Fetch Those Photos: the Esplanade Association Kicks Off the “Dog Days of Summer in the Park” Photo Contest

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The Esplanade Association, the 100% privately funded friends group for the Charles River Esplanade, today announced its “Dog Days of Summer on the Esplanade” social media photo contest.

The Esplanade Association, the 100% privately funded friends group for the Charles River Esplanade, today announced its “Dog Days of Summer on the Esplanade” social media photo contest. Starting June 10 and ending August 19, the Esplanade Association will be celebrating the canine companions in local Bostonian’s lives. For this contest, the Esplanade Association is looking for photos of dogs of all shapes and sizes enjoying their time on the Esplanade, whether running on the pathways, taking a nap on the docks, playing catch on the Hatch Shell great lawn or just taking in the views of the river.

“The Dog Days of Summer in the Park” photo contest is a fun way to bring attention to the Esplanade Association’s campaign to restore the park’s historic Lotta Fountain to a place of cultural significance and resource for pets and their owners. The six-foot stone dog fountain was constructed in 1939 in the name of entertainer and philanthropist Lotta Crabtree and for generations it provided a destination for dog owners visiting the Charles River Esplanade. However after years of neglect, the fountain no longer works and needs significant conservational and engineering repairs. With the public’s support, the restorations of this treasured and useful landmark is expected to be complete in the fall of 2016.

To enter the social media photo contest, share photos with the Esplanade Association using Instagram or Facebook. There will be twelve winning entrants selected who will then be featured in the first annual “Dogs of the Esplanade” calendar. The calendar will be sold through the organization’s website starting in November with the proceeds going to the maintenance of the Lotta Fountain. The winners will also be featured on the organization’s website throughout the year and have the opportunity to participate in the official ribbon cutting ceremony of the newly restored Lotta Fountain.

Contest Dates:     Photo entries can be submitted between June 10 and August 19. Winners will be announced on September 12 on the EsplanadeAssociation.org website.

Entry Process:     Photos can be submitted through Instagram or Facebook. To enter on Facebook send a message with photo to http://www.facebook.com/EsplanadeAssociation. To enter on Instagram share your photos with @EsplanadeAssn using hashtags #LottaBostonDogs #MyEsplanade. Captions should include what the Charles River Esplanade means to you and your furry friend.

Judging Criteria:     Photos can be posed, in-action, funny, sentimental, whatever best captures the dog’s personality and must be taken on the Charles River Esplanade. 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.

On behalf of the greater Boston community, the Esplanade Association works in partnership with the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation to restore, manage and enhance the Charles River Esplanade for the enjoyment of all. Because the Esplanade Association receives no public funding, public support is crucial to guarantee that this vital destination and urban oasis continues to flourish and grow. The restoration of the Lotta Fountain is a part of the organization’s much larger vision to make life better on the Esplanade for everyone. (http://www.esplanadeassociation.org)

The Esplanade is approximately 64 acres and extends for 3 miles along the Boston shore of the Charles River from the Boston Museum of Science to the Boston University Bridge.

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