Pet of the Year contest is off to a flying start

Ilkeston Pet of the Year
Ilkeston Pet of the Year

Dozens of pets were snapped during the opening weekend of photo shoots for our annual Pet of the Year Contest.

The competition is being run jointly by the Advertiser, Chambers’ Pet Supplies and John Booth Photography, both of which are based on Bath Street in the town.

The first part of the contest will be a series of photo shoots at Chambers where owners can take along their magnificent moggies, perfect pooches and more unusual pets.

A huge number took advantage last weekend with pets including chickens and bearded dragons!

The photo shoots continue this weekend and for a full list of dates, read on through the rest of this article.

Everyone who enters must fill in one of the entry coupons featured on this page and take it along.

Once all the photos have been taken they will appear in the Advertiser and then readers will get the chance to vote.

Gavin Chambers said: “Last year was a fantastic success and we are hoping for better this year.”

John Booth said: “This year we have decided not to do the shoots only on a Saturday as we had many people saying they work Saturdays and could not get to last year’s competition.

“So we are going to be set up in Chambers Pet Supplies on a few Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays throughout July.”

The remaining dates for the Pet of the Year photo shoots are:

Saturday July 12 (10 am to 3pm), Sunday July 13 (10 am to 1.30 pm), Saturday July 19 (10am to 5 pm); Friday July 25 (10am to 5pm) and Sunday July 27 (10am to 1.30 pm).

Once all the votes have been cast a top three will be announced.

Third place will receive a £20 voucher from Chambers and £20 voucher from John Booth Photography; second place will scoop a £30 voucher from each of the sponsors; and the top pet will win a £50 voucher from each of the sponsors. All three will also win a framed print of their entry photo.