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Capturing Fur-tastic Moments: Top 10 International Pet Photographer

Another incredibly proud moment for me to be shared in this post…drumroll please…

It was the Guild of Photographers awards in February 2024 and I am absolutely astonished and amazed to have achieved 5th spot in the Top 10 International Pet Photographers. Cue the confetti and happy dances!

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Ever since adopting my 2 cats, I knew then and still believe that our pets are very much a part of our family, and each have their own individual personality, just like we do. Sadly, our pets are not with us forever, which is why I decided to start pet portrait photography alongside my wedding photography business, I love nothing more than capturing treasured memories of our furry family members. I wanted to freeze moments that tell stories—stories of love, mischief, loyalty, and boundless joy. Little did I know that this passion would lead me to such a prestigious honour in the pet photographer world.

The Guild received over 13,000 entries to its ‘Image of the Month’ Competition during 2023, from both photographers in the UK, as well as overseas! Each image is scored, and the scores from the year are then totalled to determine who becomes the Guild’s Photographer of the Year. With so many entries, it really is a very demanding year long process! 

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Guild directors Steven and Lesley Thirsk said: “We are both proud and delighted that Julia has achieved this recognition after 10 months of submitting the highest quality images. “The Guild has very demanding standards when judging photographic competitions. The judging is undertaken by a panel of internationally recognised experts from a variety of photography backgrounds, so Julia quite rightly should be delighted with her extraordinary achievement”. Oh believe me, I am!

I am so honoured to have achieved such an incredible title, especially following my success earlier in 2023 when I was awarded the ‘Master Craftsman’ status for my cat photography.

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Our pets share the happiest times with us but are also there with us through our darkest. These photographs aren’t just pictures; they’re cherished memories that will be shared for generations to come (and be sure to include some family photos that include you as well – even I got involved – see above)! It’s the wag of a tail, the sparkle in their eyes, and the warmth of their presence that make these pet photography images so invaluable.

Absolutely over the moon!

Julia Healey

Julia Healey is a passionate and skilled photographer based in York, North Yorkshire, specializing in wedding and pet portrait photography. Her style is characterized as fun, vibrant, and timeless, capturing the unique personalities and precious moments of her subjects. Julia's love for animals, especially cats, is reflected in her work, leading her to become a renowned 'Pet Pawtrait Photographer'. She holds the prestigious Master Craftsman qualification from the Guild of Professional Photographers, a title held by fewer than 50 photographers in the country, achieved with a panel of 20 cat images. Julia's work is not just a profession, but a way to treasure memories of beloved pets and special life events.

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