MANY WILD ANIMALS are known for their majestic beauty, or perhaps their brave ferocity. We often see photos of them in their natural habitat locked in a battle for survival, or scavenging for a meal. Though this behaviour is fascinating to see, nothing elicits the same simple joy as watching them, well, horse around.
That’s the idea behind The Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards, a competition currently in its fourth year of delivering funny photos of animals being silly. Founded by wildlife photographers and enthusiasts Tom Sullam and Paul Joynson-Hicks, the competition isn’t all about fun and jokes. They work alongside the Born Free Foundation to highlight the importance of conserving our planet’s wildlife.
This grizzly bear in Yellowstone National Park was apparently having a bad hair day.
PHOTOGRAPH BY PATTY BAUCHMAN, CWPA/BARCROFT IMAGES
This year’s competition was flooded with thousands of entries, which Sullam and Joynson Hicks narrowed to 41 hilarious finalists. “In just three years this competition has gone from hilarious to utterly ridiculous humour—all provided by these fantastic animals”, Sullam says.