Should humans appear in the Animals category?

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If the intent and nature of the Animals category is to feature animals, either in their natural habitat or captive, why is it Pixoto allows humans to also be in the image? In today's Animal category there are two photos, currently in the top ten, that feature humans along with an animal. One is a photo of two horsemen in their leather hats and long dusters on horseback. The subjects, for me, are the two horsemen and not so much the horses. The title of the image is even called "Horsemen." Don't get me wrong, this is a wonderful action shot, beautifully shot and edited...but does it really belong in Animals? The other shot is of a very attractive woman and a large dog. My eye goes right to the women. The dog, to me, is secondary. Again, a nice shot, but doesn't really feature the animal. The title of the shot is Becka, and I don't know if that's the woman's name or the dog's name. I'm guessing it's the woman's name and short for Rebecca.

My only point is that when a human appears in an animal shot, I feel it diminishes the subject,, which is supposed to be the animal. Would love to hear others thoughts on this and maybe even a reply from Pixoto staff would be nice.
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John Larson

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John,

Generally we focus in on what the subject is to determine the proper placement.  People are allowed in the animal categories but the photo must have as a primary subject an animal.  If it is clear that the primary subject is the person we will re-categorize it accordingly.  If the primary subject is an animal and the secondary subject is a person (who is also prominent but not primary) we will allow the image in either category.  For the person and the dog photo you mentioned - I think the person is primary and it should be in people.  I'm a little less clear on the horsemen and will need to check with some other team members to see what they think.  I hope this helps.
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Thank you, Jason.

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