Perfect Imperfection Dogs

CompanyHoundstooth Studio
PhotographerAlexandra Cearns
PrizeHonorable Mention
Entry Description

One of my most passionate aims as an animal photographer is to capture the adorable subtleties that make all creatures precious and unique. I love every animal I have the privilege of photographing, but those perceived as ‘different’ hold a special place in my heart. These are the creatures who have lost a leg, been born without eyes, or are still showing the scars of former abuse. Most animals with ‘afflictions’ don’t dwell on them. They adapt to their bodies without complaint and they survive with determination. They push on, always, wanting to be included and involved in everything as much as they can, and as much as an able bodied pet does. The tenacity of animals to overcome adversity never ceases to amaze me. They make the most out of life and from them I have learnt so much about never giving up.

About Photographer

Dogs Today Magazine in the United Kingdom calls Perth based photographer Alex Cearns “One of our greatest dog photographers in the world.” Alex is the Creative Director of Houndstooth Studio and specialises in capturing portraits that convey the intrinsic character of her animal subjects. With a six month waiting list for appointments, Alex photographs for engaged pet lovers, corporate brands in Australia, the USA and the UK, and for around 40 Australian and International animal charities and conservation organisations. She is the recipient of over 200 awards for photography, business and philanthropy and is the WA AIPP Pet / Animal Professional Photographer of the Year 2017, the International Professional Pet Photographer of the Year 2016, the Terrestrial Photographer of the Year 2016 (International Fund for Animal Welfare), and she received an Australian of the Day honour in 2016 from the team behind the Australian of the Year Awards. Her images have been published extensively across global media, in books, magazines and ad campaigns. Inspired by the joy of working with animals, Alex’s philanthropy and passionate advocacy for animal rescue has earned her high regard among Australia’s animal lovers and a strong following on social media. She is the Australian Ambassador for Tamron’s Super Performance Series Lenses, a Brand Ambassador for Spider Holster, and is World Expedition’s first female wildlife photography tour leader, taking like minded animal people and photographers to some of the world’s most exciting, ‘off the beaten track’ animal destinations. Alex is a dynamic and inspirational keynote speaker and photographic educator. She uses warmth, humour and uplifting visual storytelling to highlight the essence of joy in animals.