Photo Challenge Winners | Pets

August 26, 2011

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1st Place: Crazy and Little

This week’s entries couldn’t have been more amazing! It’s pretty clear that our pets are such a very big part of our lives. We enjoyed seeing the many personalities and moods of the creatures that surround us. Some, were just plain creepy though, we’re not gonna lie. 😉 Snakes and spiders are not so cute and cuddly. LOL

This week’s Guest Photographer Judge, Jamie Pflughoeft from Cowbelly Photography, had her work cut out for her!

She said of the winning photo by Crazy and Little: I feel like I know this cat. But I don’t. But I can imagine just exactly what his personality is like, just from the one photo. And that is a sign of an outstanding pet photo: when you feel like you totally ‘get’ who that animal is from just one still image. If this cat were an actor he would be Cary Grant, in a 40’s movie, with a fedora on, charming all of the ladies with his wry wit. I love it.

2nd Place: Betsy Marie Photography

You can’t get much more dreamy and fanciful than a little girl on a unicorn in the fading sunlight of a beautiful summer day. The light is gorgeous, the composition makes it the perfect capture, and I feel like I can reach right into the frame and touch the horse. Beautiful all the way around. Times a hundred.


3rd Place: LEDAntonio

Can you say sweet?! Some of the best pet photos out there are the ones that make you go ‘awww’, and that’s exactly what I did (and felt) when I saw this. The softness and colors and light draw me in, and the connection between the little boy and his little pet keep me there. I want to see more of these two, and would love to spend some time glimpsing into their world for real.


4th Place: Red Canary Photography

One of the things dogs love to do the most is play. And play is messy and organic and imperfect and most of all- fun. This shot exudes fun, and I positively adore it’s abstract nature. I picture these two dogs, neighborhood buddies, playing in the water from a broken fire hydrant on a New York city street on a hot summer evening.

5th Place: Norman Photography

Talk about timing! The look of envy and desire are captured perfectly in this incredibly dynamic shot. I love how the basset looks like he is trying not to look at the cookie, as if maybe if he doesn’t appear to be looking, he also won’t appear to have eaten it out of the child’s hand when she turns her head. Lol! It also goes without saying that the colors of orange and pink with the green grass really complete the image. Great capture.


6th Place: Lisa Black Photography

I absolutely adore the look the lab is giving it’s owner in this shot. I also like the unusual angle and the soft processing. I see so much joy and love in this shot, and that’s exactly what we share with our pets. Looking at this photo makes me so happy.


7th Place: Valderrama Photography

I love pet shots that make you go “awww” and this one fits the bill perfectly! There isn’t much cuter than an adorable Boston Terrier in bunny ears. I dare someone to say they don’t want to pick this little one up and smunch her face. The depth of field keep the focus on the pup, and the colors are just gorgeous.


8th Place: Just Leesha

Kids are so wonderful in their ability to make friends with just about anyone and anything! This photo perfectly exemplifies this. This child has decided that the furry little caterpillar is her new pet, and I can see her carrying it around showing it to all of her friends. The soft processing and composition keep the focus on the caterpillar, and the the photo speaks volumes even though it’s just of the child’s arm. Beautiful.


9th Place: Write184

The best photos leave you wanting to know what’s going on just outside of the frame. I want to see around the dog here, to know what the situation is he/she has gotten themselves into. The imperfectness of the elements in the photo, and the unusual composition are very interesting visually, and the light is wonderful.


10th Place: Churchin Photography

I can just feel the connection between these two, and the silhouette keeps the focus on the mood of the shot- the love felt between human and animal. There are no other visual distractions that take away from what’s most important- the bond that these two share.


Each week we (Angie & Amy) like to show off some of our favorite entries as well! Here are our picks…

Reena Giola

Romeo & Mae

Our Typical Life

Light Trigger

Kel Devoil

Kathryn Shores

Kathryn Grace

Heather Photography

Camera Shy Creations

HB Photography

If you were in the Top Ten or an “Angie & Amy Pick” you can go to this page to find your special Winners Button to display on your blog! Super-huge congratulations for entering such an amazing photo this week!

