Terms And Conditions - Dog Photographer of the Year

DOG PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR COMPETITION 2019 TERMS AND CONDITIONS


1. Entries

The 14th Annual Dog Photographer of the Year 2019 categories:

  • 1. Dog Portrait
  • 2. Dogs at Play
  • 3. Dogs at Work
  • 4. Puppies
  • 5. Man’s Best Friend
  • 6. Assistance Dogs
  • 7. Rescue Dogs
  • 8. Oldies
     Dog Photographer of the Year 2019 category for entrants 12- 17 years of age
  • 9. I Love Dogs because….
     Dog Photographer of the Year 2019 category for entrants aged 11 years or younger
  • 10. Young Pup Photographers

Entering online

Go to our official website:  www.dogphotographeroftheyear.org.uk to register for entry.

Each entrant may upload ONE unique photograph, per category to Dog Photographer of the Year 2019 (duplicate photographs cannot be uploaded to more than one category – you must upload a unique photograph for each category)
  • Entrants under the age of 18 years of age may enter up to (9) CATEGORIES to Dog Photographer of the Year 2019. 
  • Entrants 18 years of age or older may enter up to (8) CATEGORIES to Dog Photographer of the Year 2019.

During the online entry process, entrants should upload their chosen photographs to the intended categories.  Each entrant will be given a unique user ID when photographs are uploaded.  Once an entrant’s photographs are uploaded and accepted for entry, they cannot be amended or altered at a later date without exception.  Any files uploaded incorrectly will be rejected and will not be entered into the competition.

Photographs must have been taken within two (2) years before the date of entry and may not previously have won prizes or awards at time of entry in any other major photography competition or previously been entered in the Dog Photographer of the Year competition.

Photographs already used in major pet food or insurance adverts and/or advertising campaigns (including social media campaigns), magazines, or that have placed in any other international pet or animal photography competitions will NOT be accepted.

Photographs taken during photography workshops or as part of photography courses are not deemed to be solely the photographers own work and will NOT be accepted.

All entrants under 18 must obtain the permission of their parent or legal guardian before entering. By submitting photographs for entry, each entrant agrees to and warrants that his or her entry complies with all requirements set out in these Terms and Conditions

Deadline to enter is 5:00 PM (GMT) on 10th April 2018. 

Entries received after this time and date will not be accepted.

2. Judging

A panel of photography experts (“the Judges”) will select images based upon technical skill and quality, artistic merit, originality, creativity of composition and overall appeal. Judging will be anonymous. Photographs will not be judged on the basis of any additional criteria such as specific breeds, caption, and background story of the dog or photographer, name of dog or name of owner entering.  Each submission is reviewed anonymously.

Judging consists of two (2) rounds of evaluation based on the following criteria (“Judging Criteria”): (1) Creativity and originality (50% of score); (2) Photographic quality and technical skill (50% of score).

In Round One, each judge from the panel of photographic experts will select ten photographs from eligible entries according to the Judging Criteria.  The entries selected in Round One will proceed to Round Two.

In Round Two, the Judges will collectively select a winner from these 10 photographs for each prize level based on the Judging Criteria. In the event of a tie, the tied photographs will be re-submitted to the Judges for a re-judging between the tied photographs alone.

In the event that a tie remains after re-judging, the photograph previously awarded the highest score for creativity will be declared the winner.

All winners will be chosen 10th May 2019 and winners will be notified by telephone or email by 31st May 2019. Decisions of the Judges are final and binding.  A list of the winners and their winning images will be published on the Dog Photographer of the Year website by end of July 2019.

The judges’ decision will be final, and we will not enter into any correspondence concerning the final decision or the way the competition is organised.

3. Image Specifications

One unique photograph per category – you may not submit the same photograph in more than one category. 

All photographs must be submitted as HIGH RESOLUTION JPEGs, suitable for printing in exhibitions and marketing materials in RGB, with a minimum 300 dpi resolution and minimum of 1200 pixels by 1200 pixels (but images can be larger).

Each photograph must not exceed a file size of 15 MB for upload through our official entry website.


Entries must be submitted in digital jpeg format and all photographs must retain their original camera EXIF information so we can view what type of camera, lenses and exposure you have used when taking the photograph.

Photographs taken using mobile or tablet devices are acceptable if the mobile device can produce high resolution JPEGs suitable for printing in exhibitions and marketing materials in RGB with a minimum resolution of 300 dpi and minimum of 1200 pixels by 1200 pixels (but images can be larger). Files must not exceed 15 MB for uploading through our official entry website. Entries that cannot be authenticated, or are not of an acceptable quality may be discounted from the competition by the Kennel Club at any time.

