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Animals Photo Challenge: Top Picks

By Kelly  ·  June 18th, 2012

When we decided to dedicate the April Photo Challenge to our furry and feathered friends, we had no idea just how much of the animal kingdom we’d get to see. In addition to many wonderful and humorous shots of dogs and cats, we were also treated to wrinkled elephants, lazy lions, curious cows, mesmerizing jellyfish, and much more. It was truly a treat judging this month’s entries. Kudos to everyone who participated!

Here are the images that got the top votes from our judges.

We couldn’t help by smile at Lori Ziegenhagen’s amusing shot of this brightly colored bird standing defiantly above a No Hunting sign. The blurred background sets off the subject nicely.


Susan Edens puts us right in the ball-fetching action thanks to a ground-level perspective and motion blur in this playful photo.


There’s a wonderful tension between this lizard’s casual, restful pose and that one watchful eye in Kenneth Dodds’ photo. We love the sharp detail in the lizards face contrasted with the soft background.


Just try looking away from the piercing gaze in this well-lit cat portrait by Betsy Sasnett.


Alan Sanders offers a humorous look at a hungry squirrel in this cute and well-executed Out of Bounds image.



There’s a touch of nostalgia in this lovely sepia-toned portrait by P.E.T. subscriber Jim Law. We love the pop of color with the purple bandanna and those soulful eyes.


The saturated tones and blurred edges of Bob Deasy’s  fox portrait give the photo a beautiful dreamlike quality.


The shallow depth of field, beautiful lighting, and striking eyes combine to create a stand-out portrait in this photo by  Sally Wood.


There’s something so very human about this gorilla’s expression in Doug Conrad’s nicely composed closeup.


Winner: The simple, white background in Tammy McChesney’s intimate portrait helps keep our attention focused on the tender moment being shared between these two young giraffes.


Congratulations to everyone! And don’t forget, our June Portrait challenge is going on right now.



11 Replies to Animals Photo Challenge: Top Picks:

  1. Steve

    June 18, 2012 at 1:48 pm

    Congrats to all the participants, these images are awesome!!

  2. Peter

    June 18, 2012 at 2:31 pm

    The images a great. Animals are my favorite subject. I am sorry that I missed out on this challenge. Thanks for sharing your images with us, Congratulations!

  3. Tammy

    June 19, 2012 at 5:51 am

    Wow, what an honor to be included in with such talented photographers! Thank You! All are wonderful images, congrats to everyone!

  4. Helen

    June 19, 2012 at 5:52 am

    Great selections……congratulations everyone…..LOVE the giraffes!!!

  5. Gwendolyn

    June 19, 2012 at 11:24 am

    These are all lovely. How do they get the wiskers to be so perfect? Was it from out of bounds?
    I can’t get do that.

    • Annette

      August 6, 2012 at 11:52 am

      I’m guessing it’s either from the camera, or a brightening effect was used while the whiskers were selected. Hope this helps!

  6. Eleanor

    June 21, 2012 at 7:46 am

    Awesome picks! Each and everyone is gorgeous! Congratulations to all the winners!

  7. Arthur

    June 28, 2012 at 4:49 pm

    I was all ready to post to this contest until I reviewed these photos. There isn’t a one of them I wouldn’t buy for my walls at the office or my home. These are just OUTSTANDING everyone.

  8. Linda

    July 2, 2012 at 6:27 pm

    These are fantastic. We have our second springer spaniel so I’m partial to that one. I love the black and white with just a touch of color on his bandanna and the black and white dog’s eyes. These are all fantastic. Congratulations to everyone!

  9. Sue

    July 8, 2012 at 11:06 am

    These are all excellent. Since I am new to this to the photographers tell us what they did to get or how they used Elements on the photo?

  10. Sherry

    August 12, 2012 at 5:09 pm

    Congrats to all the winners. I hope to be as talented as all of you someday…….to be able to altered and edit photo’s so beautiful. Still learning and so eager, but find it a bit frustrating at times. This is one reason I got Elements as a gift because i was hoping it would help me….thanks for sharing all your beautiful photos with us.

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