Among all the photo contests in the world, capturing the most amazing sights, animals, and people in the world, there should be a place for humor. That is where the Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards come in. Hosting consecutively for the year of 2021 as well, this internationally famous competition for funny photographs of animals is in the process of searching for award winners.
This contest has been around since 2015. And even though traveling and moving were extremely difficult with the recent coronavirus pandemic all around the world. But with all the obstacles, photographers took part in the 2021’s contest as well. More than 7000 photos were submitted and the judges are sweeping their way through these photos to choose the award winners.
This competition is held in a different niche in ‘Wildlife photography’, this is done to create an impact in the photography world. Taking the message out to the world, to conserve and protect the animals who deserve this world as much as we do.
This year, the competition will offer 10% of its earnings to Save Wild Orangutans fund. This fund conserves and protects the Orangutans in Borneo. This noble cause is done in style by gathering pictures of hilarious animals from all over the globe while shining the spotlight on some of the most talented photographers as well.
Scroll down to check out photos of some finalists who are shortlisted. The panel of judges will announce the winners shortly and the openings for the next year’s contest will start soon with it. If you are a photographer amused by animals, here is your chance. Please leave your thoughts in our comments section.
“Monday Morning Mood” by Andrew Mayes Randburg, South Africa.
Animal: Pied Starling
Location of shot: Rietvlei Nature Reserve
“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.”
“Don't Worry. Be Happy” by Axel Bocker, Germany.
Location of shot: Hemer, Germany.
“A Dragonfly early in the morning on a flower looks into my camera and it seems as if it laughing. The year 2020/2021 was very hard for everybody because of Corona. But when you go outside and watch carefully the Beauty of our nature, then problems seems to get less for me. So if I have a bad day this image make me give a smile back.”
“Foot Jam” by Brook Burling, Wisconsin Rapids, United States.
Location of shot: Wisconsin Rapids WI
“There is a great big pine tree with a small to medium sized hole in it near my house where a young raccoon has called this home for the past year. Well this year it appears that the little raccoon has outgrown it's tiny home as it barely fits!”
“Monkey riding a giraffe” by Dirk-Jan Steehouwer
Animal: Monkey and Giraffe
Location of shot: Murchison Falls NP, Uganda
“During a game drive we 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.”
“Mr. Giggles” by Martina Novotna, Elvington, United Kingdom.
Animal: Grey seal
Location of shot: Ravenscar
“Grey seal pup appears to be giggling. 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.”
“Sweet lips are for kissing!” by Philipp Stahr, Mannheim, Germany.
Location of shot: Curaçao, Dutch Caribbean
“Usually box fish are difficult to take pictures of, since they do not have a problem of a diver coming close, but if you show interest, they always turn the back and not the face to you. That's why I tried to swim 0.5m above the fish and showing no interest at all in him. At the same time, I had my camera not in front of me, but below at my chest pointing to the bottom. When the right moment came, I turned the camera 90 degrees to the front and just pointed and shot, hoping to have the fish in focus. Never expected to have its beautiful lips that close!”
“Smoked Deer for Dinner” by Siddhant Agrawal, Pondicherry, India.
Location of shot: Jim Corbett National Park India
“I have been following the family of a tigress called Paaro in India's Jim Corbett National Park for many years. This is her daughter who has stood on her hind limbs to be able to scratch her face with a log. But, it appears as if she is carrying the log on her shoulders.”