2021 Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards Winners – 3BA

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The Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards 2021 have been announced and we reckon the overall winning photo will make a few people wince!

Entitled ‘Ouch’’ by Ken Jensen, the photo of a Golden Silk Monkey in China looking a little more than uncomfortable won out against 7,000 hilarious entries from across the globe.

This is actually a show of aggression however in the position that the monkey is in it looks quite painful!

Overall winner – Ouch by Ken Jensen

The Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards 2021Ken JensenBurnleyUnited KingdomTitle: Ouch!Description: A golden silk monkey in Yunnan China - this is actually a show of aggression however in the position that the monkey is in it looks quite painful!Animal: Golden Silk MonkeyLocation of shot: Yunnan China
Photo: © Ken Jensen / Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards 2021

The Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards was co-founded in 2015 by professional photographers Paul Joynson-Hicks MBE and Tom Sullam who wanted to create a competition that focused on the lighter side of wildlife photography and help promote wildlife conservation through humour.

This year, the competition is supporting Save Wild Orangutans by donating 10% of its total net revenue to the charity. The initiative safeguards wild orangutans in and around Gunung Palung National Park, Borneo.

Here are all the category winners, which includes Aussie Lea Scaddan who was a Highly Commended Winner for her photo of kangaroos.

Creatures on the Land – Ninja Prairie Dog by Arthur Trevino

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!

The Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards 2021Arthur TrevinoLongmontUnited StatesTitle: Ninja Prairie Dog!Description: 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!Animal: Bald EagleLocation of shot: Hygiene, CO.
Photo: © Arthur Trevino / Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards 2021

Creatures in the Air – I guess summer’s over by John Speirs

The photographer was taking photos of pigeons in flight when this leaf landed on the bird’s face. Perfect timing!

This photo also won the People’s Choice Award category.

The Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards 2021john speirsobanUnited KingdomTitle: i guess summers overDescription: i was taking pics of pigeons in flight when this leaf landed on birds faceAnimal: pigeonLocation of shot: oban argyll
Photo: © John Speirs / Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards 2021

Creatures under the Water – Time for school by Chee Kee Teo

A smooth-coated otter “bit” its baby otter to bring it back to and fro for swimming lesson.

The Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards 2021Chee Kee TeoSingaporeSingaporeTitle: Time for schoolDescription: A smooth-coated otter
Photo: © Chee Kee Teo / Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards 2021

Video – Hugging Best Friend After Lockdown by Rahul Lakhuni

A white throated Kingfisher in Delhi swoops in to topple another one in what looks like an over-enthusiastic hug (or rugby tackle)!

Portfolio – The Joy of a Mud Bath by Vicki Jauron

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.

Vicki Jauron Joy of a Mud Bath all4 web
Photo: © Vicki Jauron / Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards 2021

Highly Commended Winners

Lea Scaddan – Missed

Two Western Grey Kangaroos were fighting and one missed kicking him in the stomach.

The Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards 2021Lea ScaddanPerthAustraliaTitle: MissedDescription: Two Western Grey Kangaroos were fighting and one missed kicking him in the stomach.Animal: Western Grey KangarooLocation of shot: Perth, Western Australia
Photo: © Lea Scaddan / Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards 2021


Andy Parkinson – Let’s dance

Two Kamchatka bear cubs square up for a celebratory play fight having successfully navigated a raging torrent (small stream!)

The Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards 2021ANDY PARKINSONCRICHUnited KingdomTitle: Let's danceDescription: Two Kamchatka bear cubs square up for a celebratory play fight having successfully navigated a raging torrent (small stream!)Animal: Kamchatka brown bearLocation of shot: Kamchatka Peninsula, Russia
Photo: © Andy Parkinson / Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards 2021


Chu han lin – See who jumps high

Mudskipper, Taiwan.

The Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards 2021chu han lintaipeiTaiwanTitle: See who jumps highDescription: See who can jump high, you must lose meAnimal: MudskipperLocation of shot: Tainan, Taiwan
Photo: © Chu han lin / Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards 2021


David Eppley – Majestic and Graceful Bald Eagle

Bald Eagles will use the same nest for years, even decades, adding new material to it at the beginning and throughout the nesting season. Normally, they are highly skilled at snapping branches off of trees while in flight. Possibly tired from working nonstop all morning on a new nest, this particular Bald Eagle wasn’t showing its best form. Yes, sometimes they miss. Although this looks painful, and it might very well be, the eagle recovers with just a few sweeping wing strokes, and choses to rest a bit before making another lumber run.

The Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards 2021David EppleyPT CHARLOTTEUnited StatesTitle: Majestic and Graceful Bald EagleDescription: Bald Eagles will use the same nest for years, even decades, adding new material to it at the beginning and throughout the nesting season. Normally, they are highly skilled at snapping branches off of trees while in flight. Possibly tired from working nonstop all morning on a new nest, this particular Bald Eagle wasn't showing its best form. Yes, sometimes they miss. Although this looks painful, and it might very well be, the eagle recovers with just a few sweeping wing strokes, and choses to rest a bit before making another lumber run.Animal: Bald EagleLocation of shot: South West Florida, USA
Photo: © David Eppley / Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards 2021


Gurumoorthy K – The Green Stylist

Indian chameleon, Western Ghats.

The Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards 2021Gurumoorthy GurumoorthyChennaiIndiaTitle: The Comedy wildlifeDescription: Indian chameleon this image capture in Western Ghats Tamilnadu (Indian) used camera Nikon D5300 70-300mm lensAnimal: Indian chameleonLocation of shot: Western Ghats
Photo: © Gurumoorthy K / Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards 2021


Jakub Hodan – Treehugger

This Proboscis monkey could be just scratching its nose on the rough bark, or it could be kissing it. Trees play a big role in the lives of monkeys. Who are we to judge…

The Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards 2021Jakub HodanHolicSlovakiaTitle: TreehuggerDescription: This Proboscis monkey could be just scratching its nose on the rough bark, or it could be kissing it. Trees play a big role in the lives of monkeys. Who are we to judge...Animal: Proboscis MonkeyLocation of shot: Borneo
Photo: © Jakub Hodan / Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards 2021


Jan Piecha – Chinese whispers

The little raccoon cups are telling secrets to each other

The Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards 2021Jan PiechaKasselGermanyTitle: Chinese whispersDescription: The little raccoon cups are telling secrets to each otherAnimal: RaccoonLocation of shot: Kassel, Germany
Photo: © Jan Piecha / Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards 2021


Nicolas de Vaulx – How do you get that damn window open?

This raccoon spends his time trying to get into houses out of curiosity and perhaps also to steal food.

The Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards 2021Nicolas de VAULXDRAGUIGNANFranceTitle: How do you get that damn window open?Description: This raccoon spends his time trying to get into houses out of curiosity and perhaps also to steal food.Animal: raccoonLocation of shot: France
Photo: © Nicolas de Vaulx / Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards 2021


Pal Marchhart – Peekaboo

A young bear descending from a tree looks like he/she is playing hide and seek.

The Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards 2021Pal MarchhartBudapestHungaryTitle: Peek-a-booDescription: A young bear descending from a tree looks like he/she is playing hide and seek.Animal: Brown BearLocation of shot: Hargita Mountains, Romania
Photo: © Pal Marchhart / Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards 2021


Roland Kranitz – I got you

I spent my days in my usual “gopher place” and yet again, these funny little animals (Spermophile) haven’t belied their true nature.

The Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards 2021Kranitz RolandAgfalvaHungaryTitle: I got you!Description: I spent my days in my usual
Photo: © Roland Kranitz / Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards 2021

Main image: © Ken Jensen, © Jan Piecha, © Lea Scaddan, © Vicki Jauron / Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards 2021

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