Dog Photographer of the Year 2019


Who is the Dog Photographer of the Year 2019?

The winner of the Dog Photographer of the Year 2019 has been announced, and it’s this beautiful portrait of Merlin, a 14 year old rescue dog by Denise Czichocki which took out the overall winners award.

A couple of the other standout photos which caught my eye were these two below, by Anastasia Vetkovskaya and Monica van der Maden.




What categories are there in the Dog Photographer of the Year competition?

Categories include Oldies, Puppies, Assistance Dogs and Dog Charities, Dogs at Play, Dogs at Work, Man’s Best Friend (I’m pretty sure we can come up with a less dated and sexist title than that!), Dog Portrait, Rescue Dogs, Young Pup Photographer (under 11 photographers) and I Love Dogs (ages 12-17 photographers).

The standard of photography seems to get higher each year and there was a brilliant selection of images in each category.  I’m so glad I wasn’t judging this competition – it would have been too difficult to pick a favourite!

In previous years I have entered a few photos into the competition, but this year it completely slipped my mind which I’m still kicking myself about!  It’s been marked in the diary for the 2020 awards as I’d hate to miss them again.

Correct me if I’m wrong, but I couldn’t see any winners from Australia this year.  We’ve got so many great dog photographers in Australia (even in Melbourne alone!) that we should be getting at least one photo amongst the winners!

You can view the complete set of winning images on the Kennel Club’s Dog Photographer of the Year website.


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