Ocean Pines residents are encouraged to get their canine companions camera-ready for the fourth annual Pup of the Pines photo contest, sponsored by the Ocean Pines Recreation and Parks Department.

The contest will run through Oct. 19.

Dogs will compete for the title 2019 Pup of the Pines and a free 2019 Ocean Pines Dog Park registration. The winner will also be the official face of the dog park and will be featured in various Ocean Pines publications.

Eight finalists, selected from contestants, will be on display at the Ocean Pines Halloween celebration from 1 to 4 p.m. Oct. 27 in White Horse Park. Attendees will be able to vote for their favorite. The winner will be announced at the Hometown Christmas Tree Lighting on Nov. 24.

The entry fee is $5 per dog. Money raised from the contest will be used for upgrades and improvements to the dog park.

Official entry forms are available at the Ocean Pines Community Center, 235 Ocean Parkway; the Ocean Pines Administration Building, 239 Ocean Parkway; and at oceanpines.org.

For more, call 410-641-7052.