Dog Days of Summer Photo Contest


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West Marine, the world’s largest waterlife retailer, announced its “Dog Days of Summer” social media contest. Starting August 1 and ending September 7, West Marine is honoring the salty sea dogs in our lives. For this contest, West Marine is looking for photos of dogs enjoying the breeze on the bow, taking a nap on the dock, playing in the waves or riding along on stand-up paddleboards. While you can’t use this them in a contest, if you are looking to boost your audience for your Instagram page, you might be interested in a social media marketing tool – such as kenji – as a way to engage with your audience and share all those cute doggo pictures.

To enter, post photos through Instagram or Facebook at The five winning entrants will each receive a $100 West Marine gift card that can be used to outfit a furry friend, a boat or the dog’s best friend. Looking for inspiration? Visit or the Dog Days of Summer board at

Contest Dates: Photo entries can be submitted between August 1 and September 7. Winners will be announced on September 9 at the website.

Entry Process: Photos can be submitted through Instagram or Facebook. To enter on Facebook, post pictures as Public to with hashtags #dogdaysofsummer and #westmarine. To enter on Instagram, tag uploaded photos to WestMarineInc, with hashtags #dogdaysofsummer #westmarine. Captions should include info on why the dog and their pet parent are in need of new gear to enjoy their waterlife.

Judging Criteria: Photos can be funny or sentimental, and preference will be given to those taken on or near the water. The dog could be on a boat, walking along the beach or at a waterside restaurant. Or, even at West Marine! (Note: The dog in the photo doesn’t need to be owned by the entrant, but the entrant should have the rights to entered photos.)

Winner Notification: Winners will be contacted via the social media channel which the photo was submitted to. Electronic gift card will be sent by email.


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