Dogs are endlessly fascinating subjects for photographers. No matter how many pictures are taken, there is always something exciting and original or emotional and heartwarming when a dog is captured on camera.
Look no further than these wonderful photos of the winners of this year’s Dog Photography Awards. The 12 winning photos from the 2022 competition capture dogs hard at work, having fun and hanging out with their humans.
1st Place Winner – “She is Bagheera” by Francesco Junior Mura (Italy)
During an Agility Dog competition in Italy, Bagheera is caught mid-flight. “The first obstacle of the course is the moment I prefer most of all,” says Francesco Junior Mura. “There, where it all begins, where the bond between Human and Dog is expressed in such a clear way by such a magnetic look, where you can see the power of dog’s muscles contracting and releasing energy at every handler’s nod.”
2nd Place – Kjara Kocbek (Slovenia)
3rd Place – Julia Haßelkuß (Germany)
“I took this picture during our vacation in Norway. It was very foggy that day, so I wanted to create a friendly and sunny look,” Julia Haßelkuß says.
PORTRAIT & LANDSCAPE CATEGORY
1st Place Winner – The avalanche rescue dog by Dalia Fichmann (Switzerland)
Dalia Fichmann crawled into a dark ice cave to wait for an avalanche rescue dog to find her.
“The moment when the snow cover opens up, the first ray of light penetrates the cave, the paws dig away the snow and the dog’s nose sniffs towards you is wonderful,” Dalia writes. “A big compliment to all the dog handlers with their four-legged friends who invest a lot of time and patience. In an emergency, they risk their own lives. The picture shows Border Collie Kyron, who was looking for me and fortunately found me.”
She accompanied rescue teams in Melchsee- Frutt (Switzerland) while they practiced and were being trained using positive reinforcement to “keep them enjoying the search.”
2nd Place – Amber my Dalmatian by Sophia Hutchinson (United Kingdom)
“This shot of Amber my Dalmatian is so special to me as this was one of the first walks we were able to do off lead since her two leg operations. It fills me with emotion seeing her so independent and captivated by the beauty of nature and wildlife,” Sophia Hutchinson writes.
3rd Place – Greenland Dogs by Joanne Liu (Canada)
Joanne Liu visited Ilulissat, Greenland to take photographs of the Greenland Dog (Greenlandic: Kalaallit Qimmiat, Danish: Grønlandshund). She captured images of the dogs “behaving naturally on the land provided to them by the government.” This puppy dog is enjoying a nap.
“There used be 30,000 Greenland Dogs and now there are only around 15,000. In Greenland they are exclusively used as working sled dogs,” Liu explains. “Climate change has reduced their use in favour of skidoos, which are better able to handle marginal ice conditions. Puppies up until about 6 months of age are allowed to roam untethered in order to socialize them and are friendly and playful. Adults are chained and kept separate. Housing and veterinary care is provided by the government.”
1st Place Winner – Things are looking up by Su Kaye (United Kingdom)
Of her photo Su Kaye writes, “Just trying to do something different from the norm and create something unique in my studio and a new style. Not something I’ve seen other people doing and has created a great response and good reactions.”
2nd Place – Mimi’s Backstory by Jane Thomson (Canada)
3rd Place by Daniela Schmid (Germany)
DOGS & PEOPLE CATEGORY
1st Place Winner – Unconditional Love by Sabrina Theden (Germany)
2nd Place – Sarah Ebner (Switzerland)
3rd Place – Walking the dog along the beach by Russell Charters (Australia)
SELECTION OF FINALISTS
Here is a selection of some of the excellent finalist photographs that were considered.
The Dog Photography Awards is an annual competition open to professional, amateur and student photographers from around the world. Their goal is to promote talented photographers around the world with the help from their world-renowned, experienced judges, who themselves specialize in dog photography.
Winners of the Dog Photography Awards receive prizes of up to €2,000 in cash (€500 for each category). Judges received 1400 applications from 50 different countries for this year’s competition.