The real magic of photography lies not in how well every image is taken but in the message the photo sends. For a long time now, we’ve relied on photography’s ability to freeze a memory we want to keep forever into this one colorful frame.
Photos have made us cry, some have sent us into fits of laughter. No matter how images made us feel, we treasure every moment they help us relive. Over time, photography has become this language we all speak and understand.
Perhaps it is for this reason that people just can’t stop sharing the photos they took with the world. This is further proven by photography contests that are held annually that encourage lensmen from around the world to show their best photos. One of the most popular among these is the Dog Photographer of the Year.
Winners from Dog Photographer of the Year 2018 Announced
Started in 2005, the Kennel Club in the United Kingdom chooses photos that have dogs as the aim subject to include in their list of images that capture the beauty and joy our canine friends shower the world with.
This 2018, the organization received over 10,000 submissions from 70 countries around the world. The result? A collection of photos that is truly a feast for the eyes. Below are some of the winning pieces.
The photography contest has ten categories, and a winner and two runner-ups are announced for each. Below are the overall winners of each category.
“The Lady of the Mystery Forest”
Subject: Noa, a Great Dane
Photographer: Monica van der Maden
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Subject: Ceylin, an Italian greyhound
Photographer: Klaus Dyba
Assistance Dogs and Dog Charities
Subject: Rocko, a German shepherd
Photographer: Dean Mortimer
Dogs at Play
“I’ll Catch You”
Subject: Lili, a Pomeranian
Photographer: Elinor Roizman
Dogs at Work
Subject: working cockers Skye, Jenny, Bramble, Bonnie and retrievers Pippin, Milly, and Ember
Photographer: Tracy Kidd
Man’s Best Friend
“Dolce Far Niente on a Lovely Afternoon”
Subject: Godji, a Portuguese Podengo crossbreed
Photographer: Joana Matos
“Glenturret Autumn Gold”
Subject: Crew, Darcie, and Pagan, retrievers
Photographer: Carol Durrant
Rescue Dogs and Dog Charities
“Found My Way Home”
Subject: Cooper, Labrador retriever mix
Photographer: Sonya Kolb
Young Pup Photographer
“My Best Friend Roxy”
Subject: Roxy, a German shepherd
Photographer: Mariah Mobley
I Love Dogs Because . . .
“One Heart, One Family”
Subject: Dash, Harley, Ready, Ryan, and Zenka, all border collies
Photographer: Tamara Kedves