November 8, 2023

Discovery Place Science Announces Photo Contest in Search of the “Dogs of Discovery Place”

Ten winning dogs to be featured in artwork for the upcoming exhibition ‘Dogs! A Science Tail,’ opening at Discovery Place Science in February

Media Contact: Sarah Wheat |

CHARLOTTE, NC (November 2, 2023) – Discovery Place Science announces a photo contest for the chance to have your dog featured in advertising and promotional materials for Dogs! A Science Tail opening at Discovery Place Science on February 3, 2024. Entries will be accepted beginning Thursday, November 2, 2023 until Sunday, November 19, 2023 at 11:59 p.m. EST.

To participate, submit one (1) photo of your dog through the website here and provide a few short sentences on why your dog should be named one of the Dogs of Discovery Place. We’re especially interested in hearing about the bond that exists between you/your family and your dog.

Photos should be digital, in focus and high resolution enough to appear clearly on the Dogs of Discovery Place web page. No photos with humans, please—dogs only—and no costumes, hats, etc. obscuring the dog’s face and body. Entries will be judged by a committee comprised of Discovery Place employees. Discovery Place encourages dogs of all ages, abilities, breeds and personalities to enter. There is no fee to enter the contest.


Ten dogs will be selected to represent Discovery Place Science as the Dogs of Discovery Place and featured on billboards, social media and other advertising for the exhibition Dogs! A Science Tail. Winning dogs must be able to travel to Discovery Place Science in Uptown Charlotte for an in-person photo shoot on or around December 5, 2023. Participation in the photo shoot is required to appear in Dogs! A Science Tail advertising. Travel to and from the photo shoot is the winner’s responsibility. On-site parking will be provided.

In addition to the winners chosen by Discovery Place, there will be a People’s Choice award for the dog that receives the most online votes, subject to Discovery Place’s discretion and approval. Online voting will open Thursday, November 2 and close Friday, November 24, at 5:00 p.m. EST.

By submitting photos for the contest, [human] entrants agree to their dog’s likeness being used on the Dogs of Discovery Place web page. In addition, any dog photos submitted for the contest, whether selected as a winner or not, may appear in Discovery Place email marketing and/or on social media.

About Dogs! A Science Tail
A Science Tail is a hands-on science exhibition that highlights the dynamic nature of the bond between humans and dogs and features immersive experiences that invite guests to see, hear, think and smell like a dog. Guests are also invited to share personal photos and stories of their own dogs as part of the exhibition. Organized into five areas that touch on topics including the history and evolution of dogs, how humans and dogs live and work together and canine pop culture, Dogs! A Science Tail is perfect for families, dog and animal lovers of all ages or anyone interested in exploring the world from a dog’s perspective.

Dogs! A Science Tail exhibition was created and developed by the California Science Center with support from Anneberg Foundation and Wallis Anneberg PetSpace.

About Discovery Place
Discovery Place brings science, nature, and design together to create transformative experiences that enable the community to understand, enjoy and apply science to their lives. Discovery Place is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit and leader in STEM education to the Carolinas through four distinct museum experiences—Discovery Place Science, Discovery Place Nature, Discovery Place Kids Huntersville and Discovery Place Kids Rockingham. Discovery Place serves over 750,000 people a year—through Museum visitations, interactive educational programming, professional development training and community outreach initiatives—shaping a future where people embrace science to create opportunities, build hope, solve problems and bring positive change for our world. In 2017, Discovery Place was named as a finalist for the National Medal by the Institute for Museum and Library Science. Discovery Place is supported, in part, by the Infusion Fund and its generous donors.