We have collected 30 best dog pictures & # 39; s from the year 2019. Every year the Best Westminster Kennel Club dog show & # 39; Best in Show & # 39; handed out to one lucky dog, but what about the people? Well, dog lovers can rejoice, now in its fourteenth year, the dog photographer of the year from the Kennel Club recognizes the most talented photographers who are capable of taking the best dog photo on their camera.

The international competition received nearly 7,000 entries from more than 70 different countries around the world, including Brazil, Canada, the US, China, Russia, Australia and New Zealand. They were divided into ten different categories and a special mention category: portrait, man's best friend, dogs in the game, dogs at work, puppies, oldies, I love dogs because – for participants between 12 and 17 years old – young puppy photographer – for participants of 11 years and younger – and assistance dogs and rescue dogs.

This year, Denise Czichocki, from Switzerland, won the general competition with a photo of her 14-year-old Podengo rescue dog, Merlin. Czichocki said: I am really proud and overwhelmed, I still can't believe it! There are so many good photographers and I have won this title, it is absolutely amazing. & # 39; I always wanted to photograph everything and my passion for dog photography started when I had my own, I wanted to make beautiful memories of it. Over the years I have developed my photography to become more emotional.

Other winners were & # 39; The Little Twins & # 39; from Monica van der Maden from the Netherlands, who is first in the & # 39; Puppies & # 39; got Macy and Vino with a wink from her Weimaraner puppies.

The winner of dog photographer of the year 2019 receives a special capsule exhibition of their dog photos in the Kennel Club Art Gallery in London, which is also on display in the Kennel Club Art Gallery as part of the 2019- winners' scholarship. In addition, they will receive a custom print of Loxley Color, trophy, rosette and certificate.

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# 30 Dogs At work Winner 3rd place, & # 39; Time For Hunting & # 39; by Nadezhda Ivanova, Russia

Dogs: Dio and Afina – the wire-haired Hungarian pointer (Vizsla) My name is Nadezhda, I am an animal photographer from St. Petersburg, Russia. Dio and Afina are my friend's dogs. Once we went for a walk together and of course I took the camera with me. The weather was great and the dogs were playing, running on the water, suddenly eating in the smell of the bird – first Dio, and then him Afina. Fortunately I was able to make a camera and make this frame.

# 29 man's best friend 2nd place winner, & # 39; White Cheesecake & # 39; by Alexandra Novitskaya, Russia

Dog: Standard Poodle Cheesecake Hello, my name is Alexandra. Believe it or not, this is my first photo with a man since I only took photos of dogs. This photo was taken after an advertising photo shoot. Cheesecake was pretty nervous in an unusual environment of flashlights and cameras. But it only took a leap into the arms of his beloved owner to feel peaceful and secure.

# 28 best man friend 1st place Winner & # 39; Connected & # 39; from Cat Race, UK

Dog: Inka, Munstalander (bitch) We had just closed a warm evening session in June with Annie-May and her Munsterlander Inka. When the two of them sat in front of the reservoir enjoying the summer air, I saw a real moment unfold between them. So I unhooked my camera from my Spider-Holster and unhooked the shutter to maintain that heart-warming connection forever. Aside from chilling with Annie-May, Inka loved nothing more than wandering behind her tennis ball. Annie-May picked up the ball and beckoned her furry friend. Inka sat patiently in front of her as she stretched out her hand and attracted attention.

Every time the ball flew into the air, Inka jumped after it and brought it back loyally in exchange for a pat on the back and an exclamation of & # 39; Dear girl! & # 39; When they sat on the shore with sparkling bright light that reflected the water behind them, I knew that there was something so universal about the unspoken bond between a little girl and her dog. It was for this reason that at that time I decided to make the portrait of them a silhouette – a faceless image representing a band that was felt not only by Annie-May and Inka, but also by a whole ton of dog lovers all over world. That warm, downy feeling that comes up when we stretch out and stroke our furry friends is indisputably one of the best feelings in the world.

