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UK Kennel Club 2014 Dog Photographer of the Year Announced!

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The UK Kennel Club 2014 Dog Photographer of the Year has been revealed! With almost 13,000 submissions from over 60 countries, this year was record-breaking for the competition.

Steph Gibson from Australia took the honors as the overall winner of the competition with an image of her dog, Swing, working with sheep on her farm. Gibson also won the ‘Dogs at Work category.

“I started both dog training and photography before the age of 10 and both have been my life passions since,” said Gibson. “The photo was taken on a hot October afternoon when we moved the sheep up to the shearing shed for shearing the next day. The setting sun was golden, the dust in the yards was being kicked up – all coming together to portray the strength and determination needed in a stock dog to work in the hot and dry conditions here in the west. The dog in the picture is Hullabaloo Swing Rider or ‘Swing’.”

Swing is an Australian Shepherd born in Texas. Australian Shepherds are known for their intelligence and herding skills.

“My stock dogs and sheep made the Kennel Club’s ‘Dogs at Work’ topic a perfect theme for me. To have one’s passions collide together like this is truly one of life’s most wonderful moments,” Gibson adds.

The complete set of winners were:

Dogs at Work

UK Kennel Club 2014 Dog Photographer Of The Year Revealed Dogs at work winner

Winner: Steph Gibson from Australia

 

UK Kennel Club 2014 Dog Photographer Of The Year Revealed Dogs at work 2nd place

Runner-up: Aleksandra Kaczor from Poland

 

UK Kennel Club 2014 Dog Photographer Of The Year Revealed Dogs at work 3rd place

Runner-up: Karsten Bidstrup from Denmark

Dogs at Play

UK Kennel Club 2014 Dog Photographer Of The Year Revealed Dogs at Play Winner

Winner: Art Burasz from London

 

UK Kennel Club 2014 Dog Photographer Of The Year Revealed Dogs at Play 2nd Place

Runner-up: Simon White from Saffron Walden, UK

 

UK Kennel Club 2014 Dog Photographer Of The Year Revealed Dogs at Play 3rd Place

Runner-up: Kerry Jordan from Fenhurst, UK

Puppies

UK Kennel Club 2014 Dog Photographer Of The Year Revealed Puppies Winner

Winner: Cat Race from Preston, Lancashire

UK Kennel Club 2014 Dog Photographer Of The Year Revealed Puppies 2nd Place

Runner-up: Richard Ware from Dartford, UK

UK Kennel Club 2014 Dog Photographer Of The Year Revealed Puppies 3rd Place

Runner-up: Diana Anderson from Australia

Portrait

UK Kennel Club 2014 Dog Photographer Of The Year Revealed Portrait Winner

Winner: Grzegorz Gebik from Poland

UK Kennel Club 2014 Dog Photographer Of The Year Revealed Portrait 2nd place

Alice Loder from Headley Down, UK

UK Kennel Club 2014 Dog Photographer Of The Year Revealed Portrait 3rd place

Dean Oseman from the Cotswolds, UK

Man’s Best Friend

UK Kennel Club 2014 Dog Photographer Of The Year Revealed man's Best Friend Winner

Winner: Carlos Aliperti from Brazil

UK Kennel Club 2014 Dog Photographer Of The Year Revealed man's Best Friend 2nd

Runner-up: Emma Williams from Brackley, UK

UK Kennel Club 2014 Dog Photographer Of The Year Revealed man's Best Friend 3rd

Runner-up: Denis Buchel from Bulgaria

Assistance Dogs and Dog Charities

UK Kennel Club 2014 Dog Photographer Of The Year Revealed Assistance Dogs Winner

Winner: Ruud Lauritsen from the Netherlands

UK Kennel Club 2014 Dog Photographer Of The Year Revealed Assistance Dogs 2nd PlaceRunner-up: Caroline Bridges, from Belper, UK,

UK Kennel Club 2014 Dog Photographer Of The Year Revealed Assistance Dogs 3rd Place

Runner-up: Ffiona Erskine from Australia

I Love Dogs Because…

UK Kennel Club 2014 Dog Photographer Of The Year Revealed I love Dogs Because Winner
Winner: Abbie Lee from Bristol

UK Kennel Club 2014 Dog Photographer Of The Year Revealed I love Dogs Because 2nd Place
Runner-up: Rebecca Lane from Wiltshire, UK

UK Kennel Club 2014 Dog Photographer Of The Year Revealed I love Dogs Because 3rd Place

Runner-up: Chris Faulkner from Woodly, UK

“I became interested in dog photography when I had my first Airedale eight years ago but I have only been doing it as a hobby for a couple of years. After entering the Dog Photographer of the Year competition for the first time last year and, to my surprise, coming runner-up in the ‘I love dogs because…’ category, I decided to take pictures more often in my spare time in between school work and revision,” says Lee about her win.

“I like to keep my camera close by for any shot that I think is worth keeping so I decided to take a few photos on that particular day in the summer as I was eating. I liked the way that I could focus on the sausage which was what Peggy was focusing on whilst staring at it longingly in the background!”

This year’s competition was sponsored by Samsung. The overall competition winner, Steph Gibson, receives a Samsung Galaxy NX camera, plus additional camera prizes for the other category winners. Gibson will also have VIP access to photograph the 2015 Crufts Best in Show winner.

The winning images will be displayed at the Kennel Club Art Gallery in Mayfair, London from February 12 to March 27, 2015 and on screens at Crufts 2015, held from March 5 to 8 at the NEC, Birmingham.

 

Image source: Kennel Club/REX
Article source: Photo Answers