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Funny photos have judges howling like hyenas

Donna Coutts, May 27, 2021 7:00PM Kids News

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“ROFL: A young lion in the Serengeti National Park, Tanzania, who apparently is laughing at my photography skills.” Picture: The Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards 2021/Giovanni Querzani media_camera“ROFL: A young lion in the Serengeti National Park, Tanzania, who apparently is laughing at my photography skills.” Picture: The Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards 2021/Giovanni Querzani

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Surfing penguins, a frowning bird, a pouting boxfish and a laughing lion have had the judges of The Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards 2021 howling* like hyenas.

Now in its seventh year, the Comedy Wildlife Photography competition has already received thousands of entries from around the world of photographs capturing some of wildlife’s funniest moments on camera.

There is still a month until entries close but this year the judges have released some of their favourite entries so far to inspire both professional* and amateur* photographers to enter their photos too.

The competition was co-founded in 2015 by professional photographers Paul Joynson-Hicks and Tom Sullam, who wanted to create a competition that focused on the lighter side of wildlife photography and would help promote the conservation of wildlife and habitats through humour.

Each year, the competition highlights a charity working to protect vulnerable species. This year, the competition is supporting Save Wild Orangutans, which helps keep wild orang-utans in and around Gunung Palung National Park, Borneo, Indonesia.

Paul Joynson-Hicks said: “A lot of wildlife shown in these images are facing threats to their populations and habitats that are heartbreaking. With this competition, we wanted to capture people’s attention and energy by giving them a giggle. In order to protect animals, we need people to fall in love with them.

“We think these wondrous shots show a side of wildlife that we don’t often get to see. They remind us of the beauty, and comedy, in our natural world that needs protecting.”

The Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards 2021 is free to enter. Photographers can enter up to 10 photos across the six categories, which include a category for juniors.