# 27 I Love Dogs Because … 3rd Place Winner, & # 39; Best Buddy & # 39; by Flora Wilson, UK

Dog: Buddy, Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever I am a teenager from Wiltshire and run a dog photography company as a hobby (if I can get a break from school!). I love nature and I am outside and I try to show this, in addition to my love for dogs, in my photos. I first fell for photography when I was about 11, and took pictures of almost everything around me. I begged and begged until I finally got permission to have my own SLR when I turned 13.

This, combined with the joy of a new puppy like my muse, taught me the basics to get decent photos of dogs in particular. I certainly owe my naughty retriever! I opened my company last March and although I had to take a break this year because of my GCSEs, I think I have been able to grow enormously and improve with experience. Dogs are just wonderful. I have developed a very close relationship with my puppy over the last three years and he has taught me the power of patience and how & # 39; obedience & # 39; actually only a close communication is between owner and dog. I am so happy that I can explore the love that people have for their dogs through photography. This photo is of the beautiful & # 39; Toller & # 39; from a friend, Buddy. I met his owner through a local group for our breed and Buddy was the first customer I ever accepted. The shoot was perfect: the location was breathtaking; Buddy himself was delicious; and it was great to see the bond between him and his owner.

# 26 Young puppy photographer (11 years and older) 1st winner, & # 39; Sea Dog & # 39; by Sabine Wolpert, USA

Dog: Georgie, Havanese, 4 years old My name is Sabine and I grew up in Northern California in a rural community. I wanted a dog for as long as I can remember and on my seventh birthday I got the puppy I had been waiting for, Georgie. I started photography when I was nine. I like to capture moments, especially moments with Georgie.

This photo is a perfect example. I took this photo on a beach near my house. Georgie had walked around. She brought a lump of seaweed to me and I placed it on her head. I expected she to shake it off, but she seemed to like it so I took her photo.

# 25 Puppy & # 39; s Category 1st Place Winner, & # 39; The Little Twins & # 39; By Monica Van Der Maden, the Netherlands

Dogs: Macy & Vino, Weimaraner The breeder and I were together in a mall where we had so much fun during this photo shoot. It can be very difficult to photograph two puppies together, let alone a whole litter of puppies, especially in a mall (!). Everyone wanted to stroke the puppies because they were so sweet and cute. But when Jose (the breeder) placed the two puppies together, they started washing each other …

# 24 Assistance dogs Charity Category 3rd place Winner, & # 39; You & # 39; re Safe With Me … & # 39; By Melissa Bastin, UK

Dog: Quintus, Labradoodle, dog I met Rosie and Canine Partner Quintus for the first time at BBC Countryfile Live at Blenheim Palace last summer. I was attracted by a number of dogs cooling off in the river and in particular to Quintus who clearly enjoyed some free time! Rosie and I remained connected and we met a few times to see how Quintus helped her in her daily life, such as loading the washing machine, getting things out of the fridge and opening doors. For this shoot we went to St Giles & # 39; s in Oxford, where Quintus demonstrated how he helps Rosie negotiate obstacles in a public place. I wanted to capture the great bond that he and Rosie have and how dedicated he is to her service – this is reflected in his heady gaze.

Quintus is representative of so many dogs that serve as assistants; dedicated, selfless and a great companion. I am a photographer in Oxfordshire and specialize in capturing the unique bond that animals have with people. Whether this is in sports (hence the polo!), In a work environment or in a company role, it is my desire to create a lasting memory of that relationship that can be cherished for many years to come.

# 23 Special Mention Dogs In Play Category, "A Snowy Chase" by Louise Farrell, United Kingdom

Dogs: Rescue Border Collies – Meg (tri color) & Jake (black and white) I am a pet photographer from Reading, UK and photograph all types of hairy animals with four legs that make the world for their people . If people want to be photographed with their pets, yes, I do too! Specialized in action photography I enjoy taking pictures of animals, especially dogs, and doing what they love most – having fun with a smile on their faces. Once or twice a month I volunteer to go to a Berkshire (DBARC) animal rescue center to photograph the incoming rescue dogs to try to get the center to accommodate them as quickly as possible.

