Thank you to all the photographers that shared their best pet portraits. The gallery in this photo contest and the finalists are an irresistibly cute collection of our favorite companions. The images show unconditional love, superb skills and  amazing subjects! Be sure to browse all the images in this photography contest.

A special thanks to the photographers that helped us find the People's Choice by voting for their favorite shots and to friend and professional photographer Gareth Pon for his collaboration as a guest judge. Gareth Pon is a freelance documentary filmmaker, founder of the South African Instagramers community and loves discovering a good story. He believes that everyone should have at least one ridiculous dream, and his is to go to space. In 2014 Gareth was named the top Instagramer in Africa by the African Blogger awards. He shares his stories on his Instagram.

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"I really love everything about this photo, not only is it technically brilliant but it also really nails narrative and conveys a really strong emotional story. It’s like the age old saying of a man’s best friend made new." - Gareth Pon

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"This photo has a brilliant combination of textures, composition and just the perfect moment to tell a story." - Gareth Pon

Runner Up

"I’ve always been a huge fan of people who crop their photos in a unique way. The gaze of the pups really leads you around the photo and makes it such a feel good shot." - Gareth Pon

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