benefiting
the Athens area horse community

HORSE Calendar Contest

Is your horse the next Miss September?

Let’s make a difference for the Athens Area Horse Community!

The Athens Area Horse Community, in partnership with CM Bryson, is happy to announce its pet calendar for 2025.

100 % of the proceeds from the sale of the calendar and photo contest will assist AAHC in working to unite the horse community – to partner with county and state level leadership, fight for sustainable development of green space, and offer education and resources for both horse lovers and the general public.

We encourage you to submit your favorite photo of your horse and ask your family and friends to vote for them.

Please review the Contest Rules carefully for submission guidelines; those that do not follow these rules will not be eligible to win. 

Fees for photo entries and votes will help the AAHC  support of local equine community so that horses are here for future generations.

The winners of the photo contest will be determined by the top 13 entrants that get the most votes.

The top vote getters will have their horse professionally photographed by CM Bryson for the 2025 calendar.

 

Studio style equine images on simple black or white backgrounds are timeless, classic, and dramatic images that turn your horse into art.

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In our community, land for horses and equestrians no longer exists unintentionally.

don’t miss

your chance to win

Submission & Voting Period:

 8:00 AM EST March 23rd to 10:00 PM EST April 27th 2024!

WHAT COULD YOU WIN?

  1. The top vote getters will win a professional equine white or black background portrait session by CM Bryson Photography scheduled on pre-determined dates.
  2. The top vote recipient will win the coveted cover photo for the 2024 calendar.
  3. The following top recipients with the most votes will be eligible to have their horse featured as a horse of the month.
  4. Win WEEKLY Mini Prizes!
Heading back to the barn for the next top 10 photo from Georgia Equestrian photographer Courtney Bryson.

Mini Contests

Looking for even MORE chances to win?

Each week the horse with the most votes during that voting period will win a BONUS prize from our great sponsors!

HOW IT WORKS

ENTER

Imagine a head to head match up!

You can enter your horse in the pet calendar contest for just $5 & few clicks.

Once you’re in the game – SHARE to get the most votes! Votes are just $1 each.

VOTE

Votes are just $1 each (minimum $5 per voting) and you can vote as many times as you like!

The more you vote, the more we raise for the AAHC

So vote, ask your friends to vote, ask your neighbors to vote, ask your coworkers to vote!

GET A CALENDAR

2025 Calendars will be available for order by

November 2024

Come back here when you’re ready to order!

RULES & REGULATIONS

Contest Rules & Prizes

  • The winners of the photo contest will be determined by the top 13 entrants that get the most votes.
  • The top winner will win the coveted cover photo for the 2025 calendar!
  • 2nd – 13th place winners will have their pet featured as a horse of the month.
  • Entries may feature only ONE horse.
  • The top 13 vote getters will have their horse professionally photographed by CM Bryson Photography for the 2025 calendar.
  • All winners will have the opportunity to purchase products and images following their session, if desired.
  • If your horse is one of the 13 to be photographed for the calendar, you must live within 1 hour’s drive of Athens, Georgia and be available to be with your horse on predetermined dates in June or July for a professional photo session.
  • You will need to prepare your horse to be “show ready” for the session.
  • Your horse must be able to be handled & haltered safely for the session.
  • Exact details will be provided to winners upon completion of the calendar contest.
  • If you are unable to commit to a photo session during those times you forfeit your winning and the next top vote getter will take your horse’s spot in the calendar, no exceptions.
  • The top vote recipient will win the coveted cover photo for the 2025 calendar.
  • The following 12 recipients with the most votes will be eligible to have their horse featured as a horse of the month.
  • The photographer, Courtney Bryson of CM Bryson, will choose the best image of the horse to be used in the calendar as well as which month that image will appear.

