The highly-coveted 2020 Photographer of the Year award went to Elke Vogelsang from Germany whose photo of her dog Noodles, “Guard Dog on Duty,” won over the judges right off the bat.
Highly Commended Winner: 'Over Dramatic Cat' By Iain Mcconnell
Mighty Horse Category Winner: 'Gossip Girls' By Magdalena Strakova
"I was photographing horses in a pasture, and these three got together and appeared to have a chat, gossipping like giggling schoolgirls"
Dog Category / Overall Winner: 'Guard Dog On Duty' By Elke Vogelsang
"What is it about dogs that makes us love them so much? Let's admit it, they please us. They are great fun. They are gorgeous to look at, charming and cuddly. Their loveable, adoring nature appeals to us. They are loyal, protective, cheerful and altogether great company. Dogs give you all their attention. They can make the shiest people feel better about themselves. A recent study found that dog owners tend to be less lonely, less fearful and more extrovert than people without dogs."
Highly Commended Winner: 'The Dancing Cat' By Iain Mcconnell
"Edmund playing at the top of the stairs."
Highly Commended Winner: 'Look Mom - I Can Walk On Water' By John Carelli
"He was so proud for a split second. He thought he was going to walk across the lake and avoid retrieving the bumper. But alas, gravity won the day."
'The Guilty Kitten' By Iain Mcconnell
"Edmund the kitten and a stick chew."
Cat Category Winner: 'Why Are You Upside Down Mum?' By Malgorzata (Gosia) Russell
"This our one year old still kitten cat Basil. He is very playful, agile and loves our garden we used a lot during lockdown. It is our daily, morning routine to chase each other around the garden. Picture is not photoshopped."
'Saint Pauls Cap' By Alex Class
"I've always been keen on architectural photography, on leading lines, on creative perspectives. I had a walk around London with Kyte and his owners. Kyte is a lovely 9 year old weimaraner. I had been eying up this spot for a while and just waiting for the right face to wear Saint Paul's cupola."
Highly Commended Winner: 'That Moment You Realise You've Gone Through Half A Jar Of Snacks' By Candice Sedighan
"Bear's expression looking into his jar of dog food is far too relatable. I simply cut a hole into the food container, taped my iPhone camera to it, and snapped a shot before he dug in to his tasty meal."
'Covert Cows' By Heather Ross
"A couple of important members of the Whitehouse Farm team, peeping over the hedge."
'There Goes Dinner' By Beth Noble
"Five tonkinese cats watching their "dinner" walk past the kitchen window."
Highly Commended Winner: 'Squirrelll!!!' By Elke Vogelsang
"Noodles was rescued from a Spanish kill-shelter and brought to Germany, where she joined our family when she was eight months old. She is a Spanish sighthound (Galgo Espa) mix, 13 years old now (a bit younger in this picture) and still acting like a pup. She is the clown, sometimes overly motivated and clumsy, the eager-beaver, curious, friendly, open-minded, extremely funny if not unintentionally comic sometimes."
All Other Creatures, Great Or Small Category Winner: 'Drama Queen' By Anne Lindner
"There is almost nothing more beautiful than to see a hearty yawn of a rabbit."
Highly Commended Winner: 'Ohhhhhhhhh' By Dimpy Bhalotia
"This happened in a fraction of a second and I couldn't stop laughing."
'Shocked Mastiff' By Annett Mirsberger
"During a photoshoot, this gorgeous mastiff made some funny faces - I hope not because of me ...!?"
Highly Commended Winner: 'The Dancing Kitten' By Iain Mcconnell
"Edmund playing with his toy."
'Smile' By Mehmet Aslan
"The horse's smile and the dog that makes it strange."
'Happy Akira' By Jasmin Haecker
"Our Shiba girl Akira loves to smile... we finally managed to capture this lovely unforgettable moment while granddad's grill party."
'Funny Horse' By Peter Von Shnen
"This horse is already 24 years old. He moved in with me and he likes it very much. Me too."
Highly Commended Winner: 'Hold On Tight! We're Running Late' By Karen Hoglund
"Dani, the puppy, hangs on for her life when Gabby is at the wheel. (The car wasn't actually moving so it wasn't really scary.) We intended to take a photo of the dogs looking at the camera but both pups looked forward instead which was much funnier! Just to be on the safe side, we kept both dogs on leashes. What you can't see in these photos is my husband crouched down in the back seat, holding both dogs leashes. He is such a good sport!"
'Isolated Dog' By Ilana Rose
"Isolated Vizla dog in lockdown, a reflection on how we all feel in this year of lockdowns due to COVID-19 world wide."
'The Funny Amorgos Donkey' By Boris Purmann
"2016 at the greek Island Amorgos. We hiked from Aegiali to Langada and I made some Pics with my Mobile of a Donkey Group. In the last Picture it looks like that the Donkey was friendly and smiling to us. So I realise that I have to make more of this. In 2019 we meet the Donkey Owners, they have a nice Tavern in Langada TAVERNA LOUDAROS and they told us the name of the Donkeys. From righti to left: Sister Nefeli, Mother Floredia and SOSO!"
