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The Winners of the Annual Dog Photographer of the Year Competition Have Been Announced, and the Results Are Adorable

These canines are definitely in the know. Also, I’m not the least bit surprised. They probably did win for a good reason. As you can probably guess, I..

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These dogs certainly know what’s up.

Plus, it comes as no surprise to me. They triumphed for a reason, after all. So, I’m referring to the annual Dog Photographer competition. On July 16th, 2018, the winners were revealed. That’s why the list below was made: to save you time and effort. You can look at these cute pictures whenever you like now.

Participants can submit their photographs to one of ten distinct categories. Included in this group are “Assistance Dogs and Dog Charities,” “Dogs at Play,” “Dog Portrait,” etc. Also, “Young Pup Photographer” is a brand-new subcategory just for budding photographers aged 11 and under.

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Just look down here if you’re interested.

Source: dogphotographeroftheyear.org.uk | Winners Gallery

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#1 1st Place Winner, Monica Van Der Maden, Netherlands (Overall Winner And Oldies Category)

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The Lady in the Mysterious Woods Great Dane named Noa This photo was taken in the wee hours of the morning in the woods. I wanted a shot of her chilling out next to a tree, so I posed her there. When I raised my camera to take the picture, she turned her head to the left, looking at her owner. Dogs can be found in a wide variety of sizes, styles, and hues. Though their love may look different, it is the same in every one of their hearts.

– Monica van der Maden

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

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It’s called “I’ll catch you” in the image. Lili, the Pomeranian This picture was taken on the beach at dusk. That day, I killed four canines: Lili and her three older brothers. The tiniest b*tch, Lili, started playing with the soap bubbles and hopping around like a puppy. That was a priceless moment, full of joy and genuine independence.

– Elinor Roizman

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

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Let’s call it a Roly Poly Puppy is the title of this cartoonishly cute picture. Photographed for Doodle Rock Rescue is Snickers, a mixed-breed puppy. As soon as Snickers started rolling around on the blanket, I knew I had to capture his playful personality in a picture that would help him find the ideal home. I enjoy working with canines of all breeds and backgrounds to produce exceptional photographs that will impress even the most discerning pet parents and commercial clients. We have six giants at home who are the ultimate inspiration and ambassadors for our pet photography business.

– Robyn Pope

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

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Image caption: “House” Ruby Roo, a Golden Retriever, is pictured here relaxing with my friend Chris after a game of fetch with her daughter Nellie. Photographing dogs having fun in their natural habitat is one of my greatest passions; cameras are fantastic for capturing moments invisible to the naked eye.

– Cheryl Murphy

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

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This portrait is titled “Little Ceylin.” Italian Greyhound (Ceylin) It was my friend Birguel’s second dog, and his name was Ceylin. For me, this picture holds a lot of significance because her first dog, also an Italian greyhound, was killed when he was a puppy. Cylin, who is only 13 weeks old, has her whole life ahead of her. It shows in her face how she feels.

– Klaus Dyba

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

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Image caption: “Flying Free” Merle Chihuahua named Heidi. This picture was taken at West Wittering Beach in September of last year when my two dogs and I went there for a large dog meet up and they had a blast. When I turned around to see how my two were doing while I was taking pictures of other dogs having fun in the water, Heidi was already out of frame. I’m so happy that I did; this is my favourite picture of Heidi, and it captures her boundless enthusiasm perfectly.

– Steffi Cousins

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

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The image is titled “On a Rainy Day.” Nilo is a rescue dog of mixed breed. On a dreary winter day, I snapped this photo. Even though my rescue dog best friend Nilo had been through a lot of trauma, he was able to relax in the car. I’m deeply moved by his stoic countenance, which I find fascinating to watch.

– Rachele Z. Cecchini

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

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“A Winters Storm” is the title of the accompanying photograph. Hugo, the Pomeranian. “I took this picture of my dog at the window of my Glasgow tenement using only natural light during a blizzard,” the author writes.

– Michael Sweeney

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#9 1st Place Winner Tamara Kedves, Hungary (I Love Dogs Because)

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The picture is titled “One love, one family.” Dash, Royal, Harley, enka, Ryan, and Ready are all border collies. Hello, my name is Tamara Kedves and I am a 16-year-old Hungarian student. Three years ago, I discovered how much I enjoy capturing images of the natural world and animals. Ever since then, I’ve photographed countless priceless moments, but my own dogs have always served as my primary source of creative motivation. As a dog lover, I use photography to document my furry friends and share my appreciation for them with the world. My primary objective is to inspire and encourage other aspiring photographers by expanding the audience for outdoor dog photography through the innovative use of lights and colours. On a bright spring afternoon, we snapped this final family portrait. It sums up, in a nutshell, my feelings about dogs and dog photography: not only complete peace and contentment, but also quality time spent with the people and animals I care about most in the world.

– Tamara Kedves

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

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This picture is titled “Reassurance.” The family dog’s name is Rocko, and he’s a German Shepherd. The concept behind this photograph is very dear to me. Some of my close friends and I are veterans, as is my brother. As a veteran, I can attest to the toll that war can take on even the most resilient of individuals. The former soldier in the photo lost a lot of friends and family members in Afghanistan, and now he’s suffering from PTSD because of it. Rocko, a German Shepherd, has been trained by his handler to alleviate the symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) by providing comfort and reassurance to the soldier. My goal in taking this picture was to show not only how much this dog helps the man with PTSD, but also to convey the dog’s gentle spirit and the ways in which he improves the man’s quality of life. With great admiration, I’d like to nominate Service Dogs UK to receive the category prize donation from the Kennel Club Charitable Trust. Dogs have the amazing ability to help people feel better and get back on their feet. Therefore, I based my submission for this category on this problem, with the intention of drawing attention to this excellent organisation.

– Dean Mortimer

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#11 2nd Place Winner Sienna Wemyss, United Kingdom (Young Pup Photographer)

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Picture caption: “Dinner?” A Whippet named Dallas. Hi, I’m Sienna Wemyss and I’m 10 years old. I was born and raised in the United Kingdom. In the future, I hope to work in the fashion industry as a photographer or designer. For as long as I can remember, I’ve had a soft spot in my heart for canines. Every single dog breed is special and distinct. In January of this year, I fulfilled a lifelong dream of mine when I brought home Dallas, a purebred Whippet puppy. That made me so happy I could hardly contain myself! One day as Dallas and I were chilling out together on the couch, he crawled up next to me. Expecting him to come hug me, I extended my arms. He turned his daydreaming eyes to the kitchen. It’s safe to assume that if he could have spoken at the time, he would have asked, “Dinner?” I thought he was pretty interested, so I used my mom’s camera phone to snap a picture.

– Sienna Wemyss

#12 2nd Place Winner Katarzyna Siminiak, Poland (Portrait)

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Images titled “Waiting Beauty” Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever, aka Thalia the Dog This picture was snapped in the vicinity of Pozna’s Old Market Square. It still amazes me that Thalia was able to remain composed and focused despite the bustle of the city around her.

– Katarzyna Siminiak

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#13 1st Place Winner Carol Durrant, United Kingdom (Portrait)

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Image is titled “Glenturret Autumn Gold.” Flat-Coated Retrievers (Crew, Darcie, Pagan (Glenturret)) On the last day of October 2016, the United Kingdom experienced its best autumn in years, and this photo captures the vibrant foliage and ethereal mist that characterised the season. Crew, Darcie, and Pagan regularly take walks in Ash Rangers, which is where this photo was taken. Crew’s tragically short life, cut short at age 3 by inflammatory bowel disease, makes this photograph especially poignant.

– Carol Durrant

#14 1st Place Winner Joana Matos, Portugal (Man’s Best Friend)

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“Dolce & gabbana on a sunny afternoon” Photographer’s Notes: “I love this photo for many reasons; it was taken at my favourite beach, with my favourite man, with my favourite dog… and in the background there is an umbrella that belonged to my eternal love Nupi, an adventurous cocker spaniel who shared his life with me for almost 19 years. Godji, the stunning dog in the photo, is a natural poser; in fact, she’s become known as a “supermodel of the world.”

– Joana Matos

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#15 Special Mention Alice Loder, United Kingdom (Dogs At Play)

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‘Black Velvet’ is the name of the photograph. English Working Cocker Spaniel “Widgets Bonnie Lass,” aka “Bonnie.” Bonnie, my Working Cocker Spaniel, and I took this photo on a walk. Rarely do I bring my camera along on dog walks because that’s when I get the most done on my to-do list and when I’m most able to focus on myself. Unfortunately, the sight of the purple heather prevented us from moving on. Indeed, who doesn’t adore the combination of black and purple?

