Winners of the Dog Photographer of the Year competition

Picture supplied by Denise Czichocki/Kennel Club/Bav Media 07976 880732. 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. A stunning picture of a dog surrounded by magnolia has come top in the annual Dog Photographer of the Year contest. The photo of rescue dog Merlin was chosen as the overall winner in The Kennel Club's international competition, which received almost 7,000 entries from more than 70 countries. Denise Czichocki, from Switzerland, who took the photo of her 14-year-old Podengo, 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." The contest had 10 categories: Portrait, Man's Best Friend, Dogs At Play, Dogs At Work, Puppy, Oldies, I Love Dogs Because - for entrants aged between 12 and 17 years old - Young Pup Photographer - for entrants aged 11 and under - and Assistance Dogs and Rescue Dogs. SEE COPY CATCHLINE Winners of Dog Photo of Year comp
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

Picture supplied by Cat Race/Kennel Club/Bav Media 07976 880732. The photo is called Connected and shows Munstalander Inka. It was taken by Cat Race from the UK and won first in the Man?s Best Friend category. A stunning picture of a dog surrounded by magnolia has come top in the annual Dog Photographer of the Year contest. The photo of rescue dog Merlin was chosen as the overall winner in The Kennel Club's international competition, which received almost 7,000 entries from more than 70 countries. Denise Czichocki, from Switzerland, who took the photo of her 14-year-old Podengo, 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." The contest had 10 categories: Portrait, Man's Best Friend, Dogs At Play, Dogs At Work, Puppy, Oldies, I Love Dogs Because - for entrants aged between 12 and 17 years old - Young Pup Photographer - for entrants aged 11 and under - and Assistance Dogs and Rescue Dogs. SEE COPY CATCHLINE Winners of Dog Photo of Year comp
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 supplied by Alexandra Novitskaya/Kennel Club/Bav Media 07976 880732. Picture called White Cheesecake by Alexandra Novitskaya came second in Man?s Best Friend category and shows a poodle. A stunning picture of a dog surrounded by magnolia has come top in the annual Dog Photographer of the Year contest. The photo of rescue dog Merlin was chosen as the overall winner in The Kennel Club's international competition, which received almost 7,000 entries from more than 70 countries. Denise Czichocki, from Switzerland, who took the photo of her 14-year-old Podengo, 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." The contest had 10 categories: Portrait, Man's Best Friend, Dogs At Play, Dogs At Work, Puppy, Oldies, I Love Dogs Because - for entrants aged between 12 and 17 years old - Young Pup Photographer - for entrants aged 11 and under - and Assistance Dogs and Rescue Dogs. SEE COPY CATCHLINE Winners of Dog Photo of Year comp
(Picture: Alexandra Novitskaya/Kennel Club/Bav Media)

Winner of Portrait

Picture supplied by Anastasia Vetkovskaya /Kennel Club/Bav Media 07976 880732. A photo of a stunning Saluki by Anastasia Vetkovskaya from Russia came first in the Portrait section A stunning picture of a dog surrounded by magnolia has come top in the annual Dog Photographer of the Year contest. The photo of rescue dog Merlin was chosen as the overall winner in The Kennel Club's international competition, which received almost 7,000 entries from more than 70 countries. Denise Czichocki, from Switzerland, who took the photo of her 14-year-old Podengo, 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." The contest had 10 categories: Portrait, Man's Best Friend, Dogs At Play, Dogs At Work, Puppy, Oldies, I Love Dogs Because - for entrants aged between 12 and 17 years old - Young Pup Photographer - for entrants aged 11 and under - and Assistance Dogs and Rescue Dogs. SEE COPY CATCHLINE Winners of Dog Photo of Year comp
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

Picture supplied byRia Putzker/Kennel Club/Bav Media 07976 880732. Picture called ?Mirror? came 2nd in the Portrait category taken by Ria Putzker, Poland and shows Pumpkin the Catahoula Leopard Dog . A stunning picture of a dog surrounded by magnolia has come top in the annual Dog Photographer of the Year contest. The photo of rescue dog Merlin was chosen as the overall winner in The Kennel Club's international competition, which received almost 7,000 entries from more than 70 countries. Denise Czichocki, from Switzerland, who took the photo of her 14-year-old Podengo, 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." The contest had 10 categories: Portrait, Man's Best Friend, Dogs At Play, Dogs At Work, Puppy, Oldies, I Love Dogs Because - for entrants aged between 12 and 17 years old - Young Pup Photographer - for entrants aged 11 and under - and Assistance Dogs and Rescue Dogs. SEE COPY CATCHLINE Winners of Dog Photo of Year comp
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

