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John Jackson - Photography Manager


Our dogs appointed highly respected canine photographer John D Jackson as Photography Manager in April 2007, re-enforcing our commitment to maintain the highest standard of coverage for the benefit of it’s readers.

John co-ordinates photographic coverage of shows nationwide at every level, including General Championship shows and our hugely popular Winners’ Gallery Show Features.

John, who has covered dog shows for OUR DOGS as a photographer for the last 12 years, explains ‘In this role I organise, co-ordinate and develop the professional photography services of OUR DOGS. These are available for exhibitors, canine societies, special events and commercial companies along with anyone else in the world of dogs who requires the services of a professional canine photographer’.

As John points out ‘Not only do we provide editorial and advertising support for shows but we also arrange photographers for special events such as 'Dog of the Year' and other competitions, as well as on site and studio photography for commercial ventures.’

Keen to implement further innovations John adds ‘I am always looking to developing new ideas to extend the range of services we offer and would welcome any further ideas from readers’.

Unique Our Dogs features such as the ‘Winners’ Gallery’, instigated to extend first class photographic coverage to Breed Club events and General Open Shows have proven to be so popular as to necessitate the recruitment of new, up and coming photographers in some areas. An important part of John’s role, using his wealth of experience, will be to offer guidance to our team of photographers, ensuring they are equipped to produce the high standard of work expected.

Says John ‘I am also always on the lookout for possible new photographers to work with the experienced OUR DOGS team’ and he suggests anyone interested who feels they are good enough ‘should submit a portfolio of work for an honest appraisal. Ideally this needs to include a cross-section of dog photographs, not just show pose pictures.’

Budding Our Dogs show photographers willing to submit examples of their work for John’s close scrutiny are invited to contact him.

This new role will allow John to combine his organisational skills, derived from years of management experience in the mining industry, with his wealth of photographic and canine knowledge. John has owned, shown and bred Labrador Retrievers with his wife Eileen for many years and is currently President of Huddersfield & DCS and a committee member of the Three Ridings Labrador Club.

‘I hope to encourage more people to take advantage of the professional photography services which are available so that they, or their organisation, will be able to raise their profile and subsequently gain from it.’

Individuals requiring professional photographic services, or organisers interested in having their events featured, should contact John directly (or via Our Dogs) to discuss the highly affordable options available. Alternatively, as John suggests ‘Why not talk to me at a show. I'm there to help’.

John D Jackson Our Dogs Photography Manager
telephone: 01924-848743 Fax: 01924-849242
e-mail: jackson@emley15.demon.co.uk