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AKC/Eukanuba national championship launches commemorative poster contest

The American Kennel Club and Eukanuba are pleased to launch the annual commemorative poster competition. The poster should commemorate the seventh annual AKC/Eukanuba National Championship. All dog-loving artists are encouraged to submit an original two-dimensional painting or drawing celebrating the theme: "The Purebred Dog and/or the Sport of Purebred Dogs." In conjunction with the theme, submissions should include multiple breeds.

Thematically, the artwork may incorporate a variety of images depicting the best in purebred dogs including, but not limited to: illustrations of human/canine bond, colorful expressions of the intensity of the AKC/Eukanuba National Championship, images of people and purebreds in action, past winners and the event’s setting. The show is scheduled to be held in Long Beach, California on December 1-2, 2007.

The deadline for submissions is October 8, 2007 for online entries and October 9, 2007 for postmarking mail-in entries. An expert panel will select ten initial finalists, with the grand prize winner chosen from among those finalists.

The grand prize winner will receive $1,000 and a four-day/three-night trip for two to the AKC/Eukanuba National Championship in Long Beach, California December 1-2 (including airfare and hotel). The winning artwork will be used in a commemorative poster that will be sold at the event as well as on the AKC Web site. Proceeds will be donated to Take the Lead, a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organisation that provides direct services, support and care for people in the sport of purebred dogs who suffer the devastation of a life-threatening or terminal illness.

"The commemorative poster contest has become one of the most anticipated events leading up to the AKC/Eukanuba National Championship," said Ron Menaker, AKC Chairman. "This competition raises much needed money for Take the Lead, an organisation that lies close to the hearts of many of us in the sport, while encouraging artists from around the world to participate in a competition that brings together and celebrates two popular passions, purebred dogs and fine art."

Eukanuba’s Jason Taylor said it takes an artist to capture the excitement and enthusiasm inspired by the event: "Each year artists respond enthusiastically to this competition with heartfelt works of art depicting the beauty of the purebred dog and prestige of the AKC/Eukanuba National Championship. It’s so difficult to name a winner with so many quality pieces to choose from."

To obtain a copy of the official rules visit, http://www.akc.org/posterrules 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, New York, 10016, USA.