Winners of the Dog Photographer of the Year competition 2019 have been announced from thousands of entrants worldwide. The overall winner is a portrait of a deaf rescue dog in a flowery setting.
By, 3 Jul 2019
The Kennel Club’s photography competition takes place each year and includes several different categories. Of course, the images have to include canine pics, with the winning photographs on display between July 5th and October 3rd at the Kennel Club premises in London.
Winning categories and some of the entrant's images
# Puppies to 6 months old – one or more pups
# Man’s best friend – showing companionship between dog and owner
# Rescued dogs and dog charities
# Assistance dogs – trained to help someone with a disability
# Rehomed or rescued dogs
# Young photographers under 11 years old
# Image taken by young photographer ages 12 – 17 years
# Oldies section – dogs must be over 8 years of age
Criteria for winning portraits
The rules stipulated that each image must capture the healthy and happy dog enjoying life and playing, as dogs do. Photos could be taken both indoors or outside, with the dog either standing, sitting or lying down. Entrants were asked to provide details of the equipment used to take the winning images.
2019 overall winner of Dog Photography Competition
Of course, with so many thousands of entries, it has been difficult for the judges to choose their winning portraits. The winner of the Kennel Club's 2019 Dog Photographer of the year competition is Denise Czichocki's portrait titled "Dreaming Merlin", a mesmerising image of her 14-year-old deaf rescue dog surrounded by magnolia blossom. As outright winner, Denise will receive an oil painting by Sarah Abbott, based on her creative photo.
Congratulations to everyone who entered the competition – your doggy portraits are amazing!