We are delighted to announce the 12 winning images of the International Cat Care 2016 Cat Naps photography competition!
The competition ran for six weeks from the start of April and attracted a record number of entries, with a total of 3,400 pictures submitted by photographers from 51 different countries! This is easily the largest number of entries the charity has ever received in the four years that the competition has been running.
This year, together with Your Cat magazine, we were looking for images of cats napping, something cats certainly like to do! We received so many fantastic entries including cats sleeping up trees, in flowerpots and even one of a cat napping on the back of a horse! The judges from iCatCare and Your Cat magazine had the privileged but difficult task of whittling the entries down to a shortlist of just 40, from which the 12 winners were selected.
Jo Vuckovic, one of the iCatCare judges said, ‘This year’s entries were simply stunning and choosing just 12 to feature in our calendar was virtually impossible. The images we decided upon are a gorgeous mixture of kittens, owned cats and unowned cats, and each image really captures them enjoying their favourite pastime – sleeping! We were also looking for photographs, which stand alone as pieces of art, whether that be due to unusual light, textures or colours, or an imaginative composition. We hope everyone enjoys them as much as we do.’
Congratulations go to Viv Harding, Nic Howett, Crystal Moreno, Matthew Wong, Becky Wong, Patrycja Kuczynska, Johanna Vaurio-Teräväinen, Alexis-Kimonas Kokkinaris, Caroline Hooper, Phil Croucher, Christine Lam Ying Loi and Paul Brown – our winners!
The twelve winners will each receive £100 and a selection of iCatCare merchandise. All of the winners were also invited to the iCatCare Annual Awards which were held in London on 15 July.
All twelve images will now feature in the International Cat Care 2017 Cat Naps calendar, which will be sold to raise funds for the charity. Over the coming weeks we will be sharing with you the stories behind the winning images ready for the calendar reveal…
In the meantime click here to view all of the winners photographs and to discover the overall winner of the competition…
I am the feline behaviour specialist at feline charity ‘International Cat Care’. We are about engaging, educating and empowering people throughout the world to improve the health and welfare of cats by sharing advice, training and passion.