Crufts -where all the top dogs are to be found…

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Early March is a busy time for the onEdition team, as it’s when our thoughts turn to the world of dogs, or to be more precise, dog shows. And not any old old dog shows. oh no, but The dog show, the biggest and best in the world, where over 20,000 of the world best dogs come to compete.

Founded in 1891 by Charles Cruft, it has become the most instantly recognised dog show, celebrating all things Canine. It is so much more than just a dog show; you can come to see some of the worlds most talented dogs compete in Agility, Obediance, Heelwork to Music, the incredible Flyball, to name just a few.

From a photographers perspective it is a dream. Great fun can be had by spotting and shooting owners who look like thier dogs (and believe me their are plenty!) Dogs arriving in rain coats, wearing bibs, to stop the drool, on thier immaculately groomed coats. Huge dogs and tiny dogs and every shape size and breed in between mean we are never short of an interesting subject and never far away from a publication.

With a full of team 11 covering the event, we had four photographers working with four reporters covering off all of the news stories for the Kennel Club. This ranged from offbeat images for the national and international news media, to interviewing and shooting the Best of Breed winners for their local and regional newspapers.
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We had a crew of two cameramen delivering regional content to the 12 English BBC/ ITV regions as well as Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. An exhasuting week, but another stellar year with a huge amount of publications delivered and a happy, but dog tired team at the end of the four days!

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