also entered in our Gallery and voting portal so your dog can help raise funds for canine cancer research. Share your dog's photo page to your friends and family, and then ask them to donate to vote for your dog! Every vote for your dog is another dollar that will help will help fund important canine cancer research.

What do I win if I win the Judged Category? How do I win the Judged Category?
Our panel of judges will pick Grand Prize winners based on their favorite photos. The Grand prize winners will have their winning dog photo featured on the cover of a future Orvis Dog Book Catalog and will receive a $500 Orvis Gift Card.

I am having technical problems entering the contest. I have a question that is not answered here or in the contest rules Can someone help me?
If you have read our Frequently Asked Questions and still have questions or are experiencing technical difficulties entering the contest, please contact us at coverdog@orvis.com. When contacting us, please be specific about the technical problems you are having.

How will my donation show up on my bank or credit card statement? Why does my bank or credit card statement say "Morris Animal Foundation"?
Donations to the Canine Cancer Campaign (including when you donate to vote for a dog in the contest) will appear on your credit card or bank statement as "Morris Animal Foundation."

When does the voting end?
Voting ends on either September 30 or March 31 depending upon which contest you are participating. All entries, votes and donations must be submitted and confirmed by 11:59.59 pm ET, or you must enter the next contest.

How will I know who won? When will I know who won?
For contests ending on 3/31 winners will be notified on or about June 1. For contests ending on 9/30 winners will be notified by December. Winners will be announced publically upon publication of the Orvis Dog Book Catalog (Spring Edition – January; Fall Edition – July). Votes will not be considered by judges in selecting winners for publication and cash prizes, but we will give a special spot on the website for the picture that wins the "popular vote." Up to five (5) winning photographs will be selected for publication and cash prizes from among all eligible entries by a panel of judges selected by Orvis. The decisions of the judges are final and binding in all matters relating to judging this Promotion.

What do I win if my photo receives the most votes? Do I win a prize if my photo receives the most votes?
Photos that receive the most online votes do not win prizes, but they do raise the most money for the Canine Cancer Campaign. These votes will NOT be considered by the Judges in selecting winners for publication and cash prizes, but we will give a special spot on the website for the picture that wins the "popular vote."