To be a big hit on Instagram you need to master quality pictures in three categories: travels, food, and probably the most important – pets.
Whether you’re a cat or dog person, your followers are probably partial to a pic or two of your fluffy companion.
In fact, the Photobox Instagram Photography Awards has proved just how much everyone loves a little dog snap as people poured in their submissions for the inaugural award, and an overwhelming number of them were of their best friend.
And the prize is £5,000 for overall winner or £500 if you win in your category.
The Photobox Instagram Photography Awards (Pipas) is in its infancy and is a celebration of the best photos posted to Instagram.
In less than three weeks, 180,000 entries flew in, making it the largest of its kind on Instagram.
Because we like to spread joy and goodness, we have the top 25 images submitted, as picked by judges.
The camera-loving doggos range from Nelson, a Bernese mountain dog peeping over a fence to Julius, a Yorkshire terrier out enjoying a walk, a Jack Russell diving into a patch of heather and an angelic sausage dog.
Food, style, and landscape images were also pretty popular in the contest. But dogs pipped cats to the post, which is not too shocking considering that #dogsofinstagram has 113,000,000 posts and #catsofinstagram has 88,000,000.
‘Social media’s fondness for a dog photo has been demonstrated once again with the entries we’ve received to date,’ said Rory Scott of Photobox, chair of PIPAS 2018 judges.
‘While we have a category for animal photos, along with nine others as diverse as fashion, the natural world and travel, we could have run an award for the best dog photos on their own such is the quality of some of the shots we’ve seen.’
The award is now closed for entries. The category shortlist will be announced on 7 September, with the overall winners announced at an awards ceremony in London on 3 October.