The results are in for the 2023 Dog Photography Awards – and the shortlist includes everything from a Doberman in a tutu to a Sighthound showcasing its formidable speed.
The delightful collection, which is sure to put a smile on your face, is split into four categories; accepting entries for portrait and landscape snaps, action shots, studio images and dogs and people.
This year the prize for winning studio portrait was awarded to Montenegro-based photographer Anna Averianova for her image ‘Ballerina’, which shows her pet Doberman dressed in a black tutu and pointing his paw like one of the elegant dancers.
This year the prize for winning studio portrait was awarded to Montenegro-based photographer Anna Averianova for her image ‘Ballerina’
Bagging the prize for best portrait and landscape shot was Swedish photographer Sanna Sander, who submitted a photo of her pet azawakh girl Soleil sprawling across a log stack
Taking the top spot in the action photography category was Jacqueline Rüdiger, from Germany, for a shot of her Sighthound in ‘Stop your motion’
Alessandro Grandoni, from Italy, submitted ‘Guess on fly’ in the action category
Carla Gea Perales, from Spain, won second place in the studio category for her image ‘Just dance’
Roberta Holden was awarded second place in the action category for her piece ‘Moment of Entry’
Second place for portrait and landscape was awarded to Grace Fieselman for her shot of Nala, her Australian Shepherd
Sanna Sander came in third place for the category portrait and landscape
Taking the top spot in the action photography category was Jacqueline Rüdiger, from Germany, for a shot of her Sighthound in ‘Stop your motion’.
She said of her work: ‘Have you ever seen a dog, or even better a sighthound, running in pure joy? You see the power, the play of the muscles and the perfect anatomy for running fast.
‘In this picture I wanted to show the speed of this dog and capture it, but at the same time freeze the motion to show the anatomy of this beautiful dog.
‘To get it you need a perfect timing of all components involved. The dog, the lights and for sure me as the photographer. The result is a stunning composition reduced to the only important thing, the dog.’
Bagging the prize for best portrait and landscape shot was Swedish photographer Sanna Sander, who submitted a photo of her pet azawakh girl Soleil sprawling across a log stack.
Aptly titled ‘Ascending Serenity’, she explained: ‘In the right light even the most mundane place emits magic.
‘I had the idea of this image in my mind for quite some time, driving past the log stack every day on my way to drop the kids of at school. And finally, on our way home from school one day, I stopped the car and asked my azawakh girl Soleil to hold the pose for a moment while I took the photo.
‘Puppy love’ by Tuss Bennergård came in third place for the studio category with her shot of three weeks old Great Dane puppies
Emma Gough got the second place award for dogs and people with her shot ‘Facing the Immensity Together’
German-based Tina Stahl captured an image of her Dachshund, Maddie, staring at her treats
Polish Iulia Tulcinscaia captured her Beagle chewing on an apple
‘Golden girls’, by Rosalind Phang, shows A Belgian Malinois and a Belgian Shepherd running in front of the Eiffel Tower in Paris during sunrise
Stine Grind, from Sweden, shows her fury friends ‘exploring the big world’
In third place for dog’s and people, Jane Thomson won the award for ‘Timber’s Tribute’
The same photographer made the shortlist for the shot of her chihuahua in ‘Chairman of the Board’
Janneke de Graaf showcased her ‘elegant and graceful’ Basenji dog
Spanish-based photographer Rut Casanellas named her shot ‘Sharing is funny’
Michelle Dawkins pictured her dog flying through the water at sunset for her action entry
For the portrait and landscape category, Katie Brockman submitted ‘seeing double’
Kyle Rurak put her entry forward for dogs and people, naming the shot ‘Ziggy meets Josslyn’
‘Already in the camera I saw that it had become something more than I had hoped for; a moment of clean stillness in the busy and messy everyday life, something more than a posing dog on a log stack. The image made me linger in the moment.’
For the dogs and people category, Australian Mercury Megaloudis took her inspiration from Italian painter Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio, known as simply Caravaggio.
She used the ‘New and the old Inspired by Caravaggio the artist and new trends in steampunk with the love of dogs all in the studio’ for her work.
Other winning photos from this year’s competition included a ‘man’s best friend’ posing alongside a man in a suit with an umbrella on the beach.
In another adorable snap, three weeks old Great Dane puppies cuddled up together under a warm studio light.
The competition is held annually, with other contests for dog photographers taking place on a monthly basis.
Audrey Bellot, DPA Founder said: ‘The Dog Photography Awards has once again showcased the remarkable talent within the world of dog photography.
‘Witnessing emerging artists capture the essence of canine beauty with their stunning imagery remains the standout event of the year.’