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Each year, The Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show awards the ‘Best in Show’ award to a lucky dog, but what about humans? Well, dog enthusiasts can rejoice, now in its fourteenth year, Kennel Club Photographer of the Year recognizes the most talented photographers who can capture the best canine photo in their camera.

The international competition received almost 7,000 entries from more than 70 different countries around the world, including Brazil, Canada, the United States, China, Russia, Australia, and New Zealand. They were classified into ten different categories and a special mention category: Portrait, Man’s best friend, Dogs in the game, Dogs at work, Puppy, Oldies, I love dogs because, for participants between 12 and 17 years old, Young Pup Photographer, for participants aged 11 and under, and assistance dogs and rescue dogs.

This year, Denise Czichocki of Switzerland won the general competition with a photo of her 14-year-old Podengo rescue dog, Merlin. Czichocki said: “I’m really proud and overwhelmed, I still can’t believe it! There are so many good photographers out there and I won this title, it’s absolutely amazing.” I have always loved to take pictures of everything, and my passion for dog photography began when I had mine, I wanted to create lovely memories of them all. Over the years, I developed my photography to become more emotional. “

Other winners included ‘The Little Twins’, by Monica van der Maden of the Netherlands, which received first place in the ‘Puppies’ category with a complement of her Weimaraner Macy and Vino puppies.

The Dog Photographer Winner of the year 2019 receives a dedicated capsule exhibition of his dog photographs at the Kennel Club Art Gallery, London, which is also displayed in the Kennel Club Art Gallery as part of the 2019 Winners Exhibition. In addition, they will receive a personalized Loxley Color print, trophy, rosette and certificate.

Scroll down to see all the beautiful photos of these puppies and don’t forget to rate your favorites!

#1 Dogs At Work 1st Place Winner, ‘The Loyal Co-Workers’ By Dorine Scherpel, Canada

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Dogs: Sam (L) and Laddie (R) (collie dogs, 5 and 8 years old) I was walking on this narrow country road in The Lake District on February this year when Laddie (right in the picture) came barking happily towards me. As I have had dogs all my life and I have formed some extraordinary ties with my own dogs and those of my friends, of course, I welcome any dog ​​that wants to say hello. The owner (pictured in the photo) also greeted me and after a brief friendly exchange, I continued my route. Ten minutes later I heard the notice of my scooter behind me and I turned around and saw this beloved image unfolding. For me, this image portrays everything you expect from the life of a country dog ​​on a working farm. Their enthusiasm, their innocence and the way they go so happily wherever they need them to make them the best co-workers of men. I am not a photographer by profession, but a passionate baker. This photograph was taken only to cheer up my friends at home while exploring the beauty of the English countryside that I have loved all my life almost as much as dogs. I enrolled this photo in the competition not to win, but simply to share with others, since I am sure that the scene will warm many hearts as it did with mine.

#2 Man’s Best Friend 3rd Place Winner, ‘Meeting Of The Minds’ By Michele Mccue, Canada

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Dog: “KAT”, standard long-haired Dachshund puppy My husband and I live on our farm west of Prince George B.C., Canada, where I have the opportunity to do what I love … photography. My photography is mainly nocturnal images (Northern Lights, stars and moon) although animal/dog photography is another of my favorites. I have been a dog lover/owner all my life, we received our new member KAT the Dachshund in our lives last year and I have never looked back! This picture was taken on a snowy winter morning, my husband went in the morning to our farm to sit down for a cup of tea and Kat jumped into her lap, looked into each other’s eyes, none moved and grabbed my camera, the meeting of the minds continued for several seconds until my husband spoke, Kat then washed her face with several kisses! Capturing a moment, telling a story through the lens of my camera gives me great joy, thank you very much for choosing this image, since it is very dear to me.

#3 Portrait 3rd Place Winner, ‘Synchronicity’ By Sheena Staples, Canada

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Dog: crossbreed “Synchro” (Border Collie / Staffordshire Terrier) This image was taken as part of a portrait session of Synchro and his two canines “sisters” commissioned in the fall. When I saw the huge pile of raked leaves along the park path that perfectly matched Synchro’s warm orange eyes, I knew that his portrait would be stellar. Synchro is a very talented and intense agility dog, and his laser focus and wonderful obedience really lent themselves to capture this moment. He made a piece of cheese the same! I have been a dog sports photographer for a long time, but I have dedicated more to the work of animal portraits, where my goal is to provide customers with the kind of images that will hang on their walls and enjoy forever. I am lucky to live in the beautiful and natural Valley Fraser of BC, Canada, where we can go from sea to sky on a quick car trip, and the backdrop is lush and amazing practically wherever we go. After decades of working on animal rescue and animal shelter, I managed to put together a canine family of nine people, so I never ran out of models to test places and they are probably the most photographed dogs that ever existed, but never failed to get excited about photographing the members of another person’s four-legged family. Every day I feel fortunate to call my career photographing dogs.

