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A strong focus on those windows into the canine soul was one unifying theme among the winning images from our our annual AKC Publications Photo Contest. A Doberman Pinscher puppy, a Rhodesian Ridgeback, and a lovely brindled mixed-breed gaze directly into the camera. An American Eskimo Dog is riveted on something, or someone, in the distance. There’s the crazy-eyed intensity of an Australian Shepherd splashing in a pond and a Springer Spaniel mix, determined to run with a stick that is much too big for him. A pair of French Bulldogs squint into the camera, giving a look that says We dare you.

Among our favorites is the close-up of a Golden Retriever in Alaska, covered in fluffy white flakes. All you see are eyes and snow.

Winners, Color

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1st Place Color
Brenna Spencer
Mancos, Colorado
Doberman Pinscher puppy

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2nd Place Color
Kala Howard
Ralston, North Carolina
American Eskimo

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3rd Place Color
Peggy Anderson
Hohenwald, Tennessee
Rhodesian Ridgebacks

Winners, Black & White

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1st Place B&W
Alejandro Gomez
San Jose, California
French Bulldogs

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2nd Place B&W
Kyle Rudy
Anchorage, Alaska
Golden Retriever

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3rd Place B&W
Pamela Collins
Lake Forest Park, Washington
German Shorthaired Pointer

Honorable Mentions, Color

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Diane Lewis
Raleigh, North Carolina
Australian Shepherd

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Mary Fish Arango
Carpinteria, California
Miniature Poodle

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Michael Wirmel
Chicago, Illinois
German Shepherd Dog mix

Honorable Mentions, Black & White

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Daniel Turner
Springfield, Missouri
Springer Spaniel mix

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Krista Hoffman
Lucerne Valley, California
American Staffordshire Terrier

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Melody Carranza
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
English Springer Spaniel

To enter the 2017 photo contest, click here.
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