I am always surprised that in most cases the dogs arrive joyfully and happily through who knows what. I feel that it is my privilege to be able to record their happiness by being free in a field. It is also a way for me to say thank you for my rescue dogs. The two border collies in this photo are my family. Both arrived as puppies & # 39; s; Meg (9 years old, the tri-color) came to me from DBARC and Jake (2 years old, the little one) chose me from a shelter that was appropriately called The Border Collie Spot, also in Berkshire. They play beautifully together. This image shows their excitement that played earlier this year and raised the snow. I love seeing them fully enjoy life.

# 22 Rescue Dogs Charity Category 3rd Place Winner, & # 39; A Look That Embraces & # 39; By Luciana Veras, Brazil

Dog: Undefined rescue dog named Mike I am a photographer from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Because I had been in love with dogs since I was a child, I decided in 2017 not to combine the love of dogs with a passion for photography and to specialize in animal photography. My goal in photography is to capture the feelings of love, friendship and gratitude between dogs and their people through my gaze. My love for dogs overflows into photos & I am always looking for an exciting story to tell through photography. And most of the time I am lucky to be found by these stories. And that's how I met Mike, an adopted rescue dog, who wears some physical and emotional scars, signs of the abuse he suffered a few years ago.

Mike chose to trust and was adopted by Milena, the trauma from the condition of life that he took before he was adopted, made him very scared and suspicious, but Mike never lost his sweet way, always waited for a sincere hug and was in Milena's embrace that he found the best place in the world. Nowadays Mike leads a very happy life with a family full of love and respect. Mike still doesn't allow anyone to approach him, but he allowed me to get close to him to photograph him and tell his whole story of conquering and love for Milena. Rescue dogs have the power to love unconditionally, and especially to change our lives.

# 21 Puppy & # 39; s Category 3rd Place Winner. & # 39; Dark Dawn With Noah & # 39; by Lotte Van Alderen, the Netherlands

Dog: Noah, Labrador Retriever Little Noah was so much fun to photograph. Occasionally she suddenly got the zoomies and started running around like a crazy puppy. It was a dark and rainy December morning and there were still some raindrops on the plants around us.

Noah was completely wet from running around the plants by the time we finished taking photos. In between those crazy moments, she got a few seconds of inner peace and quiet. That's when I took this photo. She sat down, looked up at her owner with her small wet ears and you could tell by her naughty nose that she had a great time exploring the world.

# 20 Oldies category, 3rd place winner, & # 39; Contented & # 39; from Susan Lang, United Kingdom

Dog: Ozzy, 12 year old rescued greyhound This is my greyhound asleep with his head on the coffee table. It was something he rarely did, so I had few options for catching it in front of the camera. It usually happened when he stepped off the couch and then, in true Greyhound style, decided to lie down again. On this occasion, the light coming through the window was just right and helped me take the picture. It is one of my favorite pictures of him and I am glad I have it because I lost it to cancer six months later.

# 19 Special mention Oldies category, & # 39; Until the end of time & # 39; by Monica Van Der Maden, the Netherlands

Dog: Csoda, Hungarian Vizsla A few months ago I had an idea in mind and I made a model call on my Facebook page for older dogs … I received many reactions with beautiful dog photo & # 39; s, so it was very difficult for me to choose one dog for this project, but when I saw Csoda I knew he was the one I was looking for! When I saw him, my heart melts because I love older dogs … they have so much wisdom and life experience and you can see that wisdom on their beautiful faces.

We went to a large parking garage and there was a nice big window where I wanted to take the photo, and Csoda really understood what I wanted to make … a photo with a story.

# 18 Dogs At Work 2nd Prize Place, & # 39; Among Hills And Heather & # 39; By Katie Behan, United Kingdom

Dog: Belle, English Springer Spaniel Always on the alert, Belle uses the hills of Buttermere in the Lake District while taking advantage of catching her in the beautiful heathland. This is one of the short moments when she stopped. It was such a pleasure to see her in her element, doing what comes naturally.