Picture supplied by Katie Behan/Kennel Club/Bav Media 07976 880732. 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. A stunning picture of a dog surrounded by magnolia has come top in the annual Dog Photographer of the Year contest. The photo of rescue dog Merlin was chosen as the overall winner in The Kennel Club's international competition, which received almost 7,000 entries from more than 70 countries. Denise Czichocki, from Switzerland, who took the photo of her 14-year-old Podengo, 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." The contest had 10 categories: Portrait, Man's Best Friend, Dogs At Play, Dogs At Work, Puppy, Oldies, I Love Dogs Because - for entrants aged between 12 and 17 years old - Young Pup Photographer - for entrants aged 11 and under - and Assistance Dogs and Rescue Dogs. SEE COPY CATCHLINE Winners of Dog Photo of Year comp
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

Picture supplied by Sabine Wolpert/Kennel Club/Bav Media 07976 880732. Picture called Sea Dog won the Young Pup category taken by Sabine Wolpert, USA, Age 11and shows her dog Georgie. A stunning picture of a dog surrounded by magnolia has come top in the annual Dog Photographer of the Year contest. The photo of rescue dog Merlin was chosen as the overall winner in The Kennel Club's international competition, which received almost 7,000 entries from more than 70 countries. Denise Czichocki, from Switzerland, who took the photo of her 14-year-old Podengo, 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." The contest had 10 categories: Portrait, Man's Best Friend, Dogs At Play, Dogs At Work, Puppy, Oldies, I Love Dogs Because - for entrants aged between 12 and 17 years old - Young Pup Photographer - for entrants aged 11 and under - and Assistance Dogs and Rescue Dogs. SEE COPY CATCHLINE Winners of Dog Photo of Year comp
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

Picture supplied by Eilidh Shannon/Kennel Club/Bav Media 07976 880732. The picture is called Maisie?s Music and shows Lab collie cross Maisie. It was taken by Eilidh Shannon, age 7, from the UK and came second in the Young Pup Photographer. A stunning picture of a dog surrounded by magnolia has come top in the annual Dog Photographer of the Year contest. The photo of rescue dog Merlin was chosen as the overall winner in The Kennel Club's international competition, which received almost 7,000 entries from more than 70 countries. Denise Czichocki, from Switzerland, who took the photo of her 14-year-old Podengo, 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." The contest had 10 categories: Portrait, Man's Best Friend, Dogs At Play, Dogs At Work, Puppy, Oldies, I Love Dogs Because - for entrants aged between 12 and 17 years old - Young Pup Photographer - for entrants aged 11 and under - and Assistance Dogs and Rescue Dogs. SEE COPY CATCHLINE Winners of Dog Photo of Year comp
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

Picture supplied by Eve Garner/Kennel Club/Bav Media 07976 880732. The picture is called Mega Lilly and shows Lilly, a crossbreed. It was taken by Eve Garner, age 6, from the UK and came third in the Young Pup Photographer category. A stunning picture of a dog surrounded by magnolia has come top in the annual Dog Photographer of the Year contest. The photo of rescue dog Merlin was chosen as the overall winner in The Kennel Club's international competition, which received almost 7,000 entries from more than 70 countries. Denise Czichocki, from Switzerland, who took the photo of her 14-year-old Podengo, 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." The contest had 10 categories: Portrait, Man's Best Friend, Dogs At Play, Dogs At Work, Puppy, Oldies, I Love Dogs Because - for entrants aged between 12 and 17 years old - Young Pup Photographer - for entrants aged 11 and under - and Assistance Dogs and Rescue Dogs. SEE COPY CATCHLINE Winners of Dog Photo of Year comp
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

Picture supplied by Mariah Mobley/Kennel Club/Bav Media 07976 880732. Love Dogs Because winner shows Koby, the Miniature Pinscher/Lhasa Apso cross, photographed at his home in Oregon, USA, by 12-year-old owner, Mariah Mobley. A stunning picture of a dog surrounded by magnolia has come top in the annual Dog Photographer of the Year contest. The photo of rescue dog Merlin was chosen as the overall winner in The Kennel Club's international competition, which received almost 7,000 entries from more than 70 countries. Denise Czichocki, from Switzerland, who took the photo of her 14-year-old Podengo, 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." The contest had 10 categories: Portrait, Man's Best Friend, Dogs At Play, Dogs At Work, Puppy, Oldies, I Love Dogs Because - for entrants aged between 12 and 17 years old - Young Pup Photographer - for entrants aged 11 and under - and Assistance Dogs and Rescue Dogs. SEE COPY CATCHLINE Winners of Dog Photo of Year comp
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

