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post #1 of 25
Thread Starter 
We're 99% sure that we're going to continue the Photo Contest & TCS Calendar in 2009!

We also wanted to get you all more involved in the process in choosing the themes for the month. So we're going to have a little brainstorming about themes that you all think would be fun for next year's calendar & contests. We'll compile them and then vote for the top 12, and hopefully start out the contests in the next month so we don't have the big PUSH like we did this year, or the doubled up months (or not as many of them!).

Here is what we did for 2008 to get the ideas flowing:

January: In a cat's eye, all things belong to cats. (Cat eye photos)
February: All You Need is Love (Snuggle pics)
March: Cat-apult Into Spring (Cats & Plants)
April: Cat-astrophies (Naughty Cats)
May: Put Your Best Paw Forward (Portraits)
June: Cat Days of Summer (Sleeping/Sunlight/Relaxing)
July: Noses, Whiskers and Tongues - Oh My!
August: Lend a Helping Paw (helpers)
September: TCS LOL Cats (funny pics)
October: Scary/Scaredy Cats
November: Nom, Nom, Nom (it was supposed to be cats & food, but became cats & the things they chew on)
December: Deck the Halls with Sparkle Balls & Catnip (holiday pics)
post #2 of 25
I think the holiday months (Feb, Oct, Nov and Dec) are pretty well fixed. But, what I think would be hilarious is maybe for July have a "cool down" contest with pics of cats either already wet or playing in or around water? I have seen some VERY funny pics of poor kitties after their baths and they just crack me up! Of course, that isn't fair to our southern hemisphere people who are buried in snow at that point...just thought about that....
post #3 of 25
How about Kitty tummies? Kitties in costume? Kitties playing?
post #4 of 25
You could always repeat Kitty Love pictures for February.
post #5 of 25
I think Kitty Bellies are a must!

Also, wet kitties are great

Not sure about doing snuggle kitties like we had for Feb. Not everyone has multiple cats and most cats don't snuggle with a stuffed animal or anything so I think that one left out a lot of people, myself included
post #6 of 25
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Originally Posted by AlleyGirl View Post
I think Kitty Bellies are a must!

Also, wet kitties are great

Not sure about doing snuggle kitties like we had for Feb. Not everyone has multiple cats and most cats don't snuggle with a stuffed animal or anything so I think that one left out a lot of people, myself included
Kitty Love could be kitties loving mom or dad, not just other kitties.
post #7 of 25
I agree with the wet cats and kitty tummies!
Cats and their dog friends could be a good one. I've seen lots of wonderful photos here from people with cats and dogs.
How about the catnip crazies?
post #8 of 25
I like kitty bellies and wet kitties! I also like the idea of catnip crazies and kitties playing. I think we should definitely do one with kitties playing (with whatever they like to play with!). I think most of the holiday ones are good though, with Scary/Scaredy cats, Nom Nom Nom, and Christmas-y photos. For February, we should expand it to snuggling with mom or dad, doggies or other pets, or other kitties. Wasn't one of the February winners a kitty snuggling with a stuffed animal?

It's a fun contest though, for sure. I enjoy participating!
post #9 of 25
Thread Starter 
A couple more ideas I had:

Cats & Toys
Cats & Computers
Cats & Electronics (i.e. TV, remotes, video games, appliances)
Kitty Tooties (paws)
Tails
Cats in the Kitchen
Kitty Beds (theirs or yours!)

Think about the really good pics you have and think of a theme that would work with it!
post #10 of 25
I think this would be a great theme. Or generally a cats in things one.
post #11 of 25
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Originally Posted by twstychik View Post
I think this would be a great theme. Or generally a cats in things one.
Especially cats in silly things.
post #12 of 25
I like the themes of:
Kitties in weird places
Kitties helping mom/dad out
TV & kitties
Kitties getting into "trouble"
post #13 of 25
Thread Starter 
Keep the ideas coming!

A few more that I thought of...

Cats & TCS
Singing Cats
Smiling Cats
Yawning Cats
post #14 of 25
Cat naps would be a cute one...
post #15 of 25
unseemly kitties?
post #16 of 25
Cats in boxes are always a favorite
post #17 of 25
Thread Starter 
Don't mean to be hogging the thread, but I think of ideas and want to get them down before I forget them!

Cattitude
Rainbow Bridge Kitties (don't know how we'd ever choose, though...they are all SO special!)
post #18 of 25
Thread Starter 
From Gaye's thread, "Why I Can't..."
post #19 of 25
what about X-rated cats?
post #20 of 25
Kitties and their people!!

Best "da bird' shot!! - I know there are A LOT of these out there!!
post #21 of 25
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Originally Posted by valanhb View Post
From Gaye's thread, "Why I Can't..."
Oh that was great! I needed that laugh
post #22 of 25
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Originally Posted by laureen227 View Post
what about X-rated cats?
I have a great one for that.
post #23 of 25
These ideas are great, but I think for some they need to be the same as last year, like Halloween and Christmas, with the stipulation if you won the previous year you can't enter the same pic
post #24 of 25
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Originally Posted by Bella713 View Post
These ideas are great, but I think for some they need to be the same as last year, like Halloween and Christmas, with the stipulation if you won the precious year you can't enter the same pic
I'm trying to come up with different ideas for the same themes for the holidays, like instead of Snuggling Kitties, have "Kitty Love" or something like that which can be interpreted a different way, or Halloween Kitties so kitties with props (pumpkin, mask, hat) could be in instead of just scary/scaredy cats. Ideas are most welcome!!

We are trying to learn from this year's calendar and coming up with "rules" like that one (you can't enter a photo that was featured in previous years' calendars) so it's fair to everyone.
post #25 of 25
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I have a great one for that.
so do i - several!
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