A New Dog Photography Challenge – For A New Year!

The next round of Unleashed Challenges are called Emerge and there are 12 brand new challenges and I’m looking for the right dogs to participate.

Are you ready for a new set of dog photography challenges?

Embark's first dog photography challenge asked pet photographers to create colorific images of dogs.
Created during the Embark dog photography challenge of 2022 this image of a Cane Corso in Atlanta, GA scored a Top 10 placement.

2022’s Embark Dog Photography Challenges

In 2022 I set out on a Herculean task – participating in Unleashed’s Embark dog photography challenges.

As one of hundreds of incredibly talented pet photographers across the globe, we were presented with 12 challenge briefs – each a different theme to create an image, submit by the deadline, and compete for a Top 10 spot. While the primary goal was competition with myself – pushing myself creatively and improving the craft of pet photography – the pet photographers also competed with each other.

Each challenge was judged by two of the world’s leading pet photographers with decades in business, a long list of awards from international photography competitions, and some big name commercial clients (let’s just say you’ve seen their work on numerous occasions).

In each challenge you could receive a Top 20 or a Top 10 placement – as well as feedback on your work and suggestions for improvement.

In the end I finished with a “Highly Commended Portfolio” highlighting work of a professional standard for my final 12 submissions:

  • 4 Top 10 images
  • 1 Top 20 image.

Emerge – 12 New Dog Photography Challenges

As we enter 2023, I’m preparing to begin again – with a new set of briefs to complete.

The next round of Unleashed Challenges are called Emerge and there are 12 brand new challenges and I’m looking for the right dogs to participate. I need dogs of all shapes and sizes, fluffy coats and short haired dogs, big dogs and tiny dogs.

And maybe the dog I’m looking for is your dog?

Sometimes a simple dog photo says it it best - this photo from the Say What dog photography challenge of a whippet doing a head tilt received a Top 10 prize.
The Up Up brief in the 2022 Unleashed dog photography challenge asked for photos of dogs up high.

Want to apply for the EMERGE Dog Photography Challenges?

Here’s the part where you come in. To complete the challenge briefs – I need 12 dogs – one for each of the challenges.


  • VALUED at $1,750.00 – Your EMERGE Session Includes:
  • EMBARK Pet Photography Session
  • Image Reveal – View the best of your images & select your favorites. (No additional purchase required.)
  • Five (5) high resolution digital files of your choice
  • $500.00 Product credit towards any portrait purchase

Scholarship opportunities & payment plans also available. Please email hello@cmbryson.com for details. 

Great Pyrenees dog from Madison Georgia

This blog is a part of a blog circle with pet photographers from across the globe! This week is photographer’s choice – so get ready for a grab bag of great topics.

Next up Angela and Bella of Big White Dog Photography, getting ready for an epic new year in the Pacific Northwest!

Be sure to keep clicking the link at the bottom to complete the circle until you wind up back here!

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  1. Elaine

    Congratulations on the Completion of the Embark Challenge and here’s to a great emerge series!

  2. Nicole

    Congratulations on your Emerge success!

  3. Tracy Allard

    Congratulations on your successes last year, your images are beautiful, but I do love that Cane Corso (?) in pearls – perfection!


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