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AQHA Calendar Contest

Your photo could be featured in the 2018 AQHA Calendar and at the American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame & Museum.

Submit your photos for a chance to be featured in the 2018 AQHA Calendar!

Once again, AQHA is hosting its annual calendar contest to fill the pages of the 2018 AQHA Calendar with photos of AQHA members and their fantastic American Quarter Horses. Many photos will also be chosen to be beautifully displayed in a photo exhibit at the American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame & Museum for worldly travelers to enjoy.

AQHA members from around the world can submit their best high-resolution photo of their favorite American Quarter Horses through the Calendar Contest form. All subjects in the submitted photos must be AQHA members and registered American Quarter Horses. Multiple winners will be chosen for each month of the AQHA Calendar, so the chances of being featured are increased!

Spring means foaling season, foaling season means baby pictures. Check out the Free E-book, Tips for Photographing Foals, for some helpful ideas!

What should you do to ensure your photo is chosen?

  1. Steer clear of any photos that could be viewed as offensive.

  2. Avoid any photos with corporate logos or products.

  3. Think about the months of the year, and find photos that embody them. For example, a foal frolicking through flowers for April, or a fuzzy steed braving a snowstorm for December.

  4. Think of the photo’s layout. Photos that can be cropped to a square are more likely to be chosen for a month’s featured photo, since the calendar itself is square.

Taking pictures of foals for registration papers and sale ads is difficult, downloading the free E-book, Tips for Photographing Foals, is easy!

  1. Take the time to capture the perfect photo. Sometimes we get lucky and snap the perfect picture, but if you have not yet captured that special moment, have a special photo shoot.

  2. Choose a picture that captures emotion or makes the viewer imagine themselves or the story of the photo. A newborn foal snuggling up to its momma or a cowboy sitting atop his trusty mount while surveying the land are a couple of examples of moments that are sure to elicit emotion through the camera lens.

  3. Edit your photo to perfection prior to submitting. While our judges have the ability to see what a photo could be with a touch of editing, a photo with the ideal saturation level stands out among the others.

  4. Capture what it means to be an AQHA member or the spirit of the American Quarter Horse. Quarter Horses are the most versatile breed on the planet, so submit a photo that embodies their beauty and talent.

  5. Choose a photo that makes you happy. If the photo makes you smile, chances are it will bring joy to others as well.

The AQHA Calendar will be available for public purchase at Quarter Horse Outfitters and will grace the walls of every AQHA employee’s office. Get your photo submitted by May 26 for a chance at glory.