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YKC Artist of the Year


2020 - Photography

Are you a photographer in the making? Do you love to take pictures of your dog or a dog you know? Are you always trying to get that perfect shot? Then make sure you take part in the YKC Artist of the Year Competition! There are lots of great prizes up for grabs what’s more the finalists will also be invited to attend Crufts 2020 to collect their photograph and prizes.


Competition Entries Now Closed



The theme for your photograph should be based on one of the following:

  • Silhouettes and Shadows
  • Seasons
  • Silver


In all three themes the dog/s should be the main subject of your image. Your image layout must be portrait and must be a clear image. You do not need to add titles or wording to your image.

  • Silhouettes and Shadows – can create emotions, used to add a sense of mystery and drama to a composition of your dog/s
  • Seasons – your dog or a dog captured in one of the seasons
  • Silver – add an element of silver to your photo, whether it’s a sparkling backdrop or even a winning cup that your dog/s are proud to have won



The photos entered in the competition will be judged on how well they show the theme, as well as how creative you have been in taking the photo.

The judges will look at three key areas: Impact of photograph, creativity of image and technical ability of the entrant.

One image only that best reflects the theme.

Please do not modify the image.



 Size of image your photos should be no bigger than 10MB, in JPEG format and no smaller than 600 x 600

The photo must be taken by the person entering.
Please include in your email:

  • Your full name
  • Age
  • Email address
  • Title of image
  • Describe why you chose the theme.
  • Entrants should email their image to ykc@thekennelclub.org.uk
Extra Info


Entries should be A4 PORTRAIT only.

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Entrants should send email their image to ykc@thekennelclub.org.uk with the subject line: "YKC Artist of the Year"

Closing date for your entry FRIDAY 13th DECEMBER 2019

What you could win!


The age category this year is 06-24.

The winners of 1st, 2nd and 3rd will receive the following prizes:  

  • £80 prize money

  • Canon Zoemini S Photo Printer

  • Get Into: Photography book

  • A year’s complimentary YKC membership!

  • £50 prize money

  • Instax Mini 9 Camera with 10 shots

  • £30 Prize Money
  • Instax Mini 9 Camera with 10 shots



When does the competition open?

1st October 2019

Who can enter the competition?

All YKC members aged 6-24 years

Does it cost money to enter or a fee to register?

No it’s free to all YKC members.

I entered last year, can I enter again?

Yes, if you took part last year you can enter the competition again.

When does the competition close?

The competition closed on 13th December 2019