Thank you to all the photographers that shared their best photos showing kids interacting with pets in the Kids And Pets Photo Contest with chances to for the winner to Pick The Prize!

A special thanks to our friend and professional photographer Tamara Lackey for her collaboration as a guest judge in this photo contest. Tamara Lackey is a portrait photographer whose work has been described as “expressive, soulful, funny, beautiful” and has appeared in a multitude of publications and national television shows, from O Magazine to Men’s Journal to Parenting Magazine. A Nikon USA Ambassador, she is also the author of four books, including Capturing Life Through (Better) Photography, winner of the Booklist Editors’ Choice Award in Media, and The Posing Playbook – for Kids Who Don’t Do Posing. She is also the host of The reDefine Show, a mix of interviews with top-tier creative artists combined with behind-the-scenes walkthroughs of her photography. Tamara speaks at quite a range of workshops, seminars and conventions, from delivering presentations on the Google stage to delivering private workshops around the globe.

Grand Jury Winner

"I'm really struck by the lovely toning in this image. The well-handled shallow depth of field adds to the dreamy feel of this photograph, and the coloring of the child's clothing and hair piece coordinates quite well with the environment. It is impactful to see a calf photographed so sweetly and it helps to make this image stand out. Overall, it's quite a sweet (and beautifully-presented) image." - Tamara Lackey

Runner Up

"The setting up of this image must have been so much fun! I like the concept, the child's expression, and the front-facing light on this photograph. It would be nice to see a bit more light behind them, to open up that space back there a bit more and to add more dimension to the photograph, but overall this is a a light-hearted concept comes to life in an adorable way." - Tamara Lackey

Runner Up

"The interaction in this photograph, and especially the expression, head tilt and look in the dog's eyes, really makes this image stand out. It's a lovely concept that is enhanced by the placement of the shafts of light and the non-verbal communication of the little girl. It would be nice to have either shot around or managed the distracting/contrasty element in the left pane of glass - it might be a car in the driveway? But, overall, a rather timeless-looking image." - Tamara Lackey

Runner Up

"Sometimes something as an adorable interaction between two subjects on a plain studio backdrop can be surprisingly pleasant to view. The dog licking his ear and the expression on the child are a great combination - quite charming. I would have liked to see a different composition of the characters in the frame, as even just a simple square crop would help to make this interaction stand out more. But the swe" - Tamara Lackey

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"Elliott & His Hen" by lisaholloway

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