– Alice Loder

#16 3rd Place Winner Philip Wright, United Kingdom (Oldies Category)

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The picture is titled “Resting.” Species of dog: German Shorthaired Pointer (Bentley) Taken on a stroll through the woods one afternoon. The ferns looked beautiful and served as a great natural frame for my subject. Bentley laid down at my request and his face took on the most lovely, almost solemn expression. Taking a look at Bentley, I might be persuaded that “the eyes are the windows to the soul.”

– Philip Wright

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#17 3rd Place Winner Sarah Beeson, United States Of America (Dogs At Play Category)

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Dogs Daffy, Taz, and Wile E. (from left to right); Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retrievers; image titled “Snowy Shenanigans” We had just relocated from Erie, Pennsylvania—one of the snowiest cities in the country—to a rural area of the United States (yes, I love you dear Indiana). No big surprise there, but this is ridiculous! In spite of the fact that it was almost the middle of February, there was still no snow. Since we used to live in Erie, my boys are used to a lot of snow, but Daffy has no idea what it is like. Then it happened; Old Man Winter arrived. The fact that he did it while I was at work makes him even more despicable. By the time it was 5 o’clock in the evening, I was out in our backyard, flying a Frisbee and snapping pictures. Here we have Wile E., Taz, and Daffy. ‘Frisbee is our FAVORITE!’

– Sarah Beeson

#18 1st Place Winner Tracy Kidd, United Kingdom (Dogs At Work)

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Wayne’s Squad is the name of the image. Dogs: (Back row) Skye, a 13-year-old lemon cocker spaniel, is She is Wayne’s true love. Dedicated, headstrong, and a bit of a wild child when she was younger. (First chair) Jenny, the nine-year-old Cocker Liver Worker. Skye’s little girl. A tough cookie who enjoys a good hug. You’ve got to see the boss! One-year-old yellow retriever named Pippin. Extremely bright and always moving at a hundred miles per hour. The 4-year-old Black Retriever named Milly. The Mom of Pippin. Grease Fire and lightning, especially on Grouse. Bramble, a six-year-old white and lemon Working Cocker, is a rare find. dislikes being reprimanded. wants to do right by others. Fixated on smelling things. Is affectionate and relishes a good hug.

Ember, the age of 3. The canine breed is a yellow retriever. How chill of you. Highly self-reliant; she manages her own time and workload. It always answers the phone. Excessively so. Four-year-old Bonnie. Industrious Yellow and White Cocker Chicken. Extremely caring, if a little conceited. She keeps her ear to the ground at all times but is sluggish to retrieve information. Always up for a hug. When I was out on the shoot with Wayne’s Team of working dogs, I felt like a professional photographer. The sight of them, noses down and tails up, was a sight to behold. There was complete harmony between all of them and Wayne Green; they followed his every order and seemed to enjoy their work. The days like these, and the reality of life, are what I hope to portray in my photographs. Just recording life as it is with enthusiasm.

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At age 40, I vowed to myself, I would finally pursue photography as a career. I started my photography business when I was forty-eight, and it has grown into something I am extremely pleased with because of my enthusiasm, perseverance, and focus.

– Tracy Kidd

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#19 3rd Place Winner Christina Roemmelt, Austria (Rescue Dogs Charity Category)

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Over the Sea of Fog is the image’s title. Dog’s full name: Dania the Crossbred Portuguese Podengo Rescue Dog Christina here; I was born and raised in the Bavarian capital. I married an Austrian, and 11 years ago we uprooted our lives and settled in a small village close to Innsbruck. After settling in, we adopted two stray dogs from Spain that had been dumped in a trash can. During those first six months, physical contact with Dania was impossible. We’ve been spending all our time together lately. We take the dogs to the office with us and take them hiking in our free time. A goal of mine was to capture the unique atmosphere of these times spent outdoors, in nature, and working together. For this reason, my husband, a landscape photographer, was a major influence on me three years ago when I first picked up a camera. One of those priceless times is depicted on the photo. Last year, my friend and I hiked up Keipen on Senja [Norway] and were left speechless at the summit by the midnight sun’s golden illumination of the surrounding landscape. Peace and quiet reigned. There was no one around to help the dogs or us. I love this picture so much; it’s one of my favourites from all of our travels.

