I haven’t done a Saturday Surprise post for a couple of weeks, but since most of my posts have been pretty dark this past week, I thought I owed you guys a break from the darkness.
For the past two years in September (2018, 2019) I have posted pictures from the Comedy Wildlife Photography finalists … so let’s make it an annual tradition, shall we? These critter photos are so fun they are bound to bring at least a bit of a smile to even the most curmudgeonly face!
The Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards is a global photography competition founded in 2015 by Paul Joynson-Hicks and Tom Sullam. It was established with the goal of promoting the conservation of wildlife and their environs through the use of positive and upbeat imagery. Through the use of humorous images, the competition has gained a global following, and offers a new approach to building conservation awareness. The Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards have had 3 bestselling books published, working with Natalie Galustian, Joel Simons and Blink Publishing. In 2019 Michelle Wood was brought in as the third director. In 2019 the 40 finalists were showcased at the annual Wildlife & Safari Travel Show. The competition has annual exhibitions around the world and recently launched another competition: The Comedy Pet Photography Awards in association with Mars Petcare.
I hope you enjoy this year’s finalist selections …
Surprise smiles, Lake Bogoria, Kenya. While walking on trail at the southern side of Lake Bogoria, the photographer spotted a group of dwarf mongooses Photograph: Asaf Sereth/CWPAs 2020
The race, India ‘My friends and I walked in the centre of the small town of Hampi in India. There was bicycle parking nearby. Suddenly a flock of langurs jumped on these bicycles and began to frolic. We were afraid to frighten them away, I started taking pictures from afar, but then we came very close to them and the langurs continued to play with bicycles’ Photograph: Yevhen Samuchenko/CWPAs 2020
So hot, Japan A monkey soaks in natural hot springs Photograph: Wei Ping Peng/CWPAs 2020
I had to stay late at work, Chubut, Argentina ‘South sea elephant in Patagonia (Isla Escondida) They adopt very curious gestures!’ Photograph: Luis Burgue/CWPAs 2020
Lamentation! Spitzbergen, Norway Photograph: Jacques Poulard/CWPAs 2020
Having a laugh, Caithness, Scotland ‘A young common seal chills out on a rock in Sinclair Bay, its thick layer of blubber moulding into the contours of the rock. Looking as if it is enjoying a really good joke, the seal is, in fact, yawning’ Photograph: Ken Crossan/CWPAs 2020
Hide and seek, Devon, England ’As this azure damselfly slowly woke up, he became aware of my presence. I was lined up to take a profile picture of his wings and body, but quite sensibly the damsel reacted to the human with the camera by putting the marsh grass stem between me and it. I took the shot anyway. It was only later that I realised how characterful it was. And how much the damselfly looks like one of the muppets’ Photograph: Tim Hearn/CWPAs 2020
Smiley, El Hierro, Canary Islands Photograph: Arthur Telle Thiemann/CWPAs 2020
Seriously, would you share some? Scotland ‘Atlantic puffins are amazing flyers and their fishing talents are, well, as you see, some do better than others! I just love the second puffin’s look: can I just have one please? Photograph: Krisztina Scheeff/CWPAs 2020
It’s a mocking bird! Near Kirkcudbright, Scotland ‘I was hoping a kingfisher would land on the “No fishing” sign but I was over the moon when it landed for several seconds with a fish. It then flew off with its catch. It appeared to be mocking the person who erected the sign!’ Photograph: Sally Lloyd-Jones/CWPAs 2020
Social distance, please! Kaudulla national park, Sri Lanka ‘This is the beginning of a scene which lasted approximately one minute and in which each of the rose-ringed parakeets used a foot to clean the partner’s beak. While the whole scene was very informative, this first photo with the male already holding his foot high in the air was just asking to be taken out of context’ Photograph: Petr Sochman/CWPAs 2020
Wait up Mommy, look what I got for you! Kaziranga, India ‘At the Kaziranga national park, this elephant mother and calf seemed completely oblivious to our jeep and went about their stroll through the pond. The mom seemed to be giving her calf lessons on eating the hyacinth: select a lush green bunch, rip them out from the root, pound the stems against the trunk to remove the mud and then swallow whole. The calf looked like she was thoroughly enjoying the lesson and duly followed her mother’s every move’ Photograph: Kunal Gupta/CWPAs 2020
Tough negotiations, Israel Photograph: Ayala Fishaimer/CWPAs 2020
I could puke, Falkland Islands ‘This picture was taken at sunrise. A group of gentoo penguins went to the shore to go fishing when one stopped and vomited’ Photograph: Christina Holfelder/CWPAs 2020
Laughing hippo, Masai Mara national reserve, Kenya ‘The baby hippo whispered to the mother’s ear: “I had a wonderful dream. Alex invited me for tea so I went to his tent. He pointed to the empty chair and invited me to sit on it. I did so and suddenly the chair broke. I was on the floor. Alex started laughing and went to the adjoining chair to sit down. As soon as he sat down, I heard a loud crack. His chair also broke and he was thrown on to the floor. We both started laughing with tears coming from our eyes.” Then I woke up and started smiling’ Photograph: Manoj Shah/CWPAs 2020
O sole mio, Hungary ‘It’s like he was just “singing” to me! She had a very nice voice’ Photograph: Roland Kranitz/CWPAs 2020
Faceplant, Namibia ‘This elephant calf in Namibia was slow to notice when his mother started to move away. When he tried to hurry and catch up, he tripped over his front feet and faceplanted. His mother heard the commotion and immediately came back to help him up, and the calf continued on his way with no damage except to his dignity’ Photograph: Tim Hearn/CWPAs 2020