The final judge has now been announced for this year's Kennel
Club Dog Photographer of the Year competition ahead of the entry
deadline on 30th March 2016.
Clare Grafik, Head of Exhibitions at the world renowned
Photographers' Gallery, will join fellow guest judges, Martin Keene
(Press Association) and Samantha Clark (Farlap dog photography), in
choosing a winner from each of the eight categories: Dogs at Play,
Portrait, Dogs at Work, Puppies, Assistance Dogs and Dog Charities,
Man's Best Friend, the under 18s category I Love Dogs Because…, and
new category, Oldies.
Completing this year's judging panel will be competition sponsor
SmugMug representative, Alistair Jolly and Kennel Club
representatives Chief Executive, Rosemary Smart,
Chairman, Simon Luxmoore and his wife Pauline
Speaking of her appointment to the judging panel, Clare said:
"The history of the dog is inextricably tied to the history of
mankind; however photographs of animals can sometimes be the most
challenging thing to get right. The non-human sitter is often
little interested in holding a pose or in taking instructions. But
what presents a challenge can also be a great advantage, animals -
in this case dogs - in photography can offer a welcome and
important reminder of our own fallibility, generosity and ability
to relate outside of ourselves."
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.
This year's competition is sponsored by photo-sharing and image
hosting service SmugMug.