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Kennel Club Dog Photographer of the Year competition launches

After this year's success - with almost 13,000 entries from photographer across 90 different countries - the Kennel Club is ready to launch the next Dog Photographer of the Year competition.

The competition comprises ten categories, and winners for each one will have their images on display at the Kennel Club in Mayfair, and will win a SmugMug business account to showcase their work online - plus a one-day course at the Nikon School in London, as well as a trophy and exhibition print.

The categories are

  • Dogs at Play
  • Portrait
  • Oldies
  • Dogs at Work
  • Puppies
  • Man's Best Friend
  • Young Pup Photographer (for entrants aged 11 and under)
  • ‘I Love Dogs Because …’ (for entrants aged between 12 and 17)
  • Assistance Dogs
  • Rescue Dogs

The Assistance Dog and Rescue Dog category winners will also receive a £500 donation from the Kennel Club Charitable Trust to their chosen dog charity.

Anastasia Vetkovskaya, from Moscow, Russia, was last year's overall winner, with the above photo of an English Springer Spaniel.

“I have loved animals from an early age, which is why I went to Moscow Veterinary Academy and became a veterinary surgeon in 2007," she said. "Around this period of time, my husband gave me my first SLR camera and since then I have devoted all of my free time to photography.”

To officially register and enter, visit the competition's website. The deadline to enter is 17.00 (GMT) on 15 March 2017.

Image by Anastasia Vetkovskaya.