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THE PET PHOTOGRAPHERS CLUB
 

2019 INTERNATIONAL PET PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR

 

ANNE GEIER | ANNE GEIER FOTOGRAFIE
Tauplitz, Austria

Anne Geier started photographing with her first dog, Cindy. The more she photographed Cindy, the stronger her passion for dog photography grew. Fast forward to today, and Anne is still creating beautiful dog photography from the small Austrian village of Tauplitz. She loves to travel and hike with her two rescued dogs, Finn and Yuri.

My assignment in life is to create living, soulful moments of dogs, to show their true beauty.”
— Anne Geier

 


EMERGING PET PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR

STEWART CROLL
Perthshire, Scotland


PORTRAIT PHOTOGRAPH OF THE YEAR

Christine Johnson | pawsforaphoto
Warrington, UK

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ACTION PHOTOGRAPH OF THE YEAR

NUELLE FLIPSE | FOTOMELLE PHOTOGRAPHY
ULTRECHT, NETHERLANDS

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PETS AND THEIR PEOPLE PHOTOGRAPH OF THE YEAR

Marchien Heidstra | Heidstra Fotografie
Gasteren, netherlands

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OPEN PHOTOGRAPH OF THE YEAR

Mareike Konrad | Mareike Konrad Fotografie
Leipzig, Germany

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JUDGE’S CHOICE AWARDS

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JUDGE’S CHOICE: CAITLIN J. MCCOLL

PHOTOGRAPHER: ANNE GEIER, AUSTRIA
This portrait stood out for me right from the start. The beautiful variations in reds and browns, the sweet expression in the dog's eye, the soft, creamy edit. I love that you've captured a gentle moment. The closed mouth of the dog doesn't feel too serious or overly focused on a treat/toy/owner, it feels quiet and contemplative.

This is the sort of image that I would be so proud to hang on my wall - not only does it capture the dog beautifully, it stands alone as a gorgeous piece of artwork. Incredible work, thank you for sharing!

TOTAL SCORE: 9.5/10

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JUDGE’S CHOICE: KIRSTIE MCCONNELL

PHOTOGRAPHER: ANNE GEIER, AUSTRIA
Of all the stunning images entered, this image is the one that I visualise when I think of the 2019 International Pet Photographer of the Year Awards.

The camera settings, viewpoint and the lens choice feel deliberate and calculated. The lighting and the edit compliment the moment captured so well, intensifying the emotion. I feel as though I am right there on that mountain. As a photographer that is my goal, to transcend the viewer into the moment. Anne has not only accomplished this, but her image also makes me want to grab my hiking boots and enjoy a moment like this with my own dog.

TOTAL SCORE: 10/10

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JUDGE’S CHOICE: CHARLOTTE REEVES

PHOTOGRAPHER: DORINE VAN DER VOORDEN, NETHERLANDS

An absolutely gorgeous portrait of a beautiful dog that draws me in with direct eye contact and a somewhat cheeky, quizzical expression - the half open mouth and those little teefies absolutely make this! The perfectly sharp subject is enveloped in layers of soft and creamy bokeh, with the subject subtly outlined with rim light and that perfect golden glow from behind. The warm, earthy colour palette combined with clean, pure whites is also an absolute dream. Amazing work!

TOTAL SCORE: 10/10

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JUDGE’S CHOICE: ANDREAS ROMijN

PHOTOGRAPHER: MIRKA KOOT, NETHERLANDS

This is my winner! Great photo that tells a story!
This was a difficult choice to make, but the balance in colors, light and post production were the deciding factors.
What a great photo to look at - very original and creative!

TOTAL SCORE: 10/10

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JUDGE’S CHOICE: NICOLE BEGLEY

PHOTOGRAPHER: CHRISTINE JOHNSON, UK

There are so many things that I love about this image. The lighting and detail in the dog's fur and collar is excellent. The tones of this image are so complimentary - and last but not least, that expression is perfection. Well done!

TOTAL SCORE: 10/10

 

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MEET THE JUDGES

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Caitlin J. McColl

Ragamuffin Pet Photography
Small Business | Big Heart

Melbourne’s top pet photographer, founder of the Tails of the World Collective, co-host at the Pet Photographers Club and total productivity nerd.

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Kirstie McConnell

Bitsa Bernard Photography
Dogs Through the Door

Adelaide’s top pet photographer, co-host of the Pet Photographers Club and passionate believer that givers get!

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Andreas Romijn

Andreas Romijn Fotografie

Andreas Romijn is an enthusiastic and self-driven dog photographer from The Netherlands.

With his wide knowledge about dog behaviour, he effortlessly connects with dogs, capturing portraits that are authentic and full of personality.

