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The search is on for the best dog photographers around the world as the Kennel Club’s annual competition launches this month.

Last year almost 10,000 entries poured in from over 75 countries, including Canada, Russia, Brazil and New Zealand, making it the biggest canine photography competition in the world.

It’s free to enter and this year the competition will accept submissions until 4th April 2018. The competition comprises of ten categories:

  • Dogs at Play
  • PortraitOldies
  • 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

An overall winner will then be chosen from the winning ten images.

Last year the overall winner was Portuguese photographer Maria Davison with her image of a puppy resting beside her owner’s feet. 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.”

The overall winner this year will receive an original oil painting of their image by award-winning artist Sara Abbott. All category winners will have their images displayed at the Kennel Club in Mayfair, a SmugMug photography website to showcase their work, a one-day photography course offered by Nikon School UK, a trophy and exhibition print from Loxley Colour.

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

For more information and to officially register and enter, visit www.dogphotographeroftheyear.org.uk

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