This Your Shot assignment has left no doubt: we all love animals. And your photos and stories have shown why. We love animals because they remind me of our humanity, as Your Shot photographer Rose Ungvari noted in this photo by Elmar Weiss: "I can easily imagine a human parent carrying their child on their shoulders like this." We love animals because as pets, they just love us, as Candice Barker revealed in her caption: "They say that pets can sense things, and the love that these two animals showed our beloved patriarch made us stop." I can feel our love for animals.
As you look through the final selections, you'll notice that many of my Editor's Notes feature comments from your peers. This is because I wanted to emphasize how your photos and stories move not just me, but also the entire global Your Shot community.
While we wait for the next animal-themed assignment, I'm developing a Your Shot Pet of the Week concept. Use the hashtag #WeLoveOurPets to share your best pet photos and stories. As always, thanks for sharing your photos and stories with us.
David Y. Lee
Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot