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We Love Animals

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Published Aug 1, 2018 | View the Assignment | Features Photos From 27 Contributors

    27 photos selected by

    David Y. Lee
    Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    A boy bringing his pet dog up to higher ground during the flood season

    #flood

    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.

    Image of a duck farm. when it's feeding time their master called them, then they go round like a...

    #bangladesh #weloveanimals #water #birds #travel

    Editor's Note

    I agree with Your Shot photographer Navin Vatsa who commented, "This [photo] is able to narrate a bond, care and commitment of the master towards their pets. The [above] angle add[s] a great depth ... More

    David Y. Lee
    Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    The baby squirrel fell down from its nest. He was helpless. The mother was not there, I took care...

    #baby #hand #squirrel

    Editor's Note

    I love Your Shot photographer Cerrina Smith's comment: "I don't think I've ever seen a baby squirrel! You have definitely captured the helplessness of an animal separated from his mother. The way y... More

    David Y. Lee
    Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    June 14, 2017. The four baby bunnies that we rescued from a black rat snake attack 3 days prior ...

    #summer #weloveourpets #childhood #bunny #dinnertablediaries #babybunnies #backyardwarrior

    Editor's Note

    Thanks for sharing the story behind this photo. I agree with Your Shot photographer Rose Ungvari who commented, "Such a wonderful rescue story and lovely capture of these cute little babies!"

    David Y. Lee
    Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    A Little Girl and Penguins - The penguins swim through their underwater highways at the Sunshine...

    #landscape #japan #portrait #adventure #underwater #people #photography #natgeo #culture #animals

    Editor's Note

    I love how the city skyline can be seen through the aquarium window. I agree with Your Shot photographer Shannon Hunt who commented, "You captured the child's curiosity so well Hiro!" Well done.

    David Y. Lee
    Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    I didn't know what to expect when I was told the ring bearer for a wedding I was going to shoot w...

    #wedding #we_love_animals_assignment #dogs #wedding_day

    Editor's Note

    I love Your Shot photographer Shannon Hunt's comment: "Our animals are very much a part of our family so having them take part in the wedding is a wonderful way of showing the world how much they m... More

    David Y. Lee
    Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    A family of wild tiger cubs from central India show up with a great display of fearlessness as ex...

    #tigers #yourshotadventure #wildlife #protecttheselands #india #nature

    Editor's Note

    Awesome Nirmalya. I agree with Your Shot photographer Raja Mahanta who commented, "This photograph also addresses a question whether we should really disturb the wild animals for the sake of touris... More

    David Y. Lee
    Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    It's hard not to be overly anthropomorphic when viewing the expressions and body language of thes...

    #hug #cute #penguin #antarctica #chick #love #gentoo #cuddle #gentoochick

    Editor's Note

    This photo is so cute, it is so sweet. I love their body language, I feel their love for one another. I love how thoughtful your caption is, I feel the moment you shared with them. This photo is a ... More

    David Y. Lee
    Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    Tanjun Puting NP, Borneo/Kalimantan, Indonesia. A wonderful moment, when an Orang Utan mom with ...

    #orang #indonesia #utan #wildlife #borneo #monkey

    Editor's Note

    I agree with Your Shot photographer Rose Ungvari who commented, "This is such a relatable and fun image. I can easily imagine a human parent carrying their child on their shoulders like this. I lik... More

    David Y. Lee
    Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    These Konik ponies live wild at a nature reserve near us and I love visiting them. With them not ...

    #wicken_fen #snow #konik_pony #horse #national_trust #black_and_white_snow

    Editor's Note

    This is so beautiful. I love how it feels like I am having a moment with this horse. I agree with Your Shot photographer Rose Ungvari who commented, "A most lovely horse portrait Maria! I like your... More

    David Y. Lee
    Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    A pod of wild Hawaiian spinner dolphins approach with hesitation, curious more than anything. Aft...

    #diving #maui_hawaii #spinnerdolphins #spinner_dolphins #dolphins #underwater #snorkel

    Editor's Note

    I feel like I am part of this pod, swimming with the dolphins — and I absolutely love it. What an amazing experience. I bet this was such magical moment, one that makes the ocean so special. And th... More

    David Y. Lee
    Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    The baby mountain goat kids play by leaps and bounds. Jumping back and forth from rock to rock th...

    #landscape #mountaingoat #mountaingoats #goats #animal #landscapes #animals #mountians #nature

    Editor's Note

    I agree with Your Shot photographer Tammy Neufeld who commented, "What a fun and cute shot. And great job with the timing and composition of this — the kid in mid-leap, in what feels like a precari... More

    David Y. Lee
    Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    Along with my friend Bejoy I went to trek Makalidurga hills in Karnataka, half way we saw this do...

    #weloveourpets #dog #india #trekking

    Editor's Note

    Fantastic reaction from Your Shot photographer Rose Ungvari: "Wow, I love this story, I love this most gorgeous scene... mostly, I admire how you befriended and trusted in this lone dog with three ... More

    David Y. Lee
    Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    A RED CRANE CLEANING ITS OWN FEATHERS LOOKS LIKE A TAIJITU. A TAIJITU IS A SYMBOL OR DIAGRAM REPR...

    #pink #crane #red #taiji #animal #neck #nature

    Editor's Note

    I love how you took advantage of the shape created by this bird to make this beautiful portrait of a red crane. What I really love is your caption, and how you connect this photo to a Taijitu symbo... More

    David Y. Lee
    Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    This backlit photography of the King of The Beasts was achieved by seizing the right moment when ...

