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ANNA AVERIANOVA

Portrait

Sanna Sander

1st Place, Portrait

Ascending Serenity

In the right light even the most mundane place emits magic.

I had the idea of this image in my mind for quite some time, driving past the log stack every day on my way to drop the kids of at school.
And finally, on our way home from school one day, I stopped the car and asked my azawakh girl Soleil to hold the pose for a moment while I took the photo.

Already in the camera I saw that it had become something more than I had hoped for; a moment of clean stillness in the busy and messy everyday life, something more than a posing dog on a log stack.
The image made me linger in the moment.

Sanna Sander | Sweden

Grace Fieselman

2nd Place, Portrait

Serene Snowfall

Nala, the Australian Shepherd, relaxing on a quiet backroad in the beautiful snowfall.

Grace Fieselman | United States

Sanna Sander

3rd Place, Portrait

Monochromatic illusion

On a silent morning when the last snow of the winter was melting the fog rolled over the meadows and the trees stretched into the sky, begging the sun to return.
The colors were sucked out of the world, and everything was silent except the crowing ravens adding to the atmosphere.
In the stillness she posed, watching the winter slowly leaving and making way for spring.
In the stillness she was the only color left in the world.
She was the queen of this monochromatic illusion.

Sanna Sander | Sweden

Action

Jacqueline Rudiger

1st Place, Action

Stop your motion

Have you ever seen a dog, or even better a sighthound, running in pure joy? You see the power, the play of the muscles and the perfect anatomy for running fast. In this picture I wanted to show the speed of this dog and capture it, but at the same time freeze the motion to show the anatomy of this beautiful dog. To get it you need a perfect timing of all components involved. The dog, the lights and for sure me as the photographer. The result is a stunning composition reduced to the only important thing, the dog.

Jacqueline Rüdiger | Germany

Roberta Holden

2nd Place, Action

Moment of Entry

I have become fascinated by the dynamic interplay between air, water and light in turbulence as water is suddenly displaced at the moment of impact as a dock-diving dog enters the water. This split second event conjured for me the feeling of falling through ice or being suddenly transported into an alternate realm.

Roberta Holden | Canada

Anne-Laurie Leger

3rd Place, Action

Catch It

Everything there was out of this world. The sunset was absolutely beautiful and the water was so still that it created some crazy reflections.

Anne-Laurie Léger | Canada

Studio

Anna Averianova

1st Place, Studio

Ballerina

Ballerina in the studio

Anna Averianova | Montenegro

Carlina Gea

2nd Place, Studio

Let's dance!

Relying on spontaneity in photography allows me to experience positive surprises and unexpected results.

Carla Gea Perales | Spain

Tuss Bennergard

3rd Place, Studio

Puppy love

three weeks old Great dane puppies. Photo is taken with studio lights at the breeders home.

Tuss Bennergård | Sweden

Dogs & People

Mercury Megaloudis

1st Place, Dogs & People

Caravaggio today

New and the old Inspired by Caravaggio the artist and new trends in steampunk with the love of dogs all in the studio.

Mercury Megaloudis | Australia

Emma Gough

2nd Place, Dogs & People

Facing the Immensity Together

In a world where life can be immense and overwhelming, just like the vast nature of the ocean, we can turn to mans best friend for companionship and support to face the immensity together.

Emma Gough | New Zealand

Jane Thomson

3rd Place, Dogs & People

Timber's Tribute

Portrait of Katie & Timber.

Jane Thomson | Canada

Portrait

Renate Zuidema

Finalist, Portrait

It glitters in Gold

Shiba Inu Dai just glitters in the gold of the golden hour.

Renate Zuidema | Netherlands

Karin Bruhin

Finalist, Portrait

Catch the sun rays

This picture was taken on a bathing day in the early morning. We all had a lot of fun and the dogs ran and bathed. When the sun came over the mountain, I took my chance and took the picture.

Karin Bruhin | Switzerland

Karin Bruhin

Finalist, Portrait

Silvershine

This picture reflects the dog so much. It's soft and monochrome, but also hard and unyielding.

Karin Bruhin | Switzerland

Stine Grind

Finalist, Portrait

Furry Friends

Exploring the big world.