– Christina Roemmelt

#20 Special Mention Dogs Leslie Plesser, United States Of America (Dogs At Play Category)

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Image is titled “Water Work.” Thoven the Golden Retriever is the family pet. I’ve made my living as a photographer in the Twin Cities. Even though I make money photographing products and people, it’s photographing dogs that truly fulfils me. While I’ve always had a soft spot in my heart for canines, it wasn’t until I adopted two stray puppies and documented their development that I realised how much I enjoyed photographing animals. Dogs are the best models because they never pose and their expressions are always telling you the truth. It was my first attempt at underwater photography, and the result is this photo. Once, a friend let me use her pool to take underwater photos while we played fetch with our dog. Focusing on anything when the dog jumped in was a major challenge, but trying was a blast!

– Leslie Plesser

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#21 3rd Place Winner Craig Turner-Bullock, New Zealand (Assistance Dogs Charity Category)

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A Veteran’s Best Friend Is What This Picture Calls Its Subject Canine’s Name: Delta the White Swiss Shepherd I represent the Kotuku Foundation for Assistance Animals Aotearoa, an organisation that finds, trains, and places dogs with people who have been diagnosed with conditions that dogs are known to help with. Diseases and conditions like diabetes, concussions, mental illness, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSI) are all on this list. Dion is a seasoned combatant who was hurt in action during the 2012 battle of Baghak. Having suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSI), he claims that Delta’s presence in his life has been transformative. Although service dogs for veterans have become increasingly common in recent years, Delta is the first of her kind in New Zealand.

– Craig Turner-Bullock

#22 3rd Place Winner Kirsten Van Ravenhorst, Netherlands (I Love Dogs Because)

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“Hide and Seek” is the image’s title. Border Collie ‘Big City Borders Lad’ I’m a Dutch girl of 18 years old who enjoys agility, sightseeing, and photography. It’s my youngest dog, Fenrir, who’s in the picture. He’s the ideal subject, and working with him inspired me to pick up my camera again. My go-to Nikon D500 was in the shop, so I borrowed my father’s D5200 for this shoot. Close to my home, there is a forest where I captured this image. It was the perfect opportunity to put my dad’s new camera through its paces, so I took my Border Collie, Lad Fenrir, along with me.

– Kirsten van Ravenhorst

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#23 3rd Place Winner Ian Squire, United Kingdom (Dogs At Work)

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The picture is titled “I’ve got your back.” ‘For me, the title sums up the image perfectly from both sides. Dog: Nyx, German Shepherd Dog (bitch) A young pup in the early stages of its training to become a police dog. Even though this photo was taken on a dreary, rainy day, it captures important aspects of the partnership between a police dog and its handler.

– Ian Squire

#24 Special Mention Viktoria Baranova, Estonia (Portrait Category)

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“Small lady in the cloud of ginger hair” is the title of the pictured woman. SMILAIN AMI DEZ ROUZEZ, the Yorkshire Terrier. Pictured is my all-time favourite dog, Amy. Amy is the genuine terrier, but she also has the demeanour of a refined lady; she appreciates her worth and always presents herself in the best possible light.

– Viktoria Baranova

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#25 2nd Place Winner Richard Lane, United Kingdom (Dogs At Work)

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Springtime in the Fog is the name of the artwork featured here. English Springer Spaniel, his name is Tarly These are the ideal shooting conditions I’ve always wanted! This morning was the perfect time to shoot; I had a great subject and dramatic natural light.

– Richard Lane

#26 Special Mention Euan Shannon, United Kingdom (Young Pup Photographer Category)

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Image caption: “Reflective Day” Mix between a Labrador and a collie, her name is Maisie. Euan, age 8, lives in the countryside with his parents and two sisters. They are all from Aberdeenshire. He has a cat named Maisie and also leopard geckos, fish, and rats because he is an animal lover. His favourite thing to do is to take his daughter Maisie and his family on a bike ride along abandoned railroad tracks in search of geocaches. For fun, he takes Maisie for walks and plays fetch with her ball. He regards her as the greatest pet of all time. When Euan’s younger sister finished her football practise, he snapped this photo of her in the playpark after the storm had passed. Both Euan and Maisie enjoy jumping in puddles together.

