Pets of Charleston Photo Contest

The Charleston Museum invites proud pet parents to enter their best photos of their fur-ever friends for the Pets of Charleston Photo Contest! Inspired by the Museum’s current exhibit in the Lowcountry Image Gallery, In the Company of Animals: Pets of Charleston, this photo contest celebrates the companionship between Charlestonians and their fur-ever friends. The winning photo from this contest will be accessioned into The Charleston Museum’s Archives Collection for future generations and will be on display in the Lowcountry Image Gallery for the month of December. The winner will also receive a Family Membership to The Charleston Museum and a prize-pack from The Charleston Museum and Doolittle’s Pet Supply, sure to delight any pet parent!

Finalists will be chosen by a panel of Museum staff and posted on the Museum’s website and social media for online voting. Submissions will be accepted through October 4, 2019. Online voting will be open from October 22 – October 29 and the winning photo will be put on display in the Lowcountry Image Gallery through December 31, 2019.

In addition to the Grand Prize Winner, Dolittle’s Pet Supply will choose one photo that captures “Best Porch Pet”! Submit a photo of your fur-ever friend enjoying one of Charleston’s picturesque porches for your chance to be the winner of a prize package from Dolittle’s Pet Supply (valued at $50)! All entries are automatically considered for this category.

This photo contest and “Best Porch Pet” are generously sponsored by:

How to enter:

Submit your photos now through 11:59 pm on October 4, 2019.

To enter, email [email protected] with your entry (JPG, at least 300dpi) with your name, email, city, and state of residence, pet’s name, breed and social media handles (if applicable).

Also, please include how long you and your pet have been fur-ever friends for your chance to be featured on the Museum’s Social Media profiles throughout the summer. Limited to one entry per pet. All entries agree to the Museum’s Release and License and meet all eligibility requirements for this photo contest.


The Pets of Charleston Photography Contest is open to pet owners living either full or part-time in the tri-county area (Charleston, Berkeley and Dorchester Counties in South Carolina). Entrant must have the legal right and ability to give permission to The Charleston Museum to use the photograph or have secured, prior to entry, the written or expressed permission of any person and/or pet owner other than the entrant required for the photograph. Finalists agree to allow their pet’s photograph to be posted on the Museum’s website, social media, and promotional materials and will agree to not use the photo for any other commercial promotion or purpose throughout 2019. Limit one entry per pet.

Release and License:

In consideration of entering my photo in The Charleston Museum’s Pets of Charleston Photo Contest, I grant The Charleston Museum permission to utilize the provided photograph of my pet, me and /or others (if applicable), as well as my name and any statements for inclusion in print, digital and future promotions regarding The Charleston Museum’s Pets of Charleston Photo Contest. With regards to Finalists, I may use my entered photo for personal use, but I will not use it for commercial purposes for the remainder of 2019.

As a condition for participating in the photo contest, I certify that I have the consent of all other identifiable persons, children, and animals in the photo to be bound by the terms of this Release and License. I understand that The Charleston Museum will rely on this certification in posting or otherwise using entries for promotion prior to selecting a winner.

I hereby release and discharge The Charleston Museum from any and all claims and demands whatsoever arising out of or in connection with the use of the photograph or any reproduction thereof and waive any further claim for compensation in connection with the use of the photograph. I acknowledge that the photograph or statements may be edited for length and clarity and waive any right to inspect or approve the finished product. If chosen as the winning photo, I hereby release all rights to the image, grant permission for the image to be accessioned into The Charleston Museum’s Archives Collection and agree to adhere to any guidelines for accession into the Collection.