When the winners of the Dog Photographer of the Year contest are announced, we always wait in anticipation to see the spectacular selection of photos of dogs from all over the world and all walks of life. This year’s entries are no different and the Kennel Club in the UK says they received more entries than ever – almost 7000 from over 70 countries.
Take the overall winner and the winner in the “Oldies” category. Merlin the rescue Podengo dog is 14-years-old and deaf. But sitting among the magnolias it’s hard to imagine such a beautiful dog was once unwanted and unloved!
Denise Czichocki from Switzerland took the photo and said of her win, “I am really proud and overwhelmed, I still can’t believe it!” She says that her passion for dog photography started when she had her first dog. “I wanted to create lovely memories of all of them. Over the years I have developed my photography to become more emotional.”
Scroll below to see all the award-winning photographs!
Dogs At Play Category
Monica van der Maden from the Netherlands won the ‘Dogs at Play’ category with a mischievous photo of Waylon the Australian Shepherd.
Dogs at Work Category
Dorine Scherpel from Canada, who won the ‘Dogs at Work’ category with her photo which was captured in The Lake District.
I Love Dogs Because…Category
Mariah Mobley from the United States who won the ‘I Love Dogs Because…’ category.
Assistance Dogs Category
The winner of the ‘Assistance Dogs’ category was Angelika Elendt from Germany for her portrayal of the important role dogs play in helping people with mental, emotional and/or physical disabilities.
Man’s Best Friend Category
Cat Race from the UK who won the ‘Man’s Best Friend’ category.
Anastasia Vetkovskaya from Russia, won the ‘Portrait’ category with a stunning Saluki.
Monica van der Maden from the Netherlands (last year’s winner), won the ‘Puppy’ category with a heart-warming image of two Weimeraner puppies.
Young Pup Photographer Category
‘Young Pup Photographer’ winner, 11-year-old Sabine Wolpert from the United States
Rescue Dogs Category
Anne Geier from Austria was named the winner of the ‘Rescue Dog’ award and her photo captured the close bond between her and her rescue mixed breed Finn.
The Kennel Club is the largest organization in the UK devoted to dog health, welfare and training. Its objective is to ensure that dogs live healthy, happy lives with responsible owners. More information on the Kennel Club can be found on Facebook and Twitter.