No digital manipulation of any kind on the subject matter is permitted e.g. dogs. Entrants can of course, make basic digital corrections including tone and contrast, burning, dodging, cropping, sharpening, noise reduction and minor cleaning work which includes removal of minimal background items such as a piece of rubbish or a person distant in the background of a landscape portrait.

Nothing should be added and nothing should be taken away from the dog’s natural body in the photograph during post production.  Normal processing of RAW image files and minor adjustments to colour and contrast are acceptable.  MINOR digital adjustments including tone, cropping, sharpening, noise reduction, and general minor cleaning up are permitted providing that this complies with the competition’s principles of authenticity so that it does not deceive the viewer or misrepresent the reality of the nature of the dog.  Information regarding any post-processing to any photograph may be queried by email during shortlisting or pre-judging.

All photographs must accurately reflect the dog or dogs as they appeared in the viewfinder. 

Entrants may not change or alter the real or true nature of the background e.g. add bubbles, rainbows, clouds, artificial sunlight, etc. which is not true to the original landscape or setting in which entrants captured within their original image.

Entrants may not alter or manipulate the true nature of the dog. Entrants may not edit or remove any part of the dog(s) bodies including the changing of tails, legs, heads, etc. of the dog.

Removal of dog leads in post-production or Photoshop editing is permissible when photos of dogs were captured in a public or open space and it was not deemed to be safe to remove a lead from a dog for the sole object of taking a photograph. Dog’s health and welfare must always come first when capturing dog photographs

If entrants reach the finals, The Kennel Club may ask for the original raw file or high resolution image so our photography experts can verify the natural integrity of an entrant’s image. This is to insure ethical standards are maintained and the original file will not be circulated. If an entrant cannot provide the RAW or original file with original data e.g. EXIF and/or IPTC information of their image upon request of the Kennel Club then the entrant’s image will be automatically disqualified from the judging process.

For any specific post-processing queries before you upload your entry during the competition, please email dpotyentry@thekennelclub.org.uk


The Kennel Club reserves the right to disqualify images for any reason throughout the competition. This includes, but is not limited to explicit or inappropriate imagery, ethical breaches, improper formatting or written communication from the entrants in matters regarding the competition.

We DO NOT accept these types of photographs:

  • photographs with any type of watermarks including your name, initials, logo or other words or symbols embossed or imprinted anywhere on your entry
  • photographs with any 3rd party branding or promotion captured within your photograph including your own business name
  • photographs that are digitally framed or have any coloured borders
  • photographs that could be interpreted as cruel, harmful or non-respectful of the dog’s wellbeing
  • photographs of children sitting on or ‘riding’ dogs
  • photographs of dogs in cages, behind cages, behind chain link fencing or any other type of fencing or barriers
  • photographs of dogs with toys that are not suitable or healthy for a dog (e.g. children’s toys with small plastic parts)
  • photographs of dogs on playground swings or placed on children's play equipment which could be interpreted as harmful or not in the best interest of the dog
  • photographs of dogs exhibiting potentially problematic behaviours with human interpretations or for comedic effect
  • photographs of dogs shown with excessive or derogatory displays of groomed or dyed coats
  • photographs of dogs in human clothing or fancy dress or dog costumes
  • photographs of dogs in prong collars, electric collars, spiked collars or any other collars deemed to be harmful to a dog’s wellbeing
  • photographs of dogs with sticks, branches or twigs in their mouths
  • photographs of dogs in handbags or prams
  • photographs of dogs chasing their tails
  • photographs of dogs with cropped ears

Any photograph that cannot be authenticated upon entry or is not of an acceptable quality meeting our Terms and Conditions at time of upload will be disqualified.

4. Copyright

The Dog Photographer of the Year competition is open to all photographers – amateur and professional. The competition is not open to anyone involved with Dog Photographer of the Year or the Kennel Club this includes: employees or any contractor, consultants, sponsors, judges, supporters and event hosts.

Your entry to this competition constitutes your agreement to allow your photographs, your name, occupation, city or residence to be published as a selected award winner – entrants retain ownership of their photographs.

ImportantEntrants retain ownership of the copyright of their photographs – entrants are free to republish their photographs as they wish wherever they wish and in whatever medium they want.

