Picture Parade Two Hundred and Fifty-One

Staying with those wonderful Kennel Club images.

(As with the previous weeks, words and pictures republished from here.)

 Winning Kennel Club images celebrate dogs from all walks of life

  JACQUELINE GULLEDGE   July 17, 2018.

The third selection of these wonderful photographs and the story behind each one.

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First Place, Young Pup Photographer

‘My Best Friend Roxy’ featuring Roxy, a German Shepherd dog. (Photo: Mariah Mobley)

The Young Pup photographer is a new category this year for photographers 11 years old and younger. This year’s first-place winner is 11-year-old Mariah Mobley from the U.S.

“I used to live on a farm with horses and dogs, but now live in town with my family, and our three dogs, Hunter, Roxy and Koby. I have always loved animals, especially dogs. I started taking pictures when I was a very little girl, and have loved it ever since,” said Mobley. “I took this photo of Roxy, at about 9 p.m., just before I went to bed. It was dark and she was sitting on our back porch waiting for mom to give her a treat. I used a modelling light and the porch light to put light on her pretty face.”
“We adopted Roxy from a rescue when she was 7 months old. She had been in a shelter since she was 4 months old. She is 5 years old now and is the sweetest girl. As you can see in the photo, Roxy has an eye disease that causes redness and cloudiness. It is called Pannus. Her eyes are not as clear as they used to be, but I think she is beautiful just as she is.”

Second Place, Assistance Dogs and Dog Charities

‘The Magic of Reading’ featuring Messi, a Golden Retriever. (Photo: Maria Cristina Nadalin)

“This particular photo was taken during the very first time Messi was into a public library to help children acquire interest in reading. The lady in the picture is a writer and reader, and she, along with Instituto Cão Companheiro (Companion Dog Institute), developed this project that is the first one in Brazil,” said Maria Cristina Nadalin.

Second Place, Dogs at Play

‘Flying Free’ featuring Heidi, a merle Chihuahua. (Photo: Steffi Cousins)

“This particular photo was taken in September at West Wittering beach where we were on a large dog meet up and my two dogs were having a blast. I had my back to Heidi as I was photographing dogs playing in the water, I turned to check on my two and just managed to grab this shot in time,” said Steffi Cousins. “I’m so glad I did, it’s my favorite photo of Heidi and it shows off her crazy energy perfectly!”

Second Place, Dogs at Work

‘Springer in the Mist’ featuring Tarly, English Springer Spaniel. (Photo: Richard Lane)

“These are the sort of conditions I dream about for photography! This morning it all came together perfectly great subject and fantastic dramatic natural light to work with,” said Richard Lane.

Second Place, I Love Dogs Because…

‘Simply a ball’ featuring Darcy, a cross breed (Cocker and Poodle). (Photo: Elise Finney)

“I live in Kingston upon Hull [United Kingdom] with my parents and two dogs and I am currently working through education to become an animal nutritionist as well as competing in the dog sport agility with my dog Darcy. I received my first DSLR, in the December of 2016 and photography has quickly become a new passion of mine and a great way to bond and capture special moments with my canines,” said Elise Finney. “This photo was taken during a walk on a lovely summer’s day after a game of fetch. Darcy often rests her head on her ball after she has finished playing and this was the first moment I had managed to capture her doing this on camera.”

Second Place, Man’s Best Friend

‘Divine Connection’ featuring Kodi, a Yellow Lab/Golden Retriever mix. (Photo: Sherilyn Vineyard)

“Meet Kodi, working therapy dog with Divine Canines. This is him with his person, Susan, during their training and certification class in late April, three years ago. He was a little nervous around the other dogs, but all it took was the reassuring touch of the person he loves and he soared through the training to graduate and serve his community,” said Sherilyn Vineyard.

Second Place, Oldies

‘On a Rainy Day’ featuring Nilo, a cross breed and rescue dog. (Photo: Rachele Z. Cecchini)

“I took this photo on a rainy winter day. My best friend Nilo was a much traumatized rescue dog, but he felt very comfortable in the car. I love to observe him and I always feel very touched about his melancholic expression,” said Rachele Z. Cecchini.

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These are such gorgeous photographs of dogs but that last one of Nilo so perfectly captures the expression one sees frequently in the faces of ex-rescue dogs.

More in a week’s time! (In fact, when I did a count of the images yet to be shared with you, I see that there are sufficient for the next two Sundays!)

8 thoughts on “Picture Parade Two Hundred and Fifty-One

  1. In all the world, there’s no ‘art’ that gives me as much joy or moves me as much as wonderful photographs of animals – especially dogs.

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