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Julie McGuire's award-winning Hounds of Hope image
Julie McGuire's award-winning Hounds of Hope image
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A picture that saw a former Leeds woman scoop one of the globe’s most prestigious photographic awards will go on show in an inspirational display tomorrow.

Julie McGuire, who grew up in Pudsey, only took up snapping as a hobby nine years ago when she moved to India.

But her talent and skills rapidly developed and she was crowned one of four British winners of this year’s World Press Photo contest, the exhibition of which opens in the UK at the Southbank Centre, London, tomorrow. Julie, whose first ever job was a three-month work placement at the Yorkshire Evening Post, said she had been overwhelmed to take third place in the Daily Life category – with her photograph of an asylum for street dogs.

And the 48-year-old, who attended the former West Leeds Girls School and now lives in Germany, said she was proud to see it showcased alongside images taken by some of the world’s best photo-journalists.

She said: “The people who win this are people that would be mentors and heroes to me – people who do amazing work.

“I entered a couple of shots but I really had no expectation at all. I was just blown away.”

Her award-winning shot, taken at Penang Animal Welfare Society, Malaysia, comes from a stunning series of pictures called Hounds of Hope which documents daily life at the Penang Animal Welfare Society, Malaysia.

Julie spent five days shooting the “last chance saloon” for stray mutts, where German retiree Barbara Janssen lives with around 350 rescued canine companions.

She hopes the photograph’s high-profile success will help raise awareness of the plight of street dogs in many countries.

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