Congratulations to the winners of our first-ever pets photography contest!

Ottawa-based photographer and pet-lover Bonnie Findley joined Canadian Geographic's creative director Suzanne Morin and photo editor Laura Stanley to form our panel of judges. Together, the judges sifted through thousands of adorable entries.

The judges chose the winners based on the photos' visual impact, composition, technical quality and content and originality. In the video above, they explain what made the winning photos stand out.

Check out all of the winners on the Canadian Geographic Photo Club.