Finalists for the World’s Funniest Animal Image Contest Announced
Cover Picture: Charlie Page (Peekaboo)
The Comedy Wildlife Photo Awards today publishes the images shortlisted for its 2021 competition and opens voting for the People’s Choice Award – offering the public the chance to vote for their favourite funny photo.
This year’s final shortlist of photographs showcases the biggest mix of animals seen in the competition to date. The final 42 images, plus the Portfolio and Video category entries from around the world include a laughing vine snake from India, a trio of strutting Gentoo penguins on the beaches of the Falkland Islands and a Kangaroo performing a picture-perfect Pavarotti impersonation in Australia.
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.
Paul Joynson-Hicks MBE, Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards Co-Founder, said: “We were overwhelmed with the number and quality of entries we received this year, with well over 7,000 photos submitted from every corner of the globe. It was an amazing turnout, especially given the impact of the pandemic. The huge number of images we receive every year illustrates the appetite there is to engage with conservation and reminds us that wildlife truly is incredible and hilarious and we must do all we can to protect it.”
Voting is also open for members of the public to choose the animal snap that made them laugh the loudest in the Affinity Photo People’s Choice Award. Sponsored by Affinity Photo, the People's Choice Award’s previous winners include a singing ground squirrel and a bemused Alaskan otter. The public can cast their vote at www.comedywildlifephoto.com until 10 October 2021 and be in with the chance of winning a brand-new iPad.
Tom Sullam, Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards Co-Founder, said: “Whittling down the list of photographs was harder than ever this year. There were so many funny pictures that had us laughing that we couldn’t settle on a top 40 – so we’re releasing the top 42 instead! It was great to see a range of animals, from the incredibly rare to the humble pigeon. We can’t wait to see what the public choose as their favourite and look forward to showcasing some of these pictures at The Photography Show in Birmingham this September.”
The Category and Overall Winners will be announced on October 22 with the top image winning an incredible one-week safari with Alex Walker's Serian in the Masai Mara, Kenya as well as a unique handmade trophy from the Art Garage in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.
The finalists will be judged by a panel comprised of wildlife photographers, Daisy Gilardini, Tom Laman and Will Burrard-Lucas, travel editor Neil Stevenson, tv presenter Kate Humble, actor and comedian Hugh Dennis, Co-Founder of The Born Free Foundation Will Travers OBE, Managing Director of Serif, developer of award sponsor Affinity Photo Ashley Hewson, ThinkTank’s Simon Pollock, image expert Celina Dunlop, Amazing Internet’s Andrew Skirrow, and the formidable ambassador for conservation, Bella Lack.
Caribbean News Digital lets you take a peek at a selection of 10 of these finalist images. You can watch 10 more finalist photos right here.