This week’s photo challenge was just adorable! In honor of the holidays and the holiday madness that is in full swing, we thought we’d serenade you (because the Holiday Madness may be getting to us, too. Hee!)
On the 12th day of Pet week, I Heart Faces gave to me: 12 lazy dogs, 11 close up cat eyes, 10 lolling dog tongues, 9 cats sun bathing, 8 kids and doggies, 7 fast dogs running, 6 geese a-laying (not really, but it really did fit didn’t it!), fiiiiii-ve touching pet stories!! (Sing it with me!) 4 chimpanzees, 3 llamas, 2 praying mantis and a cockroach in a toilet!
(We know we heard you singing with us!)
Special thanks to this week’s Guest Photographer Judge, Kim Levin! Her work is beautiful, both in photos, and within the animal community itself! We hope you are inspired! She said of this week’s entries: I am honored to judge this contest. I was really impressed by the quality of the photography and I have to admit, it was not easy narrowing my choices down. So many of the participants had a great eye and an affinity for capturing animals.
1st Place: MG Photography
When I first looked at this image, I took a double take because I simply hadn’t seen an image like it before. The picture stopped me in my tracks. What a great expression on his face – he’s actually smiling. As a pet photographer, my goal is always to capture the animal’s true personality and I felt that this image did that in spades. Who knew that donkeys have personalities! The image is well composed, nicely lit, and I feel like I know a little bit about the subject – he certainly is happy.
2nd Place: Jen Prouty Photography
Jen Prouty’s image of the howling dog and his/her owners vaguely in the background really stood out to me. I liked the composition with the dog off center. It took me a few minutes to even notice the people in the background. Every good pictures tells a story and this one did just that. The photographer really captured “the moment”.
3rd Place: Jennifer Lowery
One of things that I strive for as an animal photographer is getting the animal to show me her personality. One way to do that is getting the animal to “connect” with me with his/her eyes. I love the expression on Dolly’s face and her sweeping ear. It looks like she is moving but she’s in focus. This image gives me a glimpse into Dolly’s personality. She looks like she’s ready to take off!
4th Place: CM Fotografia
What a great moment between the baby and the dog. This photographer had great timing and just the right angle to capture the family relationship. I like the composition with the dad in the background smiling. This picture tells a story. I am not sure if they are meeting for the first time or they have known each other a long time but the image keeps me guessing.
5th Place: Noshings
There were so many great cat images. What made this image stand out for me was the expression the cat’s face, the angle of the image and the great color. I love that the whiskers are so long and take up most of the image. I get the sense that this cat is very sweet and loving.
6th Place: Sunfish Photography
For some reason, I kept coming back to this image. I love the angle the image was taken at – getting down on the same level really helps you get close to your subject. I feel like when I look at this image, I know who Duke is – a sweet, loving, playful dog. The placement of his paw is what drew me to his picture.
7th Place: Nikki B Photography
I felt that the image of “Jobin” did a great job of connecting between subject and photographer. I love the look in the daschund’s eyes. The picture is clean and well-composed – not too many details so that your eye goes right to the dog and her expression.
8th Place: Buckeroo Mama
I really liked the cat’s comfortable and the relaxed nature in this image. The photograph was well lit, had great color and had a lot of texture. It’s not easy to get cats to relax and I think this image did a great job at that.
9th Place: Jennifer Leigh
10th Place: A Waste of Paper
As a photographer, I can tell this is not an easy picture to get. Great timing and patience on the photographer’s part is what makes this image stand out. The photographer took the image at a great angle and was able to freeze the motion of the water at the very moment it was going to drop into the dog’s mouth.
Each week we (Angie & Amy) like to show off some of our favorite entries as well! Here are our picks…
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.)
Congratulations to ALL of our winners this week!
We’d love to have you join us next week for a special “Holiday Bokeh” non-competition photo challenge. For more information on our upcoming themes go here!