A dashing Dalmatian and an avalanche rescue dog win Dog Photography Awards

Dog Photography Awards 2022
Avalanche Rescue Dog (Nikon D3 + Nikkor 24-70mm @38mm, 1/800 sec, f/5, ISO4500) (Image credit: Dalia Fichmann)

The winners of the second annual Dog Photography Awards have been announced, and this year the finalists include a dashing Dalmatian, an agility dog mid-flight and an adorable portrait of a sleepy Greenland Dog. 

Designed to celebrate talented professional, amateur and student photographers, the Dog Photography Awards is split into four categories: Portrait & Landscape, Action, Studio, and Dogs & People. From each category a first, second and third-place winner was selected and awarded a cash prize of $500 (approximately £410 / AU$720). 

In the Portrait & Landscape category, first place was awarded to Dalia Fichmann for her photo The Avalanche Rescue Dog (above). It depicts Kyron, the Border Collie who was on a training mission to find and rescue Fichmann, giving her time to set up the perfect shot. 

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2nd Place Portrait & Landscape (Sony A7R III (opens in new tab) + 85mm, 1/1000 sec, f/1.4) (Image credit: Sophie Hutchinson)

Second place was awarded to Sophia Hutchinson for a striking photo of her Dalmatian, Amber. It was taken on Amber’s first walk since an operation on both of her front legs, and was a very special walk for her owner. In third place is Joanne Liu for her adorable shot of a Greenland Dog curled up having a snooze in the snow. 

In the Action category, Francesco Junior Mura was awarded first place for his photo She is Bagheera (below). It shows what looks like a Collie, in an almost bullet-like posture, jumping over a hurdle at the start of an agility course. Kjara Kocbek captured a game of Frisbee and came in second place while Julia Haßelkuß places third with a stunning shot of a dog jumping over a reflective lake. 

She is Bagheera (Sony A9 (opens in new tab) + Sony FE 70-200mm f/2.8 GM II (opens in new tab) @200mm, 1/2000 sec, ISO3200) (Image credit: Francesco Junior Mura)

Su Kaye took the top spot in the studio category for a rather unusual dog portrait titled Thing are Looking Up, Jane Thomson's Mimi's Backstory (below) came in second and Daniela Schmid came third for a photo of a palm-sized puppy. 

Finally, in the Dogs & People category, an adorable shot titled Unconditional Love taken at a railway museum by Sabrina Theden came in first place. Sarah Ebner was awarded second place for a photo of two dogs playing at golden hour, and third place went to Russell Charters for his aerial photo of a beach dog walk. 

I’ll never know what we did to deserve dogs – they love unconditionally and bring so much joy to life – but I am so grateful that they exist, and awards like this really highlight their unique personalities and characteristics. Head to the Dog Photography Awards (opens in new tab) website to see all the winning images. 

2nd Place, Dogs & People (Canon EOS 6D Mark II (opens in new tab) + Sigma 85 mm f/1.4 EX DG HSM, 1/800 sec, f/2.8, ISO100) (Image credit: Sarah Ebner)

Mimi's Backstory (Fujifilm X-T3 (opens in new tab) + Fujifilm 18-55mm @ 40mm, 1/250 sec, f/11, ISO160) (Image credit: Jane Thomson)

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Hannah Rooke
Staff Writer

Having studied Journalism and Public Relations at the University of the West of England Hannah developed a love for photography through a module on photojournalism. She specializes in Portrait, Fashion and lifestyle photography but has more recently branched out in the world of stylized product photography. For the last 3 years Hannah has worked at Wex Photo Video as a Senior Sales Assistant using her experience and knowledge of cameras to help people buy the equipment that is right for them. With 5 years experience working with studio lighting, Hannah has run many successful workshops teaching people how to use different lighting setups.