Cuddle Up and Enjoy 27 of 2017's Absolute Best Dog Photos
The results are in! After looking at close to 10,000 entries from more than 74 countries, The Kennel Club, the U.K.'s largest dog welfare organization, has announced the winners of its annual Dog Photographer of the Year competition.
For 2017, Maria Davidson of Portugal was the overall winner thanks to her precious photo in the "Man's Best Friend" category.
The contest consists of numerous categories, from puppies and seniors to everything in between. Read on to see the top three winners from each of the 10 groups.
Second Place "Man's Best Friend" Category
Gus the Whippet enjoys a drink with his human.
Third Place "Man's Best Friend" Category
Another dog named Gus made it into the top three, this one a Jack Russell enjoying a hug.
First Place "Assistance Dogs" Category
Before rescued greyhound Megan received this honor, she was named the top Therapet of 2016 by Canine Concern Scotland.
Second Place "Assistance Dogs" Category
Reno is a rescue dog who never leaves the side of his double amputee owner.
Third Place "Assistance Dogs" Category
Milo is a Labrador who was placed with his devoted owner by Veterans with Dogs.
First Place "Dogs at Play" Category
Petey the Wheaten terrier loves to splish splash in the world's biggest bathtubs.
Second Place "Dogs at Play" Category
Leica always takes time to smell the flowers.
Third Place "Dogs at Play" Category
Purdey the collie/Spaniel mix loves herding her stuffed animals.
First Place "Dogs at Work" Category
This stunning shot of Rita the pointer was taken during her training.
Second Place "Dogs at Work" Category
This pack of English Springer Spaniel pups enjoys a well-deserved rest after a dirty day on the job.
Third Place "Dogs at Work" Category
Marley the Border collie was almost put down, but then his vet gave him a second chance and placed him with a new forever family with a farm.
First Place "I Love Dogs Because" Category
Who doesn't love a canine's innate curiosity and playfulness?
Second Place "I Love Dogs Because" Category
It's hard to resist Earl the Border terrier's sandy snout.
Third Place "I Love Dogs Because" Category
Even when they get older, dogs still have those irresistible puppy eyes.
First Place "Oldies" Category
Like a cat, Kelly the 12-year-old collie mix enjoys a good sunbeam.
Second Place "Oldies" Category
Unlike some humans, Rex prefers to spend time in the dog house.
Third Place "Oldies" Category
Eleven-year-old Red the red setter lives a life of love and luxury, if you couldn't tell.
First Place "Dog Portrait" Category
This Afghan hound knows how to bring the drama.
Second Place "Dog Portrait" Category
Raymond the greyhound makes napping look elegant.
Third Place "Dog Portrait" Category
Bella the Labradoodle almost blends in with her colorful background, but there is no missing those soulful eyes.
First Place "Puppies" Category
Tyson a tiny Boxer from the Netherlands is still growing into his big paws.
Second Place "Puppies" Category
Even though Faye is just a pup, she has the patience of a far older pooch.
Third Place "Puppies" Category
If you want a good shot of 3-month-old Aiko, you have to tire him out first.
First Place "Rescue Dogs" Category
Chloe the greyhound is affection to anyone who offers her a helping hand.
Second Place "Rescue Dogs" Category
It should be obvious from this photo how Fly the Border collie got his name.
Third Place "Rescue Dogs" Category
A former shelter pup, Joshua's winning smile helped him find a forever home.