Life-saving rescue dog helps photographer win Comedy Pet Photo Award

Mars Petcare Comedy Pet Photo Awards 2020
(Image credit: Elke Vogelsang)

German photographer Elke Vogelsang has won the Mars Petcare Comedy Pet Photo Awards 2020 with her charming picture her dog Noodles - which she rescued from a Spanish animal shelter 12 years ago. Elke wins a trophy and a £3,000 ($4,000) cash prize in this annual international contest; the image also won the dog category of the competition.

It is not the only bit of good fortune that Noodles, a Galgo Espanol mix, has brought the family since it was taken home to Germany from a kill center where she had been abandoned after the hunting season aged just eight months. "Ten years ago, the dogs (Noodles and my other rescue dog Scout) alerted me that something was wrong by barking and howling", explains Elke. 

"They ran straight to the bathroom door, where I found my husband unconscious in the bath. The diagnosis was a severe brain hemorrhage due to a ruptured aneurysm. If it hadn't been for the dogs, I would have found him too late. Thanks to them and great doctors he survived, but during the stressful months that followed, I found photography as a creative outlet".

Other winners include: 

Other category winners

Winner of Cat category "Why are you upside down Mum?" by Malgorzata Gosia Russell, Scotland (Image credit: Malgorzata Russell)

Winner of Mighty Horse category Gossip Girls by Magdalena Strakova, Czech Republic (Image credit: Magdalena Strakova)

Winner of Pets Who Look Like Their Owners category Morning Mood by Hannah Seeger, Germany (Image credit: Hannah Seeger)

Winner of All Creatures Great & Small category Drama Queen by Anne Lindner, Germany (Image credit: Anne Linder)

The 2021 competition kicks off next spring. For further information on the Mars Petcare Comedy Pet Photo Awards and to see all the highly-commended entries for this year's competition visit . 

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Chris George

Chris George has worked on Digital Camera World since its launch in 2017. He has been writing about photography, mobile phones, video making and technology for over 30 years – and has edited numerous magazines including PhotoPlus, N-Photo, Digital Camera, Video Camera, and Professional Photography. 

His first serious camera was the iconic Olympus OM10, with which he won the title of Young Photographer of the Year - long before the advent of autofocus and memory cards. Today he uses a Nikon D800, a Fujifilm X-T1, a Sony A7, and his iPhone 11 Pro.

He has written about technology for countless publications and websites including The Sunday Times Magazine, The Daily Telegraph, Dorling Kindersley, What Cellphone, T3 and Techradar.