Named as the Pet/Animal Photographer of the Year by the Australian Institute of Professional Photographers in August 2019, Belinda Richards has proven that pet photography is about more than just photos of cute dogs. As the founder and Creative Director of Frog Dog Studios, Richards has become known for capturing animals’ unique expressions, poses, and personality.
Richards started her photographic journey in 2010 at the age of 30 by heading back to school. After completing a Diploma of Photo Imaging at the Photographic Imaging College, she went on to do a Bachelor of Fine Art (Photography) with Distinction at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology.
Richards has won numerous awards across multiple international competitions including the 2019 AIPP Australian Pet/Animal Photographer of the Year, 2019 Epson AIPP Victorian Pet/Animal Photographer of the Year, and, most unexpectedly, the Nikon NZIPP International Photographer of the Year.
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