Capturing striking images is the one sole responsibility of a photographer. If the models are man’s best friend then it is no longer a job but a fun activity. Left with a canine and a camera the results can be amazing.
The Kennel Club has a yearly practice of holding a ‘Dog Photographer Of The Year competition’.
For the past 12 years, the competition has been receiving a huge number of entries from all over the world. There are over 10 categories open for participation which includes- ‘Puppies’, ‘Assistance Dogs’, ‘Rescue Dogs’, and ‘Dogs At Work’. To portray the deep connection between man and dog there is a category called ‘Man’s Best Friend’.
The overall prize and the prize for ‘Man’s Best Friend this year was bagged by Maria Davison from Portugal. The photo shows a black puppy comfortably resting at her friend’s feet. Describing the image she said “This image was already close to my heart and it is one of the photographs I am most proud of. It was not only a beautiful, real and candid moment I got to capture, but also a demonstration of the strong bond between one of my closest friends and her dog, Yzma. Winning not only the Man’s Best Friend category but also the overall winner prize with this picture feels really good.”
All the prize winning images will be exhibited at the Kennel Club in Mayfair, London.
Here’s a brief description of the other winning images:
Kaylee Greer, U.S.A winner Rescue Dogs Charity Category 3rd Place-
After waiting for over 8 months in the hope of a loving family, Joshua finally found Kaylee. The photo captures his first walk with her. Kaylee says, “This is the definitive, tiny slice of time in which the joy can only be measured by the size of his perfect smile. A moment in which Joshua realized that he had finally found freedom. “
David Yanez, UK- Dog Portrait 2nd Place Winner-
This ‘Sleeping Tiger’ image was captured after a long woodland walk. David says, “It struck me whilst sitting opposite him how majestic and regal Ray looked whilst taking up most of the sofa!”
Tracy Kirby, Ireland- Puppies Category 2nd Place Winner-
Tracy who is a photographer also volunteers at a dog charity. He found Faye, the cheeky little puppy on one of his visits there. “Faye was a world class super model in a former life. She knew instinctively how to sit and pose for the camera and demanded her fee (chicken) after every few clicks of the camera.”
Kaylee Greer, USA- Dogs At Play Category 1st Place Winner-
The image was captured on a beautifully landscaped day at the beach. Kaylee recalls that Petey “jumped into the water with a joyful little sparkle in his eye.”
Rodrigo Capuski, Brazil -Dogs At Play Category 2nd Place Winner-
Taken at a chamomile field Rodrigo says “It was a day when Leica had a lot of fun and went back home yellow and smelling like chamomile.”
John Liot, UK- Oldies Category 1st Place Winner-
John captured this image as part of a commissioned photo shoot with three stray dogs. The day was cold and Kelly found a comfortable spot near the arm of a sofa trying to soak in the heat from the rays of the sun.
Anastasia Vetkovskaya, Russia- Dog Portrait 1st Place Winner-
The shoot was an easy one as the Afghan was “very expressive and emotional.”
Sarah Caldecott, UK- Dogs At Work 1st Place Winner-
The photo was taken in February during a training session.
Lucy Charman, UK- Dogs At Work 2nd Place Winner-
The photo captured a stormy November day when dogs took a break from the rain.
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