Dog Photographer of the Year 2014 Winners Announced

After a record breaking year with almost 13,000 submissions from over 60 countries, we’ve announced the winners for our Dog Photographer of the Year competition last week.

The annual photography competition includes seven categories: Portrait, Man’s Best Friend, Dogs At Play, Dogs At Work, Puppy, I Love Dogs Because – a category specifically for those aged 18 and under – and the new Assistance Dogs and Dog Charities category. The competition, sponsored by Samsung, is free to enter and is open to both professional photographers and amateurs, who have a keen eye and a passion for photography.

Steph Gibson from Australia was the overall winner of the competition with an image of her dog Swing working with sheep on her farm, which was the winner of the ‘Dogs at Work’ category.

Stock Dog Western Australia

Credit Steph Gibson/The Kennel Club

The other category winners were: Art Burasz from London, who won the ‘Dogs at Play’ category with a fun image of dogs playing with a ball at a sports club; Cat Race from Preston, Lancashire, who won the ‘Puppy’ category with an adorable image of a Great Dane puppy; Grzegorz Gebik from Poland, who won the ‘Dog Portrait’ category with a bold close up of a Whippet; and Carlos Aliperti from Brazil who won the ‘Man’s Best Friend’ category with a moving image of his wife and his Border Collie.

The winner of the new ‘Assistance Dogs and Dog Charities’ category was Ruud Lauritsen from the Netherlands who took a spontaneous image of his neighbour’s Labrador taking a break from his assistance dog duties. The prize money for this category will go to the charity, Martin Gaus Geleide & Hulphonden (Guide & Assistance Dogs).

Winner. First place Assistance Dogs / Dog Charitys Category

Credit Ruud Lauritsen /The Kennel Club

Judges this year included Janice McLaren from The Photographers’ Gallery; professional dog photographer Lee Beel; Emma-Lily Pendleton, Deputy Editor of Photography Monthly and Professional Photographer magazines; Steve Dean, Chairman of the Kennel Club; Rosemary Smart, Chief Executive of the Kennel Club; and Yung Kook Lee, Vice President and Head of Experience Marketing Group, Samsung.

All of the winning images are on display at the Kennel Club Art Gallery in Mayfair, London until 27th March 2015 and can be viewed by appointment Monday – Friday, 9.30am – 4.30pm. The images will also be on screens at Crufts 2015 from 5th to 8th March at the NEC in Birmingham.

For more information or to make an appointment to visit the exhibition, please contact the Art Gallery at: or telephone 020 7518 1064.

To view all the winning images, visit:

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