#4 Puppies Category 2nd Place Winner, ‘Father And Son’ By Carlos Aliperti, Brazil

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Dogs: Border Collies I have a great passion for my 5 faithful friends, however, this is a photograph with a very special meaning, because it is a moment of pure relationship between father (Toddy) and son (Ted) and that brings me great missing. On October 22, 2018, Toddy died, the victim of great cruelty: poisoning. Since then it is very difficult to overcome the loss and I consider this award a deserved tribute to my dear companion of all hours. I am a graphic designer and photography has an important presence in my work. In addition to my dogs, my taste for photography is very eclectic because I photograph landscapes, architecture, industries, products, street, and fine arts.

#5 Rescue Dogs Charity Category 2nd Place Winner, ‘Curiosity’ By Tianhang Zhang, China

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Dog: Borzoi, without names I graduated from the University of Nottingham Trent as a graduate student where I studied dog photography. After graduating, I returned to China to work as a full-time pet photographer and raised three dogs, one of which was adopted (rescue dog). I really enjoy being with my dogs. I thank you every day for coming to my life. When I took pictures, they had just been abandoned by a kennel. My friend adopted them temporarily and tried to find them a new home. When I visited them for the first time, they looked at me curiously. Then I shook my camera, playing with them and taking pictures. In front of people, they are like innocent children. It’s hard to imagine the ferocity of his hunt. I miss the moment I interacted with them and I will never forget their lovely faces. Now all these lucky guys have their new homes and live with their people who really love them.

#6 Portrait 1st Place Winner, ‘Honey Saluki’ By Anastasia Vetkovskaya, Russia

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Dog: Jozelin, Saluki, owner Eremina Lesya I love working with the hounds! They are beautiful dogs, but it is not always easy to find an approach for them. Toys and treats, habitual accessories of any animal photographer, are quite useless with these creatures. Every time I come up with a new idea to make it work with a particular dog. This picture was taken on a wonderful August morning with an experienced model of mine: Saluki named Joseline. We arrived at the place to discover that the whole field was harvested. We had to find another location very quickly. Luckily we have found another field! I like how the attentive look of the pet owner’s eyes gave this photo a special feeling.

#7 Oldies Category, 2nd Place Winner, ‘Young At Heart’ By Cat Race, UK

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Dog: Dance, Labrador Retriever (bitch) This gray-faced girl had absolutely no concept of her maturation age. Just at the end of her photoshoot at Beacon Fell, Bailee jumped and turned on the logs, smiling hopefully for a snack! Although she had slowed down a little more with each gray hair that appeared on her soft face, Bailee was as eager for the adventure as she had always been. I created this portrait in a bright wide-angle format to accentuate the spirit of the puppy that shone in it. I snuggled close while she cheerfully looked at my lens, capturing every smile, and every drop of drool, which I had to give.

#8 I Love Dogs Because… 1st Place Winner, ‘Doggy Bed Time’ By Mariah Mobley, USA

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Dog: Koby, also known as Puppy Einstein, (Miniature Pinscher Cross / Lhasa Apso) My name is Mariah Mobley and I’m 12 years old. I live on the beautiful Oregon coast, in a small town called Waldport, with my family and our three dogs, Koby, Hunter, and Roxy. I have always loved animals, especially dogs because they are very sweet, tender and always happy to see you. I started taking photos when I was very young and since then I have loved it. Taking pictures of Koby is a lot of fun because it’s my mother’s trick dog, so she knows a lot of great tricks and loves to pose for the camera. It’s also very fun to play with him, we even make hand stops together. It is a very sweet little love bug, whom I love very much. I took this picture of Koby in my living room. I used a black cloth background, and my mother helped me pose for Koby and also held the reflector. I took many pictures of him holding his toy while it was wrapped in his blanket. This was my favorite.

