‘ Dog Photographer Of The Year’ Contest Announces The Win, And They’re Pawsome

Every year, The Kennel Club, perhaps the oldest acknowledged canine organization in the world, pleasures us with scenes from their Dog Photographer Of The Year competition – and builds us fall in love with puppies even more…

The prestigious contest has been running for 12 years now. It received nearly 10,000 entries from 74 countries around the world. The rivalry has 10 categories, including ‘Puppies’, ‘Assistance Dogs’, ‘Rescue Dogs’, and ‘Dogs At Work’. There’s also a ‘Man’s Best Friend’ category, that showcases photos that capture the deep bond between dogs and humans.

This year, Maria Davison from Portugal won the overall prize with a picture of a black puppy resting by her friend’s feet.Davison told: “This image was already close to my heart and it is one of the photographs I am most proud of. It is not merely a beautiful, real and candid moment I got to capture, but also a demonstration of the strong bond between one of my closest friends and her dog, Yzma. Winning not only the Man’s Best Friend category, but also the overall win prize with this image feelings really good.”

The winning images will be exhibited at the Kennel Club in Mayfair, London.

“For me, capturing real and candid moments is what photography is all about. This is one of those moments. My friend had just adopted Yzma and while we were chatting in the kitchen I was taking some photo. The location and the light were far away from perfect, but I aimed taking one of the photos Im most proud of.”

Joshua sat behind the bars of his cold cage at the shelter wondering why people kept passing him by. Every day, he held out hope, wagging his tail furiously as people would peer in curiously at him, and then move on. The hours turned into days, the days turned into months, and still, Joshua waited. For 8 long months, he curled up on that concrete floor, dreaming of the love …

Joshua sat behind the bars of his cold cage at the shelter wondering why people kept passing him by. Every day, he held out hope, wagging his tail furiously as people would peer in curiously at him, and then move on. The hours turned into days, the days turned into months, and still, Joshua waited. For 8 long months, he curled up on that concrete floor, dreaming of the love of a family. Wasnt he a good boy just like all the others? Then, one morning, on a day that started just like all the ones that arrived before, Joshua wagged his trademark tail wag right into the heart of passing stranger and abruptly, his narrative changed eternally. That passing stranger was me, and in that moment, my heart was filled with more love, kindness and purity than I had ever known before. Joshua came home with me afterward that day and officially became a part of my family. The next morning after adopting him – only 12 hours or so since he left his well-worn place in his shelter enclosure – we went on our first walk together as human and dog, and I was lucky enough to capture this moment. This is the definitive, tiny slice of time in which the pleasure can only be measured by the size of his perfect smile. A moment in which Joshua realized that he had finally find freedom. A moment in which he had finally been given the second opportunity at life that he so deserved. A moment in which Joshua detected he was finally home.

This image was taking into consideration Ray’ after a long woodland stroll. It struck me whilst sitting opposite him how majestic and regal Ray looked whilst taking up most of the sofa! Many people are drawn to him whilst out and about and frequently refer to him as a tiger due to his beautiful brindle commemorates. Sleeping Tiger seems an apt title for my image.”

I am a photographer originally from England but live in Co Galway, Ireland and volunteer for Madra, a dog rescue charity I take photographs of the dogs to help find them forever homes. I suffer with a chronic illness so when I am able to go to the kennels it is therapy for me as the dogs heroism and resilience inspires me. Faye was a cheeky, tiny boxer cross puppy …

I am a photographer originally from England but live in Co Galway, Ireland and volunteer for Madra, a puppy rescue charity I take photographs of the dogs to help find them forever homes. I suffer with a chronic illness so when I am able to go to the kennels it is therapy for me as the dogs gallantry and resilience inspires me. Faye was a cheeky, tiny boxer cross puppy with a huge personality who was looking for her eternally home. Im pretty sure Faye was a world class super model in a former life. She knew instinctively how to sit and pose for the camera and demanded her fee( chicken) after every few clicks of the camera.

Petey and I stood there together on the waters edge in awe as the working day bowed out to the night and the sunlight slipped its yellow head behind the horizon. Pastel colours painted themselves across the Summer sky above our shoulders in stripes of pink and cobalt blue as we softly revelled in that perfect, endless moment. Then, just as suddenly as the sky had illuminated itself on fire, Petey …

Petey and I stood there together on the waters edge in awe as the day bowed out to the night and the sun slipped its yellow head behind the horizon. Pastel colours painted themselves across the Summer sky above our shoulders in stripes of pink and cobalt blue as we softly revelled in that perfect, endless moment. Then, just as suddenly as the sky had lit itself on fire, Petey clumsily jumped into the water with a joyful little sparkle in his eye, beckoning me to come along. I followed him in and giggled until my sides hurt as he would push his paw down into the warm, salty water, sending little crystal droplets flying through the air all around him. With each happy splash came the realization of the perfection in those tiny moments, and of the unmatched purity of the canine heart.

