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Dog Photographer Of The Year 2015 Winners Announced

The winners of the Dog Photographer of the year competition 2015 have been announced.

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Kennel club overall winner

Overall winning image 2015, © Anastasia Vetkovskaya

The Kennel Club has announced the winners of its annual Dog Photographer of the Year competition. Now in its tenth year, the competition received almost 13,000 entries from a staggering 90 different countries.

Anastasia Vetkovskaya from Russia has been selected as the overall winner of the competition with an image of Sheldon the English Springer Spaniel entering the water early one morning. The image initially won the ‘Dogs at Work’ category. The winning photographer lives in Moscow with her husband and two children plus their three dogs, two cats and a horse.

Upon winning the biggest canine photography competition in the world, Anastasia said: “I have loved animals from an early age, which is why I went to Moscow Veterinary Academy and became a veterinary surgeon in 2007. Around this period of time, my husband gave me my first SLR camera and since then I have devoted all of my free time to photography. My speciality is pets and I am inspired most by horses and dogs.

This particular image was taken during dog training one early autumn morning. The dog, Lordsett Just One Look (Sheldon), belongs to a friend and often becomes my model.”

The competition consists of eight categories: Portrait, Man’s Best Friend, Dogs At Play, Dogs At Work, Puppy, new category Oldies, under 18s’ category I Love Dogs Because…, and Assistance Dogs and Dog Charities.

The other category winners were: Tom Lowe from North Tyneside, who won the ‘Dogs at Play’ category with a photo of Baxter, his pet Westie, emerging from Loch Lomond; Linda Storm from Colorado, who won the ‘Puppy’ category with an adorable image of a rescue puppy enjoying a bowl of milk; Jamie Morgan from Maidstone, who won the ‘Dog Portrait’ category with a stunning image of two Afghan Hounds against an idyllic backdrop; Fiona Sami from Bristol who won the ‘Man’s Best Friend’ category with an understated photograph of a man and his dog travelling by train; under 18s’ category ‘I Love Dogs Because…’ winner 16 year-old Jade Hudson from Lincolnshire; and Kevin Smith from Worcestershire, who won new category ‘Oldies’ with a portrait of 12 year-old crossbreed, Lizzie.

The winner of the ‘Assistance Dogs and Dog Charities’ category was Michael Higginson from Preston, Lancashire, who took a relaxed photograph of his brother Dale with family pet, Esta. A prize of £500 for this category will go to Michael’s chosen charity, Dogs for Good.

Speaking about his win, Michael said: “I was pretty surprised when I got the call. I’m not one for expressing myself emotionally but I had the largest, longest lasting smile and my partner Cat – who came 2nd in the Puppy category – was enthusiastically star jumping around the room. Winning the Assistance Dog category has made it even more special. It’s an honour to be able to show the world what a difference a dog can make to someone else’s life.”

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 Mayfair, London from 28th June until 12th September. The exhibition is open to the public and free to visit by appointment.

Check out 2014's winning entries here

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