‘People’s Choice’ winner of BVA Veterinary Photographer of the Year revealed

#TeamVet selects its BVA Photographer of the Year following voting at BVA Live 2023. 

A photo of a dog joyously bounding across the sand with her ears flapping in the wind has been chosen by BVA Live attendees as the People’s Choicewinner of this year’s BVA Veterinary Photographer of the Year competition.

The smile-inducing photo by vet Sam Price from Bangor, County Down, has been awarded the very first People’s Choice title in the much-loved competition, which is hosted by the British Veterinary Association (BVA) and sponsored by iM3 Dental.

The competition awards a winner and two highly commended images in three categories – Vets At WorkAll Creatures Great And Small and Happy Pets That Make Us Smile – plus a winner in the new People’s Choice category, which saw delegates at last week’s BVA Live choose their favourite image from the finalists.

Small animal practice vet Sam Price, from Bangor, Northern Ireland, won the Happy Pets That Make Us Smile categorywith his photo Jumping For Joy, featuring Winnie the dog on the beach. As a finalist, the image went into the running for the People’s Choicecategory and, after votes closed at the end of the event on Friday, the winner has now been announced.

Sam, who graduated from the Royal Veterinary College in 2017, said: “I am delighted at the outcome of this competition, considering this was simply a candid shot taken on a regular beach walk with my dog, Winnie. The photo captured a moment of pure joy as she raced around on the sand so I felt this was a fitting photo for the brief of Happy pets that make us smile

“I love seeing her enjoy herself at the beach and I’m thrilled her photo has made so many others smile too.” 

Sam’s image of a ring-tailed lemur being comforted after surgery, titled A Gentle Touch, was also a finalist in the Vets at Work category.

All winners

Happy Pets That Make Us Smile winner and People’s Choice winner – Jumping For Joy by Sam Price

This photograph features Winnie the dog, who loves nothing more than a beach day.

Vets At Work winner – #Colostrumisgold by Sophie Aylett

This photo captured the moment a young calf was up and on the teat following a c-section before the cow’s muscle layers were even sutured up.

All Creatures Great And Small winner – On the Shoulders of Giants by Katherine Edmondson

Taken at sunrise at Kwantu Game Reserve, South Africa, this image shows three red-billed oxpeckers hunting for insects on the back of a young giraffe in the early hours of the morning.

The finalists

Vets At Work:

·       A Gentle Touch by Sam Price. A Ring-tailed Lemur gently grasps the vet’s finger while recovering from an anaesthetic.

·       Mopping the Brow by Justyn Loveridge shows some light relief after a long procedure.

All Creatures Great And Small:

  • Roe Buck Running by Jenny Grewal, who photographed this roe buck as he ran through the mustard flowers in the fields of an estate on the Wiltshire-Hampshire border.

·       Cheeky Munch by Lilia Silva, who had gone to a local park in London to take photos of birds but couldn’t resist capturing a cheeky squirrel munching away on some berries.

Happy Pets That Make Us Smile:

·       Snow Focused by Alice Watson. Rusty the dog on a snowy day in Nowton Park, Bury St Edmunds.

·       Sheep-a-Doodle Do! by Charlotte Clough. A car boot overflowing with six 12-week-old puppies, in a vet surgery car park.

This year’s judging panel consisted of BVA President Malcolm Morley, vet and social media influencer Cat Henstridge and iM3 Sales Manager Sue Emmerton.

On behalf of all the judges, BVA President Malcolm Morley said: “Sam’s photo of Winnie really was a photo of a happy pet that made us smile, she just looks so carefree and truly like she is living her best life. As vets, we all love to see happy, healthy pets, so I’m not surprised so many delegates at BVA Live chose this as their favourite image in this year’s competition.

“Congratulations again to Sam and to all of the winners and finalists, it’s fantastic to see so much talent and creativity from our amazing vets.”

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