For the past twelve years, a photo contest has been held called “The Kennel Club” where photographers send in their best portraits of dogs.  Over 10,000 submissions were received from every part of the world and entered into ten different categories.  Here are some of the winning submissions.

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The overall winner of the contest was this submission by Maris Davison Ramos.  Her friend had just adopted their dog Yzma and she captured this image while she was taking some other pictures.

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The photographer who captured this picture says the Afghan was “expressive and emotional”.  What a beautiful dog!

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This picture of Ray was taken after he returned from a long walk in the woods.  After returning, he jumped on the couch to relax.

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Meet Bella.  Her owner knew that when the leaves fell on the garden that it would be the perfect backdrop.  And Bella loves to pose for pictures.

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As the sun began to close the day, Petey and his owner were out for a walk.  With the perfect sunset in the background, Petey began to splash in the water.  Then his owner took this award winning photograph.

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After completing a photo shoot for Tyson’s owner, Tyson sat down and looked up at his owner.  The photographer, who has been taking pictures for the last four years snapped this shot.

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Purdey’s owners hired a professional photographer to take pictures.  Purdey brought her favorite toy to play with, a stuffed rabbit.

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Faye is Boxer puppy who lived at a dog rescue.  The photographer takes pictures of the dogs in an effort to help find them forever homes.  I’m sure Faye has found her home with a cute face like this.

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A professional photographer was hired by Aiko’s owners.  But Aiko had a different plan.  He ran around for a half an hour playing with the other dogs.  He finally sat down and this image was captured.

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After these puppies enjoyed a day of playing in the rain on a cold November day, they jumped in the back of the truck for a ride home.

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After a vet refused to put Marley to sleep because he was still a healthy dog, Marley found happiness working as a herd dog.

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Kelly has had a rough life.  Before she found her forever home, she was abused which led to a lot of trust issues.  You can tell that she at peace now as she rests on the couch and catching some sun.

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This is the look on a dogs face during a hot summer day in the Ukraine.  He was a stray who the owner took in.

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After the photographer’s own dog passed away, her friend brought Red over to help alleviate the pain.  While visiting, she took this photograph.

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First as an unwanted family pet and then an abused farm dog, Fly eventually found a home that loved him.  He was captured on camera running on the beach.

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Joshua spent eight long months in a shelter waiting for someone to pick up and take him home.  Then one day, it happened.  The next day, they took a walk and Joshua’s new family took this picture of him smiling.

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When the photographer was preparing to photograph her dogs, she chose Fenrir, because he doesn’t mind posing for a picture now and then.

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While the owner of this cupcake set it down, her dog came in for a taste.  This submission category was for photographers under eleven years of age.

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This is Whippet Gus out for a walk with his owner.  Studying photography for the last five years, he looks to stretch the limits of what his camera can do.

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This photograph was taken by a professional photographer during a muddy hike in the woods.  What better place to capture the natural instincts of a dog then in the woods.

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The photographer that captured this image loves the fact that it shows her puppies personality as he enjoy a fresh snowfall.

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As Earl’s family was enjoying a day at the beach, he also had a great day himself. Earl is a Border Terrier.

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This photograph won first place in the Assistance Dog category.  The gentleman is 95 year-old Mr. Currie who was a pilot in the Royal Air Force.

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Reno is a service dog who assists his owner who is a double amputee.  The photographer wanted to capture the bond between the two.  Job well done.

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Asa found her new home on New Year’s Day.  After running around the entire home and discovering, she finally laid down to rest.  Her new owner took this picture of her finally laying down on her baby blanket.

If you are interested in submitting your photographs of your dogs for the next Kennel Club competition, the link is below.  And they accept submissions from all over the world.

The Kennel Club Photography Competition

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