What's the key to dog photography? "The main thing is to pay the dog – a dog needs to be paid for any behavior"

Photograph of a dog called Alfie by photographer Jess McGovern, one of the speakers at The Photography & Video Show 2024
‘Alfie at Wast Water Lakes’ by Jess McGovern – Pet Photographer of the Year 2024 winner (Image credit: © Jess McGovern)

Recently crowned the overall winner of the 2024 Societies of Photographers 20 x 16 Print Competition, and having won a hatful of previous awards, Jess McGovern is a leading practitioner of dog photography. 

Her beautifully composed images reveal the soul of her subjects and capture the deep emotional affinity that humans have with canines. 

Portrait photograph of Jessica McGovern, photographer and one of the speakers at The Photography & Video Show 2024
Jess McGovern

Jess McGovern hails from the north-east of England and started a dog photography business when she was 16. She gained worldwide recognition for her work, having won 200 awards in international competitions. After starting a marketing agency, she then founded the online photographic community That Dog Spot. In 2021, McGovern relaunched it as That Photography Spot, to better reflect the genres she covers.

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Niall Hampton

Niall is the editor of Digital Camera Magazine, and has been shooting on interchangeable lens cameras for over 20 years, and on various point-and-shoot models for years before that. 

Working alongside professional photographers for many years as a jobbing journalist gave Niall the curiosity to also start working on the other side of the lens. These days his favored shooting subjects include wildlife, travel and street photography, and he also enjoys dabbling with studio still life. 

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