National Geographic assigned users of its "Your Shot" project to submit their best animal photos. The best photographs created for "The Animals We Love" assignment were edited by photographer Robin Schwartz who challenged participants to "differentiate between poignant and too cute." Read on to see a selection of the best images.
"I met this baby elephant while documenting a baby elephant rehabilitation/release program in Assam, India. He had lost his mother in a flood. I spent a lot of time with him and became quite attached. When I finally had to leave, I turned around one more time to look at the building that housed him and saw he had got up on his hind legs and was looking out the window at me. His expression was so strikingly human in that moment and I saw in his eyes something universal and profoundly expressive."
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