Assistance Dogs Charity Category 3rd Place Winner, Melissa Bastin, UK
Title of image: ‘You’re safe with me…’
Dog: Quintus, Labradoodle, dog
I first met Rosie and Canine Partner Quintus at BBC Countryfile Live at Blenheim Palace last summer. I was drawn to a number of dogs cooling off in the river and particularly to Quintus who was clearly enjoying some off duty time! Rosie and I stayed connected after this and we met up a couple of times for me to see how Quintus helped her in her everyday life, such as loading the washing machine, getting things from the fridge and opening doors. For this shoot we went to St Giles’s in Oxford where Quintus demonstrated how he helps Rosie to negotiate obstacles in a public place. I wanted to capture the amazing bond he and Rosie have and how committed he is to her service - this can be seen in his unflinching gaze. Quintus is representative of so many dogs who serve in an assistance role; committed, selfless and a wonderful companion.
I am a photographer based in Oxfordshire and I specialise in capturing the unique bond that animals have with humans. Whether this be in sport (hence the polo!), in a working environment or in a companionship role, my desire is to create a lasting memory of that relationship that can be treasured for years to come.
Canon 1DX, Canon 70-200mm f2.8 IS Mk ii, 1/100s f6.3, ISO 800, 50mm focal length, no flash
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