An image of a goofy looking guard dog has been crowned the winner of the Mars Petcare Comedy Pet Photography Awards.
The picture, which shows a dog named Noodles with his tongue hanging out in front of a sign reading ‘Guard dog on duty’, was selected by judges as the winner of the competition which aims to celebrate the positive impact pets can have on their owners’ lives.
Noodles’ owner Elke Vogelsang, who wins a £3,000 prize for taking the picture, said: ‘It’s wonderful to be associated with something that makes people happy.
The winning image of Noodles, a charmingly goofy ‘guide dog on duty’, who helped snag owner Elke Vogelsang £3,000, part of which she says she will donate to an animal charity
‘This dog definitely is a mood-lifter. Happy to share her funny, gorgeous face with the world.’
Ms Vogelsang, from Hildesheim in Germany, rescued Noodles from a kill shelter in Spain and said she would donate part of her prize to an animal rescue cause.
She said Noodles, and her other dog Scout, are especially dear to her as 10 years ago they alerted her to the fact her husband had collapsed in the bathroom.
Among the other winners were Edinburgh’s Malgorzata Russell, who triumphed in the Cat category with her photo of Basil peeking under a fence
Magdalena Strakova, whose picture of three horses, called Gossip Girls, won the photo competition’s Mighty Horse category
Anne Linder won the All Other Creatures prize for her Drama Queen picture of a yawning rabbit entered into the competition, now in its second year
‘The diagnosis was a severe brain haemorrhage due to a ruptured aneurysm,’ she said.
‘If it hadn’t been for the dogs, I would have found him too late.
‘Thanks to them and great doctors he survived, but during the stressful months that followed, I found photography as a creative outlet.’
Judhes couldn’t help but notice the similarity between Hannah Seeger and her dog Mila who both won in the ‘pets who look like their owner’ category
Some submissions took a more artistic approach like this surreal image of a dog… or is it two? captured by Dimpy Bhalotia
Alex Class brought the drama with his regal looking snap of his pooch, crowned by the dome of Saint Paul’s Cathedral in London
Perhaps the happiest hound on the planet photographed in all its furry glory by Hetwie van der Putten
A snap of a sleepy feline captured by Ayden Brooks claimed victory in the Junior category. The picture is called Good morning, Fox Mulder!
Among the other winners were Edinburgh’s Malgorzata Russell, who triumphed in the Cat category with her photo of Basil peeking under a fence.
Magdalena Strakova, whose picture of three horses, called Gossip Girls, won the Mighty Horse category.
Anne Linder won the All Other Creatures prize for her picture of a yawning rabbit.
Meanwhile Ayden Brooks was victorious in the Junior category with his picture of a sleepy cat.
A couple of cheeky cows peer over a hedge in Covert Cows, a photo submitted by Heather Ross. It is just one of more than 2,000 images sent in for the competition
Five cats study a bird with great interest in There Goes Dinner, a submission by Beth Noble for the comedy pet photo awards
The competition, now in its second year, received more than 2,000 entries.
It raises money for the Blue Cross Pet Charity and also aims to raise awareness of homeless pets in the UK.
Others winners this year included Hannah Seeger and her dog Mila who both won in the ‘pets who look like their owner’ category for a photo with their tongues sticking out.
Jump for joy!: Ian McConnell’s The Dancing Cat shows a kitten, claws bared, leaping to catch a red furry toy that’s just out of reach
Paws off!: Candice Sedighan’s submission titled The moment you realise you’ve gone through half a jar of snacks is something most humans can relate to