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AKC/Eukanuba National Championship Launches Commemorative Poster Contest

(Friday, May 05, 2006)
-- Artists to Depict "The Wonderful World of Purebred Dogs" --

Read the Official Rules

The American Kennel Club and The Iams Company are pleased to announce the fourth annual commemorative poster competition in conjunction with the sixth annual AKC/Eukanuba National Championship. All dog-loving artists are encouraged to submit any original two-dimensional painting or drawing reflecting the theme: "The Wonderful World of Purebred Dogs." In conjunction with the theme, submissions must include multiple breeds.

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 various purebreds in action, and the event's setting, which will be Long Beach, California in December 2006. Artwork not selected as one of the ten finalists last year may be resubmitted for consideration.

The deadline for submissions is October 6, 2006 for online entries and October 7, 2006 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 2-3 (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 organization that provides direct services, support and care for people in the sport of purebred dogs who suffer the devastation of life-threatening or terminal illness.

"The commemorative poster contest has become one of the most exciting aspects of the AKC/Eukanuba National Championship," said Ron Menaker, AKC Chairman.

"The competition is inclusive for artists around the world and it enables them to participate in this special event regardless of whether or not they're exhibiting a dog. Further, the competition raises much needed money for Take the Lead."

Amy Newkirk, External Relations Manager of The Iams Company, said it takes an artist to capture the excitement and enthusiasm inspired by the event: "Every year, artists express their passion for purebred dogs and the AKC/Eukanuba National Championship. The result is always an abundance of artwork that uniquely puts our love for the sport of dogs into pictures. Choosing a winner is always the toughest part."

To obtain a copy of the official rules visit,
http://www.akc.org/pdfs /national_championship/2006/
poster_competition_official_rules_DEC2006.pdf
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.