Animal lovers are being given the chance to vote for their favourite snap of a pet in the People’s Choice category of the prestigious RSPCA Young Photographer Awards, which launched yesterday.

May I come in? © Ashley BaxterAn official judging panel, which included wildlife expert and RSPCA vice president Chris Packham as well as several industry professionals, selected their winners ready for a special ceremony in December.  Now it’s the public’s turn to pick their winner with a special online poll.

People have two weeks to vote for their favourite cheeky pet photograph.

Choices include:

  • a cat trying to sneak through a gap in the window;
  • a spaniel shaking water from his fur after a dip in the sea;
  • and a guinea pig poking his head out from a Union Jack house.

Photos deserved a special mention

Georgia Hardy, who organises the RSPCA awards, said:

There's no place like home © James Gabrielli“We felt there were quite a few cheeky portraits of pets which deserved a special mention.


“They may not have been able to beat the tough competition in the main contest, where there is a big emphasis on technical ability, but many of them showed such character, originality and really captured the personality of the animal that we thought they deserved a special category of their own.


“So we decided to put it to the public and give them the chance to pick their favourite. ”

Vote for your favourite

For a full list of the shortlist and information about how to vote please visit: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/YPA13peopleschoice

Take me for a walk, I'll give your shoe back! © Leila ThomasYou can also view the photos and find a link to the survey on our Facebook page from next week.

Voting closes on Monday 17 February at 5pm. The winner will receive an Olympus Stylus SH-50 camera, YPA trophy and certificate.

For more information please visit the Young Photographer Awards website.

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