#9 Portrait 2nd Place Winner, ‘Mirror’ By Ria Putzker, Austria

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Dog: Pumpkin the Catahoula Leopard Dog My name is Ria Putzker, I’m 21 years old and I live in Vienna. Photography has been part of me for a couple of years and today you can barely see me without my camera in my hand! I love taking pictures of animals, especially dogs since they never have a false expression. I love capturing your cheerful nature and creating memories that last forever! This photo was taken after a rainy weekend in summer that left many huge puddles on the ground. I took the opportunity to photograph my friend’s beautiful dog in one of them. He had to remain still for about half a minute until the water was calm enough to see the reflection clearly, it was really a magical moment and remains one of my favorite photos of all time!

#10 Dogs At Play Category 1st Place Winner, ‘Dirty Dog’ By Monica Van Der Maden, Netherlands

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Dog: Waylon, Australian Shepherd This particular photo is one of my “Dirty Dogs” series. I wanted to do something different instead of portraits of beautiful and clean dogs. I looked for a dog that would love to play in the mud … and yes, Waylon loved it, and what he also wanted to achieve is to make people smile when they see this photo. I can also tell you that Waylon was not the only one who was dirty that day … The owner Petra and I were also very dirty that day!

#11 I Love Dogs Because… 2nd Place Winner, ‘Peace And Quiet’ By Luca Gombos, Hungary

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Dog: Lia, Border Collie I’m Luca Gombos, a 17-year-old girl from Hungary. I have two dogs and I love spending time with them, taking long walks in nature, doing frisbee with dogs and agility, teaching tricks, etc. We had countless unforgettable moments together and about 3 years ago I realized the importance of capturing these moments. Since then, I have photographed my dogs many times, and they remain the main reasons why I am picking up my camera. This particular photo was taken during our first vacation we took as a whole family. My two dogs, my parents and I spent a few days together away from home. One day, on a suffocating morning, we were sleeping a short nap, when I noticed that my two dogs threw their heads on the sheets. There was something special at this time maybe because I had not had this kind of experience with them before. Consequently, I knew immediately that I would not miss capturing him and making him eternal.

#12 Dog Photographer Of The Year 2019 Overall Winner And Oldies Category 1st Place Winner, ‘Dreaming Merlin’ By Denise Czichocki, Switzerland

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Dog: Merlin, rescued Podengo, 14 years old I was lucky to find this beautiful magnolia tree near my house in Switzerland. And even more fortunate to have the opportunity to take pictures of wonderful dogs in these magnolias. Merlin was one of them. He is a 14-year-old Podenco rescued from a shelter who is happy to live his life for two years in a beautiful house in Switzerland. It was not easy to take pictures because of his absolute deafness. So I couldn’t work with the noises to get his attention … then it wasn’t necessary. He gave me as many beautiful moments as you can see in this photo. This is Merlin, beautiful, dreamy and a little wise. A wonderful old dog with a lot of charisma.

#13 Special Mention Assistance Dogs Charity Category, ‘Friends For Life’ By Luciana Veras, Brazil

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Dog: Gaia, Golden Retriever In this image I try to capture all the interaction, complicity, and friendship that exist between Raúl and Gaia. Assistance dogs are divided into categories, but all are equally special and important in the lives of those who really need help, company, and much love. Gaia is part of the São Paulo Dog Inclusion Project and was trained to be a wheelchair assistance dog, and I was lucky to continue his entire training period, recording incredible moments. Gaia has always shown extreme dedication and association in her training, and also a contagious joy as if she knew from the beginning how great her mission in life is great. Service dogs are capable of transforming lives through unconditional love.

#14 Dogs At Play Category 3rd Place Winner, ‘The Joy Of Living’ By Angela Blewaska, Germany

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Dog: Bobby, Crossbreed Rhodesian Ridgeback ‘This photo was taken in one of my favorite photoshoots last year. What you can’t see in the picture is that Bobby lost his other eye. Still, it is one of the most gentle and happy dogs I have photographed. Instead of posing, I preferred to play with the leaves or sit on my lap, despite its size. ‘

#15 Rescue Dogs Charity Category 3rd Place Winner, ‘A Look That Embraces’ By Luciana Veras, Brazil

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Dog: Dog rescue of the indefinite race called Mike I am a photographer from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. In love with dogs since I was a child, it was only in 2017 that I decided to join the love of dogs with a passion for photography and specialize in Pet Photography. My goal in photography is to capture through my eyes the feelings of love, friendship, and gratitude between dogs and their humans. My love for dogs overflows with images, and I am always looking for an exciting story to tell through photography. And most of the time I am lucky to find myself in these stories. And that’s how I met Mike, an adopted rescue dog, who has some physical and emotional scars, signs of abuse he suffered for some years. Mike chose to trust and was adopted by Milena, the trauma due to the life condition he took before being adopted, made him feel very afraid and suspicious, but Mike never lost his way, he always expected a sincere hug and was in the hug. From Milena, I found the best place in the world. Today Mike leads a very happy life with a family full of love and respect. Mike still does not allow anyone to approach him, but he allowed me to approach him to photograph him and tell him his story of overcoming and love for Milena. Rescue dogs have the power to love unconditionally, and especially to transform our lives.

