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Dog photographer of the year 2007 announced

Photographer of the Year

Jayne Pochin, from Barkby in Leicester, has snapped up a place at London’s leading canine event, Discover Dogs, by winning both the Dogs at Play category, and the main competition - the Kennel Club Dog Photographer of the Year.

The winning photographs will be on display at Discover Dogs, organised by the Kennel Club, in Earls Court, London on Saturday, 10th and Sunday 11th November for thousands of visitors at the event to view.

People up and down the country have been sending in their displays of dog images for the Dog Photographer of the Year competition under four different categories. These included; Dogs at Work, Dogs at Play, Dog Portrait and Man’s Best Friend. The Kennel Club also created a competition for all those younger dog fans out there entitled; ‘I love dogs because’ Under 16’s were invited to write in and tell the Kennel Club why they love their dog!

A panel of five judges carefully deliberated over all the talented pictures and stories that were sent in, choosing what they believed to the best of each category. The judges came from a variety of backgrounds, from the Chief Executive of the Kennel Club, to last year’s winner, Samantha Lunt.

Representing the judging panel, Rosemary Smart Chief Executive of the Kennel Club said: “The standard this year has been exceptionally high, a big well done to all of the finalists. The photographs really capture just how important a role dog’s play in people’s lives and within society and we thank everyone who entered for sharing these beautiful images with us.”

The winning photograph from each category will be on display at Discover Dogs and the winners from each category will also be presented with an oil portrait reproduction of their photograph. The overall winning picture will also be reproduced on the front cover of a special photography edition of the Kennel Club’s flagship publication, the Kennel Gazette and the winner of the Young Photographer category will receive a day out for them and their parents with a professional dog photographer.

Said Caroline Kisko, Kennel Club Secretary, “The Kennel Club is committed to promoting responsible dog ownership and the dog photographer of the year competition is a great way of highlighting the important roles dogs play in our lives and within everyday society. Discover Dogs is a dog show with something for everyone and the perfect place to present such beautiful images of man’s best friend to the public. And with all money going to such a worthy cause, you can see why it’s such a popular competition!”

The competition is run in support of the Kennel Club Charitable Trust, which is making a difference for dogs by funding a wide variety of work ranging from supporting research into canine diseases to welfare initiatives and the promotion of support dogs. All of which give dogs healthier and happier lives.