Every year, The Kennel Club, perhaps the oldest recognized canine institution in the world, delights us with pictures from their Dog Photographer Of The Year competition - and makes us fall in love with dogs even more...


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The prestigious contest has been running for 12 years now. It received nearly 10,000 entries from 74 countries around the world. The competition has 10 categories, including 'Puppies', 'Assistance Dogs', 'Rescue Dogs', and 'Dogs At Work'. There's also a 'Man's Best Friend' category, that showcases photos that capture the deep bond between dogs and humans.

This year, Maria Davison from Portugal won the overall prize with a picture of a black puppy resting by her friend's feet.Davison 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.”

The winning images will be exhibited at the Kennel Club in Mayfair, London.

More info: Kennel Club | Facebook (h/t: petapixel)

#1 Overall Winner And Man's Best Friend 1st Place Winner Maria Davison Ramos, Portugal

Overall Winner And Man's Best Friend 1st Place Winner Maria Davison Ramos, Portugal

"For me, capturing real and candid moments is what photography is all about. This is one of those moments. My friend had just adopted Yzma and while we were chatting in the kitchen I was taking some photographs. The location and the light were far from perfect, but I ended taking one of the photos I’m most proud of."

Maria Davison Report

John L 3 weeks ago

How can you not fall in love with this cute four-legged child?😍

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#2 Rescue Dogs Charity Category 3rd Place Winner Kaylee Greer, USA

Rescue Dogs Charity Category 3rd Place Winner Kaylee Greer, USA

“Joshua sat behind the bars of his cold cage at the shelter wondering why people kept passing him by. Every day, he held out hope, wagging his tail furiously as people would peer in curiously at him, and then move on. The hours turned into days, the days turned into months, and still, Joshua waited. For 8 long months, he curled up on that concrete floor, dreaming of the love... Read More

“Joshua sat behind the bars of his cold cage at the shelter wondering why people kept passing him by. Every day, he held out hope, wagging his tail furiously as people would peer in curiously at him, and then move on. The hours turned into days, the days turned into months, and still, Joshua waited. For 8 long months, he curled up on that concrete floor, dreaming of the love of a family. Wasn’t he a good boy just like all the others? Then, one morning, on a day that started just like all the ones that came before, Joshua wagged his trademark tail wag right into the heart of passing stranger and suddenly, his story changed forever. That passing stranger was me, and in that moment, my heart was filled with more love, kindness and purity than I had ever known before. Joshua came home with me later that day and officially became a part of my family. The next morning after adopting him - only 12 hours or so since he left his well-worn place in his shelter cage - we went on our first walk together as human and dog, and I was lucky enough to capture this moment. 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. A moment in which he had finally been given the second chance at life that he so deserved. A moment in which Joshua discovered he was finally home.”

Kaylee Greer Report

Caitlyn McCracken 3 weeks ago

Sweet sweet babe so happy for him

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#3 Dog Portrait 2nd Place Winner, David Yanez, UK

Dog Portrait 2nd Place Winner, David Yanez, UK

“This image was taken of ‘Ray' after a long woodland walk. It struck me whilst sitting opposite him how majestic and regal Ray looked whilst taking up most of the sofa! Many people are drawn to him whilst out and about and frequently refer to him as a ‘tiger’ due to his beautiful brindle markings. ‘Sleeping Tiger’ seems an apt title for my image."

David Yanez Report

Flora Polvado 3 weeks ago

I can so see this hanging on a wall

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#4 Puppies Category 2nd Place Winner Tracy Kirby, Ireland

Puppies Category 2nd Place Winner Tracy Kirby, Ireland

“I am a photographer originally from England but live in Co Galway, Ireland and volunteer for Madra, a dog rescue charity I take photographs of the dogs to help find them forever homes. I suffer with a chronic illness so when I am able to go to the kennels it is therapy for me as the dog’s courage and resilience inspires me. Faye was a cheeky, tiny boxer cross puppy... Read More

“I am a photographer originally from England but live in Co Galway, Ireland and volunteer for Madra, a dog rescue charity I take photographs of the dogs to help find them forever homes. I suffer with a chronic illness so when I am able to go to the kennels it is therapy for me as the dog’s courage and resilience inspires me. Faye was a cheeky, tiny boxer cross puppy with a huge personality who was looking for her forever home. I’m pretty sure 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.”

