If you are also madly in love with dogs, you might know about the Kennel Club’s dog photography competition. It is one of the grand competitions where skilled and amateur photographers take part from all over the world. (You see, the competition is that huge).

We talked to The Kennel Club Chief Executive, Rosemary Smart, to know more about the competition. She told us “The entries for this year’s Dog Photographer were some of the best we have ever seen”. “Each of the winning photographers beautifully captured the essence of their canine subjects on camera. Also, demonstrating how important dogs are to us in every walk of life.”

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The overall winner of the competition was Anastasia Vetkovskaya from Russia. Her photo won The image initially won the ‘Dogs at Work’ category.

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″. “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.”

Tom Lowe from North Tyneside won the ‘Dogs at Play’ category with a photo of Baxter, his pet Westie, emerging from Loch Lomond.

Linda Storm from Colorado won the ‘Puppy’ category with an adorable image of a rescue puppy enjoying a bowl of milk.

Jamie Morgan from Maidstone won the ‘Dog Portrait’ category with a stunning image of two Afghan Hounds against an idyllic backdrop.

Fiona Sami from Bristol won the ‘Man’s Best Friend’ category with an understated photograph of a man and his dog traveling by train.

Kevin Smith from Worcestershire won the new category ‘Oldies’ with a portrait of 12-year-old mixed breed, Lizzie.

Michael Higginson from Preston, Lancashire, was the winner of the ‘Assistance Dogs and Dog Charities’ category.

Michael said: “I was pretty surprised when I got the call. It’s an honor to be able to show the world what a difference a dog can make to someone else’s life.”

And here are the 2nd and 3rd place winners from the separate categories.

“Man’s best friend.” Taken in Paris, France.

Two old labradors sitting on a hill.