Every year National Geographic sweeps us off our feet with stunning nature shots, showcasing the beauty and the sublime of the animal kingdom. The Kennel Club Dog Photographer of the Year embraced the same concept, but chose a subject that's closer to home – dogs. 


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Dog Photographer of the Year 2018 winners were announced on July 16th. The contest included 10 categories, e.g. "Assistance Dogs and Dog Charities", "Dogs at Play", "Dog Portrait", etc. While most categories had to do with the content of the photograph, there was also a category called "Young Pup Photographer", for photographers that are 11 years and younger. The photographs celebrate the canines in many of their aspects, from their goofiness to their sense of duty. Scroll down below to check out the winners and don't forget to comment and vote for your favorites!

More info: dogphotographeroftheyear.org.uk

#1 Dog Photographer Of The Year 2018 Overall Winner And Oldies Category 1st Place Winner, Monica Van Der Maden, Netherlands

Dog Photographer Of The Year 2018 Overall Winner And Oldies Category 1st Place Winner, Monica Van Der Maden, Netherlands

Title of image: ‘The lady of the mystery forest’ Dog: Noa, Great Dane 'This picture was made in the early morning in the forest. I wanted to photograph her in a position where she was sitting relaxed next to a tree. When I wanted to make the shot she turned her head to the left to her owner and this was the moment where you could see her soul. Dogs come in all... Read More

Title of image: ‘The lady of the mystery forest’ Dog: Noa, Great Dane 'This picture was made in the early morning in the forest. I wanted to photograph her in a position where she was sitting relaxed next to a tree. When I wanted to make the shot she turned her head to the left to her owner and this was the moment where you could see her soul. Dogs come in all different shapes, sizes and colours. But their heart are all the same filled with love' – Monica van der Maden

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Laugh Fan 3 weeks ago

Such dignity in this beautiful dog. Lovely atmospheric photo.

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#2 Dogs At Play Category 1st Place Winner Elinor Roizman, Israel

Dogs At Play Category 1st Place Winner Elinor Roizman, Israel

Title of image: ‘I'll catch you’ Dog: Lili, Pomeranian 'This particular photo was taken in the beach just before sunset. I shot 4 dogs on that day, Lili, and her 3 bigger brothers. Suddenly, Lili, the smallest bitch, began to jump with pleasure at the soap bubbles and play as if she were a puppy. It was a precious moment full of happiness and true freedom.' - Elinor Roizman

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Nebraska King-Sky 3 weeks ago

I used to buy my pupper chicken flavoured dog bubbles for the dog beach. Greatest-Invention-Ever! There's nothing more fun than watching a bunch of hounds frolicking around and snapping at bubbles!

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#3 Puppies Category 3rd Place Winner Robyn Pope, United States Of America

Puppies Category 3rd Place Winner Robyn Pope, United States Of America

Title of Image: ‘Let's call it Roly Poly Puppy’ Dog: Snickers, cross breed puppy photographed for Doodle Rock Rescue 'In this image, I knew the moment Snickers began rolling around on the blanket that I had to embody his zest for life in a photo that would help him find the perfect playful home. I truly love working with dogs of all backgrounds to capture extraordinary photos worthy of even the most... Read More

Title of Image: ‘Let's call it Roly Poly Puppy’ Dog: Snickers, cross breed puppy photographed for Doodle Rock Rescue 'In this image, I knew the moment Snickers began rolling around on the blanket that I had to embody his zest for life in a photo that would help him find the perfect playful home. I truly love working with dogs of all backgrounds to capture extraordinary photos worthy of even the most sophisticated pet parents and discerning commercial clientele. At home, we have six gentle giants of our own who serve as ambassadors on our 7-acre pet photography property and the ultimate creative muses.' - Robyn Pope

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Last Hurrah 4 weeks ago

Could be the foldout for Bark Magazine.

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#4 Man’s Best Friend 3rd Place Winner Cheryl Murphy, United Kingdom

Man’s Best Friend 3rd Place Winner Cheryl Murphy, United Kingdom

Title of image: ‘Home’ Dog: Ruby Roo, Golden Retriever 'This picture of Ruby was taken whilst she was resting with my friend Chris after playing with her daughter Nellie. My greatest passion is capturing dogs playing and having fun in their natural environment, the camera is a great way of recording what the naked eye would miss.' - Cheryl Murphy

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Laugh Fan 3 weeks ago

So peaceful and loving.

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#5 Puppies Category 1st Place Winner Klaus Dyba, Germany

Puppies Category 1st Place Winner Klaus Dyba, Germany

Title of image: ‘Little Ceylin’ Dog: Ceylin, Italian Greyhound 'Ceylin was the second dog of my friend Birguel. The photo means much too me since her first dog, also an Italian greyhound died at puppy age in a car accident. 13 weeks old Cylin has the whole life in front of her. You can see it in her expression.' - Klaus Dyba

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Laugh Fan 3 weeks ago

Adorable little face. So sweet.