“This photo was taken a week before the camomile harvest, on a weekend we decided to look for new locatings to photograph. The chamomile field is 50 km from Curitiba, in a rural place with several assortments of plantations. It was a day when Leica had a lot of fun and went back home amber and reeking like chamomile.”

This image was taken as part of a commissioned shoot with three rescue dogs. It was a beautiful and bright November day and the Sun was creating an intense light through the windows, warming the customer house. Kelly, an apprehensive 12 year-old collie-cross, determined her spot in the God rays heating up the limb of a sofa and had a nap. She was a cautious girl with a sad backstory …

This image was taken as part of a commissioned shoot with three rescue puppies. It was a beautiful and bright November day and the Sun was creating an intense light through the windows, warming the clients home. Kelly, an apprehensive 12 year-old collie-cross, procured her place in the God rays heating up the arm of a sofa and had a sleep. She was a cautious daughter with a sad backstory and had challenging behavioural issues prior to being adopted. Happily though, she has found rejuvenated life with her new household in Jersey who are giving her all the love and attention she sorely missed in her younger years.

This magnificent Afghan was incredibly nice to shoot – he is very expressive and emotional.

The photograph of Rita was taken during a educate day in February this year on the moors in County Durham the climate hadn’t been kind and the illuminate was fading fast.”

This particular photo was taken after a long, very wet and stormy November Day last season where the dogs and picking up squad were pleased to get back into the pickup for some reprieve from the weather after a wet but enjoyable day.

This photo was taken on a lazy Sunday afternoon walk in The Netherlands. The dog in the photo is Fenrir, my youngest puppy. He is the perfect model, and the reason why I picked up the camera again.

I was just looking for her caring eyes to catch the attention of one of the residents, RAF veteran Mr Duncan Currie( a pilot for the Royal Air Force No. 617 Squadron, Dam Busters) who has Dementia, he is 95 yrs old.

“I was asked to photograph the three month German Shepherd, Aiko, at the beach in Holland. Aiko had the time of their own lives. He was running and playing and tried to meet as many other dogs as possible. And after a half of a hour Aiko was sitting down and then is was able to shoot this picture.”

“If I see something actually, really special, I have to take a photo or video of it. I love taking photos and videos of Mosey because she is so funny, gentle and sleepy! I also like taking photos and videos of the birds at WWT( Llanelli ), especially the Nene geese. I took this photo in my garden. We had some cake and Mosey came to sniff it. I took about …

“If I see something really, very special, I have to take a photo or video of it. I love taking photos and videos of Mosey because she is so funny, gentle and sleepy! I also like taking photos and videos of the birds at WWT( Llanelli ), especially the Nene geese. I took this photo in my garden. We had some cake and Mosey came to sniff it. I took about twenty photos and this was the best and the funniest.”

Fly was originally an unwanted family pet before being taken by a farm to be a cow puppy. Unfortunately he didnt take to such run and as a result suffered a miserable life there, left tied up all the time without being strolled. Blithely he now has a much better life after being rescued by my sister, Anni and her partner, Alison who live in The Peak District. This photo …

Fly was originally an unwanted household pet before being taken by a farm to be a cow puppy. Regrettably he didnt take to such work and as a result suffered a miserable life there, left tied up all the time without being strolled. Blithely he now has a much better life after being rescued by my sister, Anni and her partner, Alison who live in The Peak District. This photo was taken at sunset on a family trip-up to Hunstanton beach.

Bella is always ready to pose for me, so when I watched the fallen leaves at the opening of the garden, I knew it was an opportunity too good to miss.

I have studied photography obsessively over the last 5 years and love to experimentation and push the boundaries of photography. Eight months ago I started ‘freelensing’ and this was how this image of my beloved Whippet Gus was taken, out walking in the Derbyshire Peak District.

I am a photographer originally from England now living in Co Galway, Ireland and volunteer for Madra, a fantastic puppy rescue charity. I photograph the dogs to help find them forever homes. I suffer with a chronic illness so when I am able to go to the kennels it is therapy for me as the dogs courage and resilience inspires me. Red is an 11 year old Madra rescue dog …

I am a photographer originally from England now living in Co Galway, Ireland and volunteer for Madra, a fantastic dog rescue charity. I photograph the dogs to help find them forever homes. I suffer with a chronic illness so when I am able to go to the kennels it is therapy for me as the dogs gallantry and resilience inspires me. Red is an 11 year old Madra rescue dog who was adopted by my friend and fellow Madra volunteer. My own dear puppy passed away last year so her mummy brought her for a visit to comfort me. I couldnt resist photographing her. Red lives a life of luxury filled with love now.