# 17 Dogs At Play Category 3rd place Winner, & # 39; The Joy Of Living & # 39; by Angela Blewaska, Germany

Dog: Bobby, Crossbreed Rhodesian Ridgeback & # 39; This photo was taken in one of my favorite photo shoots last year. What you don't see in the photo is that Bobby lost his other eye. Yet he is one of the softest and happiest dogs I have ever photographed. Instead of posing, he preferred to play with the leaves or sit on my lap – despite his size. & # 39;

# 16 Special Assistance Dogs Charity Category, & # 39; Friends For Life & # 39; by Luciana Veras, Brazil

Dog: Gaia, Golden Retriever In this image I try to capture all the interaction, complicity and friendship that exists between Raul and Gaia. Service dogs are categorized, but they are all equally special and important in the lives of those who really need help, companionship, and a lot of love. Gaia is part of the São Paulo dog initiation project and was trained to become a wheelchair assist dog, and I was lucky to follow her entire training period and capture incredible moments.

Gaia has always shown extreme dedication and cooperation in her training, and also an infectious joy, as if she always knew how great her life mission was. Service dogs are able to transform lives through unconditional love.

# 15 Dogs play a 2nd place Winner, & # 39; Let's jump together! & # 39; By Zoltan Kecskes, UK

Dog: Rebel, Jack Russell Cross I am a Hungarian photographer living in the beautiful city of Eastbourne in East Sussex. I have been a photographer for about 7 years and make portraits, weddings and travel photography. For me, dog photography started about five years ago, when a girl named Agnes contacted me to take photos of her four-month-old puppy Alfie. That photo shoot was very important in both my personal and professional life. Agnes is now my fiance, Alfie is my best friend and I have been a passionate dog photographer ever since. About my image. The girl that you can see in the photo is Kathleen and her dog is called Rebel. She is actually a trainer who teaches dogs tricks.

We live in the same city but have met on social media. I watched her videos of doing these amazing tricks with her dogs and I just knew I had to photograph them. I was particularly interested in the skip rope trick. I think the most challenging part was finding the right focal length and angle to capture them in a way that really showed how amazing they were with what they were doing. I love shooting at the sun. You lose some details and a little bit like sharpness when you bring up the shadows, but for me it's worth it, I just love the atmosphere of those shots.

# 14 Portrait 2nd place Winner, & # 39; Mirror & # 39; by Ria Putzker, Austria

Dog: Pumpkin the Catahoula Leopard Dog My name is Ria Putzker, I am 21 years old and live in Vienna. Photography has been a part of me for a few years and nowadays you can hardly see me without my camera in my hand! I like to take pictures of animals, especially dogs, because they never have a fake expression.

I love to capture their joyful character and create memories that last forever! This photo was taken after a rainy weekend in the summer, leaving many huge puddles on the floor. I took the opportunity to photograph my friend's beautiful dog in one of them. She had to stand still for about half a minute until the water was calm enough so that you could clearly see the reflection, it was truly a magical moment and it is still one of my favorite photos of all time!

# 13 Dog Photographer Of the Year 2019 Overall Winner and Antiquities Category 1st Place Winner, & # 39; Dreaming Merlin & # 39; By Denise Czichocki, Switzerland

Dog: Merlin, rescued Podengo, 14 years old I was lucky enough to find this beautiful magnolia tree at my home in Switzerland. And even more lucky to get the chance to take pictures of beautiful dogs in this magnolia. Merlin was one of them. He is a 14-year-old Podenco rescued from an asylum who has been happy to live his life for two years in a beautiful home in Switzerland.

It was not easy to take pictures of him because of his absolute deafness. So I couldn't work with sounds to get his attention … then it wasn't necessary. He gave me as many beautiful moments as you can see in this photo. This is Merlin, beautiful, dreamy and a little wise. A beautiful old dog with so much charisma.

