The Deadline is looming for the Kennel Club’s Dog Photographer of the Year Competition


Last Year's Winner - Tina Williams

The Deadline is 31 August

The deadline for the Dog Photographer of the Year Competition is looming, and there is  just one more month to enter the competition.

For the first time, this year’s competition is free for all to enter, and there is a new category – Puppy – being judged alongside Man’s Best Friend, Portrait, Dogs At Play and Dogs At Work. There is also a category for young photographers aged under 16, called I Love Dogs Because.

Might Need Some Help Please

This year I was hoping to enter some photos of Alfie. I think we’ve got the ‘Dogs at Play’ covered, and possibly Portrait. I might even have some good puppy pics from seeing Alfie’s younger siblings earlier this summer.

But I have no idea what to do about the category ‘Man’s best friend’ and ‘Dogs at Work’! I’m guessing photos of us snoozing together in the sofa won’t impress the judges, and as far as Alfie’s work is concerned – well, lets just say laundry theft and counter surfing are not exactly universally accepted working dog activities! The standard is really high, judging by last year’s winners’ gallery on Flickr.

I need your help and inspiration please – do you have any good ideas for those two categories? Is anyone else out there entering the competition too?  I’d love to hear about your photos.

What’s Up for Grabs

Judging will be held in September and the winners will be announced shortly after. This year the Kennel Club will welcome photographers Alice van Kempen and Nick Ridley and editor of Digital Photography Enthusiast, Rob Clymo to its judging panel, and the winner  gets the new Dog Photographer of the Year trophy, a glamorous UGGIE collar and lead from Holly & Lil, and their winning image will be reproduced on the front cover of the Kennel Gazette and put on display at Discover Dogs and Crufts.



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