Picture supplied by Luca Gombos/Kennel Club/Bav Media 07976 880732. The photo is called Peace and Quiet and shows a picture of Border Collie, Lia. It was taken by Luca Gombos, from Hungary and was second place in the I Love Dogs Because category. A stunning picture of a dog surrounded by magnolia has come top in the annual Dog Photographer of the Year contest. The photo of rescue dog Merlin was chosen as the overall winner in The Kennel Club's international competition, which received almost 7,000 entries from more than 70 countries. Denise Czichocki, from Switzerland, who took the photo of her 14-year-old Podengo, 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." The contest had 10 categories: Portrait, Man's Best Friend, Dogs At Play, Dogs At Work, Puppy, Oldies, I Love Dogs Because - for entrants aged between 12 and 17 years old - Young Pup Photographer - for entrants aged 11 and under - and Assistance Dogs and Rescue Dogs. SEE COPY CATCHLINE Winners of Dog Photo of Year comp
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

Picture supplied by Flora Wilson/Kennel Club/Bav Media 07976 880732. 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. A stunning picture of a dog surrounded by magnolia has come top in the annual Dog Photographer of the Year contest. The photo of rescue dog Merlin was chosen as the overall winner in The Kennel Club's international competition, which received almost 7,000 entries from more than 70 countries. Denise Czichocki, from Switzerland, who took the photo of her 14-year-old Podengo, 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." The contest had 10 categories: Portrait, Man's Best Friend, Dogs At Play, Dogs At Work, Puppy, Oldies, I Love Dogs Because - for entrants aged between 12 and 17 years old - Young Pup Photographer - for entrants aged 11 and under - and Assistance Dogs and Rescue Dogs. SEE COPY CATCHLINE Winners of Dog Photo of Year comp
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

Picture supplied by Monica van der Maden/Kennel Club/Bav Media 07976 880732. Picture shows a heart-warming image of two Weimeraner puppies by Monica van der Maden from the Netherlands, won the Puppy category. A stunning picture of a dog surrounded by magnolia has come top in the annual Dog Photographer of the Year contest. The photo of rescue dog Merlin was chosen as the overall winner in The Kennel Club's international competition, which received almost 7,000 entries from more than 70 countries. Denise Czichocki, from Switzerland, who took the photo of her 14-year-old Podengo, 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." The contest had 10 categories: Portrait, Man's Best Friend, Dogs At Play, Dogs At Work, Puppy, Oldies, I Love Dogs Because - for entrants aged between 12 and 17 years old - Young Pup Photographer - for entrants aged 11 and under - and Assistance Dogs and Rescue Dogs. SEE COPY CATCHLINE Winners of Dog Photo of Year comp
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

Picture supplied by Carlos Aliperti/Kennel Club/Bav Media 07976 880732. Picture called ?Father and Son? came 2nd in the Puppies Category taken by Carlos Aliperti, Brazil and shows Border Collies. A stunning picture of a dog surrounded by magnolia has come top in the annual Dog Photographer of the Year contest. The photo of rescue dog Merlin was chosen as the overall winner in The Kennel Club's international competition, which received almost 7,000 entries from more than 70 countries. Denise Czichocki, from Switzerland, who took the photo of her 14-year-old Podengo, 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." The contest had 10 categories: Portrait, Man's Best Friend, Dogs At Play, Dogs At Work, Puppy, Oldies, I Love Dogs Because - for entrants aged between 12 and 17 years old - Young Pup Photographer - for entrants aged 11 and under - and Assistance Dogs and Rescue Dogs. SEE COPY CATCHLINE Winners of Dog Photo of Year comp
Father and Son shows Border Collies (Picture: Carlos Aliperti/Kennel Club/Bav Media)

Third place in Puppies – Dark Dawn With Noah

Picture supplied byLotte van Alderen/Kennel Club/Bav Media 07976 880732. 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 in the Puppy?s category. A stunning picture of a dog surrounded by magnolia has come top in the annual Dog Photographer of the Year contest. The photo of rescue dog Merlin was chosen as the overall winner in The Kennel Club's international competition, which received almost 7,000 entries from more than 70 countries. Denise Czichocki, from Switzerland, who took the photo of her 14-year-old Podengo, 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." The contest had 10 categories: Portrait, Man's Best Friend, Dogs At Play, Dogs At Work, Puppy, Oldies, I Love Dogs Because - for entrants aged between 12 and 17 years old - Young Pup Photographer - for entrants aged 11 and under - and Assistance Dogs and Rescue Dogs. SEE COPY CATCHLINE Winners of Dog Photo of Year comp
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