# 12 I love dogs Because … 2nd place winner, & # 39; Peace And Quiet & # 39; By Luca Gombos, Hungary

Dog: Lia, Border Collie I'm Luca Gombos, a 17-year-old girl from Hungary. I have two dogs and I love spending my time with them – taking long walks in nature, agility and dog frisbee, teaching skills etc. We have had countless unforgettable moments and I realized about 3 years ago how important it is to have these moments to capture. Since then I have photographed my dogs many times and those are still the main reasons why I collect my camera. This photo was taken during our first vacation that we took as a whole family.

My two dogs, my parents and I spent a few days away from home together. One day, on a sweltering morning, we had a short nap when I noticed that both of my dogs lay their heads on the sheets. There was something special at the moment, perhaps because I had never had such an experience with them. Accordingly, I knew immediately that I would not miss to record it and make it eternal.

# 11 I love dogs because … 1st place winner, & # 39; Doggy Bed Time & # 39; by Mariah Mobley, USA

Dog: Koby, AKA Puppy Einstein, (Miniature Pinscher / Lhasa Apso cross) My name is Mariah Mobley and I am 12 years old. I live on the beautiful Oregon coast, in a small town called Waldport, with my family and our three dogs, Koby, Hunter and Roxy. I have always loved animals, especially dogs, because they are so sweet, huggable and always happy to see you. I started taking photos when I was a very little girl, and I always enjoyed it.

Taking photos of Koby is extra fun because he is my mother's art dog, so he knows a lot, and many cool tricks and loves pose for the camera. He is also very fun to play with, we even do handstands together. He is a very sweet little love animal, which I love very much. I took this photo of Koby in my living room. I used a background in black cloths, and my mother helped me pose Koby and also held the reflector. I took a lot of photos of him while he held his toy while he was wrapped in his blanket. This was my favorite.

# 10 Dogs At Play Category Winner 1st place, & # 39; Dirty Dog & # 39; By Monica Van Der Maden, the Netherlands

Dog: Waylon, Australian Shepherd This specific photo is one in my series from "Dirty Dogs." I wanted to make something else instead of beautiful and clean dog portraits. I was looking for a dog that liked to play in the mud … and yes, Waylon loved it and what I wanted to achieve was make people smile when they saw this photo.

I can also tell you that Waylon was not the only one who was dirty that day …. the owner Petra and I were also very dirty that day!

# 9 Assistance dogs Charity Category 1st place Winner, & # 39; Soul Comforter & # 39; by Angelika Elendt, Germany

Dog: Lilly, crossed and rescued dog With my photography I am a volunteer animal protection organization "Die Seelentröster – Tiere helfen Menschen e. V." (The soul duvets – Animals help people), which works tirelessly for animals in need. An essential part of their commitment is also the work supported by animals. Their four-legged protégés play an important role in healing processes in young and old people with mental, emotional and / or physical disabilities and sometimes cause true miracles. The photo was taken during the club's work with a few assistance dogs, trained for animal-supported interventions, in a retirement home.

When I looked at this old lady who was suffering from depression and dementia, she was completely apathetic and seemed to be trapped in her own world. Towards the end of the visit Lilly was put on her lap and suddenly the lady woke up from her sleep: She started stroking the dog and lowered her head. At which Lilly raised her head and pressed it on her cheek for a while – a very moving and sincere moment that I managed to capture in my photo. Lilly managed to reach this old lady, who was previously experienced as listless and completely uninterested in social interactions. This again shows the very special connection between dogs and people.

# 8 Puppies Category 2nd place Winner, & # 39; Father and son & # 39; By Carlos Aliperti, Brazil

Dogs: Border Collies I have a great passion for all my 5 loyal friends, but this is a photo with a very special meaning, because it is a moment of pure relationship between father (Toddy) and son (Ted) and that brings me a huge outgrowth. On October 22, 2018, Toddy died, victim of a great cruelty: poisoning.