Stine Grind | Sweden

Daria Rossini

Finalist, Portrait

Weimaraner in winterwonderland

The mood this morning was just soo perfect. I totally felt in love with it. Everything was so calm and quiet and there were also some tiny dancing snowflakes all around us.. as I said, just beautiful and perfect.

Daria Rossini | Switzerland

Melanie Rosen

Finalist, Portrait

Orange Highlights

The colors of the labradors matched perfectly with the dark stair background. The orange highlights make the models shine.

Melanie Rösen | Germany

Katie Brockman

Finalist, Portrait

Seeing Double

Urban photography: Finding beauty in the mundane.

Katie Brockman | United States

Denisa Zbrankova Albaniova

Finalist, Portrait

Power of tenderness

One morning on the dam with this graceful saluki. Before the shooting, I had this image in my mind and finally ith just happened.

Denisa Zbranková Albaniová | Czech Republic

Anne-Laurie Leger

Finalist, Portrait

Enchantress

One of the most beautiful scenery I got to see. The tall trees with all the flowers, the sunset.

Anne-Laurie Léger | Canada

Janneke de Graaf

Finalist, Portrait

Amour Propre

As described in the breed standard, a Basenji should be elegant and graceful. The whole demeanor is one of poise and inquiring alertness. A dog full of confidence and with high self-esteem. The only thing this young Basenji girl needed was a red frame.

Janneke de Graaf | Netherlands

Rhea Nellen

Finalist, Portrait

Tre Crime circuit hike

We did the Tre Cime circuit hike at sunrise. Wonderful light and a beautiful landscape!

Rhea Nellen | Switzerland

Julia Haberichter

Finalist, Portrait

Stormy sea

Vizsla girl Mia in the dunes.

Julia Haberichter | Germany

Action

Desiree Nickerson

Finalist, Action

Almost Got It

Josee coming in fast to catch her favourite ball.

Desiree Nickerson | Canada

Celine Robel

Finalist, Action

Poodle jump

This photo shows the cheeky toy poodle Motte. Being very litte but high energy, she was almost too fast for the eyes, but not too fast for the camera. As you can see, Motte really enjoyed her time in the sand romping around.

Celine Robel | Germany

Anne-Laurie Leger

Finalist, Action

Fly High in the Sky

Just a Border Collie flying for his frisbee. The dog did a back vault, jumping from his owner's back.

Anne-Laurie Léger | Canada

Paula Grekela

Finalist, Action

Through the snow

Beautiful Elsa had a good hair day even sprinting through the heavy snow.

Paula Grekelä | Finland

Michelle Dawkins

Finalist, Action

Wave Jumper

Taken with the Nikon Z8. The conditions were perfect, calm water, beautiful sky, and the tide was low. That all changed very quickly as the weather pattern changed. High winds came in out of nowhere and so did the crazy waves. This did not stop Lotti from enjoying her time running, jumping, and chasing her ball into the water. She flew with incredible speed and power through the waves to get her ball, while I was watching the waves from the corner of my eye, lifting my camera up and down to avoid the water, while tracking her movement. A fun and exciting time photographing this amazing dog.

Michelle Dawkins | United States

Alessandro Grandoni

Finalist, Action

Guess on fly

Il volo di Guess, una fantastica cucciola di bassotto

Alessandro Grandoni | Italy

Rut Casanellas

Finalist, Action

Sharing is funny

When the family told me that Harry and Cooper could do this trick, I couldn't believe it! After that, one of the owners threw a stick far from us in the path and both came back with the stick while running at the same time.

Rut Casanellas | Spain

Grace Fieselman

Finalist, Action

Sensational Soar

Zelda, the Belgian Malinois, soaring into the water to retrieve her toy.

Grace Fieselman | United States

Michelle Dawkins

Finalist, Action

Red

Red the cattle dog mix flying through the water at sunset.

Michelle Dawkins | United States

Jo Lauren

Finalist, Action

Missy

Being a working line Doberman, Missy loves to play & train, and recently discovered a love for playing with water. She's the most loving and friendly girl, but I love how this photo shows her spicy side. Happiest when she's working or snuggling, she's the best friend anyone could ask for.

Jo Lauren | United Kingdom

Rosalind Phang

Finalist, Action

Golden Girls

A malinois and belgian shepherd running in front of the Eiffel Tower in Paris during sunrise.

