Hilarious first entries from the Comedy Wildlife Photo Awards

“Mom, I’m Hungry” by Yaron Schmid
Filming location: Serengeti, Tanzania
It was such a treat to watch a pride of lions atop one of the rocks in the Serengeti. The cubs were very playful and just wanted to play with the mothers tail, but all the mothers wanted was to sleep. Here is one of the cubs trying to wake up his sleeping mother.

There is only a short time left to participate in the 2022 edition Comedy Wildlife Photography Award, but if these early entries are any indication, the competition is already heating up. Professional and amateur photographers have until September 1, 2022 to submit their humorous images of wildlife from around the world in the annual competition. Whether it’s an image of silly baby animals or an adult making funny faces, these goofy photos show a lighter side of nature.

Preview images show a wide range of entries across the competition’s six categories, which include Land, Air, Underwater and Portfolio. There is also a youth category to highlight talented photographers under the age of 18. The prizes include a unique safari in the Maasai Mara in Kenya and, of course, the title of comic wildlife photographer of the year 2022.

These photographs, which make us laugh, only help to weave an even stronger bond with the world’s wildlife. This was the original aim of the competition, which was launched in 2015. And, to build on this connection, the Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards is partnering with a conservation charity to ensure that the wildlife photographed continues to thrive. This year, the competition supports Whitley Nature Fund donating 10% of their total net income to the charity.

Once the submission period is over, all entries will be judged by a panel of experts that includes respected wildlife photographers like Will Burrard-Lucas, among others. While we’ll have to wait until October to find out who the contest finalists are, these early entries are sure to put a smile on your face.

Check out the first entries for the 2022 Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards.

Young southern elephant seals

“Uncomfortable Pillow” by Andrew Peacock
Shooting location: Snow Island, South Shetland Islands, Antarctica
These weaned elephant seals would practice their jousting skills for many minutes before collapsing from exhaustion. One seems to rest much more comfortably than the other!

Two coyote puppies playing

“It’s Just Funny Until…” by
Deena Sveinsson
Shooting location: Estes Park, Colorado, USA
The little coyotes were becoming independent and spending more and more time away from their mother. The puppies were romping and playing like little ones do in the morning before they lay down to sleep. They would run and tumble, chase each other and pretend to fight. These two siblings were playing when one of them slapped the other in the eye! Ouch!

winking owl in india

“just kidding” by
Samir Walunj
Filming location: Pune, India
While hiking on a nearby hill, I saw this playful owl. I sat down to observe his actions. He got so comfortable with me that he started blinking and yawning.

A duckling waddling over a turtle covered log in the Juanita Wetlands

“Excuse Me, Pardon Me” by Ryan Sims
Shooting location: Juanita Bay Park, Lake Washington, Kirkland, WA, USA
A duckling waddling on a turtle covered log in the Juanita wetlands, the duckling fell over after a few turtle crossings, it was cute.

Close Up Kaiju Snail Portrait

“Kaiju” by PF Loke
Shooting location: Thomson Nature Park, Singapore
A snail was moving slowly along a nature trail. He was surprised by me and popped up to check what was going on. Close-up was like a Kaiju, a giant monster that features in Japanese movies.

The competition is open to amateur and professional wildlife photographers.

Giraffe scratching its head on a tree in Zambia

“This is the Place” by Shelly Perkins
Location: South Luangwa National Park, Zambia
A giraffe scratches a hard-to-reach itch in South Laungwa National Park, Zambia

Young western gray kangaroos were having fun

Itchy Roo by Lea Scaddan
Filming location: Perth, Australia
“A little down to the right. Yes that’s it. Oh that’s better! “. The young western gray kangaroos were having fun and it looked like one was scratching the other to relieve an itch.

Mother bear yells at her cub

“Bad Boy” by Tony Dodge
Shooting location: British Columbia, Canada
Mama bear yells at a cub that looks guilty.

Gazelle in Tanzania with grass in its horns

“What are you watching?” by Lincoln Lin
Filming location: Tanzania
While on safari in Tanzania, we came across this gazelle that somehow had this “crown” stuck on it. The gazelle seemed to wear it proudly, while the other gazelles watched.

The aim is to show the lighter side of the natural world.

cow, moose, eating

“Laughing Moose” by Kerry Singleton
Filming location: Wyoming, USA
This female moose was eating and she looked at me like she thought it was funny!

Gray squirrel napping in a tree

“After Lunch Nap” by Stuart Malcolm
Shooting location: Neenah, Wisconsin, USA
A chubby winter gray squirrel has a nap leaning against a handy tree branch.

mallard landing on water

“The duck is coming hot!” by Gary Readore
Shooting location: Northshore Park, Woodlands, Texas
I was at Northshore Park in the Woodlands, TX taking bird pictures and saw this mallard duck coming in for a landing. I took this photo and was surprised to see his mouth gaping and in that comical flight position!

Jumping spider doing a little dance.

“Spider Tango” by Tiffany Heymans
Filming location: Belgium
Jumping spider doing a little dance.

Three Eurasian otter in the water

“The Three Amigos” by William Parkinson
Shooting location: Isle of Mull
A trio of Eurasian otters mostly underwater….

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