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

‘Man's Best Friend’ category winner: Cat Race, UK

Title of image: ‘Connected’

Dog: Inka, Munstalander (bitch)

About this photo: We had just wrapped up a warm June evening session with Annie-May and her Munsterlander Inka. As the two of them sat in front of the reservoir enjoying the summer air I could see a real moment unfolding between them. So I unhooked my camera from my Spider-Holster and released the shutter, forever preserving that heart-warming connection.

Aside from chilling with Annie-May, Inka loved nothing more than tearing round after her tennis ball. Annie-May picked up the ball and beckoned her furry friend to her side. Inka patiently sat before her as she reached out, lapping up the attention. Each time the ball flew into the air, Inka would up leap after it, loyally bringing it back in return for a pat and exclamation of ‘Good girl!’

As they sat on the bank with sparkling bright light reflecting off the water behind them, I knew there was something so universal about the unspoken bond between a little girl and her dog. It was for this reason that in that moment I decided to make the portrait of them a silhouette - a faceless image that represents a bond felt not only by Annie-May and Inka but also by a whole ton of dog lovers across the globe. That warm fuzzy feeling that rises up when we reach out and pat our furry friends is undeniably one of the best feelings in the world.

Technical specification: Canon EOS 5D Mark III Aperture - f/2.8, ISO – 400, Focal length - 200mm, Exposure programme Manual, Exposure time 1/1000 sec, Flash - No

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