If you’re into wildlife photography, you’ll know that it takes plenty of patience and talent to capture wild animals at their best, and even more so when it comes to catching them at their most mischievous. The Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards aims to showcase the work of talented photographers that manage to do just that. With over 3,500 entries from 86 countries across the globe, the hilarious winners from 2017 have just been announced—and they don’t disappoint. Chosen from five categories—On the Land, Under the Sea, In the Air, the Portfolio Category, and one Overall Winner—prizes include a THINK TANK camera bag, a handmade trophy from the people of Tanzania’s Wonder Workshop, a certificate, and (unofficially) the pride of knowing their image will bring a smile to people all over the world.
From cheeky monkeys on a motor bike to an adorably clumsy polar bear cub, the contest’s co-founder and co-judge, Paul Joynson-Hicks, claims it was incredibly difficult to select the winners from the thousands of entries. “The images are shortlisted by how funny they are and the technical quality of their photograph,” he explains. He reveals that one of his favorite entries was an image of a fox peeing in a golf hole, and jokes “I know that there are lots of people who feel the same way about golf!” The competition not only makes people laugh, but it also aims to raise awareness for wildlife conservation efforts, such as the Born Free Foundation which takes action worldwide to “save lives, stop suffering and protect species in the wild.”
If you’d like to support the Born Free Foundation, you can buy the Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards’ new book full of exclusive, unseen entries—10% of the book’s sales goes to helping their cause. And for those who can’t wait to see more funny animals, you can find other entries via the Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards website.