Cat’s Great Dane photo scoops top dog award

Winning image for the Kennel Club's Dog Photographer of the Year competition. (s)
Winning image for the Kennel Club's Dog Photographer of the Year competition. (s)

A talented 29-year-old photographer from Preston has secured the prestigious title of the Kennel Club’s Dog Photographer of the Year with her portrait of a playful Ribble Valley pup.

Cat Race entered the international competition with her photograph of Tinkerbell the Great Dane puppy, which was taken in Brungerley Park.

Cat said: “I wasn’t intending to take photographs of Tinkerbell that day, she just happened to be in the location at the same time as I was finishing another shoot. She had just begun to playfully stalk my Chihuahua, Poppy, and I seized the opportunity to snap the picture.

“I have entered many of the categories in the competition over the past two years as it combines my two key passions of dogs and photography. It’s also my job as I set up my own business Cat’s Dog Photography after I realised I enjoyed dog shoots the most when in my old job taking family portraits.”

Cat, who collected her award at Crufts on Saturday, concluded: “It’s an honour to be recognised by such a reputable organisation as The Kennel Club and the prestige of receiving this award will just further my drive and motivation. I love to capture each dog’s individual character and personality and hope to continuously improve my work.”