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#6 Dogs At Play Category 2nd Place Winner Steffi Cousins, United Kingdom

Dogs At Play Category 2nd Place Winner Steffi Cousins, United Kingdom

Title of image: ‘Flying Free’ Dog: Heidi, merle Chihuahua 'This particular photo was taken in September at West wittering beach where we were on a large dog meet up and my two dogs were having a blast. I had my back to Heidi as I was photographing dogs playing in the water, I turned to check on my two and just managed to grab this shot in time. I'm so glad I... Read More

Title of image: ‘Flying Free’ Dog: Heidi, merle Chihuahua 'This particular photo was taken in September at West wittering beach where we were on a large dog meet up and my two dogs were having a blast. I had my back to Heidi as I was photographing dogs playing in the water, I turned to check on my two and just managed to grab this shot in time. I'm so glad I did, it's my favourite photo of Heidi and it shows off her crazy energy perfectly!' - Steffi Cousins

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Laugh Fan 3 weeks ago

I'm FLYYYYIINNNGGG!!! Fantastic!

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#7 Oldies Category 2nd Place Winner Rachele Z. Cecchini, Austria

Oldies Category 2nd Place Winner Rachele Z. Cecchini, Austria

Title of image: ‘On a Rainy Day’ Dog: Nilo, cross breed and rescue dog 'I took this photo on a rainy winter day. My best friend Nilo was a much traumatized rescue dog, but he felt very comfortable in the car. I love to observe him and I always feel very touched about his melancholic expression.' - Rachele Z. Cecchini

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Laugh Fan 3 weeks ago

Aw, sad but beautiful.

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#8 Portrait 3rd Place Winner Michael M Sweeney, United Kingdom

Portrait 3rd Place Winner Michael M Sweeney, United Kingdom

Title of image: ‘A Winters Storm’ Dog: Hugo, Pomeranian 'I photographed my dog at the window here in my tenement flat in Glasgow using available natural light during a winter’s storm of hailstones, wind and rain.' - Michael Sweeney

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Jef Bateman 3 weeks ago

This is somehow reminiscent of a 1980s-era album cover.

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#9 I Love Dogs Because… (Ages 12 To 17) 1st Place Winner Tamara Kedves, Hungary

I Love Dogs Because… (Ages 12 To 17) 1st Place Winner Tamara Kedves, Hungary

Title of image: ‘One heart, one family’ Dogs: Dash, Royal, Harley, Ženka, Ryan, Ready, all border collies 'I am Tamara Kedves, a 16 years old student living in Hungary. I started photography three years ago when I realized how much joy I find in taking photos of nature and animals. Since then I have photographed uncountable priceless moments, but my own dogs have stayed my biggest inspiration all along. For me, the... Read More

Title of image: ‘One heart, one family’ Dogs: Dash, Royal, Harley, Ženka, Ryan, Ready, all border collies 'I am Tamara Kedves, a 16 years old student living in Hungary. I started photography three years ago when I realized how much joy I find in taking photos of nature and animals. Since then I have photographed uncountable priceless moments, but my own dogs have stayed my biggest inspiration all along. For me, the purpose of photography is capturing a memory and make it last forever, as well as expressing my love for dogs through my pictures. My biggest goal is to make outdoor dog photography more popular with the creative use of lights and colours, while motivating other aspiring photographers. This family photo was taken in a sunny spring afternoon as the last shot of the session. It perfectly expresses what dogs and photographing them means to me: not only the deepest harmony and happiness, but spending time with whom and what I love the most: dogs!' - Tamara Kedves

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varwenea 3 weeks ago

How did she get 6 dogs to post in the same way? O_O

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#10 Assistance Dogs Charity Category 1st Place Winner Dean Mortimer, United Kingdom

Assistance Dogs Charity Category 1st Place Winner Dean Mortimer, United Kingdom

Title of image: ‘Reassurance’ Dog: Rocko, German Shepherd Dog 'My thought process behind this picture is one that is close to my heart. My brother is ex-military as are some of my friends. I have seen first-hand some of the issues that war can have on even the strongest of men. The ex-soldier in the photo suffered great loss in Afghanistan and suffers from PTSD so that’s when Rocko came to his... Read More

Title of image: ‘Reassurance’ Dog: Rocko, German Shepherd Dog 'My thought process behind this picture is one that is close to my heart. My brother is ex-military as are some of my friends. I have seen first-hand some of the issues that war can have on even the strongest of men. The ex-soldier in the photo suffered great loss in Afghanistan and suffers from PTSD so that’s when Rocko came to his rescue. Rocko the German Shepherd has been trained by his handler to help combat the effects of PTSD, the skills of which help calm and reassure the soldier when times get hard. In my photograph I tried to capture not just how this dog aids this PTSD sufferer but also to capture the kind nature of the dog and how he enriches this man’s life. I have been following and admiring the work carried out by Service Dogs UK, the charity I am nominating for this category prize donation from the Kennel Club Charitable Trust. I am amazed by how affective dogs can be in assisting an individual with their recovery. So I decided to base my entry for this category on this issue and hope that in doing so will raise awareness of this worthy charity.' - Dean Mortimer

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Mother Mary Helen 3 weeks ago

Ogod I love this beyond words...

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