International Pet Photographer of the Year Awards | 2021

August 13, 2021  •  Leave a Comment

International Pet Photography Awards 2021


Words to describe this ... chuffed, super happy, proud, excited, blessed ... WoW. What can I say. After I opened my emails this morning and saw that my photo of little Miss Daphne in London won the Judge's Choice and also was chosen in the Top 25 Dog Portraits at the International Pet Photographer of the Year 2021. Daphne was chosen out of 2500 images from 45 different countries entered. Cheers with a glass of champagne.

So here I was, entering the prestigious International Pet Photographer of the Year competition. 

The Awards are an annual celebration of the artistry and skill of professional pet photographers from all around the globe. This year, more than 2500 pet portraits were submitted by pet photographers located in 52 countries and, from those, just 25 portraits were shortlisted by a panel of expert judges.The overall 2021 Winner of the International Pet Photographer of the Year is Veronika Šandorová  from SLOVAKIA.

About The International Pet Photography Awards:
The International Pet Photographer of the Year Awards is in its third year.
For more information visit: The Awards are hosted by Caitlin J. McColl and Kirstie McConnell of the Pet Photographers Club. and judged by a panel of professional pet photographers; Cat Race, Craig Turner Bullock, Alice Loder, Caitlin McColl, and last year's winner, Sara Glawe. For more information about The Club and their podcast visit: 

A month later or so, I got an email, saying my image was under the 100 best Portrait submissions. Follow by another email, my image has been shortlisted in the 25 best Pet Portraits. Really? Wow that's amazing. 

And a couple of days later my image of little Miss Daphne won one of the prestigious Judges Choice Awards. Mine got judged anonymously by Cat Race, who is another amazing Dog Photographer from the UK.   I was so happy and excited to have my portrait of Daphne selected by the judges and have won one of the Judges' Choices. It is wonderful to see a natural image being chosen. In this major and highly respected pet photography award, against such stiff international competition! It’s an honour to be recognised!

The image was captured during Daphne’s private on Location Photo Shoot at London’s Trafalgar Square. As Daphne is such a small dog, so I decided to pop her on to the fountain to get a better perspective of the little dog in the big city. The shoot is entirely taken in natural light and only light edited to keep the shoot natural looking. As Daphne is a pro, she was wonderful to work with and she simply rocked the shoot. 
Daphne and her humans were also so happy and proud. Daphne messaged me and woofed how thrilled and delighted she was. Specially as her image was now published all over the world, from London to New York to Australia. She is a very famous little Sausage now.

So make sure to follow her on Instagram:

So here it is, The winning image of Daphne in London. 

And the behind the scene shot ... please excuse my roots, we are just coming out of lockdown and hairdressers have a very long waiting list. 

And after we all got notified about our wins and achievements, news got hold of it and our work got published all over the world, from London to New York to Australia. Here are a couple of publications: UK - Telegraph and Daily Mail, US - New York Post. I might have done a little happy dance :D
  A little bit about myself, in case you are new here. 

I am a published Pet & Dog Photographer with bases in Beds, Bucks, Herts and London and available for private and commercial commissions throughout the UK and the EU. 

I have been working as a Dog Photographer since 2012 and has photographed over hundreds of dogs and also cats and horses. I also volunteer at Animal Rescues and create a yearly Calendar for the Appledown Rescue, raising funds for the dogs. So in case you need a calendar for 2022, do get in touch. 

I started my business thanks to my heart dog Porthos the Beagle, who helped me see the world through dogs eyes. Now I am sharing my life with my husband and my Beagles Lucy and Archie, which have their own Instagram page ( ).

And when I am not photographing dogs, I am working as photographer for Woburn Safari Park, capturing the wild side of Bedfordshire's one and only Safari Park. 

Being a Dog Photographer really is the best job ever. It is fun and you can cuddle dogs all day long. And you get Kisses. Lots and lots of Kisses. Tongues to wonder deep in to your ears or nose, you end up with slobber all over over your hair and clothes, and I think a day photographing dogs is the best EVER!  

The International Pet Photography Awards are organised by The Pet Photographers Club. Pet photographer and award organisers, Caitlin J. McColl and Kirstie McConnell of the Pet Photographers Club, said: “It has been so wonderful to see the pet photography industry growing and thriving, particularly over the last decade. We really believe that as an industry and a profession, pet photography is coming into its own. These Awards create the opportunity for us to celebrate the incredible talent of pet photographers around the world, and the joy that animals bring to our lives. All those shortlisted should be incredibly proud of what they have achieved within the Awards this year!” 

A big Awooof from Bridget and The Beagles 


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Bridget Davey is a Professional Dog Photographer, working around Bedfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Hertfordshire and London, capturing the essence of your dog with all their cuteness and silliness.  






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