Image: Aditya Kshirsagar
The Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards are back to show a lighter side to the animal world. Which one do you think will take the win?
Image: Aditya Kshirsagar
The Comedy Wildlife Photo Awards has announced the finalists for its 2021 contest, which reveals some of the funniest animal photos taken this past year.
According to Petapixel, the awards were launched in 2015 by a pair of professional photographers who wished to promote wildlife conservation through humour.
This year, the Comedy Wildlife Photo Awards received over 7 000 entries from around the world and 42 of those submissions have been selected as finalists. 10% of the net revenue from this year’s awards will be donated to the charity Save Wild Orangutans.
“The huge number of images we receive every year illustrates the appetite there is to engage with conservation and reminds us that wildlife truly is incredible and hilarious and, we must do all we can to protect it,” co-founder Paul Joynson-Hicks MBE says.
The Overall and Category winners will be unveiled on 22 October, and the winner will receive a one-week Kenyan safari as well as a handmade trophy.
One of the entries is aptly named ‘Monday Morning Mood’ by Andrew Mayes. The photograph was taken in the Rietvlei Nature Reserve, South Africa. “I took this shot while photographing a group of Pied starlings perched in a tree at the Rietvlei Nature Reserve in South Africa. It perfectly sums up my mood on most Monday mornings.”
Vine snakes are very commonly seen snakes in western ghats of India,” says photographer Aditya Kshirsagar. “When approached they show aggression by opening their mouth wide open. Nothing to scare of this beautiful harmless Vine snake. I was happy to find it and smiling and It looks like he was smiling back at me.”
A smooth-coated otter “bit” its baby otter to bring it back to and for a swimming lesson in ‘Time for School’ taken by Chee Kee Teo.
During a game drive in Uganda, Dirk-Jan Steehouwer found a group of monkeys playing around with each other, jumping up and down from a bare branch. “It was a joy to watch. After a while, I saw a giraffe coming from the right. By the moment the giraffe did pass the branch, one of the monkeys was on his post to ride the giraffe”.
A golden silk monkey in Yunnan China – this is actually a show of aggression however in the position that the monkey is in it looks quite painful!
“Grey seal pup appears to be giggling,” says Martina Novotna. Ravenscar. “I loved the expression captured. It looks so human-like. I was lying on a rocky beach for hours, as motionlessly as possible, patiently waiting for seal life to unfold around me. This seal pup came onto the shore for a bit of rest and ended up sleeping on its chosen rock for hours before the incoming tide forced it to move more inland. Occasionally, it would stretch and yawn and it was one of the yawns that led to this expression, looking as if the seal was giggling.”
You can see more photos of the finalist over here.