These Award-Wining Photos of Dogs Will Make Your Heart Melt

The Kennel Club announced the winners of the 2018 Dog Photographer of the Year contest. Take a look at the heartwarming winning photos!


Most, if not all, pet pawrents are always struggling with storage space on their phones, and it’s mostly due to the fact that they just can’t stop snapping pics of their furballs. I literally have hundreds of identical pictures of my dogs and cats sleeping- each nap is a photo session, really.


But when you’re a pro, those countless photos end up in one perfectly captured moment (which doesn’t always happen with us phone-wielding amateurs). The Kennel Club’s Dog Photographer of the Year contest picked out the best of the best, among almost 10,000 entries across 70 different countries. Here are the heartwarming, adorable, and moving photos that won some of the contest’s 10 categories.

The overall winner, as well as the champion in the Oldies category, was the breathtaking portrait of a senior Great Dane Noa, titled “The Lady of the Mystery Forest”. The atmospheric and magical-looking snap was taken by the Dutch photographer Monica van der Maden.

In the Portrait category, the winner was a photograph of gorgeous black Labs in a field of fiery autumn foliage, by Carol Durrant from the United Kingdom.

One of my favorites is definitely the Tracy Kidd’s photo of Cavaliers and Retrievers after what seems to be a busy day, that took the victory at the Dogs At Work category. Just look at those handsome faces!

Israeli photographer Elinor Roizman took first place in the category Dogs at Play for her heart melting pic of Lili the Pomeranian trying to bite a soap bubble. Seriously, you guys. It can’t get any cuter than this!

The 16-year-old Hungarian photographer Tamara Kedves took a picture of her adorable herd of Border Collies chilling on a sunny day, and it won 1st place in the I Love Dogs Because… category.

Although all of the pictures that made the cut were absolutely gorgeous, the one that struck a chord with me was the photo that won in the Rescue Dogs category. The photo that’s been beautifully named “Found My Way Home” was taken by an US-based photographer, Sonya Kolb.


Make sure to visit The Kennel Club website for more winning images, or, if you’re lucky enough to be in London from July to October, their exhibition of all the top 3 entries in each of the categories

Angela Vuckovic
Angela Vuckovic

A proud mama to seven dogs and ten cats, Angela spends her days writing for her fellow pet parents and pampering her furballs, all of whom are rescues. When she's not gushing over her adorable cats or playing with her dogs, she can be found curled up with a good fantasy book.

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