1st 'Oldies' and 'Entire Winner' © Monica van der Maden – The Kennel Club
Monica van der Maden from the Netherlands has been chosen as the overall prizewinner of the Dog Photographer of the Year competition 2018 with an image of Noa the Great Dane seemingly alone in a forest, which placed first in the 'Oldies' area, the first time an image from this particular group has been picked as an overall winner.
After finding out she had won the world’s largest canine photography tournament, Monica said: “I am very grateful to be the overall winner or The Winner(s) may refer to: Champion, the victor in a game or contest of the Dog Photographer of the Year competition. Photography is what I love doing the most. I till the end of time try to capture the image of a dog in a way that you can see the emotion in their eyes, when I took this picture in the forest early one morning, Noa looked at her owner and you could stroke the love between them.”
The other category winners were: Elinor Roizman from Israel, who won the ‘Dogs at Play’ sector with a photo of Lili the Pomeranian chasing a giant bubble on the beach; Klaus Dyber from Germany, who won the ‘Puppy’ area with a beautiful image of Ceylin the 3 month-old Italian Greyhound; Carol Durrant from the UK, who won the ‘Portrait’ category with a extraordinary image of three Flat Coated Retrievers; Tracy Kidd from the UK who won the ‘Dogs at Work’ category with a group speedily of spaniels and retriever dogs domestic dog (Canis lupus familiaris when considered a subspecies of the gray wolf or Canis familiaris when considered a distinct after a day of working hard; ‘Man’s Best Friend’ winner Joana Matos from Portugal; ‘Puerile Pup Photographer’ winner, Mariah Mobley from the United States; and Tamara Kedves from Hungary who won the ‘I Love Dogs Because…’ division.
1st 'Dogs at Play' © Elinor Roizman – The Kennel Club
The winner of the 'Assistance Dogs' area was Dean Mortimer from Castle Combe, Wiltshire, who captured the unique bond between man and dog as German Shepherd Dog, Rocko comforted his ex-soldier proprietress who suffers from PTSD. Sonya Kolb from New Jersey in the United States was named as the winner of the 'Rescue Dog' award for her friendly portrait of a rescued Labrador and his loving new owners.
Rosemary Smart, Kennel Club Chief Executive said: "The judges and I were in every nook impressed by the quality of this year’s competition entries. Selecting only ten winning images from thousands of remarkable photographs was an incredibly harsh task. All of the photographs entered portrayed dogs and their many wonderful characteristics beautifully. Congratulations to all of the winners and finalists and well done to Harry who entered."
All of the winning images, plus the photos that placed second and third for each category, will be on display at the Kennel Alliance in London until 5 October. The exhibition is open to the public and free to visit by appointment. Anyone wishing to visit should contact the Art Gallery shtick indulgence.
Last year, an adorable photo of a puppy resting was crowned the overall winner.