– Euan’s mum

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#27 2nd Place Winner Charlie Nunn, United States Of America (Puppies Category)

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The image is titled “Stick Together.” Puppies who look like a Beagle My partner Raymond Janis and I have had the privilege of helping the Vanderpump Dogs Foundation in Los Angeles since the beginning of the year by taking photographs of the shelter’s available pooches for adoption. These cute beagle-mix puppies first entered our lives in July of 2017. Something extraordinary happened as Raymond tried to corral them, and I got the perfect shot of a puppy family sticking together.

– Charlie Nunn

#28 1st Place Winner Sonya Kolb, United States Of America (Rescue Dogs Charity Category)

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This photograph is titled “Found My Way Home.” Cooper, the Labrador retriever mix, is a rescue dog. Cooper was obviously the first child for this stunning couple. At the time of this photograph, Cooper is dozing off while they hold hands. There was nothing but happiness and love in the air.

– Sonya Kolb

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#29 3rd Place Winner Maisie Mitford, United Kingdom (Young Pup Photographer)

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“Monty” is the image’s caption. Dog’s Name: “Monty” the German Shorthaired Pointer My family and I have a home in the North East of England, and we have two dogs named Monty and Chester. I’ve always had a soft spot for furry friends, and I never stop amusing mine. I always have my small, lightweight camera on me so I can snap pictures of the dogs wherever we go. Mom gave me her heavy camera and told me to take a picture of either Monty or Chester for the contest; Chester wasn’t interested, but Monty was more than happy to pose for the camera in exchange for treats.

– Maisie Mitford

#30 1st Place Winner Mariah Mobley, United States Of America (Young Pup Photographer)

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My Best Friend Roxy is the name of the picture. German Shepherd named Roxy. Hi, my name is Mariah Mobley and I’m 11 years old. All of my life, I’ve spent in Oregon, USA. Originally from a farm populated by canine and equine companions, my family and I now make our home in the city with three canine companions: Hunter, Roxy, and Koby. From a young age on, canine companionship held a special place in my heart. I remember taking my first pictures when I was a young girl, and I’ve been fascinated by photography ever since. At around 9 o’clock, right before I turned in for the night, I snapped this photo of Roxy. Darkness had fallen and she was patiently waiting for a treat from mom on our back porch. Also, I used the light from the porch and a modelling light to illuminate her lovely face. Roxy was 7 months old when we took her home from a rescue organisation. Since she was 4 months old, she had been living in an orphanage. She’s the nicest little girl ever, and she’s only five years old. Roxy suffers from a disease that causes her eyes to become red and cloudy, as shown in the photo. Pannus is its official name. Her vision isn’t what it used to be, but I still find her stunning even though her eyes are cloudy.

– Mariah Mobley

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#31 2nd Place Winner Leslie Plesser, United States Of America (Rescue Dogs Charity Category)

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Image Caption: “Relieved Girl” Magda, the rescued Hungarian Vizsla/Labrador Retriever mix. This is a picture of my rescue dog Magda. She was timid and unsure when we returned home with our newborn, but after dropping him off at daycare, she settled in for a nap on his rocking chair with a furry roll-over.

– Leslie Plesser

#32 Special Mention Alicja Zmyslowska, Poland (Puppies Category)

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Image caption: “Focused” Tissaia the Border Collie is the family dog. I’m a Polish dog photographer named Alicja Zmysowska, and I’m 22 years old. My lifelong love of canines has inspired me to dedicate myself to capturing the spirit, personality, and individuality of each dog I paint. My friend’s working line border collie, Tissaia, is shown here at the tender age of two months, and her intense focus, intensity, and even serious demeanour are all on full display. I was immediately drawn to photograph her because of the contrast between her diminutive stature and the incredible strength and vitality she exuded. She wasn’t your average puppy who is just getting used to its physical form. In order to emphasise this emotion, I used bright spring colours in the background and foreground.

