The Burton Fletcher Foundation’s Second Nationwide Rescue Pet Photo Contest

VALDOSTA — The Burton Fletcher Foundation for Animals, Inc. has announced the opening of its Second Nationwide Patriotic Rescue Pet Photo Contest. This Fourth of July-themed contest starts June 1 and ends June 30th at midnight, foundation representatives said in a statement.

Beautiful Graffiti Art Prizes: The foundation offers attractive graffiti art prizes to the top three winners, and the photograph with the most votes, regardless of placement within the contest, will receive a gorgeous graffiti balloon dog art prize.

Judges: Senior Expert Judge Javon Longieliere, recognized nationally for his exceptional talents in photography. He was an international wedding photographer for 15 years before concentrating on fashion, commercial, and fine art photography. He has also written the book Destination Weddings: A Guide To Shooting In Unique And Unexpected Places. He has previously been a judge for the Burton Fletcher Foundation. Javon has his office here in Valdosta.

Expert Judge Steven S. Walker returns to serve as a judge for our Foundation. Judges Evelyn Davis-Walker and Steven Walker are professional artists and animal lovers/activists. All their pets (both temporary and permanent) have been rescues. Steven has been creating inspiring works of art for corporations and private collectors for over twenty years.  Steven has been included in several local and national juried competitions as a full-time artist.

Expert Judge Evelyn Davis-Walker also returns as a judge. Evelyn is a graphic designer; a maker; an educator; and a socially engaged art activist. She has taught graphic design at the university level for over 14 years and has run her design business with her husband for the last 20 years.

Photo Restrictions: Photos must be taken between June 1 and June 30, 2023.

Award Certificates:
Winners, and those submitting pictures of significant quality after screening and viewed as deserving recognition for merit, will receive award certificates from the foundation.

Winners Will Select A Charity To Receive Benefits: Additionally, the top three winners will select the animal rescue organization, or animal shelter, to receive $400 total of dog food or prize money for their favorite animal rescue organizations, as the rescue organizations may prefer, in conjunction with and approval of the Foundation’s president. First Place will donate $250, Second Place will donate $100, and Third Place will donate $50.00 in goods or contributions.

The contest is an “opportunity for foster parents and adopting animal owners to share the love of their pets while raising awareness of animals in need, promoting spaying and neutering,” representatives added.

More details are on the website at https://BurtonFletcherFoundation/current-and-past-contests.

If You Need Assistance: In addition to the website, people who have questions about downloading them to the webpage may email DesignMaze, our webmaster, at, and may ask questions regarding the rules can be directed to the foundation at

Enter Early: We encourage photo entrants to enter the contest early and let their friends vote for them. Those who enter the contest late will be disadvantaged in winning the most votes.

“The Burton Fletcher Foundation for Animals has gained a significant following from many animal activists in the area, and we look forward to more growth in the coming years,” representatives said.

Founder’s Background: Burton Fletcher is a retired full professor of business administration with a 27-year history in education. He is currently an emeritus attorney member of the State Bar of Georgia, with a 43-year membership with the State Bar of Georgia. He serves as the president, founder, and executive director of the Burton Fletcher Foundation for Animals, Inc., a 501(c)(3) nonprofit. He is well qualified to serve the foundation’s helm.

Primary Sponsors: I am grateful for everyone who donates to us, but our most significant sponsors are Mr. Tim Conlon, J.D., Attorney at Law of the Conlon Law Group, Cell: 404.604.9990, who provides nationwide mobile loan closing services, Mr. John K. Dukes, Jr., CPA of the well-respected accounting firm of Brandon, Rackley & Dukes, CPAs, Telephone: (229) 244-0327,; DesignMaze, LLC,, (618) 313-4740, the website design team for the Burton Fletcher Foundation, Philip Guthrie of Colson Printing,, a full-service printing company, and one of the printing companies used by the Burton Fletcher Foundation, and experts in Direct Mail recommended for nonprofit organizations and the company we use. Ask for Philip: 229.242.7015,, Melissa Tolbert, Vice President and General Manager, and Deb Enfinger, Sales Manager, 229.958.8293, Cell: 229.506.1853 with Lamar Advertising Company of Valdosta,, a sizeable outdoor advertiser, (229) 219-4489; Clarence Spires, ReMax Realty, Valdosta,; Email:, Cell Phone: 229.563.1999; and Prof. Burton Fletcher, J.D., MBA (Ret.), Emeritus Attorney, the principal benefactor to the foundation,,

We look forward to your participation, and as a reminder, this contest is open to adults across the United States, age 18 and older.

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