‘Stunning’ photograph wins KC competition


The winning photograph which was taken by Maria Davison from Portugal.

THE KENNEL Club has announced the winners of its annual Dog Photographer of the Year competition.

Now in its 12th year, the international competition received almost 10,000 entries from 74 different countries around the globe including Canada, Russia, Brazil and New Zealand.

Maria Davison from Portugal was the overall winner of the competition with an image of an adorable puppy resting his head, which was placed first in the ‘man’s best friend’ category.

Maria began taking photos of her dogs and other pets three years ago.



After finding out she had won the world’s largest canine photography competition she 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.”

As the competition’s overall winner she will receive an original oil painting of their image by artist Sara Abbott and a VIP mentorship day with international dog photographer and competition alumni Andy Biggar.

All category winners will have their images on display at the Kennel Club in Mayfair, London and have won a SmugMug business account to showcase their work online and a one-day course at the prestigious Nikon School in London, as well as a trophy and exhibition print presented during an award ceremony in September.

Kaylee Greer from the US won the ‘dogs at play’ category with this photo of Petey the Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier playing on the south coast of Boston.

Rosemary Smart, KC chief executive, said: “The quality of the entries to the Dog Photographer of the Year competition never ceases to amaze. This year there has been a huge number of beautifully executed and impressive photographs, making it incredibly difficult for the judges to choose just one winner for the overall prize and a single winning photographer for each category.

“All of this year’s entrants beautifully captured the qualities that make dogs so very special and dear to our hearts, and we look forward to seeing more work from the winners in the future.”

All the winning images plus the photos that placed second and third for each category will be on display at the KC in London from June 26 until August 31.

The exhibition is open to the public and free to visit by appointment. Anyone wishing to visit should contact the Art Gallery office at artgallery@thekennelclub.org.uk.

To view all the winning images visit www.dogphotographeroftheyear.org.uk.