The Kennel Club has announced the winners of the 2018 Dog Photographer of the Year.
The overall top prize went to Dutch photographer Monica van der Maden for her photo of Noa, a most photogenic Great Dane, titled The Lady of the Mystery Forest.
Entered into the Oldies category, the photo shows Noa posing in a misty woodland.
The photographer states,
This picture was made in the early morning in the forest. I wanted to photograph her in a position where she was sitting relaxed next to a tree. When I wanted to make the shot she turned her head to the left to her owner and this was the moment where you could see her soul…Dogs come in all different shapes, sizes and colors. But their heart are all the same filled with love.
Van der Maden will win an original oil painting of her image by award-winning artist Sara Abbott.
There were over 10,000 entries from 70 countries.
Other incredible winning photographs in different categories are here.