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Adorable Winners of the 2019 Dog Photographer of the Year Contest

2019 Dog Photographer of the Year Dog Photos by The Kennel Club

“Dreaming Merlin” by Denise Czichocki, Switzerland. Overall Winner and “Oldies” 1st Place Winner

The Kennel Club has announced the winners of the 2019 Dog Photographer of the Year competition, revealing a selection of heartwarming images that celebrate man’s best friend. Now in its 14th year, the international, annual competition received almost 7,000 entries from over 70 different countries around the world, including Brazil, Canada, USA, China, Russia, Australia, and New Zealand. The fantastic winning dog photos were chosen from 10 categories—Portrait, Man’s Best Friend, Dogs At Play, Dogs At Work, Puppy, Oldies, Assistance Dogs, Rescue Dogs, I Love Dogs Because… (for entrants aged between 12 and 17 years old), and Young Pup Photographer (for entrants aged 11 and under).

Swiss photographer Denise Czichocki was chosen as the Overall Winner and 1st Place Winner in the Oldies category for her image, Dreaming Merlin. Her photo beautifully captures the 14-year-old rescue Podengo, sat amongst a pink-flowered magnolia tree. “It wasn’t easy to take photos of him because of his absolute deafness,” says Czichocki. “So I couldn’t work with noises to get his attention…afterwards it wasn’t necessary. He gave me so many beautiful moments as you can see in this picture. This is Merlin, beautiful, dreamy and kind of wise. A wonderful old dog with so much charisma.” Czichocki will receive an original oil painting of her image by award-winning artist Sara Abbott.

Anne Geier from Austria won 1st Place in the Rescue Dog category for her sweet photo, Finntastic, capturing the unbreakable bond between her and her loving rescue pup, Finn. The winner of the Assistance Dogs category was German photographer Angelika Elendt for her image, Soul Comforter. Showcasing an affectionate canine character cuddling up to an elderly woman, it visualizes the important role dogs can play in helping people with mental, emotional, and/or physical disabilities. The Kennel Club Charitable Trust will donate £500 (about $623) to the charities of both winners’ choice.

One of the best parts of the Dog Photographer of the Year competition is that kids can also apply. This year, 11-year-old Northern California Sabine Wolpert won 1st Place in the Young Pup Photographer category for her image titled Sea Dog, which features her pet Havanese (named Georgie) at the beach. “I took this picture on a beach near my home,” Wolpert reveals. “Georgie had been running around. She brought a clump of seaweed to me and I put it on her head. I expected her to shake it off but she seemed to like it so I took her picture.”

All of the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd prize winning images for each category will be on display at The Kennel Club, London from July 5th until October 3rd, 2019. You can find out more about the competition on the Dog Photographer of the Year website.

The Kennel Club has recently announced the winners of the international 2019 Dog Photographer of the Year contest.

2019 Dog Photographer of the Year Dog Photos by The Kennel Club

“Young At Heart” by Cat Race, UK. “Oldies” 2nd Place Winner

2019 Dog Photographer of the Year Dog Photos by The Kennel Club

“Contented” by Susan Lang, UK. “Oldies” 3rd Place Winner

2019 Dog Photographer of the Year Dog Photos by The Kennel Club

“The Little Twins” by Monica van der Maden, Netherlands. “Puppies” 1st Place Winner

Now in its 14th year, the international competition received almost 7,000 entries from over 70 different countries around the world.

2019 Dog Photographer of the Year Dog Photos by The Kennel Club

“Father and Son” by Carlos Aliperti, Brazil. “Puppies” 2nd Place Winner

2019 Dog Photographer of the Year Dog Photos by The Kennel Club

“Dark dawn with Noah” by Lotte van Alderen, , Netherlands. “Puppies” 3rd Place Winner

2019 Dog Photographer of the Year Dog Photos by The Kennel Club

“Soul comforter” by Angelika Elendt, , Germany. “Assistance Dogs and Dog Charities” 1st Place Winner

The winning collection of dog photos celebrate man’s best friend.

