The UK (England) Kennel Club, Announced the winners of their international photo contest, Kennel Club Dog Photographer of the Year, this morning. Among the many talented photographers and winners from around the world, is my daughter Mariah mobley, from Waldport OR. who won Young Pup Dog photographer of the year (11 and under), with her night portrait of her rescue dog Roxy.
We are beyond proud and so excited for her.
Young Pup Photographer (aged 11 years and under) 1st Place Winner Mariah Mobley, United States of America Age 11
Title of image: ‘My Best Friend Roxy’
Dog: Roxy, German Shepherd Dog
‘My Name is Mariah Mobley and I am 11 years old. I have lived in Oregon, USA my whole life. I used to live on a farm with horses and dogs, but now live in town with my family, and our three dogs, Hunter, Roxy and Koby. I have always loved animals, especially dogs. I started taking pictures when I was a very little girl, and have loved it ever since.
I took this photo of Roxy, at about 9Pm, just before I went to bed. It was dark and she was sitting on our back porch waiting for mom to give her a treat. I used a modelling light and the porch light to put light on her pretty face.
We adopted Roxy from a rescue when she was 7 months old. She had been in a shelter since she was 4 months old. She is 5 years old now and is the sweetest girl. As you can see in the photo, Roxy has an eye disease that causes redness and cloudiness. It is called Pannus. Her eyes are not as clear as they used to be, but I think she is beautiful just as she is.’ – Mariah Mobley