Special Mention Man’s Best Friend category, Caz Harris, UK
Title of image: “A Quiet Five Minutes”
Dogs: My dogs left to right: Trixie (Chihuahua), Tanya (Chihuahua cross), Charlie Chubbs (Jug/spaniel cross) all 3 adopted from West Wales Poundies Dog Rescue. Then Doogle (Yorkshire Terrier) who sadly passed last year. In the front Jess (Jug) and Queen bee.
I’m a photographer from Bridgend in South Wales.
Photography has been a passion of mine since I was a child, and my first film camera a little 110 my parents bought for me on holiday. I’d set up scenes in my bedroom and take pictures of my cats and my 3 legged dog & best friend Prince. I always have a camera with me, there’s something missing if I don’t.
I also adore animals, they have no agenda, they’re honest, they live life the way us humans should, in the moment. Their love is pure, I see it in their eyes, especially the rescue dogs, it’s like they know what it’s like to be wanted now, and they revel in the reciprocation.
My husband and I have adopted 5 dogs, yes 5, from West Wales Poundies Dog Rescue in the last 2 years. Two came as fosters and another two a few days later on emergency foster, then the four never left. We just fell in love with each other, and that was that. Two had had such a terrible start, I couldn’t up-root them again after 9 months in foster with us.
Combining my two great passions came naturally; my dogs are my world, and they are also my eager and regular models. As you can see from the photo, treats and bribes work wonders.
I wanted to give an idea of what it looks like to be surrounded by a multitude of expectant faces awaiting their share of the food, so I got behind my husband who was sitting in his favourite chair, trying to have a quiet five minutes, and shot down onto the scene. The steadfast one Jess, not taking her eyes of the prize; the others mesmerised, were milling about trying to get as close as she was, so I grabbed this shot. With the amount of furry bodies we have in our house, there is no chance of a quiet five minutes really; and I’m sure anyone with even one dog knows what happens when you rustle a biscuit packet. You’re never alone when you have food that’s for sure. We wouldn’t want it any other way.
Nikon D800 Aperture: f/9 ISO Speed: 400 Focal Length: 28mm Exposure Program: Aperture Priority Exposure Time: 1/200th Flash: No Flash
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