This photo is of Marley, a puppy who had a second chance at life, when a veterinarian rejects to set this healthy dog to sleep, and instead saw a caring eternally home for him with. He now enjoys oodles of time in the fields, doing what he loves most; herding!

This photo was captured during a private committee. The image was taken on a Muddy Good Hike( my name for the photo shoot escapades I offer to clients) Im a big believer in photographing dogs in a natural environment – they love it and I think theres nothing more fun than lacing up a pair of walking boots, packing a rucksack and setting off into the forest with your best …

This photo was captured during a private commission. The image was taken on a Muddy Good Hike( my name for the photo shoot adventures I offer to clients) Im a big believer in photographing puppies in a natural environment – they love it and I think theres nothing more fun than lacing up a pair of walking boots, packing a rucksack and defining off into the forest with your best friend! Thats where memories are made.

“I am from the Netherlands and live in a small village. I have photographed for 4 years now and since the end of last year I took the step of photographing only dogs and children. Dogs are loyal friends and I love them a lot, thats why I focus on dog photography. The picture of Tyson was a wow moment for me and during this shoot I knew that I …

“I am from the Netherlands and live in a small village. I have photographed for 4 years now and since the end of last year I took the step of photographing merely puppies and children. Dogs are loyal friends and I love them a lot, thats why I focus on dog photography. The picture of Tyson was a wow moment for me and during this shoot I knew that I would like to continue photographing puppies. This picture was made at the end of the shoot, the dog sat down and had a wonderful concentration to his owner this was a wonderful moment.

“I especially enjoy this photo because it exemplifies what I love about my puppy. In the image you can easily watch his cuteness, personality, and playful way. Combined with the snow, they create a truly lively photo.”

This particular photo was taken at a local park during a session with a fellow photographer. Reno, who is pictured with his owner, a doubled amputee never left his side. I wanted to capture the true bond between them. His proprietor tells me that he has developed Reno himself to assist him in everyday life and shared with me that Reno is a Godsend and is a massive part of …

This particular photo was taken at a local park during a session with a fellow photographer. Reno, who is pictured with his proprietor, a doubled amputee never left his side. I wanted to capture the true bond between them. His owned tells me that he has developed Reno himself to assist him in everyday life and shared with me that Reno is a Godsend and is a massive part of his life.

I was visiting my grandmother in Ukraine who has an old dog and two cats. Rex was a stray puppy that my grandmother took home years ago. During my stay there I have took a bunch of photos of all the animals and one of the best photos was this one. This photo was taken on a very hot day( 31 degrees celsius) in Ukraine. The dog expended the majority of members of …

I was visiting my grandmother in Ukraine who has an old puppy and two cats. Rex was a stray puppy that my grandmother took home years ago. During my stay there I have took a bunch of photos of all the animals and one of the best photos was this one. This photo was taken on a very hot day( 31 degrees celsius) in Ukraine. The dog expended the majority of members of the working day motionless in his doghouse trying to hide in the darkness from the burning sun.

This photo was taken during a private commission for a client. I always ask people to bring their dogs favourite toy with them during the photoshoot, so Purdey decided that she would like to bring her doll bunny to play with. I especially like this photograph because she has a lovely nature, which I suppose genuinely comes across as well as how happy she is to be playing with her …

This photo was taken during a private commission for a client. I always ask people to bring their dogs favourite toy with them during the photoshoot, so Purdey decided that she would like to bringing her plaything bunny to play with. I particularly like this photograph because she has a lovely nature, which I think actually comes across as well as how happy she is to be playing with her favourite toy.

Chloe and Tess came to Bath Cats and Dogs Home when their owner succumbed. I had the pleasure of photographing the sisters while they were playing in one of the grass paddocks, when I captured this special moment between Chloe and her carer.

“I took this photo of my beloved Border Terrier, Earl, having fun on a Devonshire beach during a family summertime holiday.”

This photo was taken on New Years Eve, the working day we brought Asa home. He had been running around the working day, exploring& to know his new home. He decided to finally lay down on my old baby blanket& have a remainder& I managed to get this picture.

This photo was taken during an October afternoon amongst the peaceful herb garden on a residential stay at the charity Veterans With Dogs. Milo, has a very close bond with his owned and it was a pleasure to photograph them together.

This specific photo was taken on a bright and sunny Sunday morning while on a walk with our energetic and eager puppy. Cuddles is a very friendly, cheerful companion to have by your side.

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