#16 Special Mention Oldies Category, ‘Till The End Of Time’ By Monica Van Der Maden, Netherlands

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Dog: Csoda, Hungarian Vizsla A couple of months ago I had an idea in my head and made a model call on my Facebook page for older dogs … I received many reactions with beautiful photos of dogs, so it was very difficult for me to choose A dog for this project, but when I saw Csoda I knew he was the one I was looking for. When I saw it, my heart melted because I adore older dogs … they have a lot of wisdom and experience in life and you can see that wisdom in their beautiful faces. We went to a large parking lot and there was a beautiful big window where I wanted to take the picture, and Csoda really understood what I wanted to do … a picture with a story.

#17 Oldies Category, 3rd Place Winner, ‘Contented’ By Susan Lang, United Kingdom

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Dog: Ozzy, rescued 12-year-old greyhound. This is my sleeping greyhound with my head on the coffee table. It was something I rarely did, so I had few opportunities to see it on camera. Usually, it happened when I started to get up from the couch, then, in true Greyhound style, I decided to go to bed again. On this occasion, the light coming through the window was perfect and helped me capture the shot. It’s one of my favorite photos of him and I’m glad to have it since I lost it to cancer 6 months later.

#18 Puppy’s Category 3rd Place Winner. ‘Dark Dawn With Noah’ By Lotte Van Alderen, Netherlands

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Dog: Noah, Labrador Retriever Little Noah was a lot of fun to photograph. Occasionally, suddenly, I had the zoomies and started running like a crazy puppy. It was a dark and rainy December morning and there were still some raindrops on the plants around us. Noah was completely wet from running through the plants when we finished taking pictures. Between those crazy moments, she had a few seconds of inner peace and rest. That was when I took this picture. He sat down, looked at his owner with his small damp ears and it showed in his naughty nose that he was having a lot of fun exploring the world.

#19 Dogs At Work 2nd Place Winner, ‘Among Hills And Heather’ By Katie Behan, United Kingdom

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Dog: Belle, English Springer Spaniel Always alert, Belle takes advantage of the exploration of the Buttermere Mountains in the Lake District while I take the opportunity to capture her in the beautiful heather. This is one of the brief moments that he paused. It was a pleasure to see her in her element, doing what is natural.

#20 Special Mention Dogs At Play Category, “A Snowy Chase” By Louise Farrell, UK

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Dogs: Rescue Border Collies – Meg (tricolor) and Jake (black and white) I am a favorite photographer from Reading, United Kingdom, and I photograph all kinds of furry four-legged animals that mean the world to their humans. If humans want to be photographed with their pets, then yes, I do too! Specializing in action photography, I love to make images of animals, especially dogs, doing what they like best: having fun with a smile on my face. Once or twice a month, I volunteer at an animal rescue center in Berkshire (DBARC) by photographing incoming rescue dogs to try to help the center get them back as quickly as possible. It always amazes me that, in most cases, dogs arrive happy and happy to have passed through who knows what. I feel it is a privilege to be able to capture your happiness of being in a field and being free. It is also a way to thank you for my rescue dogs. The two border collies in this picture are my family. Both arrived as puppies; Meg (9 years old, the tricolor) came to me from DBARC and Jake (2 years old, the spotting) chose me from a rescue center appropriately called The Border Collie Spot, also in Berkshire. They play together very well. This image captures your excitement playing earlier this year and raising the snow. I love watching them enjoy life to the fullest.

