There is just something incredibly magical about photographing wild animals. To get that special shot of an animal thrills many photographers. And, on occasion, a photographer will be lucky enough to catch a moment that is comical to the eyes of the beholder. That’s why every year the Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards puts on a competition open to photographers around the globe to submit their funny photos of wildlife.
This year’s competition (2021) aims to help spread support for the Gunung Palung Orangutan Conservation Program, a grass roots charity helping organgutans in Borneo’s remaining wild rainforests.
Teenage Mountain Gorilla Rolling Her Eyes
“I was looking too intently at this young female gorilla resting on her elbow on the forest floor, when she looked me in the eye and in the best teenage fashion, rolled her eyes at me,” wrote Diana Rebman of the Mountain Gorilla living in Volcanoes National Park, Rwanda.
“This is Roger the Seal for Antarctic News”
Taken at Arctowski Station on King George Island, Antarctica, Igor Grzegorski said of the Antarctic fur seal: “I was taking pictures at gentoo penguin rookery, where also some fur seals rest after hunt[ing]. This boy [was sleeping deeply, so I could take few photos of him.]” Pointing his camera at the adult Gentoos, the seal suddenly woke up and popped into his viewfinder just at the moment he half-pushed a button, “taking my autofocus on himself.”
“At a rest area there was a tree full of Inca cockatoos. The two of them are sitting peacefully next to each other when the male suddenly turns around, puts up his comb and croaks. The female was visibly surprised,” said Daniel Kuehne who took the photo of the pair of Major Mitchell’s cockatoos in Salt Creek Rest Area, NT, Australia.
Tiger by the tail
A naughty Hooded crow tries to disturb the pheasant in Tahitotfalu, Hungary
See no evil
Where is the dentist?
A Chimpanzé (Pan troglodytes) flashes her smile.
A bear spends summer evening by the pond in Suomussalmi, Finland
Does my belly look big in this?
“Finding this huge male lion up a tree was brilliant enough but to see it with it’s huge belly resting over the branches was the icing on the cake! And with a tooth hanging out too – it was deep asleep and oblivious to us,” wrote Jackie Downey of the male lion in Queen Elizabeth National Park, Uganda.
“Dandelion flowers were a clear favorite for this Golden-mantled ground squirrel,” said Jamie Bussey of the squirrel in Jasper National Park, Canada. “I watched it run around checking each flower patch for the perfect “ripeness” before plucking and consuming it. It grabbed this flower and hopped onto a nearby river rock to consume this precious treat – pausing mid-chew to call out to his friend. A lucky timed click of the shutter captured it mid call, mid chew- complete with a petal on its tongue!”
Curious long-eared owl
“I thought about the song ‘Upside Down’ when I was standing under this tree,” wrote Karin Knap-Meijer of her photo taken in Beemster, the Netherlands.
Tongue Gymnastics 1
This Giraffe was taken drinking water in Onguma Private Reserve, Namibia.
What are you looking at!
“This is a New Zealand native cricket that wandered inside one day while we where on holiday,” wrote Michael Parker.
“A sprinkle of rain in the Victorian desert [Hattah-Kulkyne National Park, Victoria, Australia] had left some tiny pools of water on the ground. This yellow-plumed honeyeater was stretching down from a dead branch to take a sip – it obviously didn’t want to get its feet wet,” said Patrick Tomkins.
We should get our nails done!
Said Tyler Kern of the Alaskan Brown bears, “The two young bears were play fighting and then momentarily paused and struck this pose.”
To enter this year’s The Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards competition visit their website: www.comedywildlifephoto.com