Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards dub monkey’s painful pose funniest of the year – ABC News

A monkey cops a taut wire right where it hurts, a look of pained surprise on his face — it’s the height of comedy.

Or at least that’s what the judges of the Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards believe, bestowing their top 2021 prize to photographer Ken Jensen for his aptly named photo, “Ouch!”.

The image actually shows a golden silk monkey in Yunnan, China during a display of aggression.

But his eye-bulging expression — immediately relatable to any man who’s been hit below the belt — won Jensen the top prize.

Jensen’s prize is a safari tour, where the potential for more animals in hilarious predicaments awaits. 

Check out the full list of winners below.

Creatures in the air award

A pigeon takes a leaf to the face.
This pigeon is done with life.(Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards 2021/John Speirs)

Creatures on land award

A prairie dog dodges an eagle.
This “Ninja Prairie Dog” dodged an eagle and bamboozled his predator.(Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards 2021/Arthur Trevino)

Creatures under the sea award

A young otter is dragged by its mother.
When mum says it’s time for school but you’re still playing.(Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards 2021)

Internet portfolio award

An elephant frolicking in the mud.
The butt dunk, the face plant, the shake-off and the final scratch.(Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards 2021/Vicki Jauron)

Highly commended

A bald eagle flies face first into a tree branch.
Talk about a bad day.(Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards 2021/David Eppley)
A proboscis monkey gives a kiss to a tree.
Proboscis monkey cuddling a tree, K-I-S-S-I-N-G.(Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards 2021/Jakub Hodan)
A brown bear appears to peek out from behind a tree.
Hide and seek.(Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards 2021/Paul Marchhart)
A gopher jumps in the air as if to be caught by a fellow gopher.
“Do a flip this time.”(Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards 2021/Roland Kranitz)
Two bear cubs frolic in a stream, mirroring each other's positions.
“Let’s dance.”(Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards 2021/Andy Parkinson)
A kangaroo fails in its attempt to kick another kangaroo.
This kangaroo could improve his aim somewhat…(Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards 2021/ Lea Scaddan)
A mudskipper leaps into the air with its mouth agape.
Who can jump higher?(Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards 2021/Chu Han Lin)
A racoon climbs a screen mesh outside a window.
Someone’s been watching too many Spiderman movies…(Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards 2021/Nicolas De Vaulx)
A green chameleon appears to pose on a stick in a strange way.
“Hmph”.(Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards 2021/Gurumoorthy Gurumoorthy)
A group of racoons, one making a gesture like it's whispering to its friend.
“Psst, wanna hear a secret?”(Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards 2021/Jan Piecha)

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