Dog Photo Contest

Come. Sit. Stay. #PlayByTheBay

Join the San Mateo County/Silicon Valley Convention & Visitors Bureau in celebrating our area as dog friendly! With the increase in the number of dog friendly restaurants, hotels and businesses in our area, we want to highlight the way our amazing peninsula embraces our furry friends.  We are hosting an Instagram “Come.Sit.Stay #PlaybytheBay” dog photo contest where we want to feature your dog around the Best of the San Francisco Bay Area.



Entry is Easy!

All you need to do is post a photo of your dog having fun in San Mateo County/Silicon Valley, using the hashtag #PlaybytheBay.  (For a list of dog-friendly establishments, check out our Dog-Friendly Brochure or the Pet-Friendly section on our website.)

The contest will run from October 9, 2018 – November 8, 2018. Winners will be chosen by SMCCVB staff and will be announced on November 9, 2018. Three photos will be selected to win.

Owners of the top three photos will each win a cash prize or may opt to have a donation in equal value made to a favorite pet-related charity!



1st place - $100

2nd place - $50

3rd place - $25

All photos submitted have a chance to be featured in brochures such as the official San Mateo County/Silicon Valley Visitors Guide, Dog-Friendly Guide, and/or our website.*


Check out our latest blog to learn more about some of our best 
Dog Friendly Restaurants with Gardens and Views.

French Bulldog at the Park

Dogs Sleeping

Contest Rules:


  • Photo must feature a dog.
  • Photo caption must list the location the photo was taken. Location must be in San Mateo County or Palo Alto.
  • Photo must use hashtag: #PlaybytheBay
  • You must be at least 18 years or older to participate.
  • The featured photo must have been taken by you.  
  • For any photos taken at a locally owned business, you must submit written permission from the dog’s owner and/or any people featured in the photo. (Photos taken in public places are fine without a permission form.)
  • Winning photographers will be required to sign a SMCCVB photo release form.
  • Contest is for Instagram only. Any photos submitted through other forms will not be considered.
  • Deadline to submit a photo is 11:59pm PST on November 8, 2018.


Any questions? Please contact Nova Maldonado at (650) 348.7600 or

* While low resolution photos will be fine for the contest, please be aware that in order to use your photo in print, we would need the photo to be 300 dpi and at least 1500 x 900 pixels.



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