Picture supplied by Cat Race /Kennel Club/Bav Media 07976 880732. 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. A stunning picture of a dog surrounded by magnolia has come top in the annual Dog Photographer of the Year contest. The photo of rescue dog Merlin was chosen as the overall winner in The Kennel Club's international competition, which received almost 7,000 entries from more than 70 countries. Denise Czichocki, from Switzerland, who took the photo of her 14-year-old Podengo, 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." The contest had 10 categories: Portrait, Man's Best Friend, Dogs At Play, Dogs At Work, Puppy, Oldies, I Love Dogs Because - for entrants aged between 12 and 17 years old - Young Pup Photographer - for entrants aged 11 and under - and Assistance Dogs and Rescue Dogs. SEE COPY CATCHLINE Winners of Dog Photo of Year comp
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

Picture supplied by Susan Lang/Kennel Club/Bav Media 07976 880732. Picture called ?Contented? came third in Oldies Category, taken by Susan Lang, United Kingdom and shows Ozzy, 12 year old rescued Greyhound. A stunning picture of a dog surrounded by magnolia has come top in the annual Dog Photographer of the Year contest. The photo of rescue dog Merlin was chosen as the overall winner in The Kennel Club's international competition, which received almost 7,000 entries from more than 70 countries. Denise Czichocki, from Switzerland, who took the photo of her 14-year-old Podengo, 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." The contest had 10 categories: Portrait, Man's Best Friend, Dogs At Play, Dogs At Work, Puppy, Oldies, I Love Dogs Because - for entrants aged between 12 and 17 years old - Young Pup Photographer - for entrants aged 11 and under - and Assistance Dogs and Rescue Dogs. SEE COPY CATCHLINE Winners of Dog Photo of Year comp
Ozzy, 12 year old rescued Greyhound (Picture: Susan Lang/Kennel Club/Bav Media)

Winner of Assistance Dogs

Picture supplied by Angelika Elendt/Kennel Club/Bav Media 07976 880732. 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. A stunning picture of a dog surrounded by magnolia has come top in the annual Dog Photographer of the Year contest. The photo of rescue dog Merlin was chosen as the overall winner in The Kennel Club's international competition, which received almost 7,000 entries from more than 70 countries. Denise Czichocki, from Switzerland, who took the photo of her 14-year-old Podengo, 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." The contest had 10 categories: Portrait, Man's Best Friend, Dogs At Play, Dogs At Work, Puppy, Oldies, I Love Dogs Because - for entrants aged between 12 and 17 years old - Young Pup Photographer - for entrants aged 11 and under - and Assistance Dogs and Rescue Dogs. SEE COPY CATCHLINE Winners of Dog Photo of Year comp
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

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Picture supplied by Tracy Allard/Kennel Club/Bav Media 07976 880732. Picture called ?Laying Down on the Job? came 2nd in Assistance Dog Category taken by Tracy Allard, United States and shows Bosco a Great Dane and Labrador Retriever. A stunning picture of a dog surrounded by magnolia has come top in the annual Dog Photographer of the Year contest. The photo of rescue dog Merlin was chosen as the overall winner in The Kennel Club's international competition, which received almost 7,000 entries from more than 70 countries. Denise Czichocki, from Switzerland, who took the photo of her 14-year-old Podengo, 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." The contest had 10 categories: Portrait, Man's Best Friend, Dogs At Play, Dogs At Work, Puppy, Oldies, I Love Dogs Because - for entrants aged between 12 and 17 years old - Young Pup Photographer - for entrants aged 11 and under - and Assistance Dogs and Rescue Dogs. SEE COPY CATCHLINE Winners of Dog Photo of Year comp
(Picture: Tracy Allard/Kennel Club/Bav Media)

Third place in Assistance Dogs – You’re Safe With Me

Picture supplied by Melissa Baston /Kennel Club/Bav Media 07976 880732. 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. A stunning picture of a dog surrounded by magnolia has come top in the annual Dog Photographer of the Year contest. The photo of rescue dog Merlin was chosen as the overall winner in The Kennel Club's international competition, which received almost 7,000 entries from more than 70 countries. Denise Czichocki, from Switzerland, who took the photo of her 14-year-old Podengo, 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." The contest had 10 categories: Portrait, Man's Best Friend, Dogs At Play, Dogs At Work, Puppy, Oldies, I Love Dogs Because - for entrants aged between 12 and 17 years old - Young Pup Photographer - for entrants aged 11 and under - and Assistance Dogs and Rescue Dogs. SEE COPY CATCHLINE Winners of Dog Photo of Year comp
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

