What’s better than stunning nature photos? Photos and videos of animals in nature but in hilarious, relatable situations.
Each year the Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards 2021 highlights the world’s funniest and most creative photographs and this year a snap of a Golden Silk Monkey beat out 7,000 other entries.
Ken Jensen, an amateur photographer, took his winning image on a family holiday in China in 2016. The photo was taken on a bridge that runs over the river Xun in the Lonsheng Gorge, Yunnan, in China, according to a press release.
In the area, monkeys are known to roam freely and interact with visitors on the bridge and thanks to Jensen’s timing he was able to capture a photo of the male monkey found in an uncomfortable position. As 2021’s winner, Jensen will embark on a safari in the Masai Mara, Kenya and receive a handmade trophy from the Wonder Workshop in Tanzania among other items.
Arthur Trevino won the Animals of the Land Category Award with his photo of a bald eagle looking quite terrified of a little prairie dog. While Chee Kee Teo captured a smooth coated young otter and his mother as the mother carefully encouraged her otter to get into the water.
Videos were also included in the awards, Rahul Lakhmani won the Video Category Award for his clip titled ‘Hugging Best Friend after Lockdown.’ It shows a white throated Kingfisher in Delhi excitedly toppling over another in what looked like a warm reunion.
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The Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards was co-founded in 2015 by professional photographers Paul Joynson-Hicks and Tom Sullam who hoped to highlight the lighter side of wildlife photography. The competition will donate 10% of its total net revenue to the charity, Wild Orangutans, according to the press release.
“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,” Jensen said in the press release. “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. “