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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 photographed 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. 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, and was the featured photographer of Maryland on Nikon USA's Road Trip project. 

Awards & Publications

  • Bay Times Article 2021

  • NY Post Article 2021

  • Orvis: May Cover Photo 2022

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

  • 35Awards: Top USA Motion Photographer - 2021

  • Pet Photographers Club: Top 100 Action Photographer - 2021

  • International Photography Awards 2021 - 2 Honorable Mentions

  • International Photography Awards 2022 - Top 10 Special Category - Pets - Honorable Mention

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

  • DPA 2022 - Action Category Finalist

  • Worlds Best Photographer of the Year - 2022

  • TOG Awards - Top 8 finalist - 2023

  • DPA 2023 - Top 5 Action Category Finalist x2

  • 2023 WPE World Photography Cup

    • 1st Round- Gold & Silver Awards

    • 2nd Round - 2 Silver Awards

    • 3rd Round - 3rd place overall Pets and animals category

  • 500PX Overall photographer winner - Make A Splash 2023

  • Daily STARR 2023

  • The Gaurdian 2023

  • Bored Panda 2023

  • Nikon USA Road Trip 2023: State of Maryland Featured Photographer

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