The day I’ve anxiously awaited has finally come: Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards has announced its winners for 2021. And as always, they didn’t disappoint. This year’s overall winner is a photo of a Golden Silk Monkey I named “The Nutcracker,” I guess you can tell why. But of course, there are other hilarious photos that will make your day, so let’s dive right in and see all of this year’s category winners.
You’ve already met Helga Stentzel and her unique photos earlier this year. This talented artist turns ordinary into extraordinary, transforming everyday objects into something completely new and unexpected.
In her latest project, Helga created endangered animals out of clothes, but that’s only a part of it. Working remotely with other creatives, Helga’s creations “traveled” from London to Ecuador and became a part of a conservation campaign.
There are many great photography contests out there. Still, none of them can make me laugh like the Comedy Wildlife Photo Awards and its selection of images. The jury has just announced the finalists of the 2021 contest, and just as always, there are many photos that will instantly improve your mood.
You don’t usually think of wolves as creatures that can catch fish. And until recently, it wasn’t something anybody had ever really considered. It turns out, though, that these animals are even smarter than we previously thought and do indeed know how to hunt and catch fish. Specifically, they know how to take advantage of beaver dams to go after ones that can’t easily escape.
The revelation comes in what Voyageurs Wolf Project calls the “first-ever” camera collar footage from a wild wolf. The researchers trapped and sedated a lone wolf known affectionately as V089 and attached a Vecftronic-Aerospace camera collar to him. It records in 30-second bursts each hour through the daytime for a 7-minute video each day.
A woman recently got attacked by a bison at Custer State Park in South Dakota. Maybe you can already guess how the incident happened – she got too close to the animal because she wanted to take a photo. Fortunately, the woman didn’t suffer any life-threatening injuries. It’s pretty incredible: it was her pants that saved her life because they fell off.
Is there such a thing as Uncanny Valley for animals? Because seeing the modern spy cameras, I think there should be. PBS has created a robotic Japanese macaque to film the daily lives of its living counterparts. It can even dive, so it has managed to film the underwater grooming ritual of these adorable animals.
What would you if a bear approached you and started sniffing you? I’d probably scream and run for my life, but this lady saw a photo opportunity in it. A video recently emerged showing the woman as a bear approached her – and she took her phone out and snapped a selfie.
We love optical illusions, no matter if they were made with forced perspective, colors, or makeup. Indian wildlife photographer Sarosh Lodhi made one by snapping a photo at exactly the right time. He photographed two zebras, and people can’t seem to agree which one is looking at the camera. Can you guess which one is it?
It’s fairly often that we hear of tragic encounters between wild animals and humans “who just wanted to take a photo.” Still, it doesn’t seem to be enough of a warning for people who want to pose with wild animals for social media.
TikTok user Alessandro Băcăoanu recently published a video of a woman who tried to pose next to a bear while a man photographed her from a car’s roof. The bear lunged at her, and she was lucky to escape fast enough.