A nine-year-old English bulldog has been named the winner of the 2018 World’s Ugliest Dog contest in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Zsa Zsa won the title on Saturday night at the Sonoma-Marin Sonoma-Marin Fairgrounds in Petaluma.

The dog’s owner Megan Brainard of Anoka, Minnesota, will receive 1,500 dollars for Zsa Zsa’s win.

World’s Ugliest DogZsa Zsa, winner of the World’s Ugliest Dog contest (Jeff Chiu/AP)
World’s Ugliest DogMegan Brainard, after her dog Zsa Zsa is announced the winner of the World’s Ugliest Dog Contest (Jeff Chiu/AP)

Dogs in the annual competition flaunt their imperfections – some have hairless bodies, others have lolling tongues.

The dogs and their handlers walk down a red carpet and they are evaluated by a panel of judges.

World’s Ugliest DogWild Thang, a Pekingese, stands onstage during the World’s Ugliest Dog Contest (Jeff Chiu/AP)
World’s Ugliest DogRascal Deux before the contest (Jeff Chiu/AP)
World’s Ugliest DogMartha, a Neopolitan Mastiff who won the 2017 World’s Ugliest Dog Contest (Jeff Chiu/AP)

The competition included a blackhead-covered Chinese Crested-Dachshund mutt, a bulldog mix with excess wrinkly skin and a Pekingese named Wild Thang.

Last year’s winner was a 125-pound gentle giant named Martha — a Neopolitan Mastiff with gas and a droopy face.

The contest is in its 30th year. It is usually held on a Friday night, but organisers moved this year’s competition to Saturday in an effort to draw a bigger audience.