Statement regarding Archipaws Pet Portrait People’s Choice Prize

Posted: Tuesday, 10 September 2019

The Archipaws Pet Portrait People’s Choice Prize is an opportunity for the community to vote for its favourite image from the finalists in the Pet Portrait competition. The platforms chosen to host community voting were Facebook and emails.

Being an external entity, Facebook has its own policies for usage. At 8.57pm on Monday 9 September, Willoughby City Council received notification that Facebook hid one of the images, preventing further voting.

Council has been liaising with Facebook to discover why they took this action and still awaits resolution.

Having one of the entrants excluded unexpectedly from the competition makes the contest unfair. Therefore, due to situations beyond our control, we have come to the decision to end the Archipaws Pet Portrait People’s Choice Prize from the time Facebook intervened.

Votes made up to this time will be taken as the final count. The winner will be announced at 1.30pm at the Pet Festival on 21 September at O.H. Memorial Oval, Chatswood West.

We apologies for any inconvenience this may cause and thank everyone who has taken the time to vote for their favourite image.

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