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About Your Photographer

Michelle Dawkins

Washington State native, Michelle Dawkins began her artistic journey when she was very young. Being brought up in a family who appreciated art and were artists themselves, Michelle was raised to always have an open and creative mind.  She moved to Maryland to attend college and earned her degree in Art & Animation. She began her adventure into dog photography in 2019, when she decided to grab her Nikon camera and photograph her dog Troy. The images on her camera of him running along the shore of the Chesapeake Bay inspired her to practice more and invest in training. She participated in the Dog Photography Masters program in 2021, earning her level 1 Masters in Dog photography. In 2022 She continued her education in the Dog Photography Masters Program and learned from 3 of Europe's top dog photographers in the industry: Anne Geire, Audrey Bellot, & Claudio Piccoli. Their superior knowledge in dog photography took Michelle to new heights and earning her level 3 masters certification.  Since 2021, Michelle has competed in many prestigious photography competitions around the world, receiving top awards for her work. 

Michelle was recently awarded the title as one of the Worlds Best Photographers of the Year for 2022.

Awards, Articles, Links

  • Bay Times Article

  • NY Post Article

  • Orvis: May 2022 Cover Photo

  • 35Awards: Top 100 Motion Photographer in the world - 2021

  • 35Awards: Top USA Motion Photographer - 2021

  • Pet Photographers Club: Top 100 Action Photographer - 2021

  • 2 Honorable Mentions - International Photography Awards 2021

  • International Pet Photographer of the Year - Top 25 Action Photographer - 2022

  • DPA 2022 - Action Category Finalist

  • Worlds Best Photographer of the Year - 2022

  • Gold & Silver Awards - WPE International Photography Awards - 1 Quarter - 2023.

  • TOG Awards - Top 8 finalist - 2023

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