These Winning Photos From Dog Photographer of the Year 2019 Are Simply Beautiful

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.

We enjoyed the photos from the 2018 and 2017 winners but there are some in this year’s winners that are simply stunning.

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!

1st Place Oldies/ Overall Winner © Denise Czichocki
Overall Winner

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.

1st Place Dogs at Play. © Monica van der Maden

2nd Place Dogs at Play © Zoltan Kecskes

3rd Place Dogs at Play © Angela Blewaska

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.

1st Place Dogs at Work © Dorine Scherpel

2nd Place Dogs at Work © Katie Behan

3rd Place Dogs at Work © Nadezhda Ivanova

I Love Dogs Because…Category

Mariah Mobley from the United States who won the ‘I Love Dogs Because…’ category.

1st place I Love Dogs Because © Mariah Mobley

2nd place I Love Dogs Because © Luca Gombo

3rd place I Love Dogs Because © Flora Wilson

Judges Special Mention © Robyn Holysh

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.

1st Place Assistance Dogs © Angelika Elendt

2nd Place Assistance Dogs © Tracy Allard

3rd Place Assistance Dogs © Melissa Bastin

Judges Special Mention Assistance Dogs © Cat Topham

Judges Special Mention Assistance Dogs © Luciana Veras

Man’s Best Friend Category

Cat Race from the UK who won the ‘Man’s Best Friend’ category.

1st Place Man’s Best Friend © Cat Race

2nd Place Man’s Best Friend © Alexandra Novitskaya

3rd Place Man’s Best Friend © Michele Mccue

Judges Special Mention Man’s Best Friend © Carin Harris

Oldies Category

1st Place Oldies/ Overall Winner © Denise Czichocki
Overall Winner

2nd Place Oldies © Cat Race

3rd place Oldies © Susan Lang

Judges Special Mention Oldies © Monica van der Maden

Portrait Category

Anastasia Vetkovskaya from Russia, won the ‘Portrait’ category with a stunning Saluki.

1st Place Portrait © Anastasia Vetkovskaya

2nd Place Portrait © Ria Putzker

3rd Place Portrait © Sheena Staples

Puppies Category

Monica van der Maden from the Netherlands (last year’s winner), won the ‘Puppy’ category with a heart-warming image of two Weimeraner puppies.

1st Place Puppies © Monica van der Maden

2nd Place Puppies © Carlos Aliperti

3rd Place Puppies © Lotte van Alderen

Young Pup Photographer Category

‘Young Pup Photographer’ winner, 11-year-old Sabine Wolpert from the United States

1st Place Young Pup Photographer © Sabine Wolpert

2nd Place Young Pup Photographer © Eilidh Shannon

3rd Place Young Pup Photographer © Eve Garner

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.

1st Place Rescue Dogs © Anne Geier

2nd Place Rescue Dogs © Tiahang Zhang

3rd Place Rescue Dogs © Luciana Veras




Judges Special Mention Rescue Dogs ©Louise Farrell

Judges Special Mention Rescue Dogs © Rodrigo Capuski

To find out more about the Dog Photographer of the Year contest visit the Kennel Club’s dedicated website and Instagram.

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.