The Kennel Club's Award-Winning Dog Photos Will Take Your Breath Away

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Tom Lowe

The Kennel Club's 10th annual Dog Photographer of the Year competition attracted more than 13,000 entries from all over the world.

Photographers from 90 countries submitted their photographs of man's best friend. And the results will melt your heart.

There were eight categories open for submissions, including: Puppies, Oldies, Dogs at Work, Dogs at Play, Man's Best Friend, Assistance Dogs and Dog Charities, Dog Portraits, and I Love Dogs Because.

Give your own pooch a scratch on the head and feast your eyes on some of the winning dog photos from this year's competition:

This heart-stealer was the winner of the Man's Best Friend Category:

Fiona Sami
Fiona Sami

And veterinary surgeon Anastasia Vetkovskaya's photo of Sheldon the English Springer Spaniel won the Dogs at Work category, and was the overall winner of the competition:

DPOTY 2015 Dogs At Work 1st Place © Anastasia Vetkovskaya_The Kennel Club
Anastasia Vetkovskaya

Michael Higginson took this winning photo of his brother Dale with Esta the therapy dog. The entry took first in the Assistance Dogs and Dog Charities category.

In honor of Higginson's win, The Kennel Club is making a donation to the charity Dogs for Good:

Michael Higgenson
Michael Higgenson

The winner of the I Love Dogs Because category was this awww-worthy photo of Hugo the puppy:

Jade Hudson
Jade Hudson

And for the win, 12-year-old Lizzie's sweet gray mug took the Oldies category:

Kevin Smith
Kevin Smith

The winners of the Dog Portrait category were Afghans Ozzie and Elvis, pictured against the Ashdown Forest in Sussex:

Jamie Morgan
Jamie Morgan

Scoring some mega cute points, and first place in the Puppy category, was little rescue pup Buddy and his bowl of milk:

Linda Storm
Linda Storm

Kennel Club chief executive Rosemary Smart says this year's entries were among the best they've ever seen. She concluded:

"Choosing the winners was an incredibly challenging task and we commend every photographer who entered. Each of the winning photographers beautifully captured the essence of their canine subjects on camera, demonstrating how important dogs are to us in every walk of life."

All photos via Kennel Club's Dog Photographer of the Year competition page.

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The Kennel Club's Award-Winning Dog Photos Will Take Your Breath Away