DOG photographer and field trials journalist Nick Ridley, leading dog photographer and field trials journalist, will be lending his expert opinion to the Kennel Club’s Dog Photographer of the Year competition as he joins the judging panel this year.
 
Nick has been involved in photographing dogs for over 30 years and was approached by the competition organisers to bring a new dimension to the competition with his unique eye and strong reputation.
 
The category which will be of particular interest to Nick will be Dogs At Work, an area Nick is very passionate about and in which he is highly regarded.

He said: “I was delighted that the Kennel Club asked me to be a part of this competition. The competition has been getting better year on year and I am looking forward to seeing what the competitors have to offer this year.”
 
In 2011, Nick took over 45,000 dog related images, ranging from dogs working in their natural environment to dogs being shown at Crufts, the world's most prestigious dog show.
 
Ciara Farrell, Library and Collections manager from the Kennel Club, explained why they chose Nick: “He (Nick) is such a fantastic photographer - we always love to see his images and think he will offer a unique perspective to the competition.
 
“The images we get for the Dogs at Work category are always very varied but we would love to see more, as it is such a beautiful subject. We think these images really help to make the competition and are always received so well on our judging panel.”
 
For seven years, the Kennel Club Dog Photographer of the Year competition has attracted competitors, professional and amateur, young and old, from around the world. Each year the competition grows in size and stature, and the strength and beauty of the images continue to improve, impressing judges year after year.
 
In previous years the competition has attracted guest judges such as Tim Flach, Martin Usborne and even Dame Jenni Murray. This year Nick will join fellow dog photographer Alice van Kempen, editor of Digital Photography Enthusiast, Rob Clymo, and the Kennel Club judging panel.
 
The Kennel Club Dog Photographer of the Year competition consists of six categories: Portrait, Man’s Best Friend, Dogs At Play, Dogs At Work, I Love Dogs Because – a category specifically for those aged 16 and under – and a new category this year, Puppy. From these an overall winner will be chosen. Previous winning images have included a Whippet basking in the sun, a terrier running through a field of poppies and a puppy pulling an older dog’s tail.
 
The Kennel Club Dog Photographer of the Year competition is now open and accepting submissions until 31st August. The overall winner will receive the new Dog Photographer of the Year trophy, a glamorous UGGIE collar and lead from Holly & Lil, and their image will be reproduced on the front cover of the Kennel Gazette and put on display at Discover Dogs and Crufts. The winner of the Under 16 category will receive a day at Crufts 2013 with the Kennel Club’s official press photography team – hands on training at the world’s largest and greatest dog show