A world class line-up of photography and canine experts has been
announced for this year's Kennel Club Dog Photographer of the Year
competition judging panel.
The Kennel Club Dog Photographer of the Year competition boasts
the highest profile panel to date, with this year's guest judges
including the Press Association's Group Picture Editor, Martin
Keene; professional dog photographer, Samantha Clark; and
competition sponsor, SmugMug's European Manager, Alastair
Looking forward to discovering the unique talents required for
the competition, the Press Association's Martin Keene said: "I
expect the competition is going to be very strong. I can't wait to
see great pictures of man's best friend - at work, at play, or
curled up in their basket blissfully unaware of the camera."
Guest judges in the past have included noted photographers Tim
Flach and Martin Usborne; The Photographers' Gallery's Janice
McLaren; international artist and 2012 Grange Prize Winner, Jo
Longhurst; VCCP, the award winning agency behind O2's Be More Dog
campaign; and famous dog lover, Dame Jenni Murray.
The guest judges will be joined by the Kennel Club's own
representatives, Rosemary Smart, Chief Executive and Chairman,
Simon Luxmoore and his wife Pauline Luxmoore-Ball.
Rosemary Smart said: "Each year we receive fantastic entries
from around the world. The talent and skill out there never ceases
to amaze me, and I am delighted to be able to share the experience
of judging this wonderful competition with such a prestigious
Previous finalists have gone on to huge success, including
international photographer Andy Biggar, who will be sponsoring
prizes this year; Pawscars nominee Will Harris; and Dutch
photographer Alice van Kempen, known around the world for her work
with Bull Terriers.
This year's competition is sponsored by photo-sharing and image
hosting service SmugMug. Representing the company on the judging
panel, Alastair Jolly said: "At SmugMug we are passionate about two
things: photography and dogs. We are therefore thrilled to be
involved with this year's competition. With such a variety of
categories to be entered, we cannot wait to see how photographers
take this opportunity to share and express their own passion for
For more details or to enter the Kennel Club Dog Photographer of
the Year competition, please visit www.dogphotographeroftheyear.org.uk.
The deadline to enter is 5pm (UK time) on 30th March 2016.