The National Dog Portrait Awards is a new photography competition open to dogs and their owners across the UK. We’re on a mission to find the nation’s best professional dog portrait and most photogenic pooch. Whether you’ve got a Poodle with oodles of personality, or a debonair Doberman, we want to see them captured in all their glory.
But it’s not just glory that you and your furry friend will win. There are fantastic prizes for the best three portraits, including a top prize of £1500 cash and a £500 framed print of your photo.
Entry costs just £10 and all profits will go to UK dog charities voted for by you. Think your dog would make a magnificent portrait?
The competition kicks off in January 2019, with a deadline for submissions the following September. Once all entries have been received, we will select the best 250 for a people’s vote on social media. This will give us our final shortlist of 50 which will be published in October.
The three winners will be chosen by an expert judging panel and announced in November 2019.
We’re offering cash prizes for the winner and two runners up. The top dog and their owner will receive £1500 cash, with an additional £1000 and £500 for second and third spots. All winners will receive a £500 canvas of their portrait. The photographers who take the three winning portraits will also get their own prizes.
The National Dog Portrait Awards is proud to support doggy charities nationwide. When you pay your £10 entry fee, we’ll take a small admin cost then put the remainder into a donation pot. You will then have a chance to vote along with other entrants for which worthy charity it goes to. This will happen towards the end of the competition, in October, after all entries are closed.
Entering the National Dog Portrait Awards is easy. Either enter your details in Contact Form at the top of this page (Add details of your dog in message section) or phone the studio 01245690551
When you get in touch with us, they will book you in for a portrait session on a date that suits you – and your dog. You’ll need to pay a £30 deposit, but this is fully refundable.
On the day of your shoot, bring your dog to the studio looking their best and a professional photographer will take your (potentially award-winning) portrait.
You can discuss beforehand what kind of portrait you have in mind. You can include props, or you can keep it simple, whatever you think will show off their personality to the full.
The photoshoot will be an experience. You or even the whole family can join in if you like. But it has to be a portrait of your dog alone that is entered for the competition.
At the end of your shoot, your studio team will show you all the images you’ve captured together. You can decide which one you’d like them to submit for the competition, and pay your £10 entry fee at your viewing. We will print a beautiful 7 inch print of your entry for you to keep forever. You can also pick any others that you’d like to buy as prints or Wall portraits, but there’s no obligation to purchase.
Sadly, no. We’d love to see their portrait, but no matter how amazing your cat, lizard, parakeet or tortoise is, they can’t enter this particular competition. Only dogs are allowed.
Yes! You can only enter each dog once, but you can enter as many dogs as you like. Each new entry is subject to the £10 entry fee, but you will only need to book one appointment.
By entering the competition, entrants confirm that they have read and agree to be bound by these terms and conditions.
Together we can raise lots of money for dog charites in the UK