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Crufts Kickstarts Search For World's Best Dog Photographer

Crufts Kickstarts Search For World's Best Dog Photographer - Crufts has begun the search for Kennel Club's Dog Photographer of the Year 2014.

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Dog Photographer of the year 2013 winner
2013's overall winning image, by Roger Sjolstad

After a record breaking year and international acclaim, the Kennel Club’s Dog Photographer of the Year competition returns for 2014.

Launching at Crufts, the Kennel Club is urging budding and experienced photographers to submit their canine images to the annual competition, which attracts international coverage and is viewed by tens of thousands of people from around the world. The competition, which is exclusively presented by Samsung, is now open and free to enter.

Breaking all records, more than 5000 people entered the Kennel Club’s Dog Photographer of the Year competition last year, making it the biggest canine photography competition in the world. Guest judges in the past have included famed photographers Tim Flach and Martin Usborne; International Award winning artist and 2012 Grange Prize Winner; Jo Longhurst, Professional photographer, Andy Biggar; The Award Winning agency behind o2's BE MORE DOG and famous dog lover Dame Jenni Murray.

The overall winner will receive a  Samsung Galaxy NX camera and will have VIP access to photograph the Crufts Best in Show winner in 2015.

Heidi Hudson, Kennel Club Picture Librarian, said: “The Dog Photographer of the Year competition is the biggest canine photography competition in the world and we are looking for stunning images that capture a wonderful moment and that reflect our contemporary experience of living with dogs.

“The competition is free to enter and we urge both professional photographers and amateurs, who have a keen eye and a passion for photography, to enter. We have had numerous amateur photographers win the categories and even the overall competition, some going on to make a career out of animal photography.”

Last year’s overall winning image, selected from the ‘Man’s Best Friend’ category, was taken by Roger Sjølstad from Norway and featured a young girl and a Great Dane running through water.

Roger will be available at Crufts on the Samsung stand on Thursday 6th March to help people become great dog photographers. He said: “My best advice when taking a photograph is to take your time, to wait patiently for that perfect moment to arrive and when it comes, to be ready. You also need a great camera that will do your image justice."

To enter and for terms and conditions visit the Dog Photographer of the Year website

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