Voting will begin on Friday, August 27, 2021. Voting periods begin each Friday and end at 11:59 pm on the following Monday.
Round # 1 - Friday, September 3rd through Monday, September 6th
Round # 2 - Friday, September 10th through Monday, September 13th
And so on until a winner is determined. A maximum of 300 dogs will qualify for the second round, and each week thereafter, approximately half of the dogs will be eliminated with each round of voting. All dogs reaching round 7 will constitute the Top 10 prize winners, and the dog finishing 3rd in round 8 will receive the 3rd place prize. The final round will feature the two finalists, and voting in that round will determine 1st and 2nd prize.
In the event of a tie, voting will be extended by one day. Each vote is 10 cents. A $1 minimum is required online. You may vote as many times and for as many photos as you wish. Proceeds from voting will benefit the Newspaper In Education and New Mover program.
HOW TO VOTE:
Votes may be cast by going to www.cecilwhig.com/bark
Online voting is limited to persons 18 years of age or older. There is a minimum of $1.00 for each online ballot.
All authorized credit card transactions cannot be cancelled and are non-refundable. If your credit card is declined for any reason, no vote will be submitted on your behalf. Your computer must accept cookies, or any successor or similar technology which may be used for the purpose of entry tracking. Ad blocking software on your computer needs to be disabled so it doesn’t interfere with processing your online entry or ballot.
Readers, friends, and relatives can cast votes for their favorite photo. Votes will be updated manually after 5pm on business days and will not appear immediately when votes are cast. Please allow delivery and processing time.
The winning photo, runner-up, and 3rd place will receive gift cards, while top ten finishers will all receive a commemorative plaque. Winners will be announced online and in print.
By participating, entrants agree to be bound by these Official Rules and the decision of APG Media of Chesapeake. APG Media of Chesapeake reserves the right to disqualify persons found tampering with or otherwise abusing any aspect of this contest as solely determined by APG Media of Chesapeake. The decisions of APG regarding the selection of winners and all other aspects of the contest shall be final and binding in all aspects.