At long last, there’s a big reason to smile – this year’s Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards have been announced. After whittling down the submissions to 42 photographs competing for top prize, the overall winner of 2021 is a golden silk monkey in an uncomfortable position.
Up against 7,000 hilarious entries from all around the world, Ken’s image of a Golden Silk Monkey, looking a little more than uncomfortable, caught the judges’ attention. “The winning image was captured on the bridge that runs over the river Xun in the Lonsheng Gorge, Yunnan, in China during a family holiday in 2016,” the Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards writes.
“The monkeys roam freely in the forest area, playing on the bridge in family groups and are very inquisitive of humans and not at all shy,” they continue. “This particular male monkey was actually showing a sign of aggression as he sat on one of the supporting wires, but as Ken’s fabulous shot shows – timing is everything.”
When Ken received word of his win, he said: “I was absolutely overwhelmed to learn that my entry had won, especially when there were quite a number of wonderful photos entered. The publicity that my image has received over the last few months has been incredible, it is such a great feeling to know that one’s image is making people smile globally as well as helping to support some fantastically worthwhile conservation causes.”
Other winners announced include animals from land, water and air!
AFFINITY PHOTO PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARD / SPECTRUM PHOTO CREATURES IN THE AIR AWARD
I guess summer’s over
ALEX WALKER’S SERIAN CREATURES ON THE LAND AWARD
Ninja Prairie Dog!
“When this Bald Eagle missed on its attempt to grab this prairie dog, the prairie dog jumped towards the eagle and startled it long enough to escape to a nearby burrow. A real David vs Goliath story!”
CREATURES UNDER THE WATER AWARD
Time for school
“A smooth-coated otter ‘bit’ its baby otter to bring it back to and fro for swimming lesson.”
AMAZING INTERNET PORTFOLIO AWARD
The Joy of a Mud Bath
An elephant expresses his joy in taking a mud bath against the dead trees on the shores of Lake Kariba in Zimbabwe on a hot afternoon.
Do you agree with the judges’ selections? Take a look at all of the finalist’s in this year’s competition in our article here.
Visit the Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards website for details on how to enter the annual competition.
The Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards also publishes a book series, which is available on Amazon with partial proceeds going to wildlife conservation.