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Bald spots, crooked teeth and hunchbacks: The World's Ugliest Dog Contest is back

For this competition, it pays to be ugly.

A crop of homely canines are getting ready for the 26th annual World’s Ugliest Dog Contest, to be held Friday at the Sonoma-Marin Fair in Petaluma, California.

Contestants are reported to be coming to the fair from throughout the country to participate, where they are judged in four areas: first impressions, unique features, audience reaction and personality. The winner will not only get the flattering title of the World’s Ugliest Dog, but it will also walk away with a cash prize of $1,500.

While the event may seem like a cruel joke, its organizers insist that it's more about showing off the dogs' inner beauty. 

"The annual World's Ugliest Dog Contest is not about making fun of ugly dogs," reads a press release from the organizers, "but having fun with some wonderful characters and showing the world that these dogs are really beautiful."

Take a look at some of this year’s top contenders and vote for the dog that you think should walk away with the top title. 

Addie

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Auggie

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Boogie

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Cupake L

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Cupcake T

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Cyndy Loo Whoo

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Faith

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Grovie

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Josie

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Macie

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Monkey

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Peanut

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Quasi Modo

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Rascal

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Reggie

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Rue

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Shorty

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Sweepee Rambo

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Willie Bean Walker

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Yoda

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