Young Kennel Club Artist of the Year Competition 2024

YKC Artist Of The Year

The YKC team are inviting all members to take part in the YKC Artist of the Year Competition 2024. To showcase their talent and creativity in our annual competition celebrating members artwork.

The competiton

Do you love to take pictures or paint pictures of your dog or a dog you know? With photography and painting, colour can create mood and add to the visual narrative. When creating bright and bold artwork is very effective at grabbing the viewers' attention and making the image stand out from the crowd. 

The theme

The theme for your photo or painting of your dog or a dog you know should be based on on: 


The brief

In your photo or painting the dog/s should be the main subject.  
The layout must be portrait.  
You do not need to add titles or wording to your image/painting. 
Contrast between bright colours. 
Select effective colours to base your composition. 

Judging criteria

The photos and paintings entered in the competition will be judged on how well they show the theme, as well as how creative you have been. 

The judges will look at three key areas:  
Impact of photograph/painting, creativity of image and composition. 

Just remember: 

You do not need to overcrowd the scene and your dog, or a dog and colours are key. 
Look at the bright and bold theme – the judges will be looking for something different and to catch their attention. 

Create, send and win

Entries should be portrait only.

One image only that best reflects the theme.

Please do not modify the image.

The image size of your photos should be no bigger than 10MB, in JPEG format and no smaller than 600 x 600 pixels.

Painting can be A4 or A3 

The photo must be taken by the person entering.
Please include in your email:

  1. Your full name
  2. Age
  3. Email address
  4. Title of image
  5. Describe your image/painting. 
  6. Entrants should email their image to this address

Remember: the closing date for your entry is Wednesday 31 January 2024

Age catergories

Open to all members aged 6-24 years. 

Prize money, free to enter…what’s not to like! 

Our great prizes... 

1st Prize 

£80 prize money 
Four Free Tickets to Crufts 

2nd Prize                                                      

£50 prize money 
Four Free Tickets to Crufts 

3rd Prize 

£30 prize money  
Four Free Tickets to Crufts 


When does the competition open? 
The competition is open from October 2023. 
Who can enter the competition? 
All YKC members aged 6-24 years. 
Does it cost money to enter or a fee to register? 
No, it’s free to all YKC members. 
I entered last year; can I enter again? 
Yes, if you took part last year you can enter the competition again. 

When does the competition close? 
31st January 2024