Rosalind Phang | France

贺 华培

Finalist, Action

Summer

Happy day.

贺 华培 | China

Studio

Klaus-Peter Selzer

Finalist, Studio

Sing my Song

Our friend Michelle's dog - Strolchi - in my photo studio

Klaus-Peter Selzer | Germany

Klaus-Peter Selzer

Finalist, Studio

Best Friends

The two border collies Mylo and Cooper of our friend Ruth in my photo studio.

Klaus-Peter Selzer | Germany

Credit: Jane Thomson

Jane Thomson

Finalist, Studio

Ebony & Her Ivories

Portrait of Ebony on a windy day

Jane Thomson | Canada

Tina Stahl

Finalist, Studio

The Leia Organa Look

The dachshund, called "Maddie", was so in love with the treats, then this really funny snapshot originated and makes her look like Princess Leia.

Tina Stahl | Germany

Chloe Brown

Finalist, Studio

Wired Hair

Sootie & Freya. A Romanian rescue and Therapy dog - capturing their kind personalities in the studio

Chloé Brown | United Kingdom

Iulia Tulcinscaia

Finalist, Studio

Vitamin ball

When you're out grocery shopping for your family, maybe you can put a can of cat or dog food in your cart and bring it to an animal relief center

Rachael Ray

Model: Beagle Sherry

Iulia Tulcinscaia | Poland

Janneke de Graaf

Finalist, Studio

Stay.

One of our Basenji puppies in a studio setting at home. This puppy is already showing true Basenji obedience.

Janneke de Graaf | Netherlands

Sandy van Kruijsdijk

Finalist, Studio

The Librarian

I took this photo of our dog Skûtsje with the help of my husband. When our dog sees my photography equipment he knows he is going to earn a lot of cookies. He borrowed this shirt from our 3 year old son. He doesn't even think he has strange owners anymore, he is completely used to it by now and sees posing as a fun activity. I had this idea for a while because I love books and I have the perfect model for my images. I am not a professional photographer, but an enthousiastic hobbyist. I hope you enjoy this photo.

Sandy van Kruijsdijk | Netherlands

Credit: Jane Thomson

Jane Thomson

Finalist, Studio

Chairman of the Board

Choco was undergoing medical treatment when it was time for his portrait session. The majority of his tiny body had been shaved, but he brought along some of his favourite outfits to stay warm (and of course fashionable). This stylish dude might be a tiny chihuahua, but was large and in charge in front of my camera.

Jane Thomson | Canada

Maddie Newton

Finalist, Studio

Black on Black

Kili the Groenendael jumping against a black backdrop with studio lighting.

Maddie Newton | United Kingdom

Rachel Hendrie

Finalist, Studio

Let sleeping dogs lie

This is Henry! At the time he was only 10 weeks old and the new love of my life. We were having fun playing around my studio (as I couldn't wait to photograph him) when he started getting sleepy and curled up in his bed and I thought it best just to let him be. Not much has changed since. This portrait just captures him perfectly as he has never quite got out of the napping habit!

Rachel Hendrie | United Kingdom

Jessica Olsen Eriksson

Finalist, Studio

Grey Old Love

I wanted to capture the love and respect these two senior Weimaraner dogs have for each other. They are now 11 and 9 years old and have always been together. Grey Old Love never rosts.

Jessica Olsen Eriksson | Sweden

Dogs & People

Sabrina Theden

Finalist, Dogs & People

A moment of peace

This photo is a panorama self portrait of me and my border collie Kenzy. I think it is the most important image I ever took. After a long time being home bound because of a chronic condition and following depression, we got the chance to borrow the van of one of my oldest friends and I pushed through all of my fears to go on our first roadtrip and shooting tour that was more than 2h away from home. The photo was shot at sunrise of the first morning and I captured the first moment I felt something like peace and hope again. It is stitched together from about 19 single images.

Sabrina Theden | Germany

Petra Nestelbacher

Finalist, Dogs & People

Sunrise mood

It was a magical morning, with magical light and magical mood. Sunrise at Lake Woerth in Carinthia is every time just magic. Since Nala and Stephi love going on adventures together and exploring the world, the sunrise shoot on a StandUpPaddle was just perfect for them.

Petra Nestelbacher | Austria

Kristiina Vuori

Finalist, Dogs & People

I made a wish...

