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Dog Photographer of the Year

After months of deliberation, this year’s Dog Photographer of the Year has been announced.

The Kennel Club has gone through a mind-beagle-ing amount of submissions from all around the world for this year’s competition. They have now selected the 2018 winners: over 20 gorgeous images of dogs big and small, old and young. However, only one photographer can be crowned top dog.

And the winner is…

Congratulations to Monica van der Maden

Monica’s ‘The lady of the mystery forest‘ won her the Overall and Oldies dog photographer awards.

Her passion for her work and for dogs is clear to see. The morning she went out into the forest with Great Dane Noa, she knew the exact moment she was going to capture her dramatic shot:

“I wanted to photograph her in a position where she was sitting relaxed next to a tree. When I wanted to make the shot, she turned her head to the left to her owner and this was the moment where you could see her soul.”

Dog Photographer of the Year

Technical specifications:

  • Camera: Nikon D850
  • Aperture: f/2
  • Speed: 1/320
  • Focal Length: 200mm
  • Flash: No flash
  • ISO: 1600

Monica’s winning image will be exhibited at the Kennel Club Art Gallery in Mayfair, London. She’s also won a business account with our friends at SmugMug and will receive an original oil painting of her photograph by Sara Abbott.

Dog Photographer of the Year


Dogs from all walks of life

From pups to farm dogs, the competition sees thousands of images submitted each year. There are 10 categories, with groups for young photographers and charitable causes.

Here are the 10 categories:

A winner and runner up has been announced for each of these categories, with a few honourable mentions from the judges too. Every winner and runner up in this competition will receive their submitted image on one of our gorgeous Art Panels, plus a rosette and certificate.

Awards ceremony

The awards ceremony will be held on Friday 5th of October, where all the winning ‘puparazzi’ will receive their prizes.

If you want to see every adorable pooch featured in this year’s winning images, browse the winners’ gallery on the Kennel Club’s Dog Photographer of the Year website.

Keep pup-dated with our social media channels if you want to find out more about this year’s winners. We’ll be running a weekly recap of each photographer who won an award this year.