#21 Puppies Category 1st Place Winner, ‘The Little Twins’ By Monica Van Der Maden, Netherlands

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Dogs: Macy & Vino, Weimaraner The breeder and I were together in a mall where we had a lot of fun during this photoshoot. It can be very difficult to photograph two puppies together and much less a whole litter of puppies, especially in a mall (!). Everyone wanted to pet the puppies because they were so sweet and adorable. But when Joseph (the breeder) placed the two puppies together, they began to wash …

#22  Assistance Dogs Charity Category 3rd Place Winner, ‘You’re Safe With Me…’ By Melissa Bastin, UK

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Dog: Quintus, Labradoodle, dog. I met Rosie and Canine Partner Quintus on BBC Countryfile Live at Blenheim Palace last summer. I was attracted to several dogs that cooled in the river and, in particular, to Quinto, who clearly enjoyed his free time! Rosie and I stayed connected after this and met a couple of times to see how Quintus helped her in her daily life, such as loading the washing machine, taking things out of the refrigerator and opening doors. For this session, we went to St Giles’s in Oxford, where Quintus demonstrated how he helps Rosie negotiate obstacles in a public place. He wanted to capture the incredible bond he and Rosie have and how committed he is to his service; This can be seen in his unwavering look. Quintus is representative of so many dogs that serve in an assistance role; Committed, selfless and a wonderful companion. I am a photographer based in Oxfordshire and I specialize in capturing the unique bond that animals have with humans. Whether in sports (hence polo!), In a work environment or in a company role, my desire is to create a lasting memory of that relationship that can be treasured for years to come.

#23 Man’s Best Friend 1st Place Winner ‘Connected’ By Cat Race, UK

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Dog: Inka, Munstalander (bitch) We had just finished a warm June night session with Annie-May and her Inka Munsterlander. When the two sat in front of the reservoir enjoying the summer air, I could see a real moment unfolding between them. So I unhooked my camera from my Spider-Holster and opened the shutter, preserving forever that touching connection. Besides relaxing with Annie-May, Inka didn’t like anything more than throwing herself behind her tennis ball. Annie-May picked up the ball and called her hairy friend at her side. Inka patiently sat in front of her when she extended her hand, catching attention. Every time the ball flew through the air, Inka jumped behind her, bringing her faithfully in exchange for a slap and exclamation of ‘Good girl!’ As they sat on the shore with a bright and bright light that was reflected in the water behind them, I knew there was something so universal about the unspoken link between a girl and her dog. It was for this reason that at that time I decided to make the portrait a silhouette, a faceless image that represents a bond felt not only by Annie-May and Inka but also a lot of dog lovers around the world. That warm fuzzy feeling that arises when we approach and caress our furry friends is undoubtedly one of the best feelings in the world.

#24 Man’s Best Friend 2nd Place Winner, ‘White Cheesecake’ By Alexandra Novitskaya, Russia

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Dog: Standard Poodle Cheesecake Hi, my name is Alexandra. Believe it or not, this is my first photo with a man since before I only took pictures of dogs. This photo was taken after an advertising photo session. The cheesecake was quite nervous in an unusual environment of flash lamps and photographic equipment. But he only jumped into the arms of his beloved owner to feel calm and secure.

#25 I Love Dogs Because… 3rd Place Winner, ‘Best Buddy’ By Flora Wilson, UK

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Dog: Buddy, Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever I am a Wiltshire teenager, and I have a dog photography business as a hobby (when I can take a break from school!). I love nature and being outside and try to show this, along with my love for dogs, in my photos. I fell in love with photography for the first time when I was about 11 years old, taking pictures of almost everything around me. I begged and begged until they finally allowed me to have my own digital SLR camera when I turned thirteen. This, combined with the joy of a new puppy like my muse, taught me the basics to get decent pictures of dogs in particular. I definitely have to thank my naughty retriever! I opened my business in March of last year, and although I had to take a break this year due to my GCSE, I think I have been able to grow and improve immensely with the experience. Dogs are simply wonderful. I have forged a very close bond with my puppy in the last three years, and he taught me the power of patience and how “obedience” is really a close communication between the owner and the dog. I am very happy to have been able to explore the love that people feel for their dogs through photography. This photo is from the lovely “Toller” of a friend, Buddy. I met its owner through a local group for our race, and Buddy was the first client I had. The shooting was perfect: the location was dazzling; Buddy himself was lovely, and it was amazing to see the link between him and his owner.

#26 Dogs At Work 3rd Place Winner, ‘Time For Hunting’ By Nadezhda Ivanova, Russia

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Dogs: Dio and Afina: the Hungarian pointer with cable (Vizsla) My name is Nadezhda, I am an animal photographer from St. Petersburg, Russia. Dio and Afina are my friend’s dogs. Once we went for a walk together and I, of course, took the camera with me. The weather was excellent and the dogs were playing, running on the water, they suddenly froze smelling the bird, first Dio and then after him Afina. Fortunately, I managed to get a camera and make this frame.

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