Over 1,500 amateur and professional photographers from around the world entered this year’s International Cat Care (iCatCare) photography competition, held in collaboration with Your Cat Magazine, with the hope of featuring in the charity’s popular fundraising calendar.
With a theme of ‘Cat-Human Relationships’ the judges from iCatCare, Your Cat Magazine and Ceva were looking to celebrate the incredible bond humans have with cats and the many different forms it can take.
From veterinary staff dedicated to their feline patients to delightful cat-child connections and memorable street cat encounters, the entries submitted offered a unique window into some truly incredible relationships between humans and cats.
Eve Davies, iCatCare’s Digital Communications Officer who organised the competition said: ‘This year’s competition exceeded our expectations. We continue to be surprised by the breadth of images and their accompanying stories. Choosing just twelve winning images was incredibly tough but we feel that the winning images represent a broad spectrum of different relationships and we hope that cat lovers everywhere can relate to them.’
Congratulations go to the winning photographers: Jonas Chan (Hong Kong), Alexis-Kimonas Kokkinaris (Greece), Jason NG (Hong Kong), Lexy Porrini (US), Philip Bloom (UK), Ana Coscujuela Vigo (Spain), Gutema Idesa (Ethiopia), Kirsten Sharp (US), Victoria Upton (UK), Mette Mi Søgaard (Denmark) and Susanne Swanson (US).
The overall winner is Philip Bloom from the UK, for his heartwarming photograph of himself relaxing with street cat Harriet on a beach in Skiathos, Greece, perfectly content in each other’s company. Philip will receive £500 in prize money and his image will grace the cover of iCatCare’s 2020 calendar, which will be sold to raise funds for the charity.
To view all of the winning images and to find out more about the competition, visit: www.icatcare.org/about/photography-competition.
The iCatCare 2020 ‘Cats and People’ calendar is available from: www.icatcare.org/shop
And over the next few weeks we will be telling all of their stories here on Katzenworld.