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AKC/Eukanuba National Championship Launches Commemorative Poster Contest

(Wednesday, April 23, 2008)
-- AKC Encourages Artist Submissions that Depict "The Wonderful World of Purebred Dogs" --

The American Kennel Club and Eukanuba are pleased to launch the annual commemorative poster competition in which artists are encouraged to submit an original two-dimensional painting or drawing celebrating the theme: "The Wonderful World of Purebred Dogs." The poster will commemorate the eighth annual AKC/Eukanuba National Championship where 2,500 top dogs from 50 states and 52 countries compete for $225,000 and one of the biggest honors in the dog world.

The theme of the artwork may incorporate a variety of images depicting the best in purebred dogs including, but not limited to: illustrations of human/canine bond, AKC events, 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. In conjunction with the theme, submissions should include multiple breeds.

The show is scheduled to be held in Long Beach, California on December 13-14, 2008 and will be nationally televised on Animal Planet. For inspiration and more information about the AKC/Eukanuba National Championship or AKC events, please visit http://www.akc.org.

The deadline for submissions is October 10, 2008 for online entries and October 13, 2008 for postmarked 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 13-14 (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 a life-threatening or terminal illness.

"We are pleased to again welcome submissions for the AKC/Eukanuba National Championship poster contest," said Ron Menaker, AKC Chairman. "Each year, we receive many outstanding entries that reflect the beauty of purebred dogs and the excitement of the event. As an added benefit, this competition also raises much needed money for Take the Lead, an organization that lies close to the heart of many involved in the sport." Eukanuba's Jason Taylor said that this competition is a natural fit with the AKC/Eukanuba National Championship because dogs have been depicted in art over the course of centuries. "It takes an artist to capture the excitement and energy of dogs and the artwork we receive represents the spirit of the event very well."

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.