It's not every day you see a raccoon giving a dog a hug, a cat wearing glasses or a poodle playing piano. But these were just a few of the antics seen among the entries in Youth 84's first Picturesque Pets Photography Contest. Although most photos featured dogs or cats, they were not alone. Donkeys, turkeys, rabbits, parrots, deer, swans, mice and even crocodiles were among the pets seeking international recognition. "It was good to see the contestants put so much thought into it - the ideas were exceptional," noted Mike Hale, Youth 84 graphics editor and a contest judge. "I had the most fun I've ever had judging a contest." The response was overwhelming. The senior division brought in 140 photos and 350 were submitted for the junior category. The huge selection of pet pictures kept the judges busy for hours!
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