Hilarious first entries to the 2021 Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards
The Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards are back to show the lighter side of the animal kingdom. This annual competition, now in its seventh year, is once again looking for the funniest animal images of 2021. While entries are being accepted until June 30, organizers have released some of the images from this year who have already tickled their funny bones.
The best entrees include a young lion who seems to roll on the ground laughing, a daring prairie dog who has spooked a bald eagle, and a cranky starling whose facial expression is in total mood. Amateur and professional photographers around the world have already submitted thousands of entries and if this overview is any indication, the competition is stiff.
“We hope people get a preview of these latest images and share them with any friends or family they think might have the winning photo,” said Tom Sullam, co-founder of the Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards. “Last year our winning photo of a cranky-looking turtle swearing in front of the camera took the world by storm. People love to see these beautiful creatures in these silly situations – it reminds us that we are not too different.
The competition is free and photographers can submit up to 10 photographs in six different categories including land, air, portfolio, underwater and video. Young photographers are also welcome in a special category for those under 16.
What’s at stake? Prizes include a unique safari in Kenya’s Maasai Mara, an Affinity Photo subscription, a ThinkTank camera bag and, of course, the prestigious title of 2021 Comedy Wildlife Photographer of the Year. As always, the awards also have a conservation component. This year, the competition is supporting Save Wild Orangutans by donating 10% of its total net income to the charity. The initiative protects wild orangutans in and around Gunung Palung National Park, Borneo.