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Photos of Cats Doing Martial Arts

Hisakata Hiroyuki is a Japanese photographer who has focused his career on a rather unusual subject matter: action photos of cats that make them look like they're doing martial arts.

Portraits of the Overlooked Black Dogs at Animal Shelters

Black dogs are commonly overlooked at animal shelters. They're the last to be adopted and the most likely to be euthanized. Photographer Shaina Fishman has taken it upon herself to shine light on this problem and raise awareness, hope, and love for these dogs.

Photos of Pet Brothers from Other Mothers

If you're a fan of cute animal photos, look no further than the Pet Brothers from Other Mothers collection by the UK-based photo library Warren Photographic. Each one shows a pair of matching animals that are similar, yet different.

These Creative Photos Use Optical Illusions to Promote Pet Adoption

Photographer Amol Jadhav and art director/retoucher Pranav Bhide recently created something awesome for World For All Animal Care And Adoptions in Mumbai. Using creative lighting and framing, they created a set of optical illusion portraits that each contain two images in one.

5 Tips for Shooting Better Photos of Your Dog or Cat

I’m not ashamed to admit it. I regularly use my fancy camera to photograph my cats.

You probably do it too. A new lens or camera arrives in the mail and you immediately lose sight of all the daydreaming you’d done while waiting for your package to arrive. You may have envisioned yourself photographing a beautiful landscape or capturing that perfect moment in perfect lighting of a friend candidly laughing. Pet photography is the farthest thing from your mind. You tear off the bubble wrap and what do you shoot first? Cats.

The Life and Work of a Traveling Cat Photographer

Larry Johnson is a Baton Rouge, Louisiana-based photographer who specializes in cat portraits. He has photographed animals for over 20 years now. These days, in any given year, Johnson travels to over 35 major cities around the world to capture feline portraits at major cat shows.

Director Mark Zemel followed Johnson around for a weekend earlier this year during the cat show in Parsippany, New Jersey. What resulted was "The Purrtraitist," the 10-minute film above that provides a look at Johnson's life and work.

These Dog and Cat Portraits Capture the Personalities of Our Favorite Pets

18 months ago, 22-year-old photographer Rob Bahou started shooting a series of portraits focused on the two animals we know best: dogs and cats. His goal with the project is to show how expressive the faces of our beloved pets can be, treating the subject matter with respect and not focusing on breed, behavior, or funny moments. What resulted is a gorgeous and heart-warming project titled Animal Soul.

Photos of an Unusual Pet Family Are a Hit Online

An unusual family of animals is winning hearts on Instagram. The account @bob_goldenretriever has attracted over 77,000 followers so far by regularly sharing snapshots from the life of one man's pets: a eccentric but tight-knit group that consists of one golden retriever, one hamster, and eight birds.

Photographer Captures Bond Between Her Boys and Their Cats

For the past two years, photographer Beth Mancuso has been taking pictures of her three sons and their relationship with their two cats. Her portraits, both candid and posed, offer a glimpse into the bond that has formed as the boys and cats grow up together as a family.

Portraits of Dogs Wearing the Cone of Shame

If there's one things dogs don't like, it's the Elizabethan collar, popularly known as the "cone of shame" or the "pet lamp-shade." It's a protective medical device that's also commonly used by owners to discipline dogs when they do something bad.

For his new project titled Timeout, photographer Ty Foster shot a series of portraits of dogs that captures the sadness and embarrassment caused by wearing the cone of shame.

Portraits of Famous Artists and Their Cats

What do Pablo Picasso, Andy Warhol, and Frida Kahlo have in common? All three are counted among the most famous artists in history, and all three were cat lovers.

For her new book Artists and Their Cats, artist Alison Nastasi has put together a collection of portraits showing some of history's best-known artists and their beloved cat companions.

Catstacam Turns Your Cat Into an Instagram Photog

If you've always dreamed of seeing your cat share photos of its life on Instagram, there's now a camera being developed that may make your dream a reality. It's called Catstacam, and is a wearable collar camera that automatically posts photographs to an Instagram account you set up for your cat.

GoPro Debuts Its First Dedicated Dog Mount

GoPro has just launched its first ever dedicated dog mount. Called the ‘Fetch’ mount, this unique harness system allows you to officially and easily attach up to two GoPros to your pooch and capture the playtime shenanigans from their point of view.

