All the Kennel Club's Dog Photographer of the Year winners

After receiving almost 10,000 entries from 74 different countries, the Kennel Club has announced the winners of its annual Dog Photographer of the Year competition for 2017. The overall winner this time was Maria Davison from Portugal, who won the 'Man's Best Friend' category with her photograph of a puppy resting its head (see below).

Astonishingly, Maria only began taking photographs of her dogs and other pets three years ago. She said, "This image was already close to my heart and it is one of the photographs I am most proud of. It was not only a beautiful, real and candid moment I got to capture, but also a demonstration of the strong bond between one of my closest friends and her dog, Yzma. Winning not only the Man’s Best Friend category, but also the overall winner prize with this picture feels really good."

Man's Best Friend

Winner

Puppy rests its head

© Maria Davison, The Kennel Club

2nd place

© Emma Williams, The Kennel Club

3rd place

Couple cuddle terrier

© Annemarie King, The Kennel Club

Dogs at Play

Winner

© Kaylee Greer, The Kennel Club

Kaylee Greer is from the United States, and this image is of a Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier playing on the Boston shoreline. Kaylee is also one of Dogs Today's 'Best Dog Photographers in the World', regularly contributing to our magazine.

2nd place

Dog smelling camomile flower

© Rodrigo Capuski, The Kennel Club

3rd place

Dog running with toy

© Will Holdcroft, The Kennel Club

Puppy

Winner

Boxer puppy Tyson

© Mirjam Schreurs, The Kennel Club

Mirjam Schreurs from the Netherlands won the ‘Puppy’ category, with this image of Tyson, a young Boxer.

2nd place

Black puppy on black background

© Tracy Kirby, The Kennel Club

3rd place

© Ruud Lauritsen, The Kennel Club

Dog Portrait

Winner

© Anastasia Vetkovskaya, The Kennel Club

Anastasia Vetkovskaya from Russia won the ‘Dog Portrait’ category with her dark Afghan Hound image.

2nd place

© David Yanez, The Kennel Club

3rd place

Dog in autumn leaves looks up

© Noel Bennett, The Kennel Club

Dogs at Work

Winner

Pointer leaps across fields

© Sarah Caldecott, The Kennel Club

Sarah Caldecott captured this image of an English Pointer named Rita on the moors of County Durham.

2nd place

Spaniels wait in car boot

© Lucy Charman, The Kennel Club

3rd place

Border collie rounds up sheep

© Peter Steffensen, The Kennel Club

Young Pup Photographer

Winner

Bloodhound licks a table near a cupcake

© Dylan Jenkins, The Kennel Club

Eight-year-old Dylan Jenkins won the 'Young Pup Photographer' category.

2nd place

Cocker spaniel rests

© Jay Case, The Kennel Club

3rd place

White dog waits on lead

© Samantha Hung, The Kennel Club

'I Love Dogs Because...'

Winner

Dog in boots leaps in dark

© Julian Gottfried, The Kennel Club

2nd place

Border terrier with sandy nose

© Summer Clark, The Kennel Club

3rd place

Border collie lays and looks

© Kirsten van Ravenhordt, The Kennel Club

Oldies

Winner

Old dog lies down

© John Liot, The Kennel Club

John Liot from Jersey, who won the ‘Oldies’ category with this shot of a 12 year-old rescue dog named Kelly.

2nd place

Old dog looks out from kennel

© Igor Mysenhevych, The Kennel Club

3rd place

Old red setter portrait

© Tracy Kirby, The Kennel Club

Assistance Dogs

Winner

© Alasdair MacLeod, The Kennel Club

The winner of the ‘Assistance Dogs’ category was Alasdair MacLeod from Ayrshire, Scotland. His picture is of a retired Greyhound named Megan from Canine Concern Scotland and local care home resident Duncan, a 95-year-old RAF veteran who flew in the ‘Dambusters’ squadron.

2nd place

Dog

© John Ferrett, The Kennel Club

3rd place

Assistance dog, a black Labrador in a blue coat

© Julie Morrish, The Kennel Club

Rescue Dog

Winner

Rescue dog sniffs hand

© Alexandra Robins, The Kennel Club

Alexandra Robins won the 'Rescue Dog' with this photograph of Bath Cats and Dogs Home resident Chloe and the outstretched hand of her carer.

2nd place

Dog runs on beach

© Martin Tosh, The Kennel Club

3rd place

Dog in red harness on bridge

© Kaylee Greer, The Kennel Club

Rosemary Smart, Kennel Club Chief Executive commented, “The quality of the entries to the Dog Photographer of the Year competition never ceases to amaze. This year there has been a huge number of beautifully executed and impressive photographs, making it incredibly difficult for the judges to choose just one winner for the overall prize and a single winning photographer for each category. All of this year’s entrants beautifully captured the qualities that make dogs so very special and dear to our hearts, and we look forward to seeing more work from the winners in the future.”

All of these images will be on display at the Kennel Club in London from 26th June until 31st August 2017. The exhibition is open to the public and free to visit by appointment. Contact the Art Gallery office via artgallery@thekennelclub.org.uk for details.

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