    #silhouette #light #wildlife #africa #bigcats #animal #animals #nature #weloveanimalsassignment

    Editor's Note

    I love Your Shot photographer Siddhartha Khandelwal's reaction: "For me this one beats all... WOW!!! Power, compassion, passion, intensity... my list can go on!!!! AMAZING shot Raffi!! I absolutely... More

    David Y. Lee
    Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    Despite it only lasting a split-second, this eye-to-eye moment with an alpha male gorilla in Ugan...

    #mountaingorilla #wildlife #uganda #africa

    Editor's Note

    Carmen, this gorilla portrait is stunning. The light and detail on his face makes him look like he's in his very own studio in the jungle. Beautifully done.

    Kristen McNicholas
    Associate Photo Editor, Nat Geo Your Shot

    This tiny creature, about the size of a thumbnail, was found on a wreck off Grand Cayman. The lit...

    #arthropod #sealife #scuba #ocean #marine_life #hydroid #underwater #tentacles

    Editor's Note

    I love Your Shot photographer Richard Wylie's comment: "This is an absolutely gorgeous shot Susanne and I love your detailed and informative description as well! I am always so impressed with those... More

    David Y. Lee
    Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    My boy is observing spiders, scorpions and many other bugs in those cages, he was so fascinated b...

    #bugs #onekid #zoo #animals #weloveanimalsassignment

    Editor's Note

    A fun moment captured here. I love that although we can't see this young child's face we can still get the sense of curiosity as he looks into the exhibits. Great work with the framing on this imag... More

    Matt Adams
    Senior Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    Monkey Mia is a popular holiday destination, north of Perth (Australia), where families spend the...

    #monkey_mia #summer #pelican #childhood #beach #western_australia

    Editor's Note

    I love Your Shot photographer Sydney Harter's comment: "What a great culture of respect Western Australian has developed, never feeding or trying to touch them! I like everything about this picture... More

    David Y. Lee
    Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    After a long hard ride, several amazing tricks, and a few tumbles courtesy of baby brother, her b...

    #blackandwhite #childhood #horses #imagination #throughtheeyesofachild

    Editor's Note

    Fantastic documenting this wonderful moment that evokes the imagination of childhood. I love it. I agree with Your Shot photographer Hellen Barbara who commented, "This is such a special image. I l... More

    David Y. Lee
    Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    Why we love our dog? We weren’t able to give our daughter, Caroline, a sibling, so we gave her a ...

    #daughter #unconditionaldogs_6 #unconditionaldogs_5 #weloveanimals #unconditionaldogs_1 #weloveourpets #unconditionaldogs #unconditionaldogs_3 #dog #unconditionaldogs_7 #pets #unconditionaldogs_2 #caninecompanion #unconditionaldogs_4

    Editor's Note

    I agree with Your Shot user Kathy Preuit: "Beautiful shot Elizabeth, and a heart-warming story too. I absolutely love the way Dancer is backlit by the sun!"

    David Y. Lee
    Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    The horseman feeds his horse early morning at one of the abandoned house in Cemoro Lawang village...

    #moments2frame #village #bromo_horsemen #horse #tengger #animal #travel

    Editor's Note

    I have seen a lot of photos of these horsemen on Mount Bromo, with epic sunrises and sunsets. So I really, really love that you are sharing this private moment before they move into the public's ey... More

    David Y. Lee
    Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    The Bahamas are known for their exceptional underwater depths. Amongst a lush fauna, you can obse...

    #ocean #reef #freediving #grey #woman #underwater #wreck #shark #nassau #bahamas

    Editor's Note

    Beautiful Marc, a fantastic moment this diver is having with the shark. I love it. Thanks for your thorough caption, detailing that "man is not a prey for the shark." To the Your Shot community, if... More

    David Y. Lee
    Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    Food AND a pillow? I'm calling this a day! Nara Park, intimate moment with local feeding a dee...

    #deer #japan #nara #nara_park

    Editor's Note

    Hahahaha — this moment amuses me. I love how calm this man is, I wonder if I would have reacted similarly. I love how the people in the background are not pay attention, they are missing out. And i... More

    David Y. Lee
    Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    My husband's grandfather was diagnosed with Alzheimer's, last year. While we were visiting for a...

    #time #disease #grandparents #alzheimers #animals

    Editor's Note

    Thank you for taking the time to write an detailed caption that helps explain what I am looking at — otherwise this is just a photo of a man with his dogs. Once I learn more about your husband's gr... More

    David Y. Lee
    Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    Sweet three year old going swimming with pet duck (Nikon D750, 35 mm sigma art ISO 200 1/400 f/3.2

    Editor's Note

    I love it Andrea. I agree with Your Shot photographer M Loranger who commented, "Delightful shot! This child’s smile is infectious and we can anticipate all the fun she will have in the water. I li... More

    David Y. Lee
    Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    I have a theory that many of the ills of our world could be cured with just 30 minutes of playing...

    #kangaroo_island #australia #underwater #fur_seal #marine_mamals #free_diving

    Editor's Note

    Awesome. I love how thoughtful you are in your caption. I agree with Your Shot photographer Cheryl Burnham who commented, "What wonderful interaction you had with the seal, Richard. It must have be... More

    David Y. Lee
    Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    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

    About the Editor
    David Y. Lee
    Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot
    Before joining the Your Shot team, David covered the White House for Time and Newsweek, and served as an official photographer for Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. He also started The Waiting List, a non-profit storytelling project humanizing the statistics of organ donation.

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