The Sentinel is searching for Staffordshire’s most Precious Pets and we want to hear from you.
We are calling all pet owners in The Sentinel distribution area to send in a photo of their pet to be featured in our fantastic Precious Pets Competition.
This year there’s a share of £1000 cash to be won.
All pets are welcome from rats and cats to puppies and parrots.
Each pet that is entered will feature in our Precious Pets Supplement in The Sentinel on Wednesday, July 7, 2021.
So don’t wait around. Dust off the camera or put that smartphone to use and see if your pet could land The Sentinel’s Precious Pets title and a share of that £1000 prize.
To enter, simply upload a picture of your pet and fill out your details in the form below.
If you can’t see the form above CLICK HERE.
Once all of the entries have been published and the vote closes after a few weeks, we will publish a Top 40 and then re-open the vote to find the winners.
The overall winner with the most votes (including all votes carried over from the first stage) will win £500! Then the runner up in second place will get £300 & the pet in 3d place will get £200.
How to enter
Registration is free and easy. Simply fill out the online form above and upload a photo of your pet, add their name and carefully read the terms and conditions. Entries close midnight on Sunday, June 27, 2021. You will receive an email confirmation once your entry has gone through.
What are the prizes?
1st place – £500
2nd place – £300
3rd place – £200
How is the winner decided?
All entries will be published in the newspaper only & the vote will open for readers to vote for their favourite to win using newspaper tokens to cut out & collect only; there is no online vote.
The top 40 who have the most votes counted from official newspaper tokens will be published again after the first count.
The vote will then re-open. The overall winner with the most votes (including all votes carried over from the first stage) will win £500! Then the runner up in second place will get £300 & the pet in 3rd place will get £200.
Terms and conditions
The Sentinel is published by Reach Plc and as such standard, Reach Plc rules apply; visit www.stokeontrentlive.co.uk/rules for details.
By entering this competition the entrant agrees that they have read and understood the terms and conditions associated with Precious Pets and agree to have their pet’s photograph published in The Sentinel in print, online or on the Facebook page.
The Sentinel deems that the parent/owner stated when entering has full responsibility for the named pet and has given permission for their pet to be photographed.
Only one pet can appear on each image submitted. Editors reserve the right not to publish inappropriate or poor quality pictures.
Images should ideally be in jpeg format, be at least 200 pixels per inch and should be no bigger than 2MB. All photo entries require upload of a recent colour photograph of your pet.
By entering, each entrant acknowledges and warrants that the submitted photograph/image has been taken with the full permission of the subjects (where the subject is a pet) and does not infringe on the copyrights, trademarks, moral rights, rights of privacy/publicity or intellectual property rights of any person or entity and that no other party has any right, title, claim or interest in the photograph.
Photographs must not contain inappropriate content. Entrants warrant that they own the copyright. Whilst copyright remains with entrants, by entering the competition, each entrant grants a worldwide licence to The Sentinel to feature any or all of the submitted photographs in any of their publications or websites connected with this competition.
Proof of submission is not proof of receipt and entries will not be accepted without full contact details.
All entrants into this promotion must reside within the circulation area of The Sentinel at the time of entry into the competition.
Employees and their families of Reach PLC and anyone professionally connected to the promotion are not eligible to enter nor vote.
Failure of entrants to send in a suitable image or to follow any of the published rules may result in entrants’ exclusion from the competition.
The local newspaper editor’s decision is final. The Editor reserves the right in their absolute discretion to disqualify any entry, add to or rewrite any rules, or to cancel the whole or part of the promotion at any stage without prior notification.
Publicity may be given to winners and winners’ names and images may be published in the relevant newspaper title in print and online and other website(s) relating to the promotion. Winners must cooperate fully for publicity purposes if so required.
Photo entries will appear within a Precious Pets supplement planned to publish in The Sentinel on Wednesday 7th July 2021. Supplement date may be subject to change.
Each photo will appear with the pet’s name only and will be allocated their own Unique Voting Code, which will be published alongside the pet’s image.
The Sentinel accepts no responsibility for any error, misprint or omission in the printing of an entrant’s details or photo. Although every effort will be made to ensure all entrant’s photographs are published and are of the highest quality in the event of any unforeseen circumstances where they do not appear, no compensation will be offered. It should be noted that pictures re-produced on newsprint are not of the original quality. The Sentinel reserves the right to refuse to print or request a new image in the event that the image provided is not suitable or deemed inappropriate for in-paper and other media use.
No responsibility is accepted for entries that are lost, delayed or images/videos not fully uploaded. Images submitted which are deemed to be below print quality may be excluded from the competition.
VOTING – First Stage
Readers will be able to vote for their favourite pet’s photo using voting tokens published in the newspaper from Wednesday 7th July 2021 until Saturday 31st July 2021.
Full voting instructions will appear in-paper in the published supplement and subsequent published voting coupons. Special voting tokens will be published throughout the voting period which give the readers access to multiple votes, see your newspaper for details.
Voting tokens may not publish on every publishing day during this period. In the event a voting token does not appear in paper on any given date due to a misprint and has been publicised in advance (or on the front page of the same newspaper), then the newspaper masthead on the front page will be accepted as a 20 vote.
Readers of The Sentinel may vote for their favourite pet’s photo using the published in-paper voting tokens as many times as they like, providing they are using original voting tokens as published in the relevant newspaper title; no photocopies will be accepted.
Voting tokens must not be posted individually, you must post your votes at the end in one batch from one person. We suggest all family & friends voting for a pet organise this so one person collects on behalf of everyone & sends them to us in one final batch. Any single voting tokens sent individually & not as part of a main final batch will not be counted & will not be accepted. Voting tokens should be posted to the relevant newspaper title address, see voting coupon published for details.
Correct postage should be attached to any voting tokens sent via post in order to guarantee arrival before the closing date. We will not pay any additional postage costs to accept any post sent with the wrong fee.
All votes will require readers to use the 4-digit Pet Unique Voting Code number attributed to each pet. Unique Voting Codes can be found in the published Precious Pets supplement and on this promotion channel. Any votes received with an incorrect, missing or illegible unique voting code will not be counted.
The Sentinel accepts no responsibility for any votes that do not arrive in time or do not arrive at all for any reason including incorrect postage and these votes will not be counted.
No responsibility is accepted for any votes which are invalid, inaccurate, damaged, lost or mislaid for whatever reason and proof of posting will not be accepted as proof of delivery.
The closing date for all votes is Friday 6th August 2021. Any votes received after this date will not be counted.
Votes will be counted and verified. No correspondence will be entered into. The total number of votes for each entrant will not be disclosed unless published in the newspaper.
The Top 40 pets with the most votes overall from all categories combined will go through to the final round of the competition and will be published in a Top 40 feature on Tuesday 24th August 2021. In the event of more than one pet receiving exactly the same number of votes, additional photos may be admitted into the Top 40 feature. We reserve the right to change the number of pet’s who make it through to the final round of the competition.
The final stage voting to determine the winners and the overall winner will be published in The Sentinel from Tuesday 24th August until Saturday 4th September 2021 and this vote will close on Friday 10th September 2021.
The winners will be announced in The Sentinel from the week commencing 20th September 2021.
The Sentinel reserves the right to amend the prize package at any time.
There is no cash alternative to any part of this promotion or its prizes. In the event any of the winners are unable to take up the prize for any reason, The Sentinel reserves the right to offer the prize to the entrant with the next highest number of votes.