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-- Artists to depict “The Wonderful World of Purebred Dogs” --

New York (April 30, 2004) - The American Kennel Club and The Iams Company are pleased to announce a competition to select artwork for the second annual AKC/Eukanuba National Championship commemorative poster.

Artists may enter any original two-dimensional painting or drawing reflecting the theme: “The Wonderful World of Purebred Dogs.” The artwork can incorporate a variety of images depicting the best in purebred dogs including but not limited to illustrations of the human/canine bond, colorful expressions of the intensity of the AKC/Eukanuba National Championship, images of various purebreds in action, and the event’s setting, which will be Tampa, Florida in 2005.

The international tradition of the show continues as the contest opens up to artists from around the world. In addition, any work not selected as one of the ten finalists last year may be resubmitted for consideration.

The deadline for submissions is October 1 st, 2004. An expert panel will select ten initial finalists, with the grand-prize winner chosen from among those finalists. Judges will include Karen LeFrak, a dog enthusiast and member of the New York State Council on the Arts; Barbara Jedda McNab , Executive Director, AKC Museum of The Dog, and Ron Menaker, AKC Chairman and 35-year veteran of the sport who has been involved as a breeder, exhibitor, AKC Judge, Show Chairman and Delegate.

The grand prize winner will receive $1,000 and a four-day/three-night trip for two to the 2005 AKC/ Eukanuba National Championship in Tampa, Florida (including airfare and hotel). The winning artwork will be used in a commemorative poster that will be sold at the 2005 event as well as on AKC’s web site. The artwork’s proceeds will be donated to the AKC/CAR Canine Support and Relief Fund.

“We are excited to continue the tradition of the AKC/Eukanuba National Championship commemorative poster especially because of the success and significant charitable contribution of our first edition,” said Ron Menaker, AKC Chairman. “The posters should become collectibles with each year’s image capturing the wonders of the human-canine bond and the joys of the sport of purebred dogs. The AKC and The Iams Company are proud to be able to showcase the talents of different canine artists with this competition.”

Kelly Vanasse of The Iams Company said the artists are among the most passionate fans of purebred dogs and the annual National Championship competition. “Seeing the submissions is always a thrill because these artists are literally illustrating their enthusiasm for purebred dogs and for the AKC/Eukanuba National Championship,” Vanasse said. “The winning picture always is worth more than any words that could be used to describe this great event.”

To obtain a copy of the official rules visit, or send a self-addressed stamped envelope to AKC/Eukanuba National Championship Poster Competition, Official Rules, The American Kennel Club, 260 Madison Avenue, New York, NY 10016.

About the AKC/Eukanuba National Championship

The 2005 AKC/Eukanuba National Championship on January 15-16, in Tampa, Florida will mark the fourth year of the AKC’s premier showcase for dogs, which is co-presented by The Iams Company.

The AKC will once again bring its most popular national events together to one venue. In addition to the National Championship, the AKC National Agility Championship and the AKC National Obedience Invitational will also be held on Saturday and Sunday, January 15 - 16, 2005 in Tampa, FL.