The winners of the 2022 Dog Photographer of the Year

The winners of the 2022 Dog Photographer of the Year


The winners of the annual Dog Photography Awards have been announced, an annual competition open to professional, amateur and student photographers from around the world and (of course) their furry friends. 

More than 1400 entries from 50 countries were received in the competition, which has four categories, Portrait and Landscape, Studio, Action and Dogs and People. Entrants competed for a prize pool of €2000, split amongst the four categories. 

Melbourne photographer Russell Charters was the sole Australian representative in the honours, coming third place in the Dogs and People category, for his image Walking the dog along the beach.

Dogs and People category. 3rd Place – Russell Charters – Australia. Walking the dog along the beach. Charters’ image is a photo taken of his partner walking their dog, Luna. DJI Mavic Air 2, 1/100s @ f/2.8, ISO1000.

The competition was judged by Audrey Bellot, Claudio Picolli, Iza Lyson, Heike Williams, Travis Patenaude and Anne Geier.

You can see all the category winners and runners-up below, along with more finalists on the DPA website. 

Action – 1st Place Winner – Francesco Junior Mura – Italy. “The first obstacle of the course is the moment I prefer most of all. There, where it all begins, where the bond between Human and Dog is expressed in such a clear way by such a magnetic look, where you can see the power of dog’s muscles contracting and releasing energy at every handler’s nod. Agility Dog is trust Agility Dog is respect Agility Dog is togetherness This photo was taken during an Agility Dog competition in Italy.” Sony A9 + 70 200 2.8 GM2 1/2000 iso 3200 200mm.
Action – 2nd Place – Kjara Kocbek – Slovenia. Canon 5D mark III, Canon 70-200mm 2.8L IS II f/3.5, 1/1250, ISO 200, 200mm Taken at sunrise in Slovenia.
Action – 3rd Place – Julia Haßelkuß – Germany. ISO 80 f/1,4 1/2500s Sony Alpha 7 MIV Sigma Art 35mm. “I took this picture during our vacation in Norway. It was very foggy that day, so I wanted to create a friendly and sunny look.”
Studio – 1st Place Winner – Su Kaye – United Kingdom. “Just trying to do something different from the norm and create something unique in my studio and a new style. Not something I’ve seen other people doing and has created a great response and good reactions.” Title: Things are looking up Olympus EM1 II
Studio – 2nd Place – Jane Thomson – Canada “Mimi’s backstory”. Fuji X-T3, Fujifilm 18-55mm (at 40mm) F11. 1/250s, ISO 160.
Studio – 3rd Place – Daniela Schmid – Germany. Canon EOS 90d F/6.3 ISO 250 1/250s.
Portrait – 1st Place Winner – Dalia Fichmann – Switzerland. The avalanche rescue dog. “Away from the pistes, away from the hustle and bustle, enjoying the softness of the powder snow, the untouchedness .. The dark side of it: every year people are buried by avalanches. The search in rough terrain is usually very difficult. The avalanche rescuedogs are often the first responders, fighting their way through the avalanche cones on their four paws with a lot of perseverance to look for the buried people, who are sometimes buried several meters under the snow masses. In Melchsee- Frutt (Switzerland) I accompanied the rescue teams for a day. To capture the moment when the dog finds the buried person and digs through the snow, I lay down with the camera in a small, dark ice cave and let the dogs search for me.”
Portrait – 2nd Place – Sophia Hutchinson – United Kingdom. “This shot of Amber my Dalmatian is so special to me as this was one of the first walks we were able to do off lead since her two leg operations. It fills me with emotion seeing her so independent and captivated by the beauty of nature and wildlife.” Sony A7R III, 85mm f/1.4 lens. 1/1000s @ f/1.4.
Portrait: 3rd Place – Joanne Liu – Canada. These photos are of Greenland Dogs (Greenlandic: Kalaallit Qimmiat, Danish: Grønlandshund) in Ilulissat, Greenland behaving naturally on the land provided to them by the government. There used be 30,000 Greenland Dogs and now there are only around 15,000. In Greenland they are exclusively used as working sled dogs. Climate change has reduced their use in favour of skidoos, which are better able to handle marginal ice conditions. Puppies up until about 6 months of age are allowed to roam untethered in order to socialize them and are friendly and playful. Adults are chained and kept separate. Housing and veterinary care is provided by the government. A Canon R5 and 100-400 mm lens at f5 to f5.6 was used to take all three photos in September 2022.
Dogs and People category – 1st Place Winner – Sabrina Theden – Germany. Unconditional Love. Canon EOS R6, Sigma 135mm f1.8 Art lens. 1/400s @ f1.8, ISO 1600. Captured in a railway museum.
Dogs and People category. 2nd Place – Sarah Ebner – Switzerland. Canon 6D Mark II & Sigma 85 mm 1.4 EX DG HSM lens. 1/800s @ f2.8, ISO 100.