The Kennel Club Dog Photographer of the Year
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The Kennel Club Dog Photographer of the Year

The Kennel Club has announced the 2017 winners of its annual 'Dog Photographer of the Year' photo contest. Now in its 12th year, the international competition received almost 10,000 entries from 74 countries around the world, and was sponsored by SmugMug and Nikon School. As the internet would say, that's a lot of h*ckin' good puppers.

We present the 1st place winners from each of the ten categories in the competition. To see all the winners in each category, head over to the Dog Photographer of the Year website.

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Overall winner and 'Man's Best Friend' category winner: Maria Davison Ramos (Portugal)

About the photo: For me, capturing real and candid moments is what photography is all about. This is one of those moments. My friend had just adopted Yzma and while we were chatting in the kitchen I was taking some photographs. The location and the light were far from perfect, but I ended taking one of the photos I’m most proud of.

About the dog(s): The dog's name is Yzma and she's a Golden Retriever cross. She was adopted by one of the photographer’s closest friends.