Wildlife photographers often depict their subjects as majestic creatures. They capture photographs of animals set against nature's gorgeous landscapes like dense rain forests and arctic tundras. With all the rich beauty that nature has to offer, it's tough to portray animals as anything but amazing creatures full of instinct, compassion, curiosity and, well, majesty. There's one animal trait, however, that doesn't get much coverage by photographers: silliness. When you spend as much time as they do documenting animals, you quickly learn how funny some of them can be.
This year marked the first annual “Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards.” The contest was created by wildlife photographer Paul Joynson-Hicks, and it definitely lived up to its title. Submissions are closed for the 2015 contest, but don't let that stop you from leaving your own hilarious animal pictures in the comments! Check out the following images to see some of the winners and honorable mentions from this year.
There’s nothing more terrifying than a charging hamster.
“You have your camo, I have mine.”
He teaches yoga to the other lemurs every Thursday.
Not exactly what I had in mind when you said “bird’s eye view.”
“Can we help you?”
That joke has his “seal” of approval.
Hippo taxis will get you there on time, but you’d better buckle your seat belt.
“Hey, guys? The camera is over here ...”
That last joke sure was a head scratcher.