The entries for this year’s Dog Photographer of the Year 2019 are open.
The competition is run by the Kennel Club in the UK, but entries for submissions are open to dog loving photographers from around the world. The final day for submission is 10 April.
Have you got some images tucked away that might catch the judges’ attention? Then visit the Kennel Club’s Dog Photographer of the Year website to enter. It would be nice to see a fellow South African amongst this year’s winners.
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Dog Photographer of the Year 2018
Interested to see what you could be up against? Then take a look at last year’s winners.
Monica van der Maden from the Netherlands won top honours with her image of Noa the Great Dane. The image also came first in the Oldies category. Monica has 18 years of experience in taking photos of dogs with a decade as a professional photographer of man’s best friend.
“I always try to capture the image of a dog in a way that you can see the emotion in their eyes, when I took this picture in the forest early one morning, Noa looked at her owner and you could feel the love between them,” says Monica.
Dogs at Play Winner
This category is all about capturing dogs exuding happiness in the best way they know how. Elinor Roizman from Israel did just that with her winning photo of Lili the Pomeranian chasing a giant bubble on the beach.
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Klaus Dyber from Germany won with his snap of Ceylin the three-month-old Italian Greyhound.
“Ceylin was the second dog of my friend Birguel. The photo means much to me since her first dog, also an Italian greyhound died at puppy age in a car accident. 13 weeks old Ceylin has the whole life in front of her. You can see it in her expression,” says Klaus Dyba.
Carol Durrant from the UK snapped up first place in the Portrait category for her picture of the three Flat Coated Retrievers. If you’re a keen photographer, you might be interested in knowing that this particular was captures on an iPhone 6S proving that cameras in smartphones are only getting better.
This photo is especially dear to Carol as Crew (in front) unfortunately passed away at the age of three due to IBD.
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Dogs at Work Winner
Tracy Kidd, another UK resident, won the Dogs at Work category with her group shot of the spaniels and retriever dogs after a day at work with their owner Wayne. She aptly titled the picture ‘Wayne’s Team’.
Man’s Best Friend Winner
Hailing from Portugal, Joana Matos won the Man’s Best Friend category with her picture of Godji, Portuguese Podengo crossbreed, lying on the beach with one of his owners.
“I love this photo for many reasons: it was taken at my favourite beach, with my favourite man, with my favourite dog… and in the background there is an umbrella that belonged to my eternal love Nupi, an adventurous cocker spaniel who shared his life with me for almost 19 years. Godji, the beautiful dog in the picture is a natural poser and sometimes people call her “supermodel of the world” and now she has become one!,” says Joana Matos.
Young Pup Photographer
The Young Pup Photographer category is open to budding photographers who are 11 years old or younger and are just getting their start in the world of photography. Mariah Mobley from Oregon in the US took top honours in this category with her picture of Roxy the rescued German Shepherd. Now at five years old, Roxy is a happy member of the Mobley family. She does unfortunately suffer from an eye disease called Pannus which causes redness and cloudiness. “Her eyes are not as clear as they used to be, but I think she is beautiful just as she is,” says Mariah.
I Love Dogs Because… Winner
The I Love Dogs Because… category is open to entrants between the ages of 12 and 17 who want to depict why these fury friends are their favourite animal. Tamara Kedves from Hungary is 16 years old and won with her portrait of her six border collies. Tamara loves experimenting with dog photography outside where she can play with light and colours.
“This family photo was taken in a sunny spring afternoon as the last shot of the session. It perfectly expresses what dogs and photographing them means to me: not only the deepest harmony and happiness, but spending time with whom and what I love the most: dogs!”
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Assistance Dogs and Dog Charities Winner
This category is where dog photographers get to showcase a dog charity of their choice with a special focus on dogs who assist people with disabilities. The winner of this category nominates a charity for a £500 donation from the Kennel Club Charitable Trust.
This year Dean Mortimer from the UK submitted this entry of Rocko a German Shepherd who was trained by Service Dogs UK to help ex-soldiers manage their PTSD. “My thought process behind this picture is one that is close to my heart. My brother is ex-military as are some of my friends. I have seen first-hand some of the issues that war can have on even the strongest of men. The ex-soldier in the photo suffered great loss in Afghanistan and suffers from PTSD so that’s when Rocko came to his rescue,” says Dean.
Rescue Dog Winner
This category also sees a £500 donation from the Kennel Club Charitable Trust to the winner’s chosen charity. Sonya Kolb of the US won with her intimate portrait of a rescued Labrador Retriever mix Cooper with his new owners. “It was very clear that Cooper was the first child for this beautiful and loving couple. In this shot, they are holding hands behind Cooper’s drowsing head. It was a scene of pure contentment and love.”
Looking for some inspiration? Take a look at the 2017 winners.
A journalist by trade, features writer on occasion and now the digital editor of SA Country Life. The first chance she gets, Leigh will tell you about a podcast she was recently listening to and how you simply have to make the move from radio. In a previous life, she once taught English on Jeju which left her with an insatiable craving for kimchi.