Photo pick of the week: Sandcastles

We enjoy a good story and the element of surprise, and that’s why we chose this playful photo from Roxanne Wells of Irmo as our favorite for the subject “Sandcastles.” It’s not an obvious choice at first glance.

But she explains: “A man’s home is his castle and this brown bear is truly the king of his sandcastle. Here we find him soaking up the sun in his makeshift Lazyboy! This photo was taken at Riverbanks Zoo in Columbia.”

We only received four entries last week, so we hope you fine readers step up to the challenge this week.

Your next assignment is one we’ve done before but we don’t get tired of, and the timing is right.

It’s summertime and there’s nothing like those dog days of summer. Send us a photo that you think best captures that idea.

Get creative, and send us your best shot.

Send just one (1) photograph to by noon on Thursday, July 28. Include your name, town and where the photo was taken. If you send us multiple photos we will select one randomly.

- We will allow photographs with reasonable watermarks to run in the gallery but for the winning photo that runs in the newspaper we must have a photo that does not have a watermark. If you want to send us one with the watermark (to run online) and one without (to possibly run in the newspaper) please feel free.

- The top pick each week will be featured in the Sunday Arts & Culture section and selected picks will appear on The Post and Courier Facebook page.