All entrants agree that, if their entry is selected by the Judging Panel, they will participate in related publicity and agree to the use of their name and likeness for the purposes of advertising, promotion and publicity of the Dog Photographer of the Year competition and/or the Dog Photographer of the Year exhibition and Dog Photographer of the Year touring exhibition without compensation.

The entrant warrants that the photo(s) will not infringe any rights of any third party. The entrant must also be the sole author and owner of the copyright in all photo(s) entered i.e. the entrant must have taken the photograph(s). Photos must be the sole work of the entrant with no shared copyright.  All model releases and location releases (if needed) must be undertaken by the entrant.

The entrant grants to the Kennel Club the worldwide and non-exclusive royalty-free right and license to reproduce the prize winning and commended entries in branded forms and media and in all manners for promotion of the Dog Photographer of the Year competition and Dog Photographer of the Year exhibition.  This licence is granted only for use in relation to the Dog Photographer of the Year competition, Dog Photographer of the Year exhibition and Dog Photographer of the Year touring Exhibition, which shall include (with the right to sub-license where necessary).

The Kennel Club will endeavour to credit all photos when promoting Dog Photographer of the Year in print or online through the Kennel Club channels of communications and media. If you find your image not credited contact the Kennel Club. Images distributed or shared through social media channels will include photographer credit and copyright notice and be watermarked with the Dog Photographer of the Year logo. The Kennel Club may use your photo indefinitely and numerous times without notification of use.  The Kennel Club unfortunately cannot inform you or automatically send you emails, notices or printed materials where your photo has been used or placed in Kennel Club, or Crufts branded material relating to Dog Photographer of the Year but if you do see a published item in print with your photo credit please contact our marketing department for a free copy (if available).

By entering the competition you agree that we and our sponsors and partners may (but do not have to) reproduce and publish the image(s) at the Dog Photographer of the Year Awards event, and in any other media; including, but not limited to websites, social media, magazine and newspaper articles, exhibitions, brochures, calendars, cards, stickers and flyers in connection with and to solely promote the competition. We will insert your moral right to be identified as the photographer and will credit you wherever possible but we cannot be held liable if, in error, credit is not given. You retain all rights to your images. By entering the competition, you agree that any personal information provided by you with the competition entry may be held and used by us and our agents and suppliers as specified in these rules, and generally to administer the competition.

We will use your first and last name as supplied during the entry process.   The following copyright accreditation – Name of photographer © /The Kennel Club will be used in all crediting association with the competition.  Although the Kennel Club will always supply the correct information to third parties (for example to press / media), it cannot accept responsibility for any credit line errors or omissions by these parties.

No usage for the Dog Photographer of the Year 2019 will be licensed to the Kennel Club or third party outside of promotion of the Dog Photographer of the Year competition. If there is any interest by the Kennel Club in licensing images outside of promotion of the Dog Photographer of the Year, The Kennel Club will contact the photographer directly after judging and all 2019 winners are announced to the public. 

5. Other Terms

The Kennel Club’s decision on all matters relating to the competition is final and no correspondence will be entered into concerning the competition’s judging organisation.

All images are sent at the entrant’s own risk and the Kennel Club cannot accept liability for any loss or damage of any photo(s) entered into the competition (however caused) nor for any other loss or damages resulting there from. This also includes: any error, omission, interruption, deletion, defect, or delay in operation or transmission; communications line failure; theft or destruction of or unauthorized access to competition entries or entry forms; or alteration of entries or entry forms.

The Kennel Club is not responsible for any problems with or technical malfunction of any telephone network or lines, computer online systems, servers or providers, computer equipment, software, failure of any email entry to be received on account of technical problems or traffic congestion on the Internet or at any website, human errors of any kind, or any combination thereof, including any injury or damage to entrants' or any other persons' computers related to or resulting from participation, uploading or downloading of any materials related to this competition.

If for any reason the competition is not capable of running as planned, the Kennel Club reserves the right to suspend or cancel the competition. If a Sponsor elects to cancel or terminate the competition, the Sponsor will not retain any promotional rights in the submitted photographs.

These terms and conditions are governed by the laws of England and Wales.

We reserve the right to suspend, cancel, or amend the competition for any reason.

6. Data Privacy

Entrants’ privacy is very important and we retain your data in accordance with our Privacy Policy. We will keep in touch with updates in order to keep you informed about your entry and will also keep you posted with all the latest news, tips and dog photographer feature stories with our e-news for Dog Photographer of the Year.