2019 Dog Photographer of the Year Dog Photos by The Kennel Club

“Laying Down on the Job” by Tracy Allard, United States. “Assistance Dogs and Dog Charities” 2nd Place Winner

2019 Dog Photographer of the Year Dog Photos by The Kennel Club

“You’re safe with me” by Melissa Bastin, UK. “Assistance Dogs and Dog Charities” 3rd Place Winner

2019 Dog Photographer of the Year Dog Photos by The Kennel Club

“Dirty Dog” by Monica van der Maden, Netherlands. “Dogs at Play” 1st Place Winner

2019 Dog Photographer of the Year Dog Photos by The Kennel Club

“Let’s jump rope together!” by Zoltan Kecskes, UK. “Dogs at Play” 2nd Place Winner

2019 Dog Photographer of the Year Dog Photos by The Kennel Club

“The Joy of Living” by Angela Blewaska, Germany. “Dogs at Play” 3rd Place Winner

2019 Dog Photographer of the Year Dog Photos by The Kennel Club

“The loyal co-workers” by Dorine Scherpel, Canada. “Dogs at Work” 1st Place Winner

2019 Dog Photographer of the Year Dog Photos by The Kennel Club

“Among Hills and Heather” by Katie Behan, UK. “Dogs at Work” 2nd Place Winner

2019 Dog Photographer of the Year Dog Photos by The Kennel Club

“The Joy of Living” by Nadezhda Ivanova, Russia. “Dogs at Work” 3rd Place Winner

2019 Dog Photographer of the Year Dog Photos by The Kennel Club

“Connected” by Cat Race, UK. “Man’s Best Friend” 1st Place Winner

2019 Dog Photographer of the Year Dog Photos by The Kennel Club

“White Cheesecake” by Alexandra Novitskaya, Russia. “Man’s Best Friend” 2nd Place Winner

2019 Dog Photographer of the Year Dog Photos by The Kennel Club

“Meeting of the Minds” by Michele Mccue, Canada. “Man’s Best Friend” 3rd Place Winner

2019 Dog Photographer of the Year Dog Photos by The Kennel Club

“Honey saluki” by Anastasia Vetkovskaya, Russia. “Portrait” 1st Place Winner

2019 Dog Photographer of the Year Dog Photos by The Kennel Club

“Mirror” by Ria Putzker, Austria. “Portrait” 2nd Place Winner

2019 Dog Photographer of the Year Dog Photos by The Kennel Club

“Synchronicity” by Sheena Staples, Canada. “Portrait” 3rd Place Winner

2019 Dog Photographer of the Year Dog Photos by The Kennel Club

“Finntastic” by Anne Geier, Austria. “Rescue Dogs and Dog Charities” 1st Place Winner

2019 Dog Photographer of the Year Dog Photos by The Kennel Club

“Curiosity” by Tianhang Zhang, China. “Rescue Dogs and Dog Charities” 2nd Place Winner

2019 Dog Photographer of the Year Dog Photos by The Kennel Club

“A Look that Embraces” by Luciana Veras, Brazil. “Rescue Dogs and Dog Charities” 3rd Place Winner

2019 Dog Photographer of the Year Dog Photos by The Kennel Club

“Sea Dog” by Sabine Wolpert, USA, Age 11. “Young Pup Photographer (aged 11 years and under)” 1st Place Winner

2019 Dog Photographer of the Year Dog Photos by The Kennel Club

“Maisie’s Music” by Eilidh Shannon, UK, Age 7. “Young Pup Photographer (aged 11 years and under)” 2nd Place Winner

2019 Dog Photographer of the Year Dog Photos by The Kennel Club

“Mega Lilly” by Eve Garner, UK, Age 6. “Young Pup Photographer (aged 11 years and under)” 3rd Place Winner

2019 Dog Photographer of the Year Dog Photos by The Kennel Club

“Doggy Bed Time” by Mariah Mobley, USA, Age 12. “I Love Dogs Because…(ages 12 to 17)” 1st Place Winner

2019 Dog Photographer of the Year Dog Photos by The Kennel Club

“Peace and quiet” by Luca Gombos, Hungary, Age 17. “I Love Dogs Because…(ages 12 to 17)” 2nd Place Winner

2019 Dog Photographer of the Year Dog Photos by The Kennel Club

“Best Buddy” by Flora Wilson, UK. “I Love Dogs Because…(ages 12 to 17)” 3rd Place Winner

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