It’s that time of the year again: The Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards has announced its finalists. I don’t know about you, but it’s one of my absolute favorite photography contests and its images never fail to put a smile on my face. Hoping that they will brighten up your day just as they did mine, here are the finalist photos of the 2019 contest.
Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition never fails to stir our emotions with its selection of photos. The shortlisted images of the 2019 contest have just been announced, and they show the beauty and cruelty of the natural world, but also the negative impact that humans have on it.
Photographers usually prefer being behind the camera than in front of it. As a matter of fact, some of them hate being photographed. Well, if you’re one of them, I’ve just found your spirit animals. These owls were caught on camera and they hated it so much that they weren’t afraid to express it in every possible way.
“Anyone could be a photographer; even a monkey could do it,” you’ll hear some people say. And while it will make you furious, it turns out that some monkeys actually want to become photographers. When Danish biologist Mogens Trolle was taking photos of monkeys in Indonesia, one of them approached his camera and it seems as if it wanted to take his job.
There are some photographic opportunities that you don’t encounter every day. A wildlife rescue center in Western Australia recently shared a set of incredible images showing a huge python swallowing a freshwater crocodile in one go.
There are animals that seem to love hanging out with photographers and filmmakers. Not all of them are like that though, and this elephant wasn’t afraid to show it. When a girl took her phone out to snap a photo of the beautiful animal, it smacked her and kicked her phone out of her hands. The person who was filming was apparently standing far enough from the elephant, so they managed to capture the incident on camera.
We’ve seen some pretty wacky, scary, and plain stupid encounters of photographers and bears. Finnish photographer Tero Pylkkänen was lucky enough to capture a video of two bears fighting in what he called “best bear fight ever.” Two large brown bears started testing each other’s strength just feet away from the photographer, and he caught their fight on camera.
When you photograph birds, their beauty really gets in focus against a clean and simple background. But when you’re out there with your camera, it can be pretty difficult to get a nice and clean background in bird photos. In this video, Jan Wegener shares a couple of simple tricks that will help you raise your photos to a whole new level.
Last year I joined my local photography club. The club holds regular competitions and I was amazed by the quality of the bird and wildlife photographs. I’ve never been much of a natural history photographer. So it’s not surprising that my own photographs did very poorly in competitions. In particular, a judge criticised a woodpecker photograph that I submitted because it was clearly on a bird feeder. “Hand of man!” he said as he dismissed my attempt.
The Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards brings funny photos and wildlife photography together, which means: it brings you lots of photos of funny animals. How can it be better than that? The 2019 competition is still on the run, but the team has shared some of the best entries so far with DIYP. Check them out below and have a good laugh just like we did.