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 winners of its annual Dog Photographer of the Year competition, with Denise Czichocki of Switzerland taking the overall winner prize (and top prize in the ‘Oldies’ category) with ‘Dreaming Merlin,’ the above photograph of her 14-year-old rescue Podengo, Merlin, as he's sitting against a backdrop of magnolias.

The Kennel Club's Dog Photographer of the Year competition pored over nearly 7,000 entries from over 70 different countries across the world to narrow down the best in ten categories: Portrait, Man’s Best Friend, Dogs At Play, Dogs At Work, Puppy, Oldies, I Love Dogs Because… (for entrants aged between 12 and 17 years old), Young Pup Photographer (for entrants aged 11 and under), Assistance Dogs and Rescue Dogs.

We're presenting 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.


Dog Photographer of the Year 2019 Overall Winner and Oldies Category 1st Place Winner

Title of image: ‘Dreaming Merlin’

Dog: Merlin, rescued Podengo, 14 years old

About this photo: I was lucky to find this beautiful magnolia tree near my home in Switzerland. And still more lucky to get the chance to take photos of wonderful dogs in these magnolia. Merlin was one of them. He is a 14 years old Podenco rescued from a shelter who is happy to live his life since two years in a lovely home in Switzerland. It wasn’t easy to take photos of him because of his absolutely deafness. So I couldn’t work with noises to get his attention...afterwards it wasn’t necessary. He gave me so many beautiful moments as you can see in this picture. This is Merlin, beautiful, dreamy and kind of wise. A wonderful old dog with so much charisma.

Technical specification: Canon EOS 6D Aperture - f/1.4 ISO – 250 Focal length - 105mm (Sigma 105mm f1.4 ART) Exposure time 1/800 sec (manual) Flash - No

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