Man’s best friend is no stranger to the camera. Both professional photographers and enthusiastic amateurs alike snap countless pictures of their furry companions—and who could blame them? There is a nuance to our pets that's best captured with artful pet photography. Dogs—seemingly more so than other creatures—showcase their quirks in portraits akin to humans. To demonstrate their many sides, the annual Dog Photographer Of The Year competition recognizes some of the best in canine photography.
Organized by the UK-based animal welfare organization called the Kennel Club, the contest features dogs of all breeds, ages, and sizes. It has 11 categories which include: Man’s Best Friend; Dogs at Play; Dogs at Work; Dog Portrait; Assistance Dogs; Rescue Dogs; I Love Dogs Because…; Young Pup Photographer; Oldies; Puppies; and Special Mentions. Every portrait highlights the essence of these pups, from playful to serious.
This year, Maria Davison Ramos took the top prize as the competition's Overall Winner. Her image depicts a heartwarming scene of a young pup sitting at its human’s feet; it perfectly conveys the true meaning of companionship. Of the picture, Ramos recalls, “For me, capturing real and candid moments is what photography is all about. This is one of those moments. My friend had just adopted Yzma and while we were chatting in the kitchen I was taking some photographs. The location and the light were far from perfect, but I ended taking one of the photos I’m most proud of.”
Check out a selection of the winners below.
The annual Dog Photographer Of The Year Competition showcases the best in canine photography and captures heartwarming scenes of man's best friend.
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