Entries

  • Each entry is a $5 Donation.
  • Limit of ONE (1) horse per photo entry.
  • Horses can be of any breed or discipline.
  • Horses must be living at the time of photo session.
  • People are not allowed in photos, only your horse.
  • Photos that do not follow these rules will not be eligible to win with no opportunity for a refund.
  • All photos must be uploaded; we cannot accept printed photos.
  • We cannot accept any copyrighted or professional photos.
  • The Submissions Period starts at 8:00 AM EST March 23rd and ends at 10:00 PM EST April 27th 2024
  • Any photograph that includes content that is deemed inappropriate, indecent, or obscene, as determined by CM Bryson in its sole discretion, will be removed from the contest with no opportunity for a refund.
  • Posting more than one photo of your horse does not increase the chances of winning.
  • The winners of the photo contest will be determined by the top 13 entries that receive the most votes.
  • The same horse can only win once. Attempts to win two spots in the calendar by the same horse will not be permitted.

Voting

  • Each $1.00 vote counts as one (1) vote.
  • All donations from voting are non-refundable.
  • Entries and donations must be made via the online contest page. Contest payments online are through a secure site.
  • All winners will be determined by electronic vote tabulations under the supervision of GoGo Photo Contests, whose decisions are final and binding.
  • The Voting Period starts at 8:00 AM EST March 23rd and ends at 10:00 PM EST April 27th 2024

Fine Print

  • By submitting a photo entry, you warrant and represent that your entry is your own original work created by you and that you own or otherwise control all of the rights to your entry materials.
  • If you submit an entry that is copyrighted by another individual, you are responsible for any legal action the copyright holder takes against you.
  • Calendars will be available to the general public starting November 1st 2024.
  • By participating in the Contest, entrants agree to release and hold harmless Athens Area Horse Community and CM Bryson and each of their respective officers, directors, representatives, volunteers and agents (the Released Parties) from and against any claims of any nature arising out of participation in the Contest or receipt or use of any prize.

Top 10 Atlanta Pet Photographer

Courtney of CM Bryson is a pet portrait and lifestyle photographer who takes interesting narrative photographs of all sorts of pets –– cats, dogs, donkeys, you name it. She has an amazing ability to capture the fun-loving side of your pets, as well as their deep attachment to you, all while also being able to stage hilarious photoshoots that bring out the inner comedian in your little guys. Whether you’re looking for a serious, high-concept portrait or a hilarious photo of your pet sure to make you giggle for years to come, Courtney might just be the pet photographer for you.

Liz

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Your dog deserves space on your wall - Atlanta's photographer for all things pet creates stunning custom wall art.

"Such a wonderful experience! A true professional with has an exceptional knack for animals! Totally recommend!"

Trish & Hazel

"I am thrilled with the outcome! This will get a very special place in my home."

Krista & Scarlett

"I had such a great experience with Courtney! She ensured not only that the pups were prepared but that I was also. I had a detailed checklist of what to do to prepare before the shoot. From how far in advance to get the groomed/bathed to Coloring/cutting my hair in advance (if needed), what color and texture of clothing to wear for the best results, recommended collars for the pups. I think she had everything covered. Courtney was very patient with all of us :). If you are looking for photos with your furry family, I would absolutely recommend her!"

Liz, Kaos, & Kali

"We were lucky enough to attend the Love Barks event at Pet Pleasers Bakery in Gainesville, and Courtney captured some amazing photos of my dogs. It can be challenging to get them to sit still, but Courtney is a pro! Everything was set up perfectly to maximize our time there, and she is so fast with that camera. She was even able to Photoshop my hand + the leash out of several of the photos. It was a great experience, and we look forward to doing another session with Courtney soon!"

Kristen, Teddy, & Chloe

Courtney Bryson of CM Bryson gets on the other side of the lens for her own equine photography session with her senior horse.

So who’s taking the pictures?

I’m Courtney – horse mom, professional pet & equine photographer, animal rescuer, & official crazy animal lady of the family.

Welcome!

Here hay in your bra is a badge of honor, and the sweet scent of tack and fly spray is the perfume of choice.

I know how important your horse is to you. In that photo over there ← That’s me & the equine love of my life.

Ginger was the longest relationship of my life – more than 30 years.

I’m honored to be helping the Athens Area Horse Community create an incredible resource for our community with their 2025 calendar – and even more excited to meet you & your horses!

 

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