The hilarious winners of the 2021 Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards

This past September, we covered the finalists for the 2021 Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards competition. Now, the winners have been announced. Over 7,000 images were submitted from around the world. Amateur photographer Ken Jensen was awarded Overall Winner for his image of a golden silk monkey looking like he’s in pain, when he’s really showing aggression.

‘I was absolutely overwhelmed to learn that my entry had won, especially when there were quite a number of wonderful photos entered. The publicity that my image has received over the last few months has been incredible, it is such a great feeling to know that one’s image is making people smile globally as well as helping to support some fantastically worthwhile conservation causes,’ says Jensen of his win.

The competition, which if free to enter, donated 10% of its revenue to the Save Wild Orangutans cause. More information, and a gallery the winning images, can be found on the Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards site.

Overall Competition Winner: ‘Ouch!’ By Ken Jensen

Animal/Location: Golden Silk Monkey, China

About this Image: A golden silk monkey in Yunnan China – this is actually a show of aggression however in the position that the monkey is in it looks quite painful!

Alex Walker’s Serian Creatures on the Land Award: ‘Ninja Prairie Dog’ by Arthur Trevino

Animal/Location: Bald Eagle, Longmont, USA

About this Image: When this Bald Eagle missed on its attempt to grab this prairie dog, the prairie dog jumped towards the eagle and startled it long enough to escape to a nearby burrow. A real David vs Goliath story!

Spectrum Photo Creatures in the Air Award: ‘I Guess Summer’s Over’ by John Speirs

Animal/Location: Pigeon, Oban, Argyll, Scotland

About this Image: I was taking pics of pigeons in flight when this leaf landed on the bird’s face.

Creatures Under the Water Award: ‘Time for School’ by Chee Kee Teo

Animal/Location: Smooth-coated otter, Singapore

About this Image: A smooth-coated otter “bit” its baby otter to bring it back to and fro for swimming lesson.

Affinity Photo People’s Choice Award: ‘I Guess Summer’s Over’ by John Speirs

Animal/Location: Pigeon, Oban, Argyll, Scotland

About this Image: I was taking pics of pigeons in flight when this leaf landed on the bird’s face.

Amazing Internet Portfolio Award: ‘The Joy of a Mud Bath’ by Vicki Jauron

Animal/Location: Elephant, Matusadona Park, Zimbabwe

About this Image: An elephant expresses his joy in taking a mud bath against the dead trees on the shores of Lake Kariba in Zimbabwe on a hot afternoon.

Highly Commended Winner: ‘Let’s Dance’ by Andy Parkinson

Animal/Location: Brown Bear Cubs, Kamchatka Peninsula, Far East Russia

About this Image: Two Kamchatka bear cubs square up for a celebratory play fight having successfully navigated a raging torrent (small stream!)

Highly Commended Winner: ‘See Who Jumps High’ by Chu Han Lin

Animal/Location: Mudskipper, Taiwan

About this Image: No description supplied.

Highly Commended Winner: ‘Majestic and Graceful Bald Eagle’ by David Eppley

Animal/Location: Bald Eagle, South west Florida, USA

About this Image: Bald Eagles will use the same nest for years, even decades, adding new material to it at the beginning and throughout the nesting season. Normally, they are highly skilled at snapping branches off of trees while in flight. Possibly tired from working nonstop all morning on a new nest, this particular Bald Eagle wasn’t showing its best form. Yes, sometimes they miss. Although this looks painful, and it might very well be, the eagle recovers with just a few sweeping wing strokes, and choses to rest a bit before making another lumber run.

Highly Commended Winner: ‘Chinese Whispers’ by Jan Piecha

Animal/Location: Raccoon, Kassel, Germany

About this Image: The little raccoon cups are telling secrets to each other.

Highly Commended Winner: ‘Missed’ by Lea Scaddan

Animal/Location: Kangaroo, Perth, Western Australia

About this Image: Two Western Grey Kangaroos were fighting and one missed kicking him in the stomach.

Highly Commended Winner: ‘How do you get that damn window open?’ by Nicolas de VAULX

Animal/Location: Raccoon, France

About this Image: This raccoon spends his time trying to get into houses out of curiosity and perhaps also to steal food.

Highly Commended Winner: ‘Peekaboo’ by Pal Marchhart

Animal/Location: Brown Bear, Hargita Mountains, Romania

About this Image: A young bear descending from a tree looks like he/she is playing hide and seek.

Highly Commended Winner: ‘I Got You’ by Roland Kranitz

Animal/Location: Spermophile, Hungary

About this Image: I spent my days in my usual ‘gopher place’ and yet again, these funny little animals haven’t belied their true nature.

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