Every year the Kennel Club of the United Kingdom holds a Dog Photographer of the Year contest. And every year the photographs astound and delight. You don’t have to be a dog lover to appreciate these beautiful photographs, but if you are, the photos take on an extra layer of emotion.
In this the fourteenth year of the competition, the judges received almost 7,000 entries from over 70 countries around the globe. With so many talented photographers picking the winning shots must be a daunting task. This year’s overall winner and winner in the “Oldies” category is a beautiful photo of Merlin, a 14-year-old rescue Podengo.
The dog sits amongst a magnolia setting and is entitled “Dreaming Merlin”. Denise Czichocki from Switzerland 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.”
Other winners include last year’s winner, Monica van der Maden from the Netherlands, who won both the ‘Puppy’ category with a heart-warming image of two Weimeraner puppies and the ‘Dogs at Play’ category with a mischievous photo of Waylon the Australian Shepherd.
Continue scrolling to see the award-winning photographs.
Dorine Scherpel from Canada, who won the ‘Dogs at Work’ category with her photo which was captured in The Lake District earlier this year; Cat Race from the UK who won the ‘Man’s Best Friend’ category; Anastasia Vetkovskaya from Russia, who won the ‘Portrait’ category with a stunning Saluki; ‘Young Pup Photographer’ winner, 11-year-old Sabine Wolpert from the United States; and Mariah Mobley from the United States who won the ‘I Love Dogs Because…’ 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. 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 crossbreed Finn.
Scroll below to see all the award-winning photographs!
Dogs At Play
Dogs at Work
I Love Dogs Because
Man’s Best Friend
Young Pup Photographer
All of the winning images plus the photos that placed second and third for each category will be on display at the Kennel Club in London from 5th July until 3rd October, 2019. The exhibition is open to the public and free to visit by appointment. Anyone wishing to visit, should contact the Art Gallery office via [email protected]
To find out more about the Dog Photographer of the Year contest visit their website and on 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. It runs the country’s largest registration database for both pedigree and crossbreed dogs and the Petlog database, which is the UK’s biggest reunification service for microchipped animals. More information on the Kennel Club can be found on Facebook and Twitter.