Lizzie the whippet scoops top prize

The winning image of Lizzie the whippet
The winning image of Lizzie the whippet

This stunning image of Lizzie the whippet has won the Guild of Photographers’ Pet Image of the Year award.

Lizzie was photographed by Leyland-based Karen Riches of Red Frog Studio.

Photographer Karen Riches collects her award

Photographer Karen Riches collects her award

Lizzie’s owner Joanne Bowe had the dog photographed for her husband as a surprise for his birthday.

Photographer Karen said: “Lizzie looks like she’s standing really still and posing, but she was actually pretty speedy in the studio – she’s only still for a moment because she was eyeing up a biscuit that I had for her!”

The Guild is a highly respected UK based association for photographers which has members from overseas as well. Each year it runs an on-line monthly photographic competition, judged by internationally respected judges.

Guild Director Lesley Thirsk said: “To have an image recognised by the Guild in the monthly competition is difficult enough, so to have an image selected as being one of the best in a category for the end of year Final is without doubt an incredible achievement, and shows just how talented photographer, Karen is.”

Karen added: “I love photography and put a lot of effort into developing my skills. One way I do that is to enter the Guild’s competition. It drives forward photography standards so it helps me push myself.”