Dreamy Portraits of Flower Wreath-Wearing Pit Bulls Challenge the Stereotypes Surrounding the Breed

Pit Bulls, more so than most other breeds, are subjected to a great deal of prejudice and misrepresentation. Granted, there are times when said discrimination is warranted, it’s more often than not the lack of first-hand experience and knowledge, combined with society’s portrayal of the breed that lead to the misconceptions that exist.

Photographer Sophie Gamand was one of those who admittedly have a great deal of personal experience with Pit Bulls. But after spending time volunteering with a number of rescue groups, she started knowing the breed on a more personal level, appreciating them for their sweet-natured side that shines through when treated and respected properly. Thus, in an effort to shine a more proper light on these adoptable animals, she's using her photographic abilities to create her Flower Power, Pit Bulls of the Revolution series.

Touching Multimedia Series Captures The Powerful Bond Between the Homeless and Their Pets

There are times when you come across a collection of images that no written words or powerful images can describe on their own. Such is the case with the heartfelt series, Lifelines.

Inspired by past projects, photographer Norah Levine teamed up with audio guru Gabrielle Amster and Animal Trustees of Austin’s 4PAWS (For People and Animals Without Shelter) program to document and tell the story of the connection between the homeless and their beloved pets.

Cosplay Pug Portraits Put an Adorable Spin on Game of Thrones

It’s Friday. And after some potentially unfortunate news, it might do to share something that will help you start the weekend off on a better note. So, without further ado, we present you with a collection of photos that put a cute, SFW spin on HBO’s blockbuster show Game of Thrones.

BTS: How Photographer Sophie Gamand Captures Her Viral Photos of Wet Dogs

If you remember our coverage of the 2014 Sony World Photography Awards, you might recall a photograph of an adorable dog, soaked with water after a bath. It was captured by photographer Sophie Gamand and won in the Portraiture category. Today, we get a behind the scenes peek at what goes into the making of her viral puppy portraiture.

Photos of Skunk Owners Showing Off Their Quirky Choice of Pet at Skunk Fest

Behold the work of South Carolina-based photographer Vincent J Musi and one of the most unusual photo sets you're likely to run across today. As part of an April cover story for National Geographic on “exotic” pet owners, Musi went out and photographed the owners of an animal most of us wouldn't dare bringing into our homes: skunks.

Adorable Studio Portraits of Dogs Mid-Lick

Cats might be the belles of the Internet photography ball, but I'm a dog person and I'll be damned if cats get all the recognition. Photographer Carli Davidson's series Shake was a giant leap in the right direction, and now another canine advocate and photographer has stepped forward with his own series of portraits.

His name is Ty Foster, and where Davidson's series captured dogs mid shake, Foster's series Lick captures them in the middle of licking their own face.

Disturbing Photos Capture the Realities of Euthanization at Animal Shelters

Warning: This post contains strong and disturbing photos of euthanasia and animal suffering.

Every year in North Carolina, over 250,000 animals are euthanized because there is no one willing to adopt them and care for them. This averages to nearly 700 animals killed daily. NC-based photographer Mary Shannon Johnstone has been on a mission to draw public awareness to the issue of animal overpopulation. Her gut-wrenching project, titled "Breeding Ignorance," offers an brutally honest look at the conditions inside animal shelters and the tragedy of beautiful (and often healthy) animals being put down.

The Faces of Dogs Combined with the Bodies of Their Owners

People often say that, for whatever reason, dogs often look like their owners. 27-year-old Swiss photographer Sebastian Magnani has been attracting a good deal of worldwide attention lately for his photo project that takes that idea to the next level. Titled Underdogs, the series of photos features portraits showing dog faces carefully Photoshopped onto the bodies of their owners.

Teen Girl Shoots Beautiful and Creative Portraits of Her Pet Dogs

If you're a dog lover, you've got to check out the photography of 17-year-old photographer Jessica Trinh. Her two main photo subjects are her two dogs: a Golden Retriever named Chuppy and an Australian Shepherd named Daisy. Over the past few years, Trinh has captured hundreds of beautiful and creative portraits of her furry happy-go-lucky friends, aided by her keen eye for spotting gorgeous lighting and happy expressions. We dare you not to smile as you look through the images in this post.