Me and my precious Manja, enjoying the peacefulness of the remote location and night sky miracles. I'm so lucky that I was able to capture this very special moment we shared together. The vast starry sky, the Milkyway and Perseid meteors make an unique landscape and atmosphere for expressing our special companionship.

She is already 14 years old. She doesn't see very well in the dark anymore, but I show her light and we walk together. I'm so grateful that she was still willing to join me and pose with me. I feel that we made magic during the nights we photographed the Perseid meteor shower.

Kristiina Vuori | Finland

Rhea Nellen

Finalist, Dogs & People

Lets dance together!

We were on a hiking Weekend and took some picture at sunset on the Alp Muottas in Switzerland. Mara and her dog Pua were playing around and that's when I took the picture of them together. It looks like they are dancing on the beautiful mountain top!

Rhea Nellen | Switzerland

Sandra Ferwerda

Finalist, Dogs & People

The Afghan Bride

I wanted to do a fine art style with this beautiful traditional Afghan Kuchi Tribe dress and jewels and the Afghan dog.
For a bit of movement in the dog's hair I used a hairblower, which the dog was used to on account that she is being groomed often.
This shoot was done with women only, my 'higher' aim with photography is to empower women. With the current situation in Aghanistan this shot has a deeper layer to it.

Sandra Ferwerda | Netherlands

Cassie Thurrott

Finalist, Dogs & People

A Bond Beyond Words

This image beautifully captures an unspoken connection between the woman and her canine companion, highlighting the therapeutic impact that animals can have on individuals struggling with mental illness. The smoke enveloping them represents the challenges and darkness that mental health issues can bring into one’s life.
The dog is pictured protectively nestled against her chest, symbolizing their unbreakable bond while providing comfort, stability, and love in times of distress.

Cassie Thurrott | Canada

Kyle Rurak

Finalist, Dogs & People

Ziggy meets Josslyn

Having some fun in studio with Ziggy, a dog we were sitting, and my neice Josslyn.

Kyle Rurak | Canada

Kyle Rurak

Finalist, Dogs & People

Momma's Girl

Ruby running with Momma at Spanish Banks, Vancouver, Canada

Kyle Rurak | Canada

Agnieszka Gulczynska

Finalist, Dogs & People

Yin and yang

Childhood of my Son is my biggest inspiration. Photographing Igor, I admire the amazing and beautiful way you can catch things which are seemingly regular. An old bucket or umbrella are magical objects for children. That is why I appreciate the way my son uses this magic, regards and discovers the world, creates relations with children and animals which constantly fascinate Him.

Agnieszka Gulczynska | Poland

Chohee Courtois

Finalist, Dogs & People

Heart Warmer

This self-portrait of me and my muse Guillaume has a special meaning to me because I created it as an act of overcoming a stressful time, while nervously waiting for breast surgery. Now whenever I look at this image, I remember Guillaume's warmth striking all the way to deep in my heart, the softness of his fur stroking my naked skin and his gentle cuddles comforting my vulnerable mind.

Chohee Courtois | United Kingdom

Sabrina Theden

Finalist, Dogs & People

Lost and found

This is probably the rawest moment I captured so far. It was one of those days where nothing worked out as I imagined. I was stuck in the numbness of a depressive episode and hadn't felt anything for weeks. But that evening, when I pushed myself to give that self-portrait one last try, I activated the interval timer, and the very second I sat down with my dog, tears were running down my face. Kenzy was comforting me immediately, as she always does and the last interval photos captured that fragile moment. A reminder that if I get lost, she will guide me back.
Panorama with about 10-12 images.

Sabrina Theden | Germany

Meri Fox

Finalist, Dogs & People

Not All Those Who Wander Are Lost

"Roads go ever ever on,
Over rock and under tree,
By caves where never sun has shone,
By streams that never find the sea;
Over snow by winter sown,
And through the merry flowers of June,
Over grass and over stone,
And under mountains on the moon."

― J.R.R. Tolkien

This photo shoot took place on a late summer evening on an island by the coast of Finland, the Land of the Midnight Sun, and as a photographer I wanted it to transport us to an ethereal land, where a spirited girl and her faithful Shetland Sheepdog navigate a landscape brimming with magic.

Meri Fox | Finland