We usually think of wildlife photography as capturing a serious instance. Think of the moment when the cheetah is sprinting towards a prey. Or an arctic fox shivering and curling up to stay warm. But that is not always the case. Sometimes, wildlife photography can make us laugh too. That’s where Awards for Comedy Wildlife Photography come in.
The Awards were founded by Tom Sullam and Paul Joynson-Hicks, conservationists and professional photographers. The competition aims to encourage wildlife conservation in an engaging, fun way. They focus on showing animals in comedic anthropomorphic moments. Imagine a turtle gesturing rudely at the camera.
Here are eleven of the finalists selected to give you an overview. There are a total of 44 that you can lookup by the way.
Arthur Telle Thiemenn’s “Smiley”
The subject is a parrotfish near Canary Island’s El Hierro. The photographer spotted the fish with a bent mouth among a parrotfish group. The cause of the injury remains unknown, but Arthur got the front shot after several minutes of concentration. A rewarding piece of wildlife photography indeed.
Ayala Fishaimer’s “Tough Negotiations”
This photo of a fox and a shrew was captured in Israel. Ayala says that the shrew was thrown by the fox before the moment of capture. Amazingly, the shrew landed in that manner. Is it only just us, or does it take a page out of the Gruffalo?
Eric Fishers’s “Hi Y’All”
In the desolate and cold Alaskan lands, companionship is not a very common thing. However, as the image says the wildlife is there to greet you. Do not make the mistake of answering the call though, these are dangerous predators who you should always stay away from even for wildlife photography.
Asaf Sereth’s “Surprise Smiles”
These are dwarf mongooses near Kenya’s Lake Bogoriya. The small critters are flashing a smile at the sudden wildlife photography snap moment apparently.
Mark Fitzpatrick’s “Terry the Turtle Flipping the bird”
Here Mark the Bird was swimming with the turtles off the coast of Queensland’s Lady Elliott Island in Australia. At the moment, Terry’s flipper was being pulled back as he was swimming towards the lens. This does indeed make the turtle seem extremely annoyed at Mark’s attempt to take a photo.
Charlie Davidson’s “Almost time to get up”
Charlie Davidson says that the tree hole is a frequent residence for raccoons. They stay anywhere between a night and a month. In this piece of wildlife photography, the raccoon was comically stretching after waking up.
Petr Sochman’s “Social Distance Please”
Social distancing has taken up an important meaning after the pandemic. This picture taken in Sri Lanka’s Kaudulla National Park of two rose-ringed parakeets shows the beautiful birds practicing it too.
Sally Loyd-Jones’ “It’s a Mocking Bird”
In this piece of wildlife photography is a Eurasian kingfisher in Scotland’s Kirkcudbright. The bird is literally mocking the no fishing sign of the humans with a fish in its mouth.
Kunal Gupta’s “Wait up Mommy, look what I got for you!”
This moment took place in India’s Kaziranga National Park. Gupta writes that the parent and child were seemingly oblivious to the clamor of the passing jeeps. The mother was apparently teaching the child how to eat hyacinths. The child was enjoying the lesson quite a bit.
Wei Ping Peng’s “So Hot”
Hot springs are a famous attraction of Japan. In some places like Osaka, there are hot springs inside snow where snow monkeys like the one in the picture live. Here it seems like the monkey is grimacing at the sudden heat of the water – a common reaction of many human visitors.
Roland Kranitz’s “O Sole Mio”
The photo was taken in Hungary. It shows a spermophile singing the famous Italian song in a trademark pose. It definitely looks as happy as the lyrics.
Be sure to check out the others on the official website. The results have since been announced. So, choose one now and see if it won! Terry the turtle won the original award. The signing spermophile received the people’s choice award for its performance.
All image credits: Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards