A laughing moose, tango-ing spider, a duckling crossing over a turtle brick road! These are just a few of the photos you’ll see as part of this year’s Comedy Wildlife Photo Awards.
The annual competition has shared its best entries so far for 2022 and we’re sure you’ll find life is a little bit sweeter after you see the animals captured by the photographers from all over the world.
“It was such a treat watching a pride of lions on top of one of the rocks in the Serengeti. The cubs were very playful and just wanted to play with the mothers’ tails but all the mothers wanted to do was sleep. Here is one of the cubs as it’s trying to wake up his sleeping mom,” writes photographer Yaron Schmid.
“This was eating and she looked up at me as though she found it funny,” says Kerry Singleton of her photo of a cow moose taken in Wyoming.
Shelly Perkins took this photo of a giraffe scratching a hard to reach itch in South Laungwa National Park, Zambia.
“Excuse Me… Pardon Me! A duckling walking/waddling across a turtle covered log at the Juanita wetlands [in Lake Washington, Kirkland, Washington. The duckling fell off after a few turtle crossings, it was cute,” said Ryan Sims.
PF Loke encountered a snail moving slowly along a nature reserved foot path in Thomson Nature Park, Singapore. “It was startled by me and peeked up to check what was going on. On close-up view, it was like a Kaiju, a giant monster featured in Japanese film.”
“While on a safari in Tanzania, we came across this gazelle that somehow got this ‘crown’ stuck on it. The gazelle seemed to wear it proudly, while the other gazelles looked on,” says Lincol Lin of his shot.
A trio of Eurasian Otters mostly underwater appeared when William Parkinson was diving at the Isle of Mull at Amersham, United Kingdom.
Tony Dodge thought the mama bear was chastising her cub in British Columbia, Canada. “Momma bear yelling at cub who looks guilty.”
A jumping spider doing a little dance was captured on film by Tiffany Heymans in Belgium.
“A chubby winter Grey Squirrel has a nap leaning against a convenient tree branch,” says Stuart Malcolm, who took the photo in Neenah, Wisconsin.
“While taking a hike on a nearby hill [in Pune, Maharashtra] I saw this playful owlet,” says Sameer Walunj. “I sat down observing his actions. It
“’Down to the right a bit. Yes that’s it. Ooh that’s better!’. The young Western Grey kangaroos were having a play and it looked like one was scratching the other to relieve an itch,” says Australian photographer Lea Scaddan.
Andrew Peacock says, “These elephant seal weaners were practising their jousting skills for many minutes before they collapsed in exhaustion. One looks to be resting far more comfortably than the other!” He took the photo on Snow Island, South Shetland Islands, Antarctica.
“The coyote pups were becoming independent and spending more and more time away from their mother,” says Deena Sveinsson, who took the photo in Estes Park, Colorado. “The pups would romp and play as little ones do in the mornings before they laid back down to slumber. They would run and tumble, chase one another and mock fight. These two siblings were playing when one of them smacked the other in the eye! Yikes!”
Gary Readore writes, “I was at Northshore Park in the Woodlands, Texas taking pictures of birds and saw this Mallard Duck coming in for a landing. I took this photo and was surprised to see his mouth agape and in this comical flying position!”
Not only do the photos delight you can smile more knowing Comedy Wildlife is supporting the Whitley Fund For Nature by donating 10% of its total net revenue to the charity.
The competition is free to enter and is open until September 1st 2022 – and people can enter at www.comedywildilfephoto.com. One of this year’s prizes is a once-in-a-lifetime safari in the Maasai Mara in Kenya.