‘Dog Photographer Of The Year’ Contest Announces The Winners

Overall Winner And Man’s Best Friend 1st Place Winner Maria Davison Ramos, Portugal

“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 photographs. The location and the light were far from perfect, but I ended taking one of the photos I’m most proud of.”
Dog Portrait 2nd Place Winner, David Yanez, UK

“This image was taken of ‘Ray’ after a long woodland walk. 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 markings. ‘Sleeping Tiger’ seems an apt title for my image.”
Dogs At Play Category 1st Place Winner Kaylee Greer, USA

“Petey and I stood there together on the water’s 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 quietly revelled in that perfect, endless moment.
Dogs At Play Category 2nd Place Winner Rodrigo Capuski, Brazil

“This photo was taken a week before the camomile harvest, on a weekend we decided to look for new locations to photograph. The chamomile field is 50 km from Curitiba, in a rural location with several varieties of plantations. It was a day when Leica had a lot of fun and went back home yellow and smelling like chamomile.”
Puppies Category 2nd Place Winner Tracy Kirby, Ireland

“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 dog’s courage and resilience inspires me.
Rescue Dogs Charity Category 3rd Place Winner Kaylee Greer, USA

“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.
Dog Portrait 1st Place Winner, Anastasia Vetkovskaya, Russia

“This magnificent Afghan was incredibly nice to shoot – he is very expressive and emotional.”
Oldies Category 1st Place Winner John Liot, UK

“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 client’s house. Kelly, an apprehensive 12 year-old collie-cross, found her spot in the God rays heating up the arm of a sofa and had a nap.
Dogs At Work 1st Place Winner Sarah Caldecott, UK

“The photograph of Rita was taken during a training day in February this year on the moors in County Durham the weather hadn’t been kind and the light was fading fast.”
Dogs At Work 2nd Place Winner Lucy Charman, UK

“This particular photo was taken after a long, very wet and stormy November Day last season where the dogs and picking up team were pleased to get back into the pickup for some respite from the weather after a wet but enjoyable day.”
I Love Dogs Because… (ages 11 To 17) 3rd Place Winner Kirsten Van Ravenhorst, Netherlands

“This photo was taken on a lazy Sunday afternoon walk in The Netherlands. The dog in the photo is Fenrir, my youngest dog. He is the perfect model, and the reason why I picked up the camera again.”
Young Pup Photographer (under 11s) 1st Place Winner Dylan Jenkins, UK

“If I see something really, 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.
Dog Portrait 3rd Place Winner, Noel Bennett, UK

“Bella is always ready to pose for me, so when I saw the fallen leaves at the top of the garden, I knew it was an opportunity too good to miss.”
Puppies Category 1st Place Winner Mirjam Schreurs, Netherlands

“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, that’s why I focus on dog photography.
Rescue Dogs Charity Category 2nd Place Winner Martin Tosh, UK

“Fly was originally an unwanted family pet before being taken by a farm to be a cow dog. Unfortunately he didn’t take to such work and as a result endured a miserable life there, left tied up all the time without being walked. Happily he now has a much better life after being rescued by my sister, Anni and her partner, Alison who live in The Peak District.
Puppies Category 3rd Place Winner Ruud Lauritsen, Netherlands

“I was asked to photograph the three month German Shepherd, Aiko, at the beach in Holland. Aiko had the time of his life. 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.”
Man’s Best Friend Category 2nd Place Winner Emma Williams, UK

“I have studied photography obsessively over the last 5 years and love to experiment 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 Love Dogs Because… (ages 11 To 17) 2nd Place Winner Summer Clark, UK

“I took this photo of my beloved Border Terrier, Earl, having fun on a Devonshire beach during a family summer holiday.”
Dogs At Work 3rd Place Winner Peter Steffensen, Denmark

“This photo is of Marley, a dog who had a second chance at life, when a vet refused to put this healthy dog to sleep, and instead found a loving forever home for him with. He now enjoys oodles of time in the fields, doing what he loves most; herding!
Oldies Category 3rd Place Winner Tracy Kirby, Ireland

“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 dog’s courage and resilience inspires me. Red is an 11 year old Madra rescue dog…

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