See the winners of the Veterinary Photographer of the Year 2023

BVA Veterinary Photographer of the Year 2023
A Gentle Touch. A Ring-tailed Lemur gently grasps the vet’s finger while recovering from an anaesthetic. (Image credit: Sam Price)

The British Veterinary Association has announced its category winners for the eighth edition of its annual lighthearted photography competition, open to BVA members only, and celebrates the animal kingdom and our pets in their loveable natures. 

While this competition might not be aimed at professional or even amateur photographers, the resulting images submitted by vets show a glimpse into the lives of vetinarian professionals across the UK, as well as their own adorable pets. 

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We don't give vets enough credit, the education and training process to become qualified in the field really takes years of work, and with the lives of our fur babies in their hands, the day-to-day job can be a lot of pressure to deal with. 

The British Veterinary Association (BVA) is the largest membership community representing the veterinary profession of the UK, and aims to inject some fun into its program by encouraging members to participate in a fun photo competition - with the chance to become the BVA's Veterinary Photographer of the Year for 2023, and win a ticket to BVA's Live conference exhibition hall event, plus a retail gift voucher.

 #Colostrumisgold (Image credit: Sophie Aylett)

The three competition categories for vets to enter in 2023 were Vets at Work, All Creatures Great and Small, and Happy Pets That Make Us Smile. The winning images were selected from a shortlist containing hundreds of entries submitted by vets captured both in their professional environments and private home lives. 

Winner of the Vets at Work category was Sophie Aylett, with her image (above) depicting the moment after a cow's c-section, birthing a beautiful young calf and in the process of being sutured up. The photo is titled #Colostrumisgold

On the Shoulders of Giants (Image credit: Katherine Edmondson)

The next winner was Katherine Edmondson with her image titled On the Shoulders of Giants, submitted to the All Creatures Great and Small category. Captured in South Africa, at the Kwantu Game Reserve, the impressive image shows three red-billed oxpeckers hunting for insects at sunrise while on the back of a young giraffe. 

Lastly, winner of the Happy Pets That Make Us Smile category was Sam Price, and the Jumping for Joy image of Winnie the dog speaks for itself. There's nothing more exciting than a day at the beach!

Jumping for Joy (Image credit: Sam Price)

Several other highly commended images were also praised by the judging panel and can be seen below. Images taken using both cameras and smartphones were encouraged. The judges this year comprised BVA President, Malcolm Morley, vet and social media influencer Cat Henstridge, and iM3 Sales Manager Sue Emmerton. 

Thanks to the BVA for sharing these heart-warming images with us, and allowing a glimpse into the lives of what it's like to be a vet.

Finalist image - Mopping the Brow (Image credit: Justyn Loveridge)

Finalist - Sheep-a-Doodle Do! (A car boot overflowing with six 12-week-old puppies, in a vet surgery car park). (Image credit: Charlotte Clough)

Finalist - Cheeky Munch (Image credit: Lilia Silva)

Finalist - Snow Focused (Image credit: Alice Watson)

Finalist - Roe Buck Running  (Image credit: Jenny Grewal)

You might also be interested in the best cameras for wildlife photography, as well as the best lenses for bird photography and wildlife. Need inspiration? - These photos of pets will definitely put a smile on your face!

Take a look at our reviews of the SpotCam Mibo pet camera, and also the Enabot EBO Air robot pet-nanny. Learn how to improve your pet photography with these pedigree tips, and why end-of-life pet shoots are a great comfort to owners. 

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Beth Nicholls
Staff Writer

A staff writer for Digital Camera World, Beth has an extensive background in various elements of technology with five years of experience working as a tester and sales assistant for CeX. After completing a degree in Music Journalism, followed by obtaining a Master's degree in Photography awarded by the University of Brighton, she spends her time outside of DCW as a freelance photographer specialising in live music events and band press shots under the alias 'bethshootsbands'.