A Friendly Reminder: To be able to be considered as a winner for our photo challenges, you must follow these guidelines…

1| Only ONE photo can be in your entry post. If there are other photos in your entry post, your photo will not be passed on to the weekly judge.

2| Our button must be in your post (you can find our buttons on our “Grab a Button” page.)

3| You must enter a permalink to your blog post or Flickr entry (not a link to the home page of your blog.)


Don’t forget to head back next week! Our theme is WHITE! To find out more (and plan ahead) about our upcoming challenges, check out our Photo Challenge theme page!

{ 23 comments… read them below or add one }

Angie August 31, 2011

The @iheartfaces 1st place Pet Photo just cracks me up! So funny!


Amy Locurto August 29, 2011

I LOVE these amazing pet #photos from the @iheartfaces photo challenge:


jonathanfun August 28, 2011

Photo Challenge Winners | Pets :: #photography


Lara White August 27, 2011

Super cute, I just LOVE the unicorn photo, so perfect!


jennifer hadfield August 27, 2011

LOVE these adorable pet #photos! RT @iheartfaces: Photo Challenge Winners | Pets


Amy Locurto August 27, 2011

LOVE these adorable pet #photos! RT @iheartfaces: Photo Challenge Winners | Pets


Jodi August 27, 2011

Love that cat picture. It reminds me of my kitty cat.

Congrats to all the winners!


Heather Photography August 27, 2011

I am sooo tickled at looking at all of the amazing entries this week!!! Great job to everyone!!
I just want to say a huge thank you to IHF… I feel so honored to be chosen as a favorite this week & for showcasing me up on your Facebook IHF page a few days ago. I feel like I won a thousand times over. 🙂


Jamie Pflughoeft August 26, 2011

RT @iheartfaces: Photo Challenge Winners | Pets (Had a super fun time guest judging! :-))


Jamie Pflughoeft August 26, 2011

Oh my gosh this was so hard you guys!! I can’t even tell you how many awesome entries there were. And I had a least two handful more favorites that didn’t make it into the top 10! Annnnd…. I just read that the bunny rabbit pup above is actually a Frenchie, if you can believe it! These shots are all so great. I’m going to bookmark it for whenever I need a smile to lift my heart. 🙂


Amy Locurto August 26, 2011

Amazing pet #photos from the @iheartfaces photo challenge:


Kristi Busby August 26, 2011

All the photos are so great and I got so much inspiration! And, I also benefited from more blog to look at with animal photography – Thank you!


Michelle August 26, 2011

These are all SO great!!


Kathryn Grace Photography August 26, 2011

Yaaaay! I’m a favorite! Thanks so much, Angie & Amy!!!
Ok. 5th place is hysterical. 🙂


Shawntae August 26, 2011

Congrats to all the picks! That cat in the 1st place photo cracks me up!! 🙂


Jenny August 26, 2011

I second that. If we didn’t have two pugs, I would totally get a boston.

Your dog has a case of the cute 🙂


Lisa Black August 26, 2011

Totally stoked to have placed 6th! There were so many amazing entries!


Reena August 26, 2011

Thank you so much for choosing my dog Boomer as one of your favorites!! He is the best dog in the world, a big old teddy bear! I am honored that you picked him especially as there were so many fantastic entries!


Wendy August 26, 2011

Wow! Thanks Jamie! I’m shocked and honored.

Chewy was a cat that got dropped off as a stray at our dog daycare. We looked for her home but it turns out she had found a new one. We couldn’t have found a more perfect cat to greet all the dogs and owners every day.

Thanks Angie and Amy for creating this fun community.


Adrienne in Ohio August 26, 2011

These are all so great!


Laura D August 26, 2011

I am sooo excited!! I won 3rd place. I loved this theme – I had my daughter help me chose which photo to enter but I loved everything about this picture and she agreed :). Thank you for having these great contests and a great website!


amy August 26, 2011

These are soooo cute!! I’m amazed at that chicken photo… they are SO HARD to photograph because they do not stand still! ha! Congrats everyone!


Lindsey August 26, 2011

Dear owner of the Boston Terrier with the bunny ears. I have fallen in love with your dog.


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