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Dog Photographer of the Year winner causes a splash!

Barney and Helen Skelton


A stunning shot of a veteran rescue dog at work at a lake in Suffolk has been announced as the winner of the Kennel Club’s glittering annual Dog Photographer of the Year award for 2009.

Tom, a 10-year-old Leonberger from Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, was captured pulling a boat to safety as part of a training exercise in a lake in Weybread, Suffolk by professional photographer Terry Pover. The photograph was entered as part of the ‘Dogs at Work’ category of the award, and was deemed to be the overall best shot from a bumper crop of entries by an esteemed panel of judges at the Kennel Club, which included professional dog photographers.

Terry took the shot as part of an accredited test held by the Leonberger Club of Great Britain every year, designed to challenge a dog’s ability to pull boats inland to save people. Tom is the current Leonberger water champion and is believed to be the only dog in the UK to have passed all of the relevant water tests put in front of him.

Terry, a retired police officer, is a graduate from the Norwich School of Photography and is a Licentiate member of the Royal Photographic Society.

Terry’s photograph, along with the winning images from the other categories ‘Dogs at Play’ (Sarah Middleton from Derby) ‘Dog Portrait’ (Liana Philips from Dundee) and ‘Man’s Best Friend’ (Nicola McClure from Edinburgh), will be displayed at London’s leading dog event, Discover Dogs on 14th and 15th November 2009 at Earls Court. Terry’s winning image will also be reproduced on the front cover of the December edition of the Kennel Club's flagship publication, the Kennel Gazette.

Terry said of his triumph: “I’m delighted to have won this award. The fact that Tom is doing what he loves at such a ripe old age is amazing. To capture the joy of his work and to have the Kennel Club acknowledge this in an award is something very special. And they say you can’t teach an old dog new tricks!”

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