'Red Slippers? I Don't Know Anything About Them' By Teun Veldman
"This little cat seems to tell: I don't know anything about red slippers."
'Blessed' By Mateus De Oliveira
"Malala blesses and advises you humans."
Highly Commended Winner: 'Friends Don't Let Friends Do Silly Things Alone' By Kerstin Ordelt
"This photo is an outtake. Actually, the dogs tried to hug and thats what happend :) The picture was taken in Linz (Austria) in a pedestrian zone early in the morning."
'Matilda Fleeing The Cows' By Emma Newton
"Matilda stopped for a quick cool down until she realised the field's resident's were approaching at speed."
'Goat Relax Time' By Robert Prat
"We have a goat in our house, she lives in the garden. One day we saw that she was playing with the hammock, she put put the front paws on top , it was very funny. A few days later, we got home and we realized she was completely inside the hammock! we gave her some leaves to take the photo better."
'Do Not Disturb' By Tilman Wagner
"Cats can sleep anywhere, but it doesn't hurt to have some careing tourists making sure they don't get disturbed."
'Crazy Horse' By Daniel Szumilas
"The horse was laughing in front of me. When I got back to the car, I had to check the mirror to see if I had anything on my face. Amazing experience"
'Super Happy Dog' By Dean Pollard
"Taz, our rescue dog from Cyprus was super happy on a sunny day and clearly delighted to be at the beach."
'Splash' By Alice Van Kempen
"While playing with eachother one of the puppies fell into the water. The others looked surprised at the splashing sister."
'Poodle Chaos' By Darren Hall
"This is Ted the Poodle. Ted loves his ball more than anything. You can probably tell by his expression in this photo that Ted's ball is the most exciting thing in the world to him. This image was taken in Jesmond Dene, Newcastle upon Tyne. I used a hand held flash to light Ted as he scrambled through the leaves to get his ball."
'I'm Down Here, Human!' By Elke Vogelsang
"My Noodles again. As said, she's is the funniest dog you could possibly imagine. Always with her humans, always ready for some mischief and adventures. Noodles likes: chasing a ball (or any activity that involves running, jumping, catching) rolling in waste oil and petrol (yes, our little pit babe is a special girl) any kind of entertaining interaction with humans (she is more like a shepherd or collie, always asking for brain work or physical challenges) emptying the trash can and spreading the contents on the kitchen floor (there might be a drop of yoghurt or a bread crumb left somewhere) exploring (she is always on a mission. Sometimes I have to rescue her. She squeezes her clumsy body into every cave or hole, every sewer tunnel, etc.) Noodles dislikes: rain (she once lay flat on the ground under a projecting roof, refusing to go any further, because it was raining. Well, the surrounding people had a good laugh. Glad to make people happy.) having to stay home (when we would like to take one of the two others for a walk she tries to push past us to get outside before us and lie down flat on the ground to protest against being left at home. She also showed this kind of passive resistance when she was new and young and didn't want to go by car. She just lay flat on the ground refusing to move at all.) having to be patient."
Highly Commended Winner: 'Living Trophy' By Antonio Peregrino
"This border collie lives on a farm and his name is FOFO. Always cheerful and playful, FOFO also likes to watch the movement on the farm and in this particular photo he is inside the stall of the horses with his head placed in a hole in the wall that gives access to the outside to see me and my cousins walking. I took advantage that I had my camera at the time and took the photo. I called this photo a living trophy because it reminded me of a sad culture that we humans have in killing animals and putting their heads on walls. FOFO proves how much more beautiful, healthy and happy it is for us humans to appreciate free and living animals."
'Buddy's New Teeth!' By Lianne Richards
"Our lovable and squeaky ball obsessed cocker spaniel Buddy who we rehomed 18 months ago."
Pets Who Look Like Their Owner Category Winner: 'Morning Mood' By Hannah Seeger
"Me and my rescue dog really tired in the early morning."
'Jumping Hair' By Hetwie Van Der Putten
"Bruc was found as a puppy on the street in Spain with his mother and sister. Now he is my canine friend and model and goes where we go. Catching cookies in my home studio."
Junior Category Winner: 'Good Morning, Fox Mulder!' By Ayden Brooks
"Our cat, Fox Mulder, AKA Squishy, Little Squishy Guy, Squishface, Squish, Foxy, loves to spread himself out on his back when he sleeps. He likes to sleep anywhere including in the middle of a room on a rug or even on the wood floor. I love to take photos of him because he is so cute and funny. I caught him as he was waking up from a nap and yawning."
'Mr Universe' By Carol Delaney
"Tired of working from home during the Covid 19 lockdown Mr Universe is taking a rest at his home in Cambridge New Zealand"
'Hey, Please Pop Some Food In Here!' By Annett Mirsberger
"During an evening walk I happened to pass this pasture and had a lot of fun ..."