Since then it has been very difficult to overcome the loss and I consider this award a well-deserved tribute to my beloved companion of all hours. I am a graphic designer and photography has an important role in my work. In addition to my dogs, my taste for photography is very eclectic because I photograph landscapes, architecture, industries, products, street and visual arts.

# 7 Oldies category, Winner 2nd place, & # 39; Young At Heart & # 39; By Cat Race, UK

Dog: Bailee, Labrador Retriever (bitch) This gray lady had absolutely no idea of ​​her ripening time. Until the end of her photo session at Beacon Fell, Bailee jumped up and scribbled over tree trunks, hopefully down for a snack! Although she was delayed a little more with every gray hair on her soft face, Bailee was just as adventurous as she had ever been.

I made this portrait in a clear wide-angle format to accentuate the pup-like spirit that shone from her. I stopped myself in the neighborhood while she looked cheerfully at my lens and recorded every grin – and drop of drool – that she had to give.

# 6 Portrait 1st place Winner, & # 39; Honey Saluki & # 39; By Anastasia Vetkovskaya, Russia

Dog: Jozelin, Saluki, owner Eremina Lesya I enjoy working with greyhounds! They are beautiful dogs, but it is not always easy to find an approach for them. Toys and treats – common props from an animal photographer – are fairly useless with these creatures. Every time I had to come up with a new idea to make it work with a certain dog.

This shot was made on a beautiful morning in August with an experienced model of mine – saluki named Joseline. We came to the location to find out that the field had all been harvested. We had to look for another location very quickly. Fortunately we have found another field! I like how attentive looks from the homeowner's eyes gave this recording a special feeling.

# 5 Portrait 3rd place winner, & # 39; Synchronicity & # 39; by Sheena Staples, Canada

Dog: "Synchro" Crossbreed (Border Collie / Staffordshire Terrier) This photo was taken as part of a commissioned autumn theme portrait of Synchro and his two dog sisters. "When I saw the huge pile of raked leaves along the park path that matched perfectly with the warm, orange eyes of Synchro, I knew that his portrait would be great. Synchro is a very talented and intense agility dog ​​and his laser focus and beautiful obedience lend themselves

I was a top sports photographer for a long time, but I started to look more at animal portraits, where my goal is to give customers the kind of images they put on their walls hang and enjoy forever I am lucky enough to live in the beautiful and natural Fraser Valley in BC, Canada, where we can go from sea to heaven in a short drive, and the background is lush and stunning almost everywhere where we go After decades of working in animal rescue and animal care, I managed to cobble a nine-year-old dog family, so I never have too few models to es and they are probably the most photographed dogs that have ever lived – but I never fail to get excited about shooting other people's four-legged family members. I am lucky enough to be able to call dogs every day during my career.

# 4 Rescue dogs Charity Category 2nd place Winner, & # 39; Curiosity & # 39; by Tianhang Zhang, China

Dog: Borzoi, no names I graduated from Nottingham Trent University as a graduate student, where I studied dog photography. After graduating, I returned to China to work as a full-time animal photographer and raised three dogs, one of which was an adopted (rescue dog). I really enjoy being with my dogs. I thank them every day for coming into my life. When I took photos of them, they had just been abandoned by a kennel.

My friend adopted them temporarily and tried to find a new home for them. When I first visited them, they stared at me curiously. Then I waved my camera, played with them, and took photos. To people, they are like innocent children. It is hard to imagine the cruelty of their hunt. Ik mis de tijd dat ik met hen omging en ik zal hun mooie gezichten nooit vergeten. Nu hebben deze gelukkige jongens allemaal hun nieuwe thuis en wonen ze bij hun mensen die echt van ze houden.

