Pet photographers from 32 different countries entered their best images of dogs, cats, horses, and more to the 2023 International Pet Photographer of the Year contest. Hosted by dog photography platform Unleashed Education, the winners were revealed during Shutterhound, the world's first specialist dog photography conference.
Swedish photographer Sanna Sander took home the title of International Pet Photographer of the Year for her strong portfolio of images. Sander's stunning dog photography went through a rigorous blind judging process by top professionals in the field, including Belinda Richards, who teaches My Modern Met Academy's introductory pet photography course.
In addition to Sander winning the overall competition, top photographers were named in five different categories—Portrait, Action, Pets and People, Documentary, and Creative. Collectively, the nearly 2,300 photographs submitted show the wide range of ways that photographs capture the personality of our pets. And while most of the entries where photographs of dogs, cats, and horses, a myriad of other pets were also on display. This includes pigs, chickens, lizards, rabbits, cows, hamsters, and snakes.
Check out all of the winning images, as well as some of our favorite finalists. They're sure to get your creative juices flowing when it comes to capturing the personality of your pet.