Animals Caught On Camera! The Comedy Wildlife Awards

It’s all there in black and white – zebras, like us, love a laugh.

And judging by the entertainment value in these pictures the rest of the ­animal kingdom can be funny too.

Two zebra were playing together and appear to be laughing at the camera (Image: Peter Haygarth)

They are all in the Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards book, backed by the Born Free Foundation ­charity. The winners will be announced next month.

There is the shrill kerfuffle among European bee eater birds in Croatia and a Richmond Park red deer wearing bracken in London.

One, two, three, four, five … I’m going to find you … (Image: Valtteri Mulkahainen)
‘Shooting the Red Deer rut in Richmond Park, I noticed this deer covered in bracken. It’s not unusual for them to adorn themselves with bracken and grass, but this one’s taken it to extremes’ (Image: Mike Rowe)

A damselfly in the Norfolk Broads seems to wave and a Lincolnshire grey seal looks like he’s having a belly laugh.

In Antarctica a seal and penguin square up, and a common jack is chased by a shark in the Bahamas.

‘This one particular seal seemed quite active compared to the rest who seemed more content with sleeping instead’ (Image: Lloyd Durham Photography)
‘Slow is the way to go for this snapping turtle’ (Image: Lisa Vanderhoop)

A bashful brown bear hides ­behind a tree in Finland as an Alaskan cousin covers his eyes after a meal.

But think of the white bird covered by rhino wee. Egrets, he’s had a few, then again too few to mention.

‘The entire trip I had problems with the jacks photo-bombing some of my best shots so I jokingly decided to target the fish and see if the sharks would photo-bomb my photos….. well…. they did’ (Image: Anthony N Petrovich)
‘Little did egret knew she would be rewarded with a surprise shower to get her out of the track’ (Image: Tilakraj Nagaraj)

Working alongside international wildlife charity The Born Free Foundation, the Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards hopes to share with the public the true playfulness of the animal kingdom.

However, there is a serious message behind the competition – to raise awareness of the importance of protecting the environment for the world’s creatures.

‘It was impossible to know what the disagreement was about, but this king penguin and antarctic fur seal argued quite vocally for several minutes’ (Image: Thomas D. Mangelsen)
‘A couple of birds have family disagreements. Her husband was stuck for a long time last night with his friends at the inn, so the woman was angry again. He says there was only one drink after the last one’ (Image: Vlado Pirsa)

The organisers of the now annual competition say it was “the result of two factors: Firstly, a need for a photography competition that was light hearted, upbeat, possibly unpretentious and mainly about wildlife doing funny things. Four years on and these objectives seem to have been met. Secondly, and way more importantly, this competition is about conservation.”

They add: “None of us are perfect, all of us at some point will fly somewhere, drive somewhere, cook something, burn something and probably provide some direct input into the general warming of the globe.

“Indirectly, we will also have some impact on the animals that share this planet with us. So the end result?

‘This particular photo is exactly what I look like on a Monday morning. I started laughing the second I took this photo as it’s so spot on’ (Image: Eric Fisher Photography)
‘I found this individual on the yellow iris flower, as it warmed up it would stretch it’s legs giving me the opportunity to capture this image of it seemingly waving at me’ (Image: Kevin Sawford)

“By entering this competition it gives both Paul and Tom and the rest of you talented photographers a chance to do a little bit for conservation.

“How? Well… you are now obviously going to go to your office, home, pub, club or wherever and talk about the dire need for us all to be conservationists in our own little way.

“Also, perhaps you will go to  Born Free’s website  and have a look at the work they do and spread that word as well.

‘As the ability of the fur to repel water depends on utmost cleanliness, sea otters spend much of their time (while they are not sleeping or eating) grooming, offering photographers an unlimited number of anthropomorphic opportunities’ (Image: Harry M. Walker)

“It’s not a lot necessarily but it is the right step forwards. And one step leads to the next step. With your help and the help of Born Free it’s way more than we could possibly have done without them and without you.”

To find out more about the Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards visit their website:

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