With a skilful use of studio lighting, Andreas creates extraordinary photographic artwork.

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Nicole Begley

Nicole Begley Photography
Hair of the Dog Blog and Academy

Nicole Begley, M.Photog.Cr., CPP, is a zoological animal trainer turned pet photographer and educator. She is the founder of Hair of the Dog, an online community in which she empowers pet photographers to turn their dreams into reality and helps them create successful and profitable businesses. Nicole has authored a book “Pet and Equine Photography for Everyone”, available on Amazon.

She established Nicole Begley Photography in Pittsburgh, PA in 2010 but now serves the market of Charlotte, NC. Nicole shares her home with her husband, two small humans, and her Puerto Rican rescue dog Zoey. Oh yes, she is also Chief of Staff to Emma the cat. She is the creator of the #selfiedog series, a travel addict, and chocolate martini connoisseur.

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Charlotte Reeves

Charlotte Reeves Photography
Learn Pet Photography

Charlotte is an award-winning Australian photographer based in Brisbane with 12 years experience photographing pets and 6 years teaching pet photography. Her style incorporates creative use of natural light, location and expression to produce vibrant and emotive work highly praised by her clients.

Addicted to creating lightbulb moments for students, Charlotte relishes simplifying tricky concepts, and helping people achieve their goals by making the learning fun, practical, and positive.

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THE CATEGORIES

INTERNATIONAL PET PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR

PORTRAIT

ACTION

PETS AND THEIR PEOPLE

OPEN ENTRY

EMERGING PET PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR

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OUR SPONSORS

OVER $2500 IN PRIZES

ONE YEAR MEMBERSHIP TO THE PET PHOTOGRAPHERS CLUB (VALUE $120)

ONE YEAR MEMBERSHIP TO THE HAIR OF THE DOG ACADEMY (VALUE $588)

LEARNING PET PHOTOGRAPHY REAL SHOOTS EPISODE 1 (VALUE $99)

one year premium membership to photobiz xposed (value $240)

the design aglow pet marketing suite (value $97)

contracts for photographers by the lawtog (value $100)

the photobizx fb ads course for photographers (value $197)

PRODUCTIVITY FOR PET PHOTOGRAPHERS BOOTCAMP (VALUE $599)

DOGS THROUGH THE DOOR MARKETING GUIDE (VALUE $199)

small business | big heart portfolio review ($250)

the online photography sales masterclass with photobizx (value $97)

PLUS GO INTO THE DRAW TO WIN OUR GIVE-AWAY PRIZE!

HUGE THANKS TO OUR SPONSORS FOR THESE INCREDIBLE PRIZES!


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ENTRIES NOW CLOSED

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ENTRY GUIDELINES

  • MAXIMUM OF 1 ENTRY PER CATEGORY (MAXIMUM FOUR ENTRIES PER PHOTOGRAPHER IN TOTAL).

  • NO ANIMALS MAY BE HARMED IN THE MAKING OF THE IMAGE.

  • IMAGES MUST FEATURE DOMESTIC ANIMALS (NOT WILDLIFE).

  • NO STOCK PHOTOGRAPHY.

  • THE USE OF TEXTURE OVERLAYS IS ALLOWABLE PROVIDED THE ORIGIN IS PHOTOGRAPHIC AND PRODUCED BY THE ENTRANT.

  • REMOVAL OF ELEMENTS INCLUDING THE REMOVAL OF BLEMISHES, STRANDS OF HAIR, LEASHES OR BACKGROUND ELEMENTS IS ALLOWABLE.

  • PLEASE DO NOT ADD ANY WATERMARKS TO YOUR ENTRIES AS THE JUDGING IS ANONYMOUS. ALL ENTRIES WITH WATERMARKS ON WILL BE DISQUALIFIED.


FILE GUIDELINES

  • JPG FILES ONLY, UNDER 5MB.

  • EACH IMAGE SHOULD USE A DIFFERENT FILE NAME.

  • AVOID SPACES AND NON-ALPHANUMERIC CHARACTERS IN FILE NAMES.

  • IT IS RECOMMENDED TO ENTER USING A DESKTOP/LAPTOP COMPUTER.


TERMS AND CONDITIONS

  • BY ENTERING THIS COMPETITION, YOU AGREE THAT YOU ARE THE CREATOR AND COPYRIGHT OWNER OF THE ENTERED IMAGES

  • YOU AGREE TO THE COMPETITION TERMS AND CONDITIONS.

  • ENTRIES SUBMISSION BY MIDNIGHT AEST, MONDAY 22ND JULY 2019.


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