A LOCAL pet photographer has been recognised in a prestigious photography competition.

The Kennel Club Dog Photographer of the year competition, one of the largest and most prestigious dog photography competitions, drew over 7,000 entries from 70 different countries.

Among them was Cat Topham’s photograph of therapet Abraham’s visit to Riverside House in Peebles, which captured his ability to inspire those in need.

Her shot of Abraham, who regularly visits local homes and hospitals, received a special mention from judges in the Assistance Dog category.

For Cat, who runs the Peebles pet photography studio Fetch and Flash, the recognition capped a remarkable year.

She said: “There are 10 categories and my image of Abraham received a special mention in the Assistance Dog category.

“Of the 7,000 entries only 36 feature in the final collection so to be amongst those with this image of a local dog and residents has made me really proud.

“After recently qualifying as a Master Photographer, receiving this judges mention has been the icing on the cake for the first year of Fetch and Flash, which is going from strength the strength.

“I'm excited to have been invited to the Kennel Club HQ in October to view the full exhibition and receive my award.

“Obviously huge thank you to Abraham, his owners Amanda and Tara and Riverside House residents for having me along to take the picture.”