New Forest Dog On The Forest Off The Lead

Picture that Dog!


A new competition linking dogs and photography has been launched to provide an additional activity for local people. Although current restrictions mean many activities are curtailed or impossible, dog walking is one which still gives pleasure to thousands of New Forest residents and their dogs. The New Forest Dog Owners Group is launching a dog photography competition.  

Anyone with a smart phone or a camera (and a dog) can enter. You don’t have to be a member of NFDOG (but you may want to join the 1300 existing members to help promote responsible ownership in the New Forest). The best pictures will go on public display at Dogstival (as planned) and there’s a chance to win a bespoke portrait of your dog by a well-known local artist.  

The competition was planned before Coronavirus and was going to be judged at the New Forest Show before that was cancelled. However the organisers realised that with a few tweaks it can still go ahead, and provide pleasure, as well as something to do.

The NFDOG is looking for photographs featuring dogs, taken in the New Forest (at home or out and about) between Easter, and the closing date of July 31. The process is deliberately simple. Pictures will need a name – and can then be emailed with your details to . Entrants can submit as many pictures as they wish, preferably on separate emails.

“We were looking for pictures for a series of leaflets about responsible dog ownership, walking and dog welfare, and asked local people to help us through Facebook,” says Heather Gould, who is the Chair of New Forest Dog Owners Group. “The result was a huge response of really nice photos – and that gave us the idea for the competition. A lot of activity has understandably been curtailed for now – including the New Forest Show. But we reckon with a few tweaks this can still go ahead, and provide an activity for dog owners.”

Local Artist Tracey Collyer will produce a portrait of the winning dog as the First Prize.  Entries will be whittled down to a shortlist of ten pictures – and these will be on display at Dogstival, which is now planned for Burley Park on September 5/6. Visitors will vote for their favourite which will be the winner. In the event that is further postponed, the competition will be judged at a suitable public event or a future NFDOG Annual General Meeting, when it is held in Brockenhurst.

By entering, dog owners agree that we can use their pictures in future publicity. NFDOG will be launching a campaign targeted at responsible dog walking and good welfare standards for dogs later in the Spring.

Click here to see the poster with all the details