Picture by Denise Czichocki from Switzerland has been chosen as the overall winner of the competition with Dreaming Merlin, which sees Merlin, the 14-year-old rescue Podengo, sat amongst a magnolia setting, which was also placed first in the Oldies category. (Picture: Denise Czichocki/Kennel Club/Bav Media)
We’re sure all your Instagram snaps of dogs you see on public transport are lovely, but they’re not a patch on these particular photos.The winners have been revealed from the Dog Photographer of
the Year competition, organised by the Kennel Club. Each year the Kennel Club receives thousands of entries from all around the world, carefully selecting he best dog photographs in ten categories: portrait, man’s best friend, dogs at play, dogs at work, puppy, oldies, young pup photographer (for entrants under 11), I love dogs because (for entrants between the ages of 12 and 17), assistance dogs, and rescue dogs. The overall winner of this year’s contest was a snap of rescue dog Merlin in a field of flowers, by owner Denise Czichocki. Denise, from Switzerland, said: ‘I am really proud and overwhelmed, I still can’t believe it! There are so many good photographers out there and I won this title, it is absolutely amazing.
‘I have always loved to take pictures of everything, and my passion for dog photography started when I had my own, I wanted to create lovely memories of all of them. Over the years I have developed my photography to become more emotional.’
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Take a look at a load of the other winners below.
First place in Man’s Best Friend – Connected The photo is called Connected and shows Munstalander Inka (Picture: Cat Race/Kennel Club/Bav Media) Second place in Man’s Best Friend – White Cheesecake (Picture: Alexandra Novitskaya/Kennel Club/Bav Media) Winner of Portrait A photo of a stunning Saluki by Anastasia Vetkovskaya from Russia came first in the Portrait section (Picture: Anastasia Vetkovskaya /Kennel Club/Bav Media) Second place in Portrait – Mirror Taken by Ria Putzker, Poland and shows Pumpkin the Catahoula Leopard Dog (Picture: Ria Putzker/Kennel Club/Bav Media) Second place in Dogs At Work – Among Hills and Heather The picture is called Among Hills and Heather and shows English Springer Spaniel Belle. It was taken by Katie Behan from the UK and came second in the Dogs at Work section (Picture: Katie Behan/Kennel Club/Bav Media) Winner of Young Pup Photographer – Sea Dog Sea Dog won the Young Pup category taken by Sabine Wolpert, USA, Age 11 and shows her dog Georgie (Picture: Sabine Wolpert/Kennel Club/Bav Media) Second place in Young Pup Photographer – Maisie’s Music It was taken by Eilidh Shannon, age 7, from the UK and came second in the Young Pup Photographer. (Picture: Eilidh Shannon/Kennel Club/Bav Media) Third place in the Young Pup Photographer category – Mega Lilly The picture is called Mega Lilly and shows Lilly, a crossbreed. It was taken by Eve Garner, age 6 (Picture: Eve Garner/Kennel Club/Bav Media) Winner of I Love Dogs Because Koby, the Miniature Pinscher/Lhasa Apso cross, photographed at his home in Oregon, USA, by 12-year-old owner, Mariah Mobley (Picture: Mariah Mobley/Kennel Club/Bav Media)
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Second place in I Love Dogs Because – Peace And Quiet The photo is called Peace and Quiet and shows a picture of Border Collie, Lia. (Picture: Luca Gombos/Kennel Club/Bav Media) Third place in I Love Dogs Because – Best Buddy The photo is called Best Buddy and shows a picture of Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever Buddy. It was taken by Flora Wilson from the UK and came third in the I Love Dogs Because category (Picture: Flora Wilson/Kennel Club/Bav Media) Winner of the Puppy category Two Weimeraner puppies by Monica van der Maden from the Netherlands (Picture: Monica van der Maden/Kennel Club/Bav Media) Second place in the Puppies category – Father and Son Father and Son shows Border Collies (Picture: Carlos Aliperti/Kennel Club/Bav Media) Third place in Puppies – Dark Dawn With Noah The picture is called Dark dawn with Noah and shows Labrador Retriever Noah. It was taken by Lotte van Alderen from the Netherlands and came third. (Picture: Lotte van Alderen/Kennel Club/Bav Media) Second place in Oldies – Young At Heart The picture is called Young at Heart and shows Labrador Retriever Bailee. It was taken by Cat Race from the UK and came second in the Oldies category.Cat Race /Kennel Club/Bav Media) Third place in Oldies – Contented Ozzy, 12 year old rescued Greyhound (Picture: Susan Lang/Kennel Club/Bav Media) Winner of Assistance Dogs Angelika Elendt from Germany came first in the Assistance Dogs category for her portrayal of the important role dogs play in helping people with mental, emotional and/or physical disabilities (Picture: Angelika Elendt/Kennel Club/Bav Media) Second place in Assistance Dogs – Laying Down on the Job
Wow, check out those choppers! Puppies have 28 teeth and normal adult dogs have 42.
(Picture: Tracy Allard/Kennel Club/Bav Media) Third place in Assistance Dogs – You’re Safe With Me The picture is called You?re safe with me and shows Labradoodle Quintus. It was taken by Melissa Baston from the UK and came third in the Assistance Dogs Charity category. (Picture: Melissa Baston /Kennel Club/Bav Media) Winner in Dogs At Play Photo by Monica van der Maden of Waylon the Australian Shepherd came top in the Dogs At Play section (Picture: Monica van der Maden/Kennel Club/Bav Media) Second in Dogs at Play – Let’s Jump Rope Together This came second in Dogs at Play Category taken by Zoltan Kecskes (Picture: Zoltan Kecskes/Kennel Club/Bav Media) Winner of Dogs At Work Picture by Dorine Scherpel from Canada won the Dogs at Work category with her photo which was captured in The Lake District earlier this year (Picture: Dorine Scherpel/Kennel Club/Bav Media) Winner of the Rescue Dog category Anne Geier from Austria was named the winner of the Rescue Dog award and her photo captured the close bond between her and her rescue crossbreed Finn (Picture: Anne Geier/Kennel Club/Bav Media) Second place in Rescue Dogs – Curiosity Picture called Curiosity came 2nd in the Rescue Dogs Charity Category taken by Tiahang Zhang (Picture: Tiahang Zhang/Kennel Club/Bav Media) The Fix The daily lifestyle email from Metro.co.uk.Find out more