An image showing the herding instincts of a Border Collie has been chosen as the winner of this year’s Kennel Club Dog Photographer of the Year competition, ahead of 5000 other entries.
The winning image, taken by Catherine Laurenson from Glasgow, represents her Border Collie, Max, at work.
“Photographing animals is my passion and I'm absolutely delighted to have won this award," said Catherine. “The photograph is of Max, our working Collie at home on our farm in Shetland, although he is more of a part-timer these days! I currently live in Glasgow and work as a livestock photographer, so I'm more used to photographing cattle and sheep. I travel the country visiting farms and can never resist snapping the dogs that are around. If there's a dog in the house it almost always gets its picture taken!”
Catherine’s image will be on display throughout London’s leading dog event, Discover Dogs which takes place at Earls Court on 10th and 11th November.
Professional dog photographer Nick Ridley, who was one of the judges of the competition, said: “Congratulations to Catherine on this wonderful image. The Border Collie is a highly intelligent and active breed and she has managed to capture both of these characteristics in a single shot.”
The Dog Photographer of the Year Competition has been taking place annually for seven years. It is open to both professional and amateur photographers and consists of six categories: Portrait, Man’s Best Friend, Dogs At Play, Dogs At Work, Puppy and I Love Dogs Because – a category specifically for those aged 16 and under.