Photo Challenge Winners | Furry Pet Faces

December 16, 2011

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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

What a great profile of a dog. Several elements are working in conjunction to make this a strong image. The framing of the dog’s face, the B&W tone and overall composition is what caught my eye.

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…

Caynay Photography

Kira Faris

Castle Photography

Daniela Curl

Shannon View

Heartfelt Photography

Yellow Suitcase 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.)

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!

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Douglala December 17, 2011

Great animal shots! The winning one is my favorite. Good choice!


Angie December 17, 2011

The 1st place winner for the @iheartfaces Pet Photo Challenge this week was brilliant! Amazing shot!


Rebecca December 17, 2011

Oh that first place picture is brilliant!!


Amy Locurto December 16, 2011

Such cute pet photos over at I Heart Faces!


Jennifer Leigh December 16, 2011

Thanks for picking my image of my foster pup for your top 10! We love her to pieces and can’t wait to find her an amazing forever home!

Your #1 pick, by the way…PERFECTION. That image is LOVE!


Nicole @ Noshings December 16, 2011

Came home from work to a wonderful surprise! thanks so much! Bogart already has a big head…I may not tell him his pretty face got 5th place =)


Amy @ Marvelous Mommy December 16, 2011

Haha great shots!! The winning photo is awesome!! Well deserved!!


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