Every year, the Kennel Club holds a photographic competition for dog enthusiasts all over the world. Professional and amateur photographers alike submit their photos to the prestigious event, and now in its tenth year, the 2015 competition received almost 13,000 entries from a staggering 90 different countries!
“The entries for this year’s Dog Photographer of the Year competition were some of the best we have ever seen,” said Rosemary Smart, Kennel CLub Chief Executive. “Each of the winning photographers beautifully captured the essence of their canine subjects on camera, demonstrating how important dogs are to us in every walk of life.”
When you see the images, I’m sure you’ll agree all the photographers are very talented and show off the dogs in the best possible light! And be sure to check out future years’ winners in the links at the end of this article.
Anastasia Vetkovskaya from Russia, was selected as the overall winner of the competition with an image of Sheldon the English Springer Spaniel entering the water early one morning. The image initially won the ‘Dogs at Work’ category.
Anastasia said of her win, “I have loved animals from an early age, which is why I went to Moscow Veterinary Academy and became a veterinary surgeon in 2007. She says that she’s inspired most by her horses and dogs. “This particular image was taken during dog training one early autumn morning,” she said. “The dog, Lordsett Just One Look (Sheldon), belongs to a friend and often becomes my model.”
Tom Lowe from North Tyneside won the ‘Dogs at Play’ category with a photo of Baxter, his pet Westie, emerging from Loch Lomond.
Linda Storm from Colorado won the ‘Puppy’ category with an adorable image of a rescue puppy enjoying a bowl of milk.
Jamie Morgan from Maidstone won the ‘Dog Portrait’ category with a stunning image of two Afghan Hounds against an idyllic backdrop.
Fiona Sami from Bristol won the ‘Man’s Best Friend’ category with an understated photograph of a man and his dog travelling by train.
Under 18s’ category ‘I Love Dogs Because…’ winner was 16 year-old Jade Hudson from Lincolnshire. She took this photo of Labrador Retriever Hugo with her iPad mini. Jade’s mum says her daughter has “a real gift with taking photos.”
Kevin Smith from Worcestershire won the new category ‘Oldies’ with a portrait of 12-year-old mixed breed, Lizzie.
The winner of the ‘Assistance Dogs and Dog Charities’ category was Michael Higginson from Preston, Lancashire, who took a relaxed photograph of his brother Dale with family pet, Esta. Speaking about his win, Michael said: “I was pretty surprised when I got the call. It’s an honour to be able to show the world what a difference a dog can make to someone else’s life.”
And here are the 2nd and 3rd place winners from the separate categories.
“Man’s best friend.” Taken in Paris, France.
A 10-year-old Irish Setter resting on the arm chair.
Two old labradors sitting on a hill.
Diana Andersen has photographed this lady and her assistance dog a few times. The woman has had her dog for a few years now and now “can’t live without him.”
Finn is a certified therapy dog through Therapy Dogs International. He visits hospitals and nursing homes to comfort those in need of comforting. This photo was taken in a nursing home in VA.
All photographs published on Reshareworthy.com with the permission of the Kennel Club.
The Kennel Club is the UK’s largest organization dedicated to protecting and promoting the health and welfare of dogs. To find out more about the Kennel Club visit their website and on Facebook and Twitter.
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