Beginner Cat Photo Skills

Dash Kitten Features In The Cat Writers’ Association Awards

I want to share my Cat Writers’ Association success with you all as a Thank You for your support. Thanks to your questions, enjoyment and inspiration Dash Kitten’s change of blog direction has taken hold and begun to thrive, and prompted my absolute beginner’s mini-course and teaching posts.

Who are the CWA?

The Cat Writers are an umbrella organisation for everyone who writes, draws, photographs and creates artworks about cats and the feline world. All creatives are warmly welcomed.

This year’s in person conference was cancelled due to the worldwide pandemic but this will not stop cat creatives from celebrating a CWA Certificate win.

Cat Writers' Association success  Basepaws CWA Certificate of Excllence
One of’s Certificates from the 2017 Awards

What Are CWA Certificate Awards?

The beautifully produced awards are shown off by every blogger who receives them. Each winner is also a finalist for a coveted Muse® Medallion. The medals are not automatically awarded even where there are limited numbers of submissions. Exact details are found on the CWA official site.

The certification of a published work, blog post, poem, or art work is not easily won. Three judges must award 90% or over for a certificate to be awarded.

As you can imagine, members are very selective about submitting their best work to achieve Cat Writers’ Association success. You will see plenty of proud posts over the next few days from the amazing winners.

Cat Writers' Association success  CWA Badge
  • You can check out the full list of winners on the CWA site here.

Cat Writers’ Award Winning Photography

I am thrilled that three photographs I submitted for consideration received Award Certificates.

The Certificates confirm and validate the important change of direction at Dash Kitten to helping beginners learn how to take great cat (and pet) pictures.

Chenzou at the Cat Cafe

Chenzou has been a star of the cat cafe since it opened and he gained renown as a big food fan helping people eat their cat-shaped biscuits. He has retired and is much missed as he is the most awesome cat model. This image went on to win the Kuykendall Image Award.

Award winning portrait of Chenzou cafe cat in 2019 at Neko Ngeru Cat Cafe
‘Chenzou at the Cat Cafe’ Award Winning Photograph ©

Love at the Cat Cafe

Win or lose this is a truly special moment of cat love.

Tiger Lily is definitely Lady Boss Cat at Neko Ngeru Cat Adoption Cafe, but she has a soft and loving side, especially for her mum Richelle, proprietress of the cat cafe. I was the luckiest photographer ever to capture this loving moment.

A touching portrait of a cat lover and her cat. Loving demonstration of the cat lovers bond.
Award Winner ‘Love at the Cat Cafe’ ©

Dot Roars

When I discovered sport mode on my new DLSR I was off like a rocket with high ambitions of action photos. To my surprise, my photograph of Dot Kitten in full yowl mode was one of the first cat photographs I was thrilled with.

Cat photo of tabby shouting loudly
Award Winning ‘Dot Roars’ ©

Winning Cat Writers’ Association Blog Posts

The Beginner’s Guide to Taking Great Photos of Your Cat

This post is aimed at every cat lover who wants to take good pictures.

You may not want to win awards, or get published but just take a picture you can look at with pride. This post was written to guide and help.

How to Succeed with your Cat Closeup Photography

Blog readers commented that taking a close-up was tough and this post was the result.

Easy tips and encouragement for cat lovers (and other pets) to help you get sharper pictures with a sparkle in your pet’s eye, and a smile on your face.

Extreme close-ups can work with the right settings and some luck
Award Winning Blog Post ‘Cat Close-ups’ ©
Cat Photos for Beginner DSLR Users

Written from the point of view of someone who has a DSLR camera in their hands and absolutely no idea how to use it. This gives useful and encouraging tips for your first steps to success.

34 thoughts on “Dash Kitten Features In The Cat Writers’ Association Awards”

  1. Congratulations on your CWA award. I remember “Chenzou at the Cafe” photo when I saw it on your Redbubble shop! I had to pick it up. I love the profile and the contrast with the black and white. You have such a talent Marjorie. Thanks for sharing your tips and insight with us all.

  2. Congratulations on your awards. Good luck on a possible Muse.

    I was so sorry to hear about Harvey. Please know my thoughts are with you.


    • Thank you, Paula and girls, A Muse is a dream, we are happy to have our change in direction acknowledged in such style by the Cat Writers.

  3. Congratulations on getting 3 Certificate of Excellence Awards. The recognition is well deserved.

    All the photos selected for an award are beautiful, but my personal favorite is the black and white photo of Chenzou.

  4. Congratulations on the award and you deserve incredible recognition for your photography – and I absolutely love ❤️ your teaching articles! Well deserved!

  5. Congratulations and no one deserves it more for their photography but you, your photos are amazing and I love your teaching posts. Thanks for the blog hop also 🙂

  6. guyz…. conga ratz two yur mum on her a wardz…we iz buzzed happee for her; way kewl !! 🙂

    N harvey; heerz sum blessingz frum st francis two ewe dood…get well, stay well N bee well oh kay…N if ya wantz streem waterz make yur mum N dad go down ther witha pail N bring it bak two ewe ~~~ 🙂 ♥♥

  7. Concatulations Marjorie! Your photos are just gorgeous! Purrs for Harvey and Basil. And the kitties and I thank you for the concats and for the link to our blog!

  8. Congratulations! What an exciting achievement! Your photos are gorgeous and the awards are much deserved.

  9. Congratulations Marjorie- you deserve it. The Dot Roars pic is one of the best – it just tickles me every time I see it. I’m kicking myself I didn’t enter a couple things but I never think my stuff is good. I’m filling out my application today – using the things I wish I’d entered as my application pieces. And I will enter next year !

  10. That’s fabulous, Marjorie! Congratulations on your well-deserved recognition from the CWA!

    We are glad Harvey has stabilized for now. We will continue sending love, purrs and prayers.

  11. Congratulations! All three of your submitted photos are terrific and I love reading all your photography posts.

    • I am so inspired by your photography blog. It gives so many different perspectives and views on ‘how’ to take a pet photo.

  12. Concatulations ! You have great photography skills, you’re doing a wonderful job ! Well deserved ! Purrs

  13. Congratulations. You have inspired me with your amazing growth in your photography and video skills and your blog transformation. So pleased you have been recognized for your talent and hard work.

  14. Congratulations on the awards! Your cat eye picture is amazing. Cats have such beautiful eyes.

    I will need to try some of your tips for up close photography on my pup.


  15. We are thrilled to see you getting the recognition you’ve deserved for so long. Yes indeed, Dash would be so proud.


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