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Adorable Photo Of A Puppy Resting His Head Wins Dog Photographer Of The Year

Adorable Photo Of A Puppy Resting His Head Wins Dog Photographer Of The Year - The winners of the 12th annual Dog Photographer of the Year Competition have been announced.

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Dog Photographer of the Year Competition 'Overall Winer'

Dog Photographer of the Year Competition 'Overall Winer' © Maria Davison - The Kennel Club 


A photograph of a really cute puppy resting his head has been crowned the overall winning shot of this year's Dog Photographer of the Year Competition

The image, which also placed first in the 'Man's Best Friend' category, was captured by Maria Davison from Portugal who beat almost 10,000 other entries from 74 different countries to take the overall title. 

Commenting on been selected at the overall winner, Maria 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 other category winners were Kaylee Greer from the United States, who won the ‘Dogs at Play’ category with a photo of Petey the Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier, playing on the south coast of Boston; Mirjam Schreurs from the Netherlands, who won the ‘Puppy’ category with a lovely image of Tyson the baby Boxer; Anastasia Vetkovskaya from Russia, who won the ‘Dog Portrait’ category with a stunning monochrome image of an Afghan Hound; Sarah Caldecott from Yorkshire who won the ‘Dogs at Work’ category with a muted portrait of Rita the Pointer on the moors of County Durham; ‘Young Pup Photographer’ winner, 8 year-old Dylan Jenkins from Swansea; Julian Gottfried from the United States who won the ‘I Love Dogs Because…’ category; and John Liot from Jersey, who won the ‘Oldies’ category with a relaxed portrait of a 12-year-old rescue dog, Kelly.


Dog Photographer of the Year Competition 'Dogs at Play'

Dog Photographer of the Year Competition 'Dogs at Play' category, 1st place © Kaylee Greer - The Kennel Club 


The winner of the ‘Assistance Dogs’ category was Alasdair MacLeod from Ayrshire, Scotland, who took a candid shot of a retired Greyhound, Megan from Canine Concern Scotland visiting local care home resident Duncan, a 95-year-old RAF veteran who flew in the ‘Dambusters’ squadron. Alexandra Robins from Wiltshire won the ‘Rescue Dog’ category for her intimate portrait of rescue dog Chloe with her career at Bath Cats and Dogs Home.

All of the winning images plus the photos that placed second and third for each category will be on display at the Kennel Club in London from 26 June until 31 August 2017. The exhibition is open to the public and free to visit by appointment. Anyone wishing to visit should contact the Art Gallery office.

You can also see a gallery of last year's entries here: 8 Winning Dog Photos To Make You Smile

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