Dog Photographer Of The Year Competition Launched

After a record breaking year and international acclaim last year, the Kennel Club's Dog Photographer of the Year competition returns for 2015.

The Kennel Club is urging budding and experienced photographers to submit their canine images to the annual competition, which attracts international coverage and is viewed by tens of thousands of people from around the world. The competition is now open and free to enter.

Breaking all records, more than 13,000 entries from over 60 countries were entered in the Kennel Club's Dog Photographer of the Year competition last year, making it the biggest canine photography competition in the world.

Heidi Hudson, Dog Photographer of the Year curator, said: "The Dog Photographer of the Year competition is the largest competition in the world solely dedicated to dog photography. We are looking for memorable and charismatic images from photographers who can capture those wonderful moments which reflect our contemporary experience living with dogs as best friends, family members, working partners and assistance providers.

"The competition is free to enter and we urge both professional photographers and amateurs who have a keen eye and a passion for photography, to enter. We have had numerous amateur photographers win various categories including the overall competition, some going on to make a professional career from the exposure of winning Dog Photographer of the Year."

Steph Gibson from Australia was selected as last year's overall winner of the competition with an image of her dog Swing working with sheep on her farm, which was the winner of the 'Dogs at Work' category.

Photographers are invited to send in their images in the following categories:

  • Portrait
  • Dogs at Play
  • Dogs at Work
  • Man's Best Friend
  • Puppies
  • 'I Love Dogs Because …' (for entrants 18 and under)
  • Assistance Dogs and Dog Charities
  • 'Oldies' *New category for 2015*

All category winners will have their images on display at the Kennel Club in Mayfair, and will win a SmugMug account and photography course with professional dog photographer, Andy Biggar.

The Assistance Dog and Dog Charity category winner will also receive a £500 donation from the Kennel Club Charitable Trust to their chosen dog charity, and the overall winner will receive an original oil painting of their image by artist, Sara Abbott.

To officially register and enter, please visit www.dogphotographeroftheyear.org.uk.
The deadline to enter is 5pm (UK time) on 13th March 2016.

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