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. 

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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 15 Pro Max.

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.