Thank you to all the photographers that shared their best photos showing spoiled pets in the Pampered Pets Photo Contest with chances to win a copy of guest Judge Norah Levine's book "Pet Photography: Unlocking the Secrets to Creating Connection with Authentic Pet Portraiture", $300 gift card and more!

"Thank you so much for inviting me to be the judge for this Pampered Pets photo contest! I loved reviewing the images and was just SO inspired by the entries. So much talent and creativity is represented in this collection! It was very difficult to choose, but I have narrowed it down to the following." - Norah Levine

Norah Levine, co-founder of the philanthropic Lifelines project, fine artist, and portrait photographer focuses on the intricacies, challenges and rewards of photographing children and pets. Levine’s work has been featured in a number of prestigious publications, including Austin Monthly and Professional Photographer magazine, highlighting her creative work with animals. Whether showcasing her collector's edition encaustics pieces or instructing in settings like the world renowned Santa Fe Photographic Workshops in New Mexico, Levine is thankful to have discovered many ways to combine her love of photography, painting, and animals. Norah currently lives in Austin, Texas.

Grand Jury Winner

"This image exudes the joy and friendship that we humans share with our pampered pets. The sweet connection between the dog and the boy is undeniable. I love the nostalgic setting and the the ethereal quality of light. This photograph displays an excellent use of color and implements smart styling choices (just enough, not too much). The application of post processing feels fully supportive on an aesthetic level and not distracting. The dog appears comfortable and the physical connection between the boy and the dog feels natural.  It’s easy to get lost in the moment in this photograph." - Norah Levine

Runner Up

"I love the creativity that was implemented in this image. Excellent use of simple, yet effective styling and choice of location. The expression on the boy’s face is quite sweet and I KNOW how hard it must have been to photograph this boy and the dog together (much less the dog eating noodles!) The quality of light is supportive in allowing the viewer to see plenty of fun detail in not only the subjects but their shared plate of spaghetti." - Norah Levine

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"The title of this image is perfect and we can all imagine just what this “discussion” entails! The fact that the baby and the dog are looking directly at one another make me (and I know many others) smile.The light is beautifully dramatic and helps draw my eye to the center area of the frame. The compositional choices are supportive to the subject matter and help keep our eyes engaged in the frame. We see just enough detail to know we are looking at a baby’s room without feeling overwhelmed or distracted. The contrast in size between the dog and the baby is quite endearing." - Norah Levine

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"This is an image I have never seen before and I absolutely applaud the creativity! The cat looks completely mesmerized by the light. Not many subjects look this good being lit from below but this cat’s curiosity is really illuminated beautifully by it. This photograph invites a narrative that goes beyond a headshot, which is refreshing. Maybe the cat is about to beam up to space, or upload a YouTube video. We can have some fun guessing." - Norah Levine

Amateur Winner

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"This image is incredibly striking. The light is gorgeous and the soft, pastel color palette feels so sweet to my eyes. I love the shapes created out of the negative space between the two figures. The simple composition helps the viewer keep their eyes on the gentle interaction between the woman and the cat." - Norah Levine

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