IWSA Photo Competition - Our Winning Entries

During 2022 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 2023. 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!


Puppy Playtime Theme Winner

Congratulations to Allen Gawne for his photo of Polly (Kentwood Barr Try Gcom) who is not, under any circumstance, going to let her ball get away!

Allen's photo was one of three entries receiving an equal number of votes cast by our members, and it was chosen from these to be the winner of the 'Puppy Playtime' themed competition by the Association's President.

Polly will star on the April page of our 2023 calendar.

At The Dog Show Theme Winner

Our congratulation to Yunsun Choi for the great  picture she captured of two IWS introducing themselves to each other on  the IWSA 'Discover Dogs' stand at Crufts. They are  - on the right - Yunsun's Malcollamh (Tiger Tail) and - on the left - Donna Moss's Bentley (Gloi Donn Come Fly With Me).


Our Members voted her photo of this fluffy pair winner of the 'At The Dog Show' themed competition.


They will star on the March page of our 2023 calendar.


Time For A Snooze Theme Winner

Congratulations to Simon McBurnie for his photo of  Dervla (Weemaes Happy Ever After at age 1) who is well away to dreamland... as a comment from one person who voted said "An absolutely chilled IWS!"  P.S. Wake me up when dinner is served...

Our Members voted Simon's photo winner of the 'Time For A Snooze' themed competition.

Dervla will star on the February page of our 2023 calendar.

It's Cold Outside Theme Winner

Congratulations to Maddie Taylor for her photo of  Charlie (Gatewood Charlie Parker at age 3 - passed 2017) who has obviously enjoyed himself in the snow... but perhaps thinking a biscuit in front of the fire is next on the agenda!


Our Members voted Maddie's photo winner of the It's Cold Outside themed competition.

Charlie will star on the January page of our 2023 calendar.

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Waiting For Santa Theme Winner

Congratulations to Judy Hempstead, for her photo of Eider (Riverforest Irish Eider at Cuvana - aged 6) looking hopeful under the tree hoping for at least one nice present. Our Members voted Judy's photo winner of the Waiting For Santa themed competition.

Eider will star on the December page of our 2023 calendar.