Thank you to all the photographers that shared their photos showing human love towards animals and human and animal bonding. A big thank you to guest judge Carl Stovell, Carl is a world and conservation photographer, currently based in the North East of England. He has gained international recognition for his animal series "Eye of the Beast", put together over the last three years to help raise awareness of the growing threat to endangered species and their habitat.

The following are the finalists shown in no specific order:

"A girl and her friend" by fmequine

A girl and her friend by fmequine - I Heart Animals Photo Contest

"TENDERNESS" by kathycline

TENDERNESS by kathycline - I Heart Animals Photo Contest

"Love me" by iuliaiacoban

"Just a girl and her dog..." by (A)ChrissyW

Just a girl and her dog... by Chrissywphoto - I Heart Animals Photo Contest

"Emotion" by bayivobg70

Emotion by bayivobg70 - I Heart Animals Photo Contest

"Summer memory" by katarzynaokrzesik

Summer memory by katarzynaokrzesik - I Heart Animals Photo Contest

"untitled" by Mariellasphotography

Innocent Heart by Mariellasphotography - I Heart Animals Photo Contest

"Larry" by Nmahooch

Larry by Nmahooch - I Heart Animals Photo Contest

"Autumn Colours" by kerryjordan

Autumn Colours by kerryjordan - I Heart Animals Photo Contest

"Friends Till The End" by silentshudder

"Owners kiss." by fmequine

Owners kiss. by fmequine - I Heart Animals Photo Contest

"Sara_France_Giraffe" by sarafrance

Sara_France_Giraffe by sarafrance - I Heart Animals Photo Contest

"I Want To Cry Until I Laugh & Laugh Until I Cry" by JessicaDPlott

I Want To Cry Until I Laugh & Laugh Until I Cry by JessicaDPlott - I Heart Animals Photo Contest

"Golden Eye" by mitchellrichards

Golden Eye by mitchellrichards - I Heart Animals Photo Contest

"A boy and his dog" by adrianmurray

A boy and his dog by adrianmurray - I Heart Animals Photo Contest

 

"Gizmo and me" by KatherineHeintz

Gizmo and me by KateGregorio - I Heart Animals Photo Contest

"A Girl and Her Horse" by (A)dmlbaker

A Girl and Her Horse by dmlbaker - I Heart Animals Photo Contest

"Puppy Kisses !" by MikeW

Puppy Kisses ! by MikeW - I Heart Animals Photo Contest

"Greca&Lola" by (A)OmbrettaCorda

"True Love" by kimberlykirnarneson

True Love by kimberlykirnarneson - I Heart Animals Photo Contest

"KAHRA" by LLOYDWRIGHT

KAHRA by LLOYDWRIGHT - I Heart Animals Photo Contest

"Horse" by leecalvin917

Horse by leecalvin917 - I Heart Animals Photo Contest

"friends" by kerekes

"Archie and the Jackster..." by mindenwoodphotography

Archie and the Jackster... by mindenwoodphotography - I Heart Animals Photo Contest

"Kiss Me Slowly" by kaylarenie

"Puppy Love" by EricMcIntyre

Puppy Love by EricMcIntyre - I Heart Animals Photo Contest

"Loyalty" by Gdhiman

Loyalty by Gdhiman - I Heart Animals Photo Contest

"Sweet Friendship" by sarahjdupree

Sweet Friendship by sarahjdupree - I Heart Animals Photo Contest

People's Choice "Boy's best friend" by jamieparhamlawson

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