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  • Writer's picturePetra Postma

As an animal photographer, there are few opportunities as exiting as the annual ISAP Image Competition hosted by the International Society of Animal Photographers. This year marked my fourth consecutive participation in this event

Entering the ISAP Image Competition is not just about showcasing your work; it's a testament to your dedication, passion, and skills. With a trained jury evaluating submissions based on twelve elements, the competition is challenging. However, it's this very challenge that drives photographers like myself to push the boundaries of creativity and excellence.

For me, this year's competition was a journey of self-discovery and growth. My primary goal was to attain a consistent high level of quality in my work.

As I watched judging go on during the day, I have to admit that at times my confidence faded. But seven out of my eight entries were deemed worthy of merit—it showed that all those hours of hard work and trying to educate myself had worked out.

Participating in the ISAP Image Competition has been an enriching experience, both personally and professionally. It has challenged me to push beyond my comfort zone, hone my skills, and strive for excellence in every photo I take. But above all, it has reaffirmed my unwavering passion for pet photography and added to that my commitment to showcasing our rescued galgos and podencos.

Here's to the endless possibilities that lie ahead, to never stop learning more and to all the animals that are still needing to be captured through the lens of a passionate animal photographer.

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  • Writer's picturePetra Postma

It is not often that I participate in contests, so you might imagine my surprise at finding out that one of my photographes received a Bronze Badge at the 2023 International Photographers Awards in the Animals / Pets / Insects category Even more so since I had only sent in one photo. But at times, that is all it takes…

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Dogs are not only man's best friend but also each other's. Their incredible companionship and the bond they share are truly heartwarming. As a photographer, I have always been fascinated by the idea of capturing this special connection between our furry friends. Recently, I had the privilege of photographing two delightful galgos, Stitch and Gala, who taught me the true essence of photographing two dogs at the same time.

Stitch and Gala, together, found their way into our rescue for temporary boarding. Little did we know that moths later, their owners would decline bringing them back home. Luckily they are under the care of SAGE and well taken care off while we look for a wonderful home for them.

During a photo shoot with another dog, Stitch and Gala couldn't resist joining in on the fun. Their sweet

spirits and gentle demeanor were an absolute delight to witness. They seemed to understand the art of photography, positioning themselves right under the light, as if they knew exactly how to pose for the perfect shot.

Photographing one dog is already a great experience, but having two dogs together opens up a whole new world of opportunities and challenges. The key is to capture the essence of their relationship while highlighting their unique personalities. I quickly adjusted my camera settings, and the magic unfolded before me. Their sleek, graceful forms harmonized effortlessly. It was evident that their shared past had created an bond, an easiness and comfort with each other and they relaxed in each other's company.

As a photographer, moments like these remind me why I fell in love with capturing animals on camera in the first place. It's not just about the technical aspects of lighting and composition; it's about preserving the spirit of the subjects - their love, their emotions, and their stories. Stitch and Gala's portrait session was a beautiful reminder of the profound connections that exist between animals and how they enrich our lives in ways beyond comprehension.

In the end, the photograph of Stitch and Gala under that light turned out to be more than just a snapshot - it was a tribute to the beauty of canine companionship, a celebration of love, and a cherished memory of two souls who found solace in each other. I am grateful for the opportunity to have met these two wonderful beings and to have had the chance to capture their love on camera.

If there's one thing I learned from this experience, it's that the best photographs come from the heart, capturing not just the physical form of our animals but their very essence, their emotions, and the bond they share.

So, here's to Stitch and Gala, two beautiful galgos who taught me that sometimes, the most extraordinary moments happen when we least expect them. May their story inspire us all to cherish the companionship of our furry friends and to celebrate the simple joys of life that come from being together.

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