World's Cutest Animals

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Monkeys, lions, otters, and more
cute creatures sent by our readers for the T+L photo contest.

Let’s
face it: animals steal the show. Whether we’re on an exotic safari or just a
cross-state road trip, spotting animals is almost always the highlight, no
matter how gorgeous the scenery. And if the critter is especially cute? We know
what happens next—the camera comes out and the photo snapping begins.

So
when we asked our community members for their favorite nature shots, we weren’t
surprised to get lots of animal images that came with a high awww factor.
After all, once you’ve taken pictures of cute animals, it’s only natural to
want to share them.

And
until November 29, you can vote for your favorite animals—along with the other
finalists in the nature category—in our photo contest.

Of
course, it’s not easy to capture images of animals, whether or not they’re
cute. Sure, some may seem like they’re preening for the camera, but if they
spot dinner—or if dinner spots them—the moment can be quickly lost. And you
can’t exactly come back when the light is optimal. But when everything comes
together—cute animal, great scenery, perfect light—you could have an
award-winning photograph.

Monkeys
often make for especially great cute-animal photos—chalk it up to their
similarity to us mixed with their cuddly looks (just don’t try to pet one!).
One example in our collection is a photo of two monkeys: one has an expression
of flabbergasted shock; the other huddles close, baring its teeth. Are they
playing? Fending off a threat? Either way, their stacked heads create a very
cute image.

But
cuteness is by no means limited to monkeys or cats—cute animals can take just
about any form. One reader sent in a photo of a group of playful otters
swimming together, two of them with their mouths wide open in what can only be
described as gleeful grins. You can almost hear them promising perfect water
temperature and urging you to jump in.

So
read on to see the cutest of the cute animal photos (and there were a lot!).
Click through the slideshow, then vote in our photo contest, either for one of
the cute animal finalists or for one of the arresting nature scenes.

World's Cutest Animals

Monkeys, lions, otters, and more
cute creatures sent by our readers for the T+L photo contest.

Let’s
face it: animals steal the show. Whether we’re on an exotic safari or just a
cross-state road trip, spotting animals is almost always the highlight, no
matter how gorgeous the scenery. And if the critter is especially cute? We know
what happens next—the camera comes out and the photo snapping begins.

So
when we asked our community members for their favorite nature shots, we weren’t
surprised to get lots of animal images that came with a high awww factor.
After all, once you’ve taken pictures of cute animals, it’s only natural to
want to share them.

And
until November 29, you can vote for your favorite animals—along with the other
finalists in the nature category—in our photo contest.

Of
course, it’s not easy to capture images of animals, whether or not they’re
cute. Sure, some may seem like they’re preening for the camera, but if they
spot dinner—or if dinner spots them—the moment can be quickly lost. And you
can’t exactly come back when the light is optimal. But when everything comes
together—cute animal, great scenery, perfect light—you could have an
award-winning photograph.

Monkeys
often make for especially great cute-animal photos—chalk it up to their
similarity to us mixed with their cuddly looks (just don’t try to pet one!).
One example in our collection is a photo of two monkeys: one has an expression
of flabbergasted shock; the other huddles close, baring its teeth. Are they
playing? Fending off a threat? Either way, their stacked heads create a very
cute image.

But
cuteness is by no means limited to monkeys or cats—cute animals can take just
about any form. One reader sent in a photo of a group of playful otters
swimming together, two of them with their mouths wide open in what can only be
described as gleeful grins. You can almost hear them promising perfect water
temperature and urging you to jump in.

So
read on to see the cutest of the cute animal photos (and there were a lot!).
Click through the slideshow, then vote in our photo contest, either for one of
the cute animal finalists or for one of the arresting nature scenes.

World's Cutest Animals

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