7. Prizes awarded for Dog Photographer of the Year 2019 Winners and Runner-Ups

Overall Winner of Dog Photographer of the Year 2019 – Overall Winner will receive a dedicated capsule exhibition* of your dog photographs in the Kennel Club Art Gallery, London. Your image will also be displayed in the Kennel Club Art Gallery as part of the 2019 Winners Exhibition. We will also provide you with a one free year of a SmugMug Pro account along with an exclusive one-to-one initial consultation* with a SmugMug account manager on building or improving your SmugMug Pro website. Overall Winner will Winner will receive a custom print from Loxley Colour, trophy, rosette and certificate.

Category Winners (1st Place) for Assistance Dog and Rescue Dog Charities - Your winning image will be displayed in the Kennel Club Art Gallery as part of the 2019 Winners Exhibition We will also provide you with a one free year of a SmugMug Pro account and one free year of Flickr Pro. We will also donate £500 from the Kennel Club Charitable Trust to your nominated dog charity* (dog charities to be vetted and approved by the Kennel Club and the Kennel Club Charitable Trust). Category Winners will receive a (1) one day course with Nikon School London. Category Winners will also receive a custom print from Loxley Colour, a trophy, rosette and certificate.

Category Winners (1st Place) for Young Pup Photographer (Under 11s), I Love Dogs Because… (12-17s), Dogs at Play, Dogs at Work, Portrait, Puppies, Man’s Best Friend and Oldies - Your winning image will be displayed in the Kennel Club Art Gallery as part of the 2019 Winners Exhibition. We will also provide you with a one free year of a SmugMug Pro account and one free year of Flickr Pro. Category Winners will receive a (1) one day course with Nikon School London. Category Winners will also receive a custom print from Loxley Colour, a trophy, rosette and certificate.

Each category Runner-Up (2nd place and 3rd place) I Love Dogs because… (12-17s), Young Pup Photographer (Under 11s), Dogs at Play, Dogs at Work, Portrait, Puppies, Man’s Best Friend, Assistance Dog Charity, Rescue Dog Charity and Oldies - Your winning image will be displayed in the Kennel Club Art Gallery as part of the 2019 Winners Exhibition. We will also provide you with a one free year of a SmugMug Portfolio account and one free year of Flickr Pro. Category Runner-Ups will also receive a custom print from Loxley Colour, rosette and certificate.


DISCLAIMER: The prizes are non-transferable. The Kennel Club reserves the right to substitute the whole or part of any listed prize with an alternative value (but the entrant shall not have any right to demand this). Prizes must be claimed within one year unless otherwise specified directly from the prize sponsor or will be forfeited.

Overall Winner will receive their own dedicated capsule exhibition of their dog photographic images in the Kennel Club Art Gallery, London – Overall Winner may provide anywhere up to a maximum of 12 images which will be printed to fit 8x10 custom frames with white matting. Photographs are to be curated and final selection of images to be displayed at the discretion of the Kennel Club Curator of Photographic Collections. Overall Winners capsule exhibition to be on display in the Kennel Club Art Gallery no more than 6 months and specific timings are subject to the Curator of Photographic Collections and the Kennel Club Art Gallery.

The Overall Winner will receive exclusive one-to-one initial consultation on building or improving their SmugMug Pro website (a maximum of 3 hours dedicated time) from a SmugMug account manager. SmugMug website consultation to take place online only. SmugMug prize is for a one year subscription on a new Pro or Portfolio account or a one year extension if already a Pro or Portfolio SmugMug account holder. Category (1st Place) and Runner-Up Winners (2nd place and 3rd place) will receive a (1) one year Flickr Pro account or one year added to their account if already a Flickr Pro customer.

Category (1st Place) Winners will receive a (1) one day Nikon School voucher to be fulfilled by winner only. Winners can choose from an array of photography courses with Nikon School London up to a value of £129.00 GBP. Category Winners are responsible for their own travel and expenses to and from Nikon School UK courses.

There are no cash substitutes for any prizes. Prize winners under the age of 18 must have guardian permission to participate in a photography course and where prize winner is under 18 years of age must have a guardian accompany the winner to the course. Any bookings, cancellations or rescheduling for Nikon School courses must be made directly through Nikon School and not the Kennel Club.

For Loxley Colour prints, rosettes, trophies and any other prizes posted to Winners outside the UK, the Kennel Club holds no responsibility for customs and duty charges or delays for any prizes couriered or posted from outside the UK.

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