# 3 Beste Vriend van man 3e plaats Winnaar, 'Meeting Of The Minds' van Michele Mccue, Canada

Hond: "KAT", Standaard lang haar Teckelpuppy Mijn man en ik wonen op onze boerderij ten westen van Prince George B.C., Canada, waar ik de gelegenheid heb om te doen waar ik van houd … fotografie. Mijn fotografie bestaat voornamelijk uit nachtfoto's (Aurora Borealis, Stars and moon), maar ook fotografie van dieren en honden is een favoriet van mij. Ik ben mijn hele leven een hondenliefhebber / -eigenaar geweest, we hebben ons nieuwste lid KAT de teckel vorig jaar verwelkomd in ons leven en hebben er nooit achterom gekeken!

Deze foto is op een besneeuwde winterochtend genomen, mijn man kwam van de ochtendklusjes binnen op onze boerderij om te gaan zitten voor zijn kopje thee en Kat sprong in zijn schoot, ze sloot de ogen, bewoog niet en ik pakte mijn camera, de ontmoeting van de geesten duurde een paar seconden totdat mijn man sprak, Kat waste toen zijn gezicht met verschillende kussen! Om een ​​moment vast te leggen, een verhaal vertellen door de lens van mijn camera brengt me grote vreugde, heel erg bedankt voor het kiezen van dit beeld, omdat het mij zeer dierbaar is.

# 2 Reddingshonden Charity Category 1e plaats Winnaar, ' Finntastic 'door Anne Geier, Oostenrijk

Hond: Finn, reddingshondenkruising Ik ben een hondenfotograaf uit Oostenrijk. Ik heb aardrijkskunde gestudeerd, maar heb altijd geweten dat mijn ware passie de fotografie is. Sinds 2014 werk ik als een hondenfotograaf. De reden waarom ik foto's begon te maken was mijn eerste hond Cindy, ze werd ook gered uit een asiel in Oostenrijk. Eerst wilde ik gewoon foto's van haar maken om momenten voor de eeuwigheid te creëren, maar toen ontstond er een echte passie. Nu heb ik twee geredde honden, Finn en Yuri. Beiden komen uit Roemenië. Naast de fotografie houd ik van reizen en wandelen met mijn honden. Ik denk dat het mijn opdracht is om levende momenten van honden voor hun eigenaren te creëren, om te laten zien hoe mooi wezens honden zijn en sommige mensen ervan te overtuigen dat geredde honden echt geweldig zijn.

Om al deze redenen probeer ik altijd mijn best te doen om de soulvolle aard van de honden in mijn foto's te laten zien. Deze foto toont mijn eigen hond Finn. Ik heb de foto genomen tijdens onze vakantie in de Dolomieten van vorig jaar. We rescued Finn from Rumania in 2014. Since that time he fills our life with so much love. I never met another dog who has the same patience and calmness. He is such a lovely dog … and I always hope that all the people can feel his special power through my photos of him. I am nominating “Streunerhoffnung” dog rescue in Austria for the £500 donation from the Kennel Club Charitable Trust. This rescue helped us to get a dog, called now Taavi, out of a shelter named Botosani. I am still very thankful to them.

#1 Dogs At Work 1st Place Winner, ‘The Loyal Co-Workers’ By Dorine Scherpel, Canada

Dogs: Sam (L) and Laddie (R) (collie dogs, age 5 and 8) I was walking on this narrow country lane in The Lake District one February day this year when Laddie (right on the photograph) came happily barking towards me. As I have had dogs all my life and formed some extraordinary bonds with as well my own dogs as those of friends, I of course welcome any dog that wants to say hello. The owner (depicted on the photo) also greeted me and after a brief friendly exchange I continued on my route. Ten minutes later I heard this scooter notice behind me and turned around and saw this darling picture unfolding. To me this image portrays all you expect of a country dog’s life on a working farm.

Their eagerness, their innocence and the way they so happily go wherever they may be needed makes them men’s best co-workers. I am not a photographer by profession but rather passionate baker. This photograph was solely taken to bring joy to my friends at home as I was exploring the beauty of the English countryside which I have loved all my life almost as much as dogs. I enrolled this photo in the competition not to win but simply to share with others as I am sure the scene will warm many hearts as it did mine.