Last year, we introduced you to some of the funniest animal pictures captured on film. It is that time of year again, and the Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards are back!
Most of the popular animal photos on the internet and social media show animals doing funny things. The Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards was created with this idea in mind. It combines the best animal photography with comedy.
The competition is open to anyone. Organizers say it is a “light-hearted" way to show wildlife in funny situations, while also helping to bring attention to animal causes.
Thousands of photographers from around the world sent in images to be considered. The entries were cut to 41 finalists. This year, winners were chosen in eight different award categories.
One photo, by American Mary McGowan, won in three categories, including the award for Overall Winner. The image is called "Caught in the Act." It shows a squirrel appearing shocked and sitting on its back legs, with its front feet extended and mouth wide open.
We have put together some of the other winners and finalists for you to enjoy.
Rhino or peacock?
Bring it on
Listen to me
I'm watching you
Mom home early
If these leave you wanting more, the organization has a whole book that includes many additional photos. The competition helps support the Born Free Foundation, which seeks to protect threatened wildlife.
The 2018 Comedy Wildlife Photographer of the Year receives a special award created by disabled artists in Tanzania. The winner also gets a free trip to Kenya to take part in a wildlife safari.
I’m Bryan Lynn.
Bryan Lynn wrote this story for VOA Learning English. Ashley Thompson was the editor.
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Words in This Story
comedy – n. entertainment intended to make people laugh
category – n. group of things or a similar kind
safari – n. a journey, usually to Africa, to see or hunt wild animals