Meet Our Team

Dog Photography Awards is an annual competition open to professional, amateur and student photographers from around the world. Our goal is to promote talented photographers around the world through our world-renowned, talented and experienced judges, who themselves specialize in dog photography. There were four categories for the 2022 Dog Photography Awards: Portrait and Landscape, Studio, Action and Dogs and People. This year’s winners are some of the most beautiful dog images you will ever see.

Winners receive prizes of up to €2,000 in cash (€500 for each category) as well as recognition from top media and newspapers. For this year’s edition, we received about 1400 applications from 50 different countries. Our winners have been featured in the most popular media and newspapers around the world, such as New York Post, My Modern Met, The Guardian, NTV, CNEWS, Vanity Fair, and so on.

Audrey Bellot


A 24 year old dog photographer from Auvergne, Audrey has specialized in dog portrait photography since 2018. Audrey leads dog photography workshops in France and around the world. She also offers mentoring for professional and non-professional photographers, as well as photo shoots for owners.
Audrey has been published in many media such as My Modern Met, Demotivateur, PetaPixel, Digital Camera World, Insider and Nikon Mag.

Claudio Piccoli


Claudio Piccoli is a professional dog photographer from Italy, he’s living with his 4 dogs: Leep, Tris, Chester and Jill. He’s an Nikon Ambassador and Master Photographer “Dogs in Action” in the Nikon School, conducting photography workshops all over the world, private coaching and mentoring for amateur and professional photographers. He has been a speaker in the largest photography conference in the world in 2019, and won several awards from the largest international competitions.

Travis Patenaude


Travis Patenaude is a studio dog photographer based in the United States that captures soulful, emotional and dramatic photos of the hunting dogs of Spain. His love for photography started after adopting his first Galgo named Leena. She inspired Travis and his wife Amanda, to start an adoption group for the Galgos in 2013. In August of 2014 Travis purchased his first DSLR camera and discovered the power of storytelling through photography. Since then he has made it his mission to tell the story of the hunting dogs of Spain through his photography to raise awareness to their plight. Travis’ portraits capture the dogs personality and foster an emotional connection between the subject and the viewer.

Iza Łysoń


Even though she is only 25, Iza Łysoń has been photographing dogs for over a half of her life. An ambassador for 500px photography website since 2017. For the last 6 years she has been photographing dogs in the landscapes. One of the photos in this series has been Shortlisted in Motion category of Sony World Photography Awards. Privately an owner of three dogs: a golden retriever Luna and two border colies: Opium and Tramal. Majors in sciences however has humanities in heart. Whenever she finds a moment of free time she packs the dogs, her camera and travels throughout Europe to find the perfect shot.

Heike Willers


Based in Germany, she started with experimental photography with a friend, in 1994 (analog). Some years later they ran a very small gallery in Wiesbaden and organized some exhibitions.
Heike came into Dog Photography in 2011 as so many others do...with or through her own dog MOLLY, a Jack Russell .
Molly was her Master! Learning patience, learning how to have fun during the shootings and learning when to stop - these were the most important things she tought her!
Soon she noticed that she was addicetd to "Dogs In The City" but also "Dogs In Studio" has always been a big part of Heikes photography.
Meanwhile Heike found her own unique style in Dog Photography, She loves to shoot fineart photography as well as she loves to create artistic images.

Her work has been honored in some contests, like "Fine Art Photography award", "Dog Photography Contest" and "Siena Awards" (shortlisted 3 times).

Anne Geier


Anne is a dog photographer from Austria. She has been photographing dogs for 10 years now and has gained a lot of experience. She loves nature and dogs and is therefore very happy to be able to practice her passion as a dog photographer in a professional way. Her photos are based on fabulous light atmospheres, a slightly dreamy look and breathtaking landscapes. She tries to capture the character of the photographed dog as best as possible and make the photos emotionally captivating.
This great adventure of dog photography started with her first dog Cindy. Unfortunately, she is already in dog heaven. Her two current dogs, Yuri and Finn, are two former street dogs from Romania and have enriched her life for many years now. They are her biggest inspiration and she loves to do her photo ideas with them.

How the competition works


Entries Open

The Dog Photography Awards contest is open for submissions on July 13, 2022.

Entry Deadline

You can submit your work until November 30, 2022 at 23:59 CET.


For one month, the jury will vote on the images submitted to the contest.

Finalist Announcements

We will announce the finalists in our categories in late December 2022.

Winner Announcements

In early January 2023, we will announce the winners of each category.

Prize-giving process

During the month of January, we will proceed to the awarding of the prizes.

Rules of Entry

1. Entries

All entries must be submitted online only. You can submit more than one image per contest. Photos must be in JPG file format, sRGB colour profile.

The Dog Photography Awards 2022 categories:

  • Portrait & Landscape
  • Action
  • Studio
  • Dogs and people

Entering online

Go to our official website: to register for entry.

