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.