This close up portrait of an avalanche rescue dog wins Dog Photography Award 2022

Jan 20, 2023

Alex Baker

Alex Baker is a portrait and lifestyle driven photographer based in Valencia, Spain. She works on a range of projects from commercial to fine art and has had work featured in publications such as The Daily Mail, Conde Nast Traveller and El Mundo, and has exhibited work across Europe

This close up portrait of an avalanche rescue dog wins Dog Photography Award 2022

Jan 20, 2023

Alex Baker

Alex Baker is a portrait and lifestyle driven photographer based in Valencia, Spain. She works on a range of projects from commercial to fine art and has had work featured in publications such as The Daily Mail, Conde Nast Traveller and El Mundo, and has exhibited work across Europe

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A close up portrait of an avalanche rescue dog wins Dog Photography Award 2022

This engaging close-up of an avalanche rescue dog in Switzerland has won the portrait and landscape category of the Dog Photography Awards 2022. The image was captured by photographer Dalia Fichmann who accompanied an avalanche rescue team into the mountains and lay inside an ice cave, letting the dog find her. The result is an engaging and extraordinary image.

The Dog Photography Awards is an annual competition open to all photographers around the world. This year, the awards were divided into four categories: Portrait and Landscape, Studio, Action, and Dogs and People. The 2022 edition saw over 1400 applications from 50 different countries. Here are the rest of the winning entries.

PORTRAIT & LANDSCAPE CATEGORY

1st Place Winner – Dalia Fichmann – Switzerland

A close up portrait of an avalanche rescue dog wins Dog Photography Award 2022
The avalanche rescuedog. Away from the pistes, away from the hustle and bustle, enjoying the softness of the powder snow, the untouchedness .. The dark side of it: every year people are buried by avalanches. The search in rough terrain is usually very difficult. The avalanche rescuedogs are often the first responders, fighting their way through the avalanche cones on their four paws with a lot of perseverance to look for the buried people, who are sometimes buried several meters under the snow masses. In Melchsee- Frutt (Switzerland) I have accompanied the rescue teams led by Nicole Dammann with the camera for a day. The dogs are trained using positive reinforcement to keep them enjoying the search. To capture the moment when the dog finds the buried person and digs through the snow, I lay down with the camera in a small, dark ice cave and let the dogs search for me. The moment when the snow cover opens up, the first ray of light penetrates the cave, the paws dig away the snow and the dog’s nose sniffs towards you is wonderful. A big compliment to all the dog handlers with their four-legged friends who invest a lot of time and patience. In an emergency, they risk their own lives. The picture shows Border Collie Kyron, who was looking for me and fortunately found me.

2nd Place – Sophia Hutchinson – United Kingdom

A close up portrait of an avalanche rescue dog wins Dog Photography Award 2022
This shot of Amber my Dalmatian is so special to me as this was one of the first walks we were able to do off lead since her two leg operations. It fills me with emotion seeing her so independent and captivated by the beauty of nature and wildlife.

3rd Place – Joanne Liu – Canada

A close up portrait of an avalanche rescue dog wins Dog Photography Award 2022
These photos are of Greenland Dogs (Greenlandic: Kalaallit Qimmiat, Danish: Grønlandshund) in Ilulissat, Greenland behaving naturally on the land provided to them by the government. There used be 30,000 Greenland Dogs and now there are only around 15,000. In Greenland they are exclusively used as working sled dogs. Climate change has reduced their use in favour of skidoos, which are better able to handle marginal ice conditions. Puppies up until about 6 months of age are allowed to roam untethered in order to socialize them and are friendly and playful. Adults are chained and kept separate. Housing and veterinary care is provided by the government.

ACTION CATEGORY

1st Place Winner – Francesco Junior Mura – Italy

A close up portrait of an avalanche rescue dog wins Dog Photography Award 2022
“She is Bagheera”
The first obstacle of the course is the moment I prefer most of all. There, where it all begins, where the bond between Human and Dog is expressed in such a clear way by such a magnetic look, where you can see the power of dog’s muscles contracting and releasing energy at every handler’s nod. Agility Dog is trust, Agility Dog is respect, Agility Dog is togetherness. This photo was taken during an Agility Dog competition in Italy.

2nd Place – Kjara Kocbek – Slovenia

A close up portrait of an avalanche rescue dog wins Dog Photography Award 2022

3rd Place – Julia Haßelkuß – Germany

A close up portrait of an avalanche rescue dog wins Dog Photography Award 2022
I took this picture during our vacation in Norway. It was very foggy that day, so I wanted to create a friendly and sunny look.

STUDIO CATEGORY

1st Place Winner – Su Kaye – United Kingdom

A close up portrait of an avalanche rescue dog wins Dog Photography Award 2022
“Title: Things are looking up”
Just trying to do something different from the norm and create something unique in my studio and a new style. Not something I’ve seen other people doing and has created a great response and good reactions.

2nd Place – Jane Thomson – Canada

A close up portrait of an avalanche rescue dog wins Dog Photography Award 2022
“MIMI’S BACKSTORY”

3rd Place – Daniela Schmid – Germany

A close up portrait of an avalanche rescue dog wins Dog Photography Award 2022

DOGS & PEOPLE CATEGORY

1st Place Winner – Sabrina Theden – Germany

A close up portrait of an avalanche rescue dog wins Dog Photography Award 2022
“Unconditional Love”

2nd Place – Sarah Ebner – Switzerland

A close up portrait of an avalanche rescue dog wins Dog Photography Award 2022

3rd Place – Russell Charters – Australia

A close up portrait of an avalanche rescue dog wins Dog Photography Award 2022
Walking the dog along the beach. Photo taken by DJI Mavic Air2 drone of my partner walking our dog, Luna.

The gallery of winners and finalists can be seen on the Dog Photography Awards website.

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Alex Baker is a portrait and lifestyle driven photographer based in Valencia, Spain. She works on a range of projects from commercial to fine art and has had work featured in publications such as The Daily Mail, Conde Nast Traveller and El Mundo, and has exhibited work across Europe

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