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ANIMALS Asia has announced the winners of its online photography contest in China that was co-sponsored by Tencent Inc. The winners have been announced just in time to celebrate World Animal Day, which is October 4. About 9,600 people submitted photographs for the contest themed "Sharing love with them." The five categories were: Let's Laugh, We Are Family, Most Creative, Most Touching and Most Popular.

As an ambassador for the Animals Asia Foundation, Hong Kong singer/actress Karen Mok has endorsed the contest. In the past, she has joined a public service program to rescue bears in China. Mok also raises stray cats and dogs.

She says: "Pets bring us lots of fun and happiness. Do not hurt them. We are friends."

Together with local animal protection organizations, Animals Asia will hold award ceremonies in Guangzhou, Chengdu, Shenzhen, Beijing, Dalian, Xi'an and Hong Kong. In October and November, the organization will also exhibit more than 120 photos from this contest to celebrate World Animal Day and express the idea of "caring for animals."

World Animal Day has been celebrated for more than 90 years. October 4 was selected as World Animal Day in honor of St. Francis, a nature and animal lover. World Animal Day offers people a chance to highlight the plight of wildlife.

(Animals Asia/Shanghai Daily)Let's Laugh

"Great days with my dogs"

Photograph by Venus from Sichuan Province

The picture shows a woman with her gold retrievers. It reveals the harmonious relationship between humans and animals, as well as the feeling of happiness and warmth.Most Creative

"Say no to dog/cat meat"

Photograph by Pingzi from Fujian Province

Volunteers from Zhangzhou Small Animal Protection Organization ask people to reject eating dog and cat meat while expressing the idea of "caring for animals."Most Touching

"Reborn with more love and joy"

Photograph by Wang Jiange from Tianjin

This picture aims at encouraging the adoption and rescue of stray animals and giving them a "new life." The dog in the picture was a stray dog that was mistreated. A kind-hearted man surnamed Wang adopted the dog and made a wheelchair to help it walk again.We Are Family

"Family photo of three generations"

Photograph by Hu Wei from Zhejiang Province

This picture shows a grandfather cuddling his grandson in his coat and holding their dog together on a cold, snowy day. It's a family photo of "three generations."Most Popular

"Do not abandon your pet after having a baby"

Photograph by Eunice Sin from Hong Kong

A cute white dog peacefully rests on the belly of its pregnant owner. The dog's pure and curious eyes look as if it is wondering about the unborn baby. The work calls on people to "cherish any life."


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