I'm not much for receiving or giving comments, but since Candids are
near and dear to my heart, I have decided to give comment on every entry
in this challenge.
Unfortunately, candids of animals are really not what I look for in a good candid. Animals are aware and both unaware at the same time of a photographer, nor do they care either way. Too easy, no comfort zone lost. It's a 2 for me. Nice tones though and love you didn't desat the ribbon.
Clever shooting, though the partial de-sat always provokes a sense of being patronised in me - I might actually have looked long enough to notice the ribbon, anyhow. It serves more point than in most such shots, obviously - and abviously the blue thing is relevant here, so I like the cleverness there.
The title belies what the photo shows. Since this is supposed to be a candid, I don't think it should be called eyes on the prize unless one of the dogs is actually looking at the blue ribbon in a way that appears unexpected and human. By using selective color on the ribbon you are drawing the viewer's attention away from the far more interesting subjects which, btw, should be doing something more interesting then looking off camera to be truly engaging. Sorry, this one just doesn't work for me. For me, a candid needs to show something unexpected (odd juxtapositions, subject doing something out of character, e.g.) or else, reveal something about a universal theme, such as love, greed, friendship, etc. It could be argued that this reveals something about competition, but not in a way that engages my interest or provokes an emotional response in me.