Picture supplied by Monica van der Maden/Kennel Club/Bav Media 07976 880732. Photo by Monica van der Maden of Waylon the Australian Shepherd came top in the Dogs At Play section. A stunning picture of a dog surrounded by magnolia has come top in the annual Dog Photographer of the Year contest. The photo of rescue dog Merlin was chosen as the overall winner in The Kennel Club's international competition, which received almost 7,000 entries from more than 70 countries. Denise Czichocki, from Switzerland, who took the photo of her 14-year-old Podengo, 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." The contest had 10 categories: Portrait, Man's Best Friend, Dogs At Play, Dogs At Work, Puppy, Oldies, I Love Dogs Because - for entrants aged between 12 and 17 years old - Young Pup Photographer - for entrants aged 11 and under - and Assistance Dogs and Rescue Dogs. SEE COPY CATCHLINE Winners of Dog Photo of Year comp
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

Picture supplied by Zoltan Kecskes/Kennel Club/Bav Media 07976 880732. Picture called ?Let's jump rope together!? shows a Jack Russell Cross and came 2nd in Dogs at Play Category taken by Zoltan Kecskes. A stunning picture of a dog surrounded by magnolia has come top in the annual Dog Photographer of the Year contest. The photo of rescue dog Merlin was chosen as the overall winner in The Kennel Club's international competition, which received almost 7,000 entries from more than 70 countries. Denise Czichocki, from Switzerland, who took the photo of her 14-year-old Podengo, 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." The contest had 10 categories: Portrait, Man's Best Friend, Dogs At Play, Dogs At Work, Puppy, Oldies, I Love Dogs Because - for entrants aged between 12 and 17 years old - Young Pup Photographer - for entrants aged 11 and under - and Assistance Dogs and Rescue Dogs. SEE COPY CATCHLINE Winners of Dog Photo of Year comp
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 supplied by Dorine Scherpel/Kennel Club/Bav Media 07976 880732. 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. A stunning picture of a dog surrounded by magnolia has come top in the annual Dog Photographer of the Year contest. The photo of rescue dog Merlin was chosen as the overall winner in The Kennel Club's international competition, which received almost 7,000 entries from more than 70 countries. Denise Czichocki, from Switzerland, who took the photo of her 14-year-old Podengo, 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." The contest had 10 categories: Portrait, Man's Best Friend, Dogs At Play, Dogs At Work, Puppy, Oldies, I Love Dogs Because - for entrants aged between 12 and 17 years old - Young Pup Photographer - for entrants aged 11 and under - and Assistance Dogs and Rescue Dogs. SEE COPY CATCHLINE Winners of Dog Photo of Year comp
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

Picture supplied by Anne Geier/Kennel Club/Bav Media 07976 880732. 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. A stunning picture of a dog surrounded by magnolia has come top in the annual Dog Photographer of the Year contest. The photo of rescue dog Merlin was chosen as the overall winner in The Kennel Club's international competition, which received almost 7,000 entries from more than 70 countries. Denise Czichocki, from Switzerland, who took the photo of her 14-year-old Podengo, 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." The contest had 10 categories: Portrait, Man's Best Friend, Dogs At Play, Dogs At Work, Puppy, Oldies, I Love Dogs Because - for entrants aged between 12 and 17 years old - Young Pup Photographer - for entrants aged 11 and under - and Assistance Dogs and Rescue Dogs. SEE COPY CATCHLINE Winners of Dog Photo of Year comp
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 supplied by Tiahang Zhang/Kennel Club/Bav Media 07976 880732. Picture called ?Curiosity? came 2nd in the Rescue Dogs Charity Category taken by Tiahang Zhang, China. A stunning picture of a dog surrounded by magnolia has come top in the annual Dog Photographer of the Year contest. The photo of rescue dog Merlin was chosen as the overall winner in The Kennel Club's international competition, which received almost 7,000 entries from more than 70 countries. Denise Czichocki, from Switzerland, who took the photo of her 14-year-old Podengo, 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." The contest had 10 categories: Portrait, Man's Best Friend, Dogs At Play, Dogs At Work, Puppy, Oldies, I Love Dogs Because - for entrants aged between 12 and 17 years old - Young Pup Photographer - for entrants aged 11 and under - and Assistance Dogs and Rescue Dogs. SEE COPY CATCHLINE Winners of Dog Photo of Year comp
Picture called Curiosity came 2nd in the Rescue Dogs Charity Category taken by Tiahang Zhang (Picture: Tiahang Zhang/Kennel Club/Bav Media)

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