07/23/2018 16:41 EDT | Updated 07/23/2018 16:53 EDT

These Winning Images From Dog Photographer Of The Year Are Comfort For The Soul

Human's best friend never looked better.

Monica van der Maden/The Kennel Club
First Place and Overall Winner"The Lady of the Mystery Forest"Noa, Great Dane, Netherlands

As we slog our way through the dog days of summer, the Dog Photographer of the Year awards have arrived to lift our spirits. Photographers from all over the world sent in their best images of our furry friends and the results are spectacular.

The Kennel Club in the United Kingdom has been putting on this competition since 2005. This year, it received more than 10,000 submissions from 70 countries. Yup, that’s a lot of pictures of pooches. Here are the cream of the crop.

  • Assistance Dogs
    Assistance Dogs
    Dean Mortimer/The Kennel Club
    First Place
    Rocko, German shepherd, U.K.
  • Maria Cristina Nadalin/The Kennel Club
    Second Place
    "The Magic of Reading"
    Messi, golden retriever, Brazil
  • Craig Turner-Bullock/The Kennel Club
    Third Place
    "A Veteran's Best Friend"
    Delta, white Swiss shepherd, New Zealand
  • Dogs At Play
    Dogs At Play
    Elinor Roizman/The Kennel Club
    First Place
    "I'll Catch You"
    Lili, Pomeranian, Israel
  • Steffi Cousins/The Kennel Club
    Second Place
    "Flying Free"
    Heidi, merle Chihuahua, U.K.
  • Sarah Beeson/The Kennel Club
    Third Place
    "Snowy Shenanigans"
    Daffy, Taz and Wile E. (left to right); Nova Scotia duck tolling retrievers; U.S.
  • Dogs At Work
    Dogs At Work
    Tracy Kidd/The Kennel Club
    First Place
    "Wayne’s Team"
    (Back row) Skye, age 13, lemon working cocker. (Front row) Jenny, age 9, liver working cocker. Pippin, age 1, yellow retriever. Milly, age 4, black retriever. Bramble, age 6, lemon/white working cocker. Ember, age 3, yellow retriever. Bonnie, age 4, yellow/white working cocker. U.K.
  • Richard Lane/The Kennel Club
    Second Place
    "Springer in the Mist"
    Tarly, English springer spaniel, U.K.
  • Ian Squire/The Kennel Club
    Third Place
    "I've Got Your Back"
    Nyx, German shepherd, U.K.
  • I Love Dogs Because...
    I Love Dogs Because...
    Tamara Kedves/The Kennel Club
    First Place
    "One Heart, One Family"
    Dash, Royal, Harley, Ženka, Ryan, Ready; border collies; Hungary
  • Elise Finney/The Kennel Club
    Second Place
    "Simply a Ball"
    Darcy, crossbreed (cocker and poodle), U.K.
  • Kirsten van Ravenhorst/The Kennel Club
    Third Place
    "Hide and Seek"
    Big City Borders Lad, border collie, Netherlands
  • Man's Best Friend
    Man's Best Friend
    Joana Matos/The Kennel Club
    First Place
    "Dolce Far Niente on a Lovely Afternoon"
    Godji, Portuguese Podengo crossbreed, Portugal
  • Sherilyn Vineyard/The Kennel Club
    Second Place
    "Divine Connection"
    Kodi, age 10, yellow Lab/golden retriever mix, U.S.
  • Cheryl Murphy/The Kennel Club
    Third Place
    Ruby Roo, golden retriever, U.K.
  • Oldies
    Monica van der Maden/The Kennel Club
    First Place and Overall Winner
    "The Lady of the Mystery Forest"
    Noa, Great Dane, Netherlands
  • Rachele Z Cecchini/The Kennel Club
    Second Place
    "On a Rainy Day"
    Nilo, crossbreed and rescue dog, Austria
  • Philip Wright/The Kennel Club
    Third Place
    Bentley, German shorthaired pointer, U.K.
  • Dog Portrait
    Dog Portrait
    Carol Durrant/The Kennel Club
    First Place
    "Glenturret Autumn Gold"
    Crew, Darcie, Pagan (Glenturret); flat-coated retrievers; U.K.
  • Katarzyna Siminiak/The Kennel Club
    Second Place
    "Waiting Beauty"
    Thalia, Nova Scotia duck tolling retriever, Poland
  • Michael M Sweeney/The Kennel Club
    Third Place
    "A Winter's Storm"
    Hugo, Pomeranian, U.K.
  • Puppies
    Klaus Dyba/The Kennel Club
    First Place
    "Little Ceylin"
    Ceylin, Italian greyhound, Germany
  • Charlie Nunn/The Kennel Club
    Second Place
    "Sticking Together"
    Beagle mix puppies, U.S.
  • Robyn Pope/The Kennel Club
    Third Place
    "Let's Call It Roly Poly Puppy"
    Snickers, crossbreed puppy photographed for Doodle Rock Rescue, U.S.
  • Rescue Dogs and Dog Charities
    Rescue Dogs and Dog Charities
    Sonya Kolb/The Kennel Club
    First Place
    "Found My Way Home"
    Cooper, Labrador retriever mix and rescue dog, U.S.
  • Leslie Plesser/The Kennel Club
    Second Place
    "Happy Girl Rescued"
    Magda, crossbreed (Hungarian vizsla and Labrador retriever), U.S.
  • Christina Roemmelt/The Kennel Club
    Third Place
    "Over the Sea of Fog"
    Dania, Crossbreed Portuguese Podengo, Austria
  • Young Pup Photographer (11 years and under)
    Young Pup Photographer (11 years and under)
    Mariah Mobley/The Kennel Club
    First Place
    "My Best Friend Roxy"
    Roxy, German shepherd, U.S.
    Photographer Mariah Mobley is 11 years old.
  • Sienna Wemyss/The Kennel Club
    Second Place
    Dallas, whippet, U.K.
    Photographer Sienna Wemyss is 10 years old.
  • Maisie Mitford/The Kennel Club
    Third Place
    Monty, German shorthaired pointer, U.K.
    Photographer Maisie Mitford is 11 years old.