Venture into pooch photography with national competition

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The city’s top dogs could soon under the spotlight – as part of a national competitoion to find the perfect pooch.

Venture Photography, based on Milton Keynes’ Upper Fourth Street, launched a competition this week to find the UK’s cutest canine.

Milton Keynes’ ‘Prize Pooch’ will receive their winning ‘pawtrait’ in a handmade Venture frame worth £350.

The overall winner of the competition, chosen from entries nationally, will receive an impressive array of doggy treats, including a year’s supply of dog food from Pedigree, £250 to spend on stylish accessories at Oscar & Hooch, a VIP tour of Battersea Dogs & Cats Home and £500 to spend on pet ‘pawtrait’ products at Venture.

For each entry into the competition, Venture will donate £1 to Battersea Dogs & Cats Home.

Nigel Lazaro, from Venture Milton Keynes, said: “Around a third of all of our photoshoots involve pets, as both we and our clients very much view them as an important part of the family.

“It’s quite staggering the range of animals we’ve welcomed into our studios. In the last year, we’ve had the likes of hamsters, parrots and even reptiles brought along to have their picture taken, but dogs are by far the most common type of pet we see at family photoshoots, so we are keen find a prize pooch to reflect our brand’s canine credentials.

“We’re looking for a dog with lots of character to crown as our Prize Pooch and we look forward to having a lot of fun throughout our search which is underway now.

“Venture is also a proud supporter of Battersea Dogs & Cats Home and throughout the campaign we’ll be continuing our fundraising to support and promote this important and much-loved cause.”

The Prize Pooch competition will see each of Venture’s 32 studios across the UK post photographs of participating dogs to an online gallery at
Families and friends can then show their support by voting for their favourite image.

Each of the 32 Venture studios will then have a winner for their region as voted by the public, before the finalists are judged by a panel consisting of Venture Photography’s Creative Director Richard Mayfield, along with representatives from Battersea Dogs & Cats Home and Park Bench.

Voting will close on June 30 and regional winners will be announced on July 8, before an overall national winner is announced on July 22.

To book a family photoshoot at Venture Milton Keynes with your pet and enter the competition, visit or call 01908 399140.