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
Winner: Steph Gibson from Australia
Runner-up: Aleksandra Kaczor from Poland
Runner-up: Karsten Bidstrup from Denmark
Dogs at Play
Winner: Art Burasz from London
Runner-up: Simon White from Saffron Walden, UK
Runner-up: Kerry Jordan from Fenhurst, UK
Winner: Cat Race from Preston, Lancashire
Runner-up: Richard Ware from Dartford, UK
Runner-up: Diana Anderson from Australia
Winner: Grzegorz Gebik from Poland
Alice Loder from Headley Down, UK
Dean Oseman from the Cotswolds, UK
Man’s Best Friend
Winner: Carlos Aliperti from Brazil
Runner-up: Emma Williams from Brackley, UK
Runner-up: Denis Buchel from Bulgaria
Assistance Dogs and Dog Charities
Winner: Ruud Lauritsen from the Netherlands
Runner-up: Ffiona Erskine from Australia
I Love Dogs Because…
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