If you ever need proof that dog is man’s best friend, look no further than Instagram. The social media site has no shortage of picture-perfect pups, as many doting dog owners share snapshots of life with their four-legged friends. While some go on adventures together and others dress alike, Reagan the labradoodle and “Little Buddy”—his family’s foster child—do both. Reagan was adopted by Oregon resident Sandi Swiridoff when he was just 11 months old.
Advertising: Fashion, 2nd Place Winner John Wright
If you love photography contests like we do, then you’ll want to check out The International Photography Awards. The annual competition was created to salute the achievements of the world’s finest photographers, to discover new and emerging talent, and to promote the appreciation of photography.
Recently, the category winners were announced. Out of the thousands of entries IPA received this year, only the main category winners will move on as finalists to compete for IPA’s top award of International Photographer of the Year. The winner will be announced at the annual Lucie Awards which is held at the Lincoln Center, New York on October 24th, 2011. That person will earn the coveted Lucie Statue and a cash prize of $10,000.
To view all the winners, you can go to this page on the IPA website or you can check out 25 of our very favorites, below. (We included 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners. These are all professionally taken photos.) It’s a diverse compilation of some excellent and inspiring work!
Advertising: Fashion, 1st Place Winner Peter Lipmann
Advertising: Music, 2nd Place Winner Poras Chaudhary
Advertising: Other Ad, 1st Place Winner Adam Taylor
Advertising: Product, 3rd Place Winner Adam Balcerek
Architecture: Other, 2nd Place Winner Kacper Kowalski
Book: Nature, 1st Place Winner Thorsten Milse
Book: Nature, 2nd Place Winner Alex Bernasconi
Editorial: Photo Essay and Feature Story, 2nd Place Winner Zhe Chen
Editorial: War/Conflict, 3rd Place Winner Jorge Dirkx
Fine Art: Collage, 2nd Place Winner Dean West
Fine Art: Other, 3rd Place Winner Alex Bernasconi
Nature: First Category Winner Marsel van Oosten
Nature: Flowers, !st Place Winner Tom D. Jones
Nature, Landscapes, 1st Place Winner Mitch Dobrowner
Nature, Landscapes, 2nd Place Winner Peter Lik
Nature, Seasons, 2nd Place Winner John Scanlan
Nature, Sunset, 1st Place Winner Rafael Rojas
Nature, Sunset, 3rd Place Winner Bali & Albanese
Nature, Trees, 2nd Place Winner Alex Bernasoni
Nature, Underwater, 1st Place Winner Bartosz Strozynksi
Nature, Underwater, 2nd Place Winner Chuck Bradley
Special, Moving Images, 1st Place Winner Tyler Stableford
Special, Night Photography, 1st Place Winner David Bowman
Special, Pets, 1st Place Winner Lennette Newell