Meet Martha, the world's ugliest dog

A three-year-old Neapolitan Mastiff took out the top prize in a competition she might have been less than thrilled to win: the annual world's ugliest dog competition in California.

Martha's droopy red eyes, uncontrollable drool and baggy skin helped her beat 13 other pups to take out the US$1500 prize at the Sonoma-Marin County Fair.

She also received a trophy, and a flight to New York City for "media appearances," according to contest organizers.

"Never did I imagine that she would be ending up on articles and onstage and on TV," Ms Burkard told the New York Times on Saturday.

Moe, a 16-year-old Brussels griffon-pug mix from Santa Rosa, California, who was the oldest in the competition, came in second.

Miriam Tcheng holds her Brussel Griffon Pug named Moe.
Miriam Tcheng holds her Brussel Griffon Pug named Moe. Photo credit: Getty

"We're proud to celebrate all dogs and pets by showing that no matter their imperfections, they are adoptable, lovable and a great addition to any family," Erin Post, CEO of the Sonoma-Marin Fair, told the Guardian.

Check out some of the other entrants in the competition below. Did Martha deserve to take it out?

A Chinese Crested dog named Chase.
A Chinese Crested dog named Chase. Photo credit: Getty
 A Chinese Crested dog named Rascal.
A Chinese Crested dog named Rascal. Photo credit: Getty
Icky, a mixed breed dog.
Icky, a mixed breed dog. Photo credit: Getty

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