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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Photo awards, news and tasty tit­bits from the wide, won­der­ful, and some­times weird world of pho­tog­ra­phy

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!”



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