– Alicja Zmyslowska

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#33 Special Mention Jarmila Eckardt, Germany (Rescue Dogs Charity Category)

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Deeper Love is the name of the picture. Spanish Pointer Raffi is the family pet. Hi! I’m Jarmila Eckardt, and my dog Raffi and I live in Erfurt, Germany. When it comes to dogs, I am completely head over heels. I picked up a lost and lonely Pointer-mix named Raffi in a Spanish animal shelter in 2011. Because he is so one-of-a-kind, I felt compelled to document his every move—from the moment he began to warm up to strangers to the moment he began to put his trust in me. So, it’s adorable to me when he curls up with his head on the pillow or tucks his paws under his chest… It was a very lengthy list. This picture was taken on a chilly Sunday morning in the dead of winter. Raffi and I stayed in bed all day because we were too sluggish to leave. Raffi likes a warm bed on cold nights. He was rescued and brought here from an Etxauri shelter. He spent over half a year there, mostly during the winter, sleeping on the hard concrete floor. That’s why he appreciates our constant warmth and the quality time we get to spend together.

– Jarmila Eckardt

#34 Special Mention Jonathan Yearsley, United Kingdom (Portrait Category)

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This picture is titled “Tatti’s Head Tilt.” Tatti the English Cocker Spaniel had such a sweet disposition even at the young age of almost 9 months when this photo was taken. She was just starting out on her path to becoming an agility dog, and her impeccable behaviour made my job a breeze. When I made funny noises, she would always tilt her head, which, along with the classic “Spaniel lip stuck between the teeth look,” completed the picture for me.

– Jonathan Yearsley

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#35 Special Mention Bendik Almås, Norway ( Man’s Best Friend Category)

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Image caption: “Spontaneous Companionship” Husky breed from either Alaska or Siberia; canine’s name is unknown. This photo was snapped on the fly at the finish line of Finnmarkslpet, Europe’s longest dog sledding race, while the team veterinarian was giving the dogs a thorough checkup.

– Bendik Almås

#36 Special Mention Darren Hall, United Kingdom (Dogs At Play Category)

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Sand Creature is the Image Title “Ted,” a miniature poodle, is the family pet. Let me introduce you to Ted, my beloved poodle and best friend. Ted is a completely deranged individual who is always causing trouble. This picture of Caroline Greener and her favourite ball chucker was taken by her on the beach at Whitley Bay. The majority of Ted’s photos feature him in mid-flight or during a full sprint, but this one captures him at the precise moment he decided to stop. The wave of sand he makes when he slams on the brakes is cool, but what really gets me is his expression and how intently he is watching his one and only true love: the ball. Ted, I adore you.

– Darren Hall

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#37 2nd Place Winner Maria Cristina Nadalin, Brazil (Assistance Dogs Charity Category)

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The image is titled “The Magic of Reading.” Dog’s Name: Messi, Golden Retriever The first time Lionel Messi visited a public library to encourage a love of reading in young people, this picture was taken. The woman in the photo is an avid reader and writer who collaborated with the pioneering Brazilian organisation Instituto Co Companheiro (Companion Dog Institute) to create this innovative programme.

– Maria Cristina Nadalin

#38 2nd Place Winner Elise Finney, United Kingdom (I Love Dogs Because)

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“Simply a ball” is the name of the corresponding image. Darcy the Cocker-Poodle Mix is our family pet. My family and I have made our home in Kingston upon Hull, where I am pursuing a degree in animal nutrition and competing in agility with our dog, Darcy. As a new hobby and a wonderful way to connect with and remember my dogs, photography has quickly become one of my top priorities since I got my first DSLR in December of 2016. Last but not least, this picture was taken on a walk after a game of fetch on a beautiful summer day. This was the first time I had ever caught Darcy doing something she does all the time—laying her head on her ball when she’s done playing.

– Elise Finney

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#39 2nd Place Winner Sherilyn Vineyard, United States Of America (Man’s Best Friend)

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“Divine Connection” is the name of the picture. Kodi, a 10-year-old yellow lab/golden retriever mix, is the family dog. Kodi is a therapy dog with Divine Canines. Three years ago, in late April, he and his partner Susan attended a training and certification course. He struggled with social anxiety around the other dogs, but with a loving human’s pat on the back, he breezed through training and is now ready to serve his community.

– Sherilyn Vineyard

#40 Special Mention Inés Tafalla, Spain (Man’s Best Friend Category)

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Picture is titled “My Best Friends.” Lola and Fred, the mother and son Scottish Terriers I was doing research for a project about dogs and their owners when I snapped this photo at a dog training facility. For me, it was also important to capture the depth of their connection and physical likeness.

– Inés Tafalla

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