I had the idea for the Lockdown Photo Competition when I was out with my camera, thinking what a beautiful sunny spring we have this year and wondering if there is such a thing as "too many dog pictures"? I think not.

Recently we have received lots of offers of help, people contacting us and offering their time, home and help during lockdown. As volunteering options are really limited at the moment, we thought there might be something else they liked to do...while raising much needed funds. So, the Lockdown Photo Competition was born!

We decided on six categories to offer something for everybody, while keeping it simple at the same time. We had an amazing 135 entries, and many people entered in more than one category.

Unsurprisingly, the "Lockdown Activity - Canine" group was the most popular, but apart from the Wildlife categories, most photographs featured dogs as well. This made us think of shortlisting suitable photographs that would go out to public vote, with the winning pictures being featured in Hope Rescue Calendar 2021. More news on that will follow.

It's fair to say that judging was a very tough task. There were so many fantastic photos! You certainly didn't make it easy, but it was wonderful to see so many of your dogs and to share some of the things that you've been up to during lockdown.

We hope you enjoy the winners’ photographs below!

Wildlife – Flora                

1st place: Ceri Tracey    Runner up: Jaqueline Piper    Runner up: Kele Williams

Wildlife – Fauna

1st place: Jeff Morgan   Runner up: Bev Markey   Runner up: Jaqueline Piper

Young Photographer (under 15yo)

1st place: Sam Spurgeon (11)    Runner up: Ellie Crimmings (10)    Runner up: Lewis Ridge (14)

Canine Action Shot

1st place: Aaron Smith     Runner up: Tom Candy    Runner up: Joanna Brown

Humans in Lockdown

1st place: Marion Gray    Runner up: Jaqueline Piper   Runner up: Alison Jakob

Canines in Lockdown

1st place: Nav Masani   Runner up: Sharon Latham   Runner up: Tom Candy

Special mentions:

Bev Markey Ceri Tracey Joanne Chadley Tokes Kirsty Powell

Although not everyone could place in the competition, every single photograph entered was appreciated and everyone deserves a huge well done. 

In total, you helped to raise a massive £466 which will all go towards helping dogs in need.