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The Photographic Competition

Affenpinschers are small, black, and slightly scruffy, and for this reason they are one of the most difficult breeds to photograph. Even the most experienced professional dog-photographers find it impossible to get anything like consistent results, and the best photos are almost always one-off lucky shots. It’s important to bear this in mind when looking at photographs of Affenpinschers, especially pictures of show-dogs. The one thing you can be sure of is that the dog is almost certainly a lot better than it appears in the photo!

In order to encourage members to photograph their own Affenpinschers, The Club runs an annual Photographic Competition. This is intended to be a light-hearted-event, with the emphasis more on joining in than on winning. The Competition is run very much as a team-effort. Entries are sent to the Club Secretary, who sorts the photos into their classes and writes a code on the back of each one so they can be judged anonymously.

The judge is a club member who’s an experienced photographer, and has been photographing Affens for more than twenty years. After judging, the photos go to the club Newsletter Editor, who scans them so some can appear in the Newsletter, though these need to be chosen because they will come out well in Black & White. The principal winners for each year are also displayed on the Website. Two dedicated volunteers mount as many of the photos as possible, and take them to most Club events. Finally all the photos are kept in the Club’s Photographic Archive for future generations to enjoy.

The Competition is open to all Club Members, and the only rules are that the photos should be taken by the person who submits them, and that montages are not allowed when they could give an unfair advantage, for example, in the “Affenpinscher & Friend” class.