23 of the Best Dog Photos of 2019

The Kennel Club has just announced the winners of the 2019 Dog Photographer of the Year competition celebrating the best dog photos from around the world.

This year, the 14th edition of the contest, nearly 7,000 entries were received from 70 countries around the globe.

The overall winner was Swiss photographer Denise Czichocki for her photo “Dreaming Merlin” (shown above), which shows a 14-year-old rescue named Podengo sitting among magnolia flowers. The photo was also 1st place in the “Oldies” category.

Here are other winning photos from the 10 categories in this year’s contest:


2nd Place Winner, Cat Race, UK. “Young At Heart”. Bailee, Labrador Retriever (bitch)
3rd Place Winner, Susan Lang, United Kingdom. “Contented”. Ozzy, 12 year old rescued Greyhound


1st Place Winner, Monica van der Maden, Netherlands. “The Little Twins”. Macy & Vino, Weimaraner
2nd Place Winner, Carlos Aliperti, Brazil. “Father and Son”. Border Collies
3rd Place Winner. Lotte van Alderen, Netherlands. “Dark dawn with Noah”. Noah, Labrador Retriever

Assistance Dogs and Dog Charities

1st Place Winner, Angelika Elendt, Germany. “Soul comforter”. Lilly, cross breed and rescued dog

Dogs at Play

1st Place Winner, Monica van der Maden, Netherlands. “Dirty Dog”. Waylon, Australian Shepherd
2nd Place Winner, Zoltan Kecskes, UK. “Let’s jump rope together!”. Rebel, Jack Russell Cross
3rd Place Winner, Angela Blewaska, Germany. “The Joy of Living”. Bobby, Crossbreed Rhodesian Ridgeback

Dogs at Work

1st Place Winner, Dorine Scherpel, Canada. “The loyal co-workers”. Sam (L) and Laddie (R) (collie dogs, age 5 and 8)
3rd Place Winner, Nadezhda Ivanova, Russia. “Time for hunting”. Dio and Afina – the Wire-Haired Hungarian Pointer (Vizsla)

Man’s Best Friend

1st Place Winner Cat Race, UK. “Connected”. Inka, Munstalander (bitch)
2nd Place Winner, Alexandra Novitskaya, Russia. “White Cheesecake”. Standard Poodle Cheesecake
3rd Place Winner, Michele Mccue, Canada. “Meeting of the Minds”. “KAT”, Standard long hair Dachshund puppy

Dog Portrait

1st Place Winner, Anastasia Vetkovskaya, Russia. “Honey saluki”. Jozelin, Saluki, owner Eremina Lesya
2nd Place Winner, Ria Putzker, Austria. “Mirror”. Pumpkin the Catahoula Leopard Dog

Rescue Dogs and Dog Charities

1st Place Winner, Anne Geier, Austria. “Finntastic”. Finn, Rescue dog cross breed
2nd Place Winner, Tiahang Zhang, China. “Curiosity”. Borzoi,no names
3rd Place Winner, Luciana Veras, Brazil. “A Look that Embraces”. Rescue dog undefined breed named Mike

Young Pup Photographer (11 years and under)

1st Place Winner, Sabine Wolpert, USA, Age 11. “Sea Dog”. Georgie, Havanese, 4 years old

I Love Dogs Because…(ages 12 to 17)

1st Place Winner, Mariah Mobley, USA. “Doggy Bed Time”. Koby, AKA Puppy Einstein, (Miniature Pinscher/Lhasa Apso cross)
2nd Place Winner, Luca Gombos, Hungary. “Peace and quiet”. Lia, Border Collie

You can find a complete gallery of winning photos from this year’s competition on the contest website.

If you enjoyed these photos, then you may also enjoy seeing the winning shots from 2018 and 2017.