As The Kennel Club’s Dog Photographer of The Year winners Are Announced, The winning images show THAT it TAKES more Than A Camera AND A POCKET full of Treats To Deliver AWARD- winning Pooch Photos
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If you’re a dog- owning photographer, then it’s highly likely that you spend at least a good portion of the time with your camera focused firmly on your furry little friend. and who can blame you? dogs are characterful creatures that can make for great photographic subjects, providing you’ve either got them well- trained or possess an inhuman amount of patience. The saying about never working with animals and children? It definitely applies to photography!
This year’s The Kennel Club dog Photographer of the year awards is a showcase of talented pooch photographers who have definitely got the knack for capturing stunning pet portraits. divided into ten categories, it covers everything from puppies to portraits and dogs at play through to older animals. working dogs, assistance dogs, special categories for photographers under 11 and 12- 17 years of age, as well as an interpretive category called Man’s Best friend, are also among the ten.
rosettes at the ready: the overall winner for this year’s award went to an entry from the latter category – Maria davison ramos from Portugal netted the top prize for her defiantly- titled image ‘ a girl’s Best friend’, showing yzma, a cross- breed rescue dog lying shyly on the kitchen floor next to a slightly- chewed shoe. with her win, Maria secures a display at The Kennel Club art gallery in Mayfair, a Smugmug business account, a one- to- one mentorship with leading dog photographer andy Biggar and an original oil painting of her image by award- winning artist Sara abbott. and yes, she does get a rosette too!
other victorious category winners include: uk photographer Sarah Caldecott in the dogs at work discipline for her image of rita the Pointer, called ' on The Move'; Mirjam Schreurs from The netherlands in the Puppies category for her image of Tyson the Boxer; and Kaylee greer from the usa in the dogs at Play category. Kaylee also managed to take third place in the rescue dogs category too.
If you’re looking at the winning images and thinking that your own capture of a four- legged friend deserves to be amongst the final selection, then there’s always next year’s competition. It is due to open in october, with exact dates, categories and prizes to be confirmed. for more information, and to see the full list of winning and commended entries, visit: www. dogphotographeroftheyear. org. uk
1) Winner of the dogs at play category: Splash! by Kaylee Greer, USA: “Petey clumsily jumped into the water, beckoning me to come along. I followed him in and giggled as he would push his paw down into the warm, salty water, sending little crystal droplets flying through the air.” 2) Winner dog photographer of the year: A Girl’s Best Friend by Maria Davison Ramos,
Portugal: “My friend had just adopted Yzma and we were chatting in the kitchen. The location and the light were far from perfect, but I ended taking one of the photos I’m most proud of.” 3) 2nd place oldies category: Life by Igor Abramovich, UK: “This photo was taken on a very hot day in Ukraine. My grandmother's dog, Rex, who my grandmother took in as a stray, spent most of the day motionless in his doghouse trying to hide in the shadows from the burning sun.” 4) 2nd place rescue dogs charity category: Free Spirit by Martin Tosh, UK: “Fly was an unwanted pet before being taken in by a farm. Unfortunately he didn’t take to such work. He now has a much better life after being rescued by my sister and her partner in The Peak District.” 5) 3rd place dogs at Work category: Eyes on the Prize by Peter Steffensen, Denmark: “This is Marley, who had a second chance when a vet refused to put him to sleep, and found a loving home for him. He now enjoys oodles of time in the fields, doing what he loves: herding!”