Dog Photo of the Year

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This soaking dog may not be smiling while peeking out from behind a shower curtain, but maybe it hasn’t heard it’s just received a special mention in the Dog Portrait Gallery.

The picture, taken by Opal Seabrook, was among the best of the Kennel Club Dog Photographer of the Year competition, which has recently announced its winners.

Held annually, the contest is open to both professionals and amateurs, young and old, from all around the world – and this year attracted 5,000 entries.

Got any sham-pooch? This sopping wet hound was given special mention in the Dog Portrait category. It was taken by by Opal SeabrookGot any sham-pooch? This sopping wet hound was given special mention in the Dog Portrait category. It was taken by by Opal Seabrook
Let sleeping dogs lie... awkwardly: Third place runner-up in the Puppies category. Photo taken by Pam LangrishLet sleeping dogs lie… awkwardly: Third place runner-up in the Puppies category. Photo taken by Pam Langrish
This year's overall winner was Catherine Laurenson, from Glasgow, for her photo of a Border Collie On the scent of victory: This year’s overall winner was Catherine Laurenson, from Glasgow, for her photo of a Border Collie
Intense? Sure I can do intense: Second place runner-up in the Dog Portrait category. Photo taken by Jason BanburyIntense? Sure I can do intense: Second place runner-up in the Dog Portrait category. Photo taken by Jason Banbury
Who let the tots out: Second place runner-up in the Man's Best Friend category. Photo taken by Catherine MacGregorWho let the tots out: Second place runner-up in the Man’s Best Friend category. Photo taken by Catherine MacGregor
Sea looks a bit ruff... Winner in the Dogs at Play category. Photo taken by Doug JewellSea looks a bit ruff… Winner in the Dogs at Play category. Photo taken by Doug Jewell
It's spray time: Second place runner-up in the Dogs at Play category. Photo taken by Ben BurfittIt’s spray time: Second place runner-up in the Dogs at Play category. Photo taken by Ben Burfitt
Lots of cows and bow-wow-wows: Second place runner-up in the Dogs at Work category. Photo taken by Jon OakeyLots of cows and bow-wow-wows: Second place runner-up in the Dogs at Work category. Photo taken by Jon Oakey

The competition has six categories: Portrait, Man’s Best Friend; Dogs At Play; Dogs At Work; and I Love Dogs Because – a category specifically for those aged 16 and under. There was also a new category this year, Puppy.

This year’s overall winner was Catherine Laurenson, from Glasgow, for her photo of a Border Collie set against a clear blue sky.

In addition to the new Dog Photographer of the Year trophy, she was awarded a glamorous Uggie collar and lead from Holly & Lil.

The pair’s image will appear on the front cover of the Kennel Gazette and put on display at Discover Dogs and Crufts.

Meanwhile, Jessica Keating, winner of the Under 16 category, will receive a day at Crufts 2013.

The winning images will be on display at Discover Dogs, which takes place at Earls Court, London, on November 10 and 11.

Let leaping dogs fly: Third place runner-up in the 16 and Under category. Photo taken by Joshua CarterLet leaping dogs fly: Third place runner-up in the 16 and Under category. Photo taken by Joshua Carter
And they call it poppy love: Third place runner-up in the Dog Portrait category. Photo taken by Sarah BrownAnd they call it poppy love: Third place runner-up in the Dog Portrait category. Photo taken by Sarah Brown
Bubble and sleek: Winner in the 16 and Under category. Photo taken by Jessica KeatingBubble and sleek: Winner in the 16 and Under category. Photo taken by Jessica Keating
I've got this competition licked: Winner in the Man's Best Friend category. Photo taken by Emma CarterI’ve got this competition licked: Winner in the Man’s Best Friend category. Photo taken by Emma Carter
Now that's setting the dog among the pigeons: Third place runner-up in the Dogs at Play category. Photo taken by Tracey AdamsNow that’s setting the dog among the pigeons: Third place runner-up in the Dogs at Play category. Photo taken by Tracey Adams

WHO’S IN THE LEAD? FULL LIST OF KENNEL CLUB CONTEST WINNERS

Straw dogs: Third place runner-up in the Dogs at Work category. Photo taken by Leanne Graham
Straw dogs: Third place runner-up in the Dogs at Work category. Photo taken by Leanne Graham

Overall Winner: Catherine Laurenson
Dogs at Work (winner): Catherine Laurenson Runner-up (2nd place): Jon Oakey Runner-up (3rd place): Leanne Graham
Dog Portrait (winner): Shane Wilkinson Runner-up (2nd place): Jason Banbury Runner-up (3rd place): Sarah Brown Special Mention: Opal Seabrook
Dogs at Play (winner): Doug Jewell Runner-up (2nd place): Ben Burfitt Runner-up (3rd place): Tracey Adams
Puppies (winner): Rhian White Runner-up (2nd place): Tracey Jarvis Runner-up (3rd place): Pam Langrish
Man’s Best Friend (winner): Emma Carter Runner-up (2nd place): Catherine MacGregor Runner-Up (3rd place): Sarah Brown
I Love Dogs Because… (winner): Jessica Keating (16 years and under) Runner-up (2nd place): Conor O’ Beolain Runner-up (3rd place): Joshua Carter

How does your garden... growl? Winner in the Puppies category. Photo taken by Rhian WhiteHow does your garden… growl? Winner in the Puppies category. Photo taken by Rhian White
I'm a puppy... get me out of here! Second place runner-up in the Puppies category. Photo taken by Tracey JarvisI’m a puppy… get me out of here! Second place runner-up in the Puppies category. Photo taken by Tracey Jarvis

Best buddies forever: Third place runner-up in the Man's Best Friend category. Photo taken by Sarah BrownBest buddies forever: Third place runner-up in the Man’s Best Friend category. Photo taken by Sarah Brown

Reflections in the forest: Winner in the Dog Portrait category, taken by Shane WilkinsonReflections in the forest: Winner in the Dog Portrait category, taken by Shane Wilkinson
Attribution: Mail Online

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