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Sophia Hutchinson, of Pets by Sophia from Warwickshire in England, has been awarded the prestigious title of Internation PhoTOGrapher of the Year in the 2022 TOG Awards photography competition, taking home the $500 cash prize for her photograph of Amber, a Dalmatian (above). 

The judges, Jessica McGovern along with Meg Loeks from the USA and Tracey Lund from the UK all worked on the entries throughout February to allocate scores for each image in a matrix system that outputted averages to decide the winner. As well as the overall prize, there were also three categories and seven subcategories up for grabs.

The highest scoring image of the entire competition was “Frozen Vigilance” by Sophia Hutchinson.  

This image, from the Natural Light category, was the only image scoring more than 85 points to achieve a unanimous score from all three judges, resulting in a strong average in the high 90s. As the overall winner of The TOG Awards 2022, Sophia takes the grand prize which consists of $500 in cash, a 20×16 Competition Class printed product of your choice from Digitalab, an engraved overall “The TOG Awards Winners Trophy”, Winners Certificate to display in your studio, office or home, Winners Badge to display on your website, social media, and promotional materials plus ample press and PR coverage along with a supplied press release for promotional ease.

There were three core entry categories, Natural Light, Artificial Light and Fine Art. The highest scoring images from each entry category took the Category wins of:

2022 Natural Light PhoTOGrapher of the Year

Frozen Vigilance by Sophia Hutchinson

2022 Artificial Light PhoTOGrapher of the Year

Chin Up by Lynn Musumeche

2022 Fine Art PhoTOGrapher of the Year

Bellas Gambit by Christabel Linn

The seven subcategories were created by grouping similar image style or content together to result in a set of additional awards, each for the highest score in each sub-category:

2022 Equine PhoTOGrapher of the Year

Highland Fling by Johanna Charlton

2022 Open PhoTOGrapher of the Year

In Between by Jessica Miles

2022 Cat PhoTOGrapher of the Year

A Cloud of Gold by Kat De Laet

2022 Dog Portrait PhoTOGrapher of the Year

Frozen Vigilance by Sophia Hutchinson

2022 Action Dog PhoTOGrapher of the Year

Dutch Splash by Carol Moorhead

2022 Studio Dog PhoTOGrapher of the Year

Chin Up by Lynn Musumeche

2022 Urban Dog PhoTOGrapher of the Year

Elegance by Katie Brockman

The full Winners gallery, TopTOG gallery, Finalist Gallery and Merit Gallery for 2022 can be found here: https://awards.thattogspot.com/results/

Press Release:


Press Release – 25th March 2022

Sophia Hutchinson, of Pets by Sophia from Warwickshire in England, has been awarded the prestigious title of Internation PhoTOGrapher of the Year in the 2022 TOG Awards photography competition, taking home the $500 cash prize for her photograph of Amber, a Dalmatian (above). 

The TOG Awards is an international photography competition organised and administrated by That Photography Spot, whose community follow multi-award-winning portrait photographer Jessica McGovern. The TOG Awards runs annually and in 2022 garnered over 650 entries from 24 different countries worldwide. From these entries, Sophia Hutchinson achieved the overall title with the highest average score given by three highly acclaimed photographers.

The judges, Jessica McGovern along with Meg Loeks from the USA and Tracey Lund from the UK all worked on the entries throughout February to allocate scores for each image in a matrix system that outputted averages to decide the winner. As well as the overall prize, there were also three categories and seven subcategories up for grabs.

Jessica explained, “to achieve one of the top scores in The TOG Awards is a serious achievement, but to gain the highest collated score across nearly 700 entries is remarkable. We can only see great things to come for Ms Hutchinson, whose imagery was truly stunning.”

“The TOG Awards exist to find and celebrate talent within the photographic community, from all walks of life, no matter the subject matter or professional focus. We had a strict rule when judging to not cast bias for, or against, any specific style of work, yet still meet the criteria seen in international print competitions. I’m really pleased that we have done just that.”

That Photography Spot is an online photographic learning platform with a popular YouTube channel focussing on pet photography, so the number of entries including animals in The TOG Awards was not a surprise. The next cycle of The TOG Awards opens in November 2022 and aims to meet and exceed all targets achieved this year, including the grand prize pot.

To find out more about The TOG Awards visit https://awards.thattogspot.com or to view Sophia Hutchinson’s work, you can find her website here: https://petsbysophia.com/.
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