Official Rules:

The Joplin Globe “Barking Brackets” Official Contest Rules

The Joplin Globe proudly announces the “Barking Brackets” Contest.

Take a photo of your dog or puppy and submit it to The Joplin Globe to be part of the Barking Brackets contest. Photos will appear online and in print. Proceeds from voting will benefit the Newspapers in Education (NIE) program. The top 3 photos will receive prizes. Photos and names of all dogs entered will appear on this web site and in the Sunday, March 25th Joplin Globe, the Wednesday, March 28th Smart Saver, and the Sunday, April 1st Joplin Globe.

1. Eligibility

        All photos submitted must be dogs. No other animal photos will be accepted. Employees and contractors of The Joplin Globe, and its parent company CNHI, and their immediate families are prohibited from entering the contest or winning a prize, but may vote in the contest.

2. Photo Submission Period       

All entries must be received by 10am (Central Time) Wednesday, March 14th, 2018. The Joplin Globe is not responsible for late, lost, misdirected, or illegible entries.

 3. Submitting Photos

Photos can be submitted online at ENTER YOUR DOG BARKING BRACKETS in JPG or GIF format at a minimum resolution of 300 dpi. Photos may be submitted in person and scanned at The Joplin Globe offices at 117 E 4th St, Joplin, MO, during regular business hours (8am to 5pm, Monday through Friday). Photos must be accompanied by a fully completed submission form.

By submitting a photo, contest entrant authorizes The Joplin Globe to publish the photo along with accompanying name and other information, and hereby agrees to the official rules. The Joplin Globe reserves the right to crop any photo for use in contest as seen fit.  Your photo may be published in affiliated publications of The Joplin Globe.

4. Photo Content Restrictions:

Photographs must NOT contain any of the following:

  •        Nudity, lewd or vulgar behavior.
  •        Material that violates or infringes another’s rights, including but not limited to privacy, publicity or intellectual property rights, including but not limited to copyright infringement.
  •        Brand names or trademarks.
  •        Photos of artwork without proper license or ownership.   
  •        Material that is hateful, tortuous, defamatory, slanderous or libelous.
  •        Material that promotes bigotry, racism, hatred or harm against any group or individual or promotes discrimination based on race, sex, religion, nationality, disability, sexual orientation or age.
  •        Material that is unlawful, in violation of, or contrary to the laws or regulations in any state where the Photograph is created.

        Failure of any Photograph to comply with the above restrictions (collectively, the “Content Restrictions”), as determined by The Joplin Globe in its sole discretion, shall result in disqualification. The Joplin Globe has the right to refuse any photo without explanation, and all decisions by The Joplin Globe are considered final.

5. Voting Period:

        Voting Period -- Voting will begin at Noon on Monday, March 19th, 2018. Photos, names and numbers of all dogs entered will appear on this web site and the Sunday, March 25th Joplin Globe, the Wednesday, March 28th Smart Saver, and the Sunday April 1st Joplin Globe. There will be seven rounds of voting. In addition to the Sunday print dates below, all brackets will be available for viewing on the BARKING BRACKETS VOTING page.

  •   Round of 128, Noon 3/21/18 to midnight 4/5/18. Published in Sunday, April 8th Joplin Globe
  •   Round of 64, 12am 4/8/18 to midnight 4/12/18. Published in Sunday, April 15th Joplin Globe
  •   Round of 32, 12am 4/15/18 to midnight 4/19/18. Published in Sunday, April 22nd Joplin Globe
  •   The Slobbery Sixteen, 12am 4/22/18 to 10 am 4/27/18. Published in Sunday, April 29th Joplin Globe
  •   The Exuberant Eight, 12am 4/29/18 to 10am 5/4/18. Published in Sunday, May 6th Joplin Globe
  •   The Fluffy Four, 12am 5/6/18 to 10am 5/11/18. Published in Sunday, May 13th Joplin Globe
  •   The Championship, 12am 5/13/18 to 10am 5/18/18. Published in Sunday, May 20th Joplin Globe

Dates above are tentative; in the event of a tie, voting will continue until ties are resolved. In the event that a dog receives no additional votes at the end of the current round, they may not advance to the next round and will be replaced by a dog that lost his bracket but has more votes and received votes in the round. Votes from previous rounds carry over into the following rounds.

Each vote in each round will be charged at a rate of 10 cents per vote. A $1 minimum is required. You may vote as many times and for as many photos as you wish. You may view all photos and vote totals or cast your votes by going online to BARKING BRACKETS VOTING. Proceeds from voting will benefit The Joplin Globe Newspaper in Education program.

        6. How to Vote:

        Online voting

        Votes may be cast by going to BARKING BRACKETS VOTING. Online voting is limited to persons 18 years of age or older. There is a minimum of $1.00 for online voting. Online votes may be submitted using a valid credit card through Papal. You do not have to have a PayPal account to use your credit card. All authorized credit card transactions cannot be cancelled and are non-refundable. If your credit card is declined for any reason, no vote will be submitted on your behalf. Your computer must accept cookies, or any successor or similar technology which may be used for the purpose of entry tracking. Ad blocking software on your computer needs to be disabled so it doesn’t interfere with processing your online entry or ballot.

        Mail-in and Drop-off Voting

        Voting ballots are available at the front office of The Joplin Globe located at 117 E 4th St, Joplin, MO, from 8:00AM to 5:00PM, Monday through Friday. Ballots can be turned in at this location or mailed to the following address:

“Barking Bracket Contest”

The Joplin Globe


Joplin, MO 64802-0007

      There is no vote minimum per ballot for mail-in or drop-off ballots.  Your monetary check can be made out to: The Joplin Globe NIE.  Cash will not be accepted for mail-in votes. Mail-in votes must be received before the end of the voting period and votes received after the voting period ends will be returned to sender.

      Readers, friends, and relatives can cast votes for their favorite photo. Votes will be updated manually by noon the next business day and will not appear immediately when votes are cast. Please allow delivery and processing time.

7. Prizes

        The winning photo, runner-up, and 3rd place will receive prizes or gift cards from local merchants. Winners will be announced online and in The Joplin Globe on Sunday, May 20th, 2018.

  8. Disclaimer and Indemnification:

    By participating, entrants agree to be bound by these Official Rules and the decisions of The Joplin Globe. The Joplin Globe reserves the right to disqualify persons found tampering with or otherwise abusing any aspect of this contest as solely determined by The Joplin Globe. The decisions of The Joplin Globe regarding the selection of winners and all other aspects of the contest shall be final and binding in all aspects. Sign up for the Blue Buffalo Newsletter to receive e-newsletters about BLUE news, promotions and more