THE IMPORTANCE of canines to our everyday life was captured by photographers from around the world in the Kennel Club’s tenth Dog Photographer of the Year competition.
Almost 13,000 entries from 90 different countries were submitted to judges, with Russian Anastasia Vetkovskaya selected as overall winner for her image of Sheldon the English Springer Spaniel entering the water early one morning.
Animal-lover Mrs Vetkovskaya, who lives in Moscow with her three dogs, two cats and horse, is a veterinary surgeon and devotes all her free time to photography.
There were eight categories in the competition, including Man’s Best Friend and Dogs at Work.
Pictured above are the wining image of the Dogs at Play category, by Tom Lowe from North Tyneside, for his photo of Baxter, his pet Westie, emerging from Loch Lomond; Oldies winner Kevin Smith from Worcestershire, for his a portrait of 12 year-old crossbreed, Lizzie; Puppy category winner Linda Storm from Colorado; and dog portrait winner Jamie Morgan from Maidstone, with an image of two Afghan Hounds.
Kennel Club chief executive Rosemary Smart said the entries for this year’s competition were some of the best it had ever seen.
She said: “Choosing the winners was an incredibly challenging task and we commend every photographer who entered. Each of the winning photographers beautifully captured the essence of their canine subjects on camera, demonstrating how important dogs are to us in every walk of life.
“The winners showed great technical skill and we look forward to seeing more work from them in the future.”