IWSA Photo Competition - Our Winning Entries

During 2020 the Irish Water Spaniel Association  held a series of photo competitions, with a view to selecting pictures to be featured in an ‘IWSA Calendar' for the year 2021. The IWSA invited its members to submit photos for consideration, and then to help choose the pictures to be included in the calendar by voting for their favourites from within the submissions.

Each month had a ‘theme', and photos were sought portraying the IWS in a setting for which the theme title could be used to caption or describe the selected pictures. Here are our winners -  Well done and thank you all entrants, and congratulations to all our winners!

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Happy Christmas Theme Winner

Congratulations to Debbie Robinson, for her photo of Marj (Stanegate Burnt Biscuit) aged 9 and looking resplendent in her Christmas regalia ,  who our members voted winner of the Happy Christmas themed competition.

Marj will star on the December page of our calendar.

Naughty? Who Me? Theme Winner

Congratulations  to Carolyn Blundell  for this photo of her dog Coco who just might have indulged in a spot of digging! Our members selected Carolyn's picture to be the winner in the 'Naughty? Who Me?' themed competition. Coco appears to have had a great time and seems completely unconcerned about the amount of sand she has attracted!


Carolyn's picture is the final one to be selected in the competition series, and it will feature on the November page of our calendar.


IWS At Work Theme Winner

Congratulations  to Megan Carruthers  for this photo of her dog Irma keeping the garden in trim. It's sure to bring a smile to your face,  and it was the one our members selected to be the winner in the 'IWS At Work' themed competition. We only hope there aren't too many bones and balls hidden in the long grass for her to pick up!


Megan’s lovely picture will be featured on the October page of our calendar.

Feet Off The Ground Theme Winner

Congratulations  to Maddie Taylor for this photo of her dog Dexter displaying his athleticism. It's a terrific photo - just perfect for this theme - and it was the one our members selected to be the winner in the 'Feet Off The Ground' themed competition. With only one foot on the ground we're not sure describing him as a runaway winner is appropriate – but he certainly was in terms of the number of votes received!


Maddie’s lovely picture will be featured on the September page of our calendar.


Puppy Time / On Holidays Theme Winner

Once again, our congratulations go to Rick Hayward from Canada for the photo of his two dogs Maggie and Bosun on the front of their boat. They might just be there enjoying the breeze, but equally they could be about to launch themselves in to the water for a swim! Either way it's a lovely photo and it was the one our members selected to be the winner in the 'Puppy Time / On Holidays' themed competition.


Maggie and Bosun will feature on the August page of our calendar.

Mmm, Smells Good Theme Winner

Congratulations to Fiona Proudlove for her  photo of Rory inquisitively checking out this woolly specimen nose-to-nose ("How odd: he looks like a sheep, but he doesn't move or smell quite right...").  Our members voted this photo equal- first with another entry, and our President then chose  Fiona's picture to be the winner of the Mmm, Smells Good themed competition.

This lovely picture will see Rory star on the July page of our calendar.


Fun In The Water Theme Winner

Congratulations once again to Susanne Suomi from Sweden for this  photo of Splinter  making a huge splash as she dashes along at high speed, obviously having great fun!  Our members voted Susanne's photo the winner of the Fun In The Water themed competition.

This lovely picture will see Splinter star on the June page of our calendar.

Travelling Theme Winner

Congratulations to Paul Reid for his photo of two-year-old Bisou deciding whether the gardener's efforts have met her exacting standards,  which our members voted winner of the Travelling  themed competition.

This lovely lady will star on the May page of our calendar.


My Favourite Toy Theme Winner

Congratulations to Rick Hayward from Canada for this photo of Bella and Skipper having great fun with their favourite toy on the shores of Georgian Bay in Ontario!  Our members voted Rick's photo the winner of the My Favourite Toy themed competition.

Bella and Skipper will star on the April page of our calendar.

At The Dog Show Theme Winner

Congratulations to Allison McNaught, for her photo of Mr Leo checking out the goings-on around his bench,  which our members voted winner of the At The Dog Show  themed competition.

This handsome chap will star on the March page of our calendar.

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Comfy At Home Theme Winner

Congratulations to Sam Reid, for her photo of Bo, totally out for the count having commandeered the cushions!  Our members voted Sam's photo the winner of the Comfy At Home themed competition.

Bo will star on the February page of our calendar.

Winter Walk Theme Winner

Congratulations to Susanne Suomi from Sweden, for her photo of Reta, Terra, Lura and Fira looking out over a snowy landscape,  which our members voted winner of the Winter Walk themed competition.

This beautiful foursome will star on the January page of our calendar.