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.
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.
WHO’S IN THE LEAD? FULL LIST OF KENNEL CLUB CONTEST WINNERS
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
Best buddies forever: Third place runner-up in the Man’s Best Friend category. Photo taken by Sarah Brown