Each entrant can upload more than one photograph, per category to Dog Photography Awards 2022. During the online entry process, entrants should upload their chosen photographs to the intended categories. Any files uploaded incorrectly will be rejected and will not be entered into the competition.

All entrants under 18 must obtain the permission of their parent or legal guardian before entering. By submitting photographs for entry, each entrant agrees to and warrants that his or her entry complies with all requirements set out in these Terms and Conditions.

A photographer can be a finalist in the 4 different categories and have several images selected in the same category.

There is no limit to the number of entries you can submit.

Entry fees

All entries must include the appropriate entry fee in EUR currency. Single Image fee: €15.00 EUR.

You may enter your work in as many categories as you wish. However, once the submission fee is paid, you will not be able to edit, change, or add new categories.


Deadline to enter is 23:59 PM (UTC+2) on 30th of November 2022.

Entries received after this time and date will not be accepted.


2. Image Specifications

All photographs must be submitted as optimized resolution JPEGs, in sRGB with minimum of 1920 pixels long side and maximum 2048px on the longest side.

Each photograph must not exceed a file size of 5 MB for upload through our official entry website.

Entries must be submitted in digital jpeg format and all photographs must retain their original camera EXIF information so we can view what type of camera, lenses and exposure you have used when taking the photograph.

Each photographer must submit only images of which he is the creator and for which he owns the copyright.

Your file name should not contain spaces, dashes or other non-alphanumeric characters.

Editing limitation

You may not use a photo or any part of it that you are not the author. Digital manipulation is permitted as basic digital corrections including tone and contrast, burning, dodging, cropping, sharpening, noise reduction and cleaning work which includes removal of background items. Overlays are allowed as long as they are blent correctly.

An entry may be disqualified from the Contest if we determine that it does not comply with the Contest rules and conditions. This includes, but is not limited to, explicit or inappropriate images, ethical violations, inappropriate formatting, or written communication from entrants on matters relating to the contest.

We do not accept these types of photographs:

  • photographs with any type of watermarks including your name, initials, logo or other words or symbols embossed or imprinted anywhere on your entry
  • photographs with any 3rd party branding or promotion captured within your photograph including your own business name
  • photographs that are digitally framed or have any coloured borders
  • photographs that could be interpreted as cruel, harmful or non-respectful of the dog’s wellbeing
  • photographs of dogs in cages, behind cages, behind chain link fencing or any other type of fencing or barriers
  • photographs of dogs exhibiting potentially problematic behaviours with human interpretations
  • photographs of dogs in prong collars, electric collars, spiked collars or any other collars deemed to be harmful to a dog’s wellbeing

3. Use And Ownership of Images

Copyright and all other rights remain that of the photographer. Any photograph used by DPA shall carry the photographer’s credit line. Use may include publication in any DPA media sponsor publication. All entrants understand that any image submitted to the competition may be used by DPA for marketing and promotional purposes including in any media such as exhibitions, print and digital media directly related to the DPA competition, though there may not be monetary compensation. By winning or placing in the competition you are agreeing to be included in the winners’ annual.

Neither Dog Photography Awards, nor their associates, affiliates, or partners assumes any responsibility for photos submitted in violation of competition rules, or for those which violate copyright regulations. DPA will investigate claims of copyright infringement to the best of its ability, and will remove and disqualify images that are clearly demonstrated to violate copyright and/or competition policies. DPA will act to maintain the integrity of the competition and its affiliated entities, but is not responsible for any damages resulting from images submitted in violation with rules and regulations.

Who can participate in the contest?

Any photographer, amateur or professional, can submit his work.

Is there a limit to the number of entries I can submit?

You can submit as many images as you want in each category.

Can I enter one photograph into multiple categories?

It is not allowed to submit the same photo in different categories. We have specific categories for each type of dog picture.

How will I know if my submission is complete?

You will receive a confirmation email as soon as your registration has been received. If you do not receive an email, please check your spam folder.

My image didn't upload correctly, what should I do?

Make sure that the file is saved in JPG format, and check that the name contains only letters and numbers (no other characters or symbols). Your file should not exceed 5Mb.
If you still have problems uploading your images after following these steps, you may also try to refresh your main submission page. Otherwise, contact our support for assistance at

Can I make changes to my entry after I have paid?

No, once payment is made, entries cannot be changed. Please review your work carefully before finalizing payment.

How can I pay for the photographs that I submit?

You can pay for your entry after submitting your photos by PayPal or credit card. Once the submission fee has been paid, no refunds are possible. If you have been wrongly charged for any reason, we will be happy to credit you the amount due.

What are my submission fees used for?

Proceeds from the International Dog Photo Awards’ entry fees help fund the award winners’ work and the investment that the competition requires.

What prizes do the winners receive?

Winners of the 4 categories will receive a €500,00EUR cash prize.