For more information visit comedywildlifephoto.com

The Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards 2021 Lea Scaddan Perth Australia Phone: Email: Title: Missed Description: Two Western Grey Kangaroos were fighting and one missed kicking him in the stomach. Animal: Western Grey Kangaroo Location of shot: Perth, Western Australia media_camera“Missed: Two Western Grey Kangaroos were fighting and one missed kicking him in the stomach.” Perth, Western Australia. Picture: The Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards 2021/Lea Scaddan
The Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards 2021 Lucy Beveridge Madrid Spain Phone: Email: Title: Yay! It’s Friday! Description: A young springbok, all ears and spindly legs, caught in midair while pronking as the sun started to rise over the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park. There’s not much information on why the Springbok pronk but some theories suggest it is a way of showing fitness and strength to ward off predators and attract mates. It has also been said that this small, dainty and largely unappreciated antelope also pronks out of excitement, jumping for joy! Animal: Springbok Location of shot: Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, South Africa media_camera“Yay! It’s Friday!: A young springbok, all ears and spindly legs, caught in midair while pronking as the sun started to rise over the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park (South Africa). There is not much information on why the Springbok pronk but some theories suggest it is a way of showing fitness and strength to ward off predators and attract mates. It has also been said that this small, dainty and largely unappreciated antelope also pronks out of excitement, jumping for joy!” Picture: The Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards 2021/Lucy Beveridge
The Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards 2021 Philipp Stahr Mannheim Germany Phone: Email: Title: Sweet lips are for kissing! Description: This picture was taken at Curaçao, Dutch Caribbean. Usually box fishes are difficult to take pictures of, since they do not have a problem of a diver coming close, but if you show interest, they always turn the back and not the face to you. That’s why I tried to swim 0.5m above the fish and showing no interest at all to him. The same time I had my camera not in front of me, but below at my chest pointing to the bottom. When the right moment had come, I turned the camera 90 degrees to the front and just point and shoot, hoping to have the fish in focus. Never expected to have its beautiful lips that close! Animal: Boxfish Location of shot: Curaçao, Dutch Caribbean media_camera“Sweet lips are for kissing!: This picture was taken at Curacao, Dutch Caribbean. Usually box fishes are difficult to take pictures of, since they do not have a problem of a diver coming close, but if you show interest, they always turn the back and not the face to you.” Picture: The Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards 2021/Philipp Stahr
The Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards 2021 Tom Svensson Fjällbacka Sweden Phone: Email: Title: Happy Description: These penguins was surfing on the waves on to land and looked so happy each time Animal: Penguin Location of shot: Falklands media_camera“Happy Description: These penguins was surfing on the waves on to land and looked so happy each time.” Falkland Islands. Picture: The Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards 2021/Tom Svensson
The Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards 2021 Txema Garcia Laseca Palma Spain Phone: Email: Title: “Houston, we’ve had a problem” Description: This fish is astonished when has been trapped for a fisher bird. Animal: Amazon Kingfisher (Chloroceryle amazona) Location of shot: Pantanal (Brazil) media_camera“Houston, we’ve had a problem: This fish is astonished when has been trapped for a fisher bird.” Amazon kingfisher, Brazil. Picture: The Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards 2021/Txema Garcia Laseca
The Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards 2021 Kevin Biskaborn Barrie Canada Phone: Email: Title: Quarantine Life Description: Isolated inside with your family eager to get out and explore the world? These eastern raccoon kits are too. Just when you think there's no more room in the tree hollow, mother raccoon appears and displays just how compact the space is. The babies clambered all over their mom and each another, struggling to take a look at the exact same time. This photo was taken in Southwestern Ontario, Canada. After exploring a particular area with numerous tree hallows, I identified it as a hot spot for raccoon families. Since raccoons will move from den to den, often not spending more than one night at a time in a particular den, locating an area with numerous options is key to locating the animals. I stumbled across this family and immediately worked on leveling the camera with the hole to prevent an upward angle. When the camera and tripod were ready, the baby raccoons were extremely curious (and cooperative), sticking their heads out for a closer look! Animal: Raccoon / Procyon lotor Location of shot: Southwestern Ontario, Canada media_camera“Quarantine Life: Isolated inside with your family eager to get out and explore the world? These eastern raccoon kits are too. Just when you think there’s no more room in the tree hollow, mother raccoon appears and displays just how compact the space is.” Southwestern Ontario, Canada. Picture: The Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards 2021/Kevin Biskaborn
The Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards 2021 Andrew Mayes Randburg South Africa Phone: Email: Title: Monday Morning Mood Description: I took this shot while photographing a group of Pied starlings perched in a tree at the Rietvlei Nature Reserve in South Africa. It perfectly sums up my mood on most Monday mornings :) Animal: Pied Starling Location of shot: Rietvlei Nature Reserve media_camera“Monday Morning Mood: I took this shot while photographing a group of pied starlings perched in a tree at the Rietvlei Nature Reserve in South Africa. It perfectly sums up my mood on most Monday mornings. :)” Picture: The Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards 2021/Andrew Mayes
The Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards 2021 KT WONG Singapore Singapore Phone: Email: Title: Yoga Bittern Description: A Yellow Bittern was trying very hard to get into a comfortable hunting position. I got this shot when it was between 2 stalks of lotus flower. Animal: Yellow Bittern Location of shot: Satay By The Bay, Singapore media_camera“Yoga Bittern: A Yellow Bittern was trying very hard to get into a comfortable hunting position. I got this shot when it was between 2 stalks of lotus flower.” Singapore. Picture: The Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards 2021/KT Wong
The Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards 2021 Rohin Bakshi Mumbai India Phone: Email: Title: Cranky Hippo Description: The baby hippo wanted his mother's attention, but it seems he wasn't getting any.. Animal: Hippopotamus Location of shot: Vwaza Game Reserve, Malawi media_camera“Cranky Hippo: The baby hippo wanted his mother’s attention, but it seems he wasn’t getting any.” Vwaza Game Reserve, Malawi. Picture: The Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards 2021/Rohin Bakshi

GLOSSARY

  • howling: laughing very hard
  • professional: to make money, as a job
  • amateur: as a hobby, rather than to make money

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QUICK QUIZ

  1. Name three animals mentioned in the first paragraph.
  2. In what year was the competition first held?
  3. Why did the founders start the competition?
  4. Which species does the competition benefit this year?
  5. Can children enter?

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CLASSROOM ACTIVITIES
1. Pick a Winner
Which photos do you think should win? Choose the first, second and third prize photos. For each photo, write sentences explaining why you chose the photo and what makes it a good choice to win the place.

Time: allow 15 minutes to complete this activity
Curriculum Links: English, Visual Communication Design, Visual Arts

2. Extension
Choose one of the photos. Imagine that it is an illustration for a story. Write the story.

Time: allow 30 minutes to complete this activity
Curriculum Links: English

VCOP ACTIVITY
Animal Alliterations
With a partner, choose one of the pictures from the article.

Make a list of nouns you could use to name the animal in the picture. For example, instead of a tiger, you could also say cat, or feline.

Pick your favourite noun and identify its initial sound — what sound it starts with, not necessarily what letter.

Now, using the initial sound, make a list of adjectives to describe the animal. Try and be specific. Don’t just look at the animal as a whole, look at their different features as well.

Build on these same sound words, and add any verbs and adverbs you could use to describe the animal and their movements.

Try and put it all together and use as many same sound words in a sentence, to create an alliteration about the animal in the picture.

Example: the terrifying tiger, tiptoed through tangled trees chasing his prey.

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