Tracy Kirby Report

Lou Wow 3 weeks ago

Puppy watches you eating pizza knowing he could eat pizza better and you are just an amateur pizza eater.

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#5 Dogs At Play Category 1st Place Winner Kaylee Greer, USA

Dogs At Play Category 1st Place Winner Kaylee Greer, USA

“Petey and I stood there together on the water’s edge in awe as the day bowed out to the night and the sun slipped its yellow head behind the horizon. Pastel colours painted themselves across the Summer sky above our shoulders in stripes of pink and cobalt blue as we quietly revelled in that perfect, endless moment. Then, just as suddenly as the sky had lit itself on fire, Petey... Read More

“Petey and I stood there together on the water’s edge in awe as the day bowed out to the night and the sun slipped its yellow head behind the horizon. Pastel colours painted themselves across the Summer sky above our shoulders in stripes of pink and cobalt blue as we quietly revelled in that perfect, endless moment. Then, just as suddenly as the sky had lit itself on fire, Petey clumsily jumped into the water with a joyful little sparkle in his eye, beckoning me to come along. I followed him in and giggled until my sides hurt as he would push his paw down into the warm, salty water, sending little crystal droplets flying through the air all around him. With each happy splash came the realization of the perfection in those tiny moments, and of the unmatched purity of the canine heart.”

Kaylee Greer Report

Kimberly Putney 3 weeks ago

Love the colors and contrast bounce about the pup.

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#6 Dogs At Play Category 2nd Place Winner Rodrigo Capuski, Brazil

Dogs At Play Category 2nd Place Winner Rodrigo Capuski, Brazil

"This photo was taken a week before the camomile harvest, on a weekend we decided to look for new locations to photograph. The chamomile field is 50 km from Curitiba, in a rural location with several varieties of plantations. It was a day when Leica had a lot of fun and went back home yellow and smelling like chamomile."

Rodrigo Capuski Report

Hikari 3 weeks ago

"Dis my flower"

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#7 Oldies Category 1st Place Winner John Liot, UK

Oldies Category 1st Place Winner John Liot, UK

“This image was taken as part of a commissioned shoot with three rescue dogs. It was a beautiful and bright November day and the Sun was creating an intense light through the windows, warming the client’s house. Kelly, an apprehensive 12 year-old collie-cross, found her spot in the God rays heating up the arm of a sofa and had a nap. She was a cautious girl with a sad backstory... Read More

“This image was taken as part of a commissioned shoot with three rescue dogs. It was a beautiful and bright November day and the Sun was creating an intense light through the windows, warming the client’s house. Kelly, an apprehensive 12 year-old collie-cross, found her spot in the God rays heating up the arm of a sofa and had a nap. She was a cautious girl with a sad backstory and had challenging behavioural issues prior to being adopted. Happily though, she has found rejuvenated life with her new family in Jersey who are giving her all the love and attention she sorely missed in her younger years.”

John Liot Report

Erika Roos 3 weeks ago

Congratulations John and Kelly!! I'm glad she has her loving forever home.

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#8 Dog Portrait 1st Place Winner, Anastasia Vetkovskaya, Russia

Dog Portrait 1st Place Winner, Anastasia Vetkovskaya, Russia

“This magnificent Afghan was incredibly nice to shoot - he is very expressive and emotional.”

Anastasia Vetkovskaya Report

Flora Polvado 3 weeks ago

The haute couture (spelling?) models of the canine world

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#9 Dogs At Work 1st Place Winner Sarah Caldecott, UK

Dogs At Work 1st Place Winner Sarah Caldecott, UK

“The photograph of Rita was taken during a training day in February this year on the moors in County Durham the weather hadn't been kind and the light was fading fast."

Sarah Caldecott Report

Abhisek Chakraborty 3 weeks ago

The Jaguar log

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#10 Dogs At Work 2nd Place Winner Lucy Charman, UK

Dogs At Work 2nd Place Winner Lucy Charman, UK

“This particular photo was taken after a long, very wet and stormy November Day last season where the dogs and picking up team were pleased to get back into the pickup for some respite from the weather after a wet but enjoyable day.”

Lucy Charman Report

Benita Esther 3 weeks ago

Love the one down below, looks all tuckered out..

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