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Critterati 2010: A Photo Contest
New Yorker enlists Bark publisher as judge
A 2009 winner: Poppy as the beloved bunny in The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams.

Purroust, Dr. Zhi-doggo, Puppy Longstocking: Weird things happen when you invite New Yorker readers to dress up their dogs like literary characters. So, of course, you want to do it again. The second annual Critterati photo contest at newyorker.com gets rolling just in time for Halloween, and this year Bark’s co-founder and publisher Cameron Woo joins Susan Orlean and Alexandra Horowitz for his Simon Cowell turn. Even better, each of the five winners receives a copy of Photobooth Dogs, Cameron’s just published collection of photobooth portraits from the last 80 years.

The 411 on the contest: Dress your pet as a literary character or writer (wordplay and whimsy encouraged), snap a photo and upload it to the Critterati gallery. The five favorites, selected by the judges and announced Oct. 27, will have their photographs featured in an online slideshow. (Read the contest rules.)
You have time—submissions will be accepted through October 25—but don’t rest on your laurels. A black cape and fangs won’t cut it for this competition. Last year’s entries included Waiting for Dogot, Holden Clawfield, a pair of guinea pigs as Lilliputians, a cat hugging a doll as Lolita’s Humbert Humbert, and a chicken as fairly convincing Prince Genji. Check out the 2009 gallery. Good luck!

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Photo used with permission from newyorker.com.

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