Photo Contest


Our contest is held yearly in the Spring time.  Our 2019 contest will start March 31st 2019 and end May 1st 2019 – the contest runs in real time and is managed by a 3rd party, not Defensa.   Check back HERE on April 1st to enter and vote

Our past winners

2015 Bert2016 Hopkins 2017 Julia

 2018 Ally

Our Past Rules & Prizes

Thanks to our Sponsors!!!


A custom, one of a kind, Pet Portrait of your submitted photo by Rincon Artist Maureen Schmidt. First prize also includes your pet portrait being featured on the cover of Rincon’s El Coqui Magazine print publication and on their website!  El Coqui is a bilingual community publication that focuses on Rincon and Western Puerto Rico, with followers across the island and united states. Examples of Maureen’s art can be seen here.


Past Prizes have included, Your choice of any of these prizes from our wonderful sponsors!

Oceano Seaglass Ultra-rare Sea Glass Marble Ring, in orange & white. Retail value $180 (photo below)

Playa Beach Bar & Grill $40 Dinner Gift Certificate

Mi Familias Pizzeria – $30 Gift Certificate

The Red Door Boutique & Gift Shop $25 Gift Certificate

Rincon Ride – Cycle Spin Beachfront – 3 ride package – $150

Rincon Paddle Boards – Hour Ride on Multi-Person Paddle Board – $80

Rincon Beer Company $30 Gift Certificate

RD2Happiness Surf School Rentals & Eco Tours $50 Gift Certificate towards Beach Rentals – SUP, Surf Board, Boggie Board, Chairs, Umbrella at Marina, Sandy or Maria’s in Rincon – Subject to Availability

Purple Lizard Maps 1 Free Rincon Purple Lizard Map – Retail Value $12


Your choice of any 2nd place prize that the 2nd place winner did not pick


Your choice of any 2nd place prize that the 2nd & 3rd place winners did not pick

RULES – and example photos at the bottom of this page
  • Animal must be from Puerto Rico
  • Animal does not have to be IN Puerto Rico in the photo you submit
  • Make your Puerto Rican rescue photo stand out by including a Puerto Rico landmark and/or a Puerto Rican ‘item’ / ‘custom’ / ‘culture’
  • For example, your Puerto Rican Rescue with a Medilla (not actually drinking it)
  • For example, your Puerto Rican Rescue at the Cabo Rojo Lighthouse
  • For example, your Puerto Rican Rescue surfing at Domes Beach Rincon
  • For example, your Puerto Rican Rescue enjoying Bomba & Plena
  • 1st place receiving 200 votes or more
  • 2nd place receiving 100 votes or more
  • 3rd place receiving 50 votes or more

First Place is Always a Portrait by Helping Paws, Pet Portraits by Maureen Schmidt

Maureen does commissioned Portraits Year Round – Here are some that she has done and donated a percentage to Defensa!