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The Winners Of The Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards 2022 Are Hilarious

The silly cousin of the Wildlife Photographer of the Year awards strikes again.

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Tom Hale

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A lion cub falling down a tree in Africa.

The winning image is titled “Not so cat-like reflexes”. Image credit: ©Jennifer Hadley/Comedy Wildlife 2022

The winners of the 2022 Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards have been revealed, showcasing some of the year’s funniest and wildest images of the natural world. This year’s top prize was scooped by Jennifer Hadley for her photograph of a lion cub losing its grip on a tree trunk titled “Not so cat-like reflexes”. 

She captured this image in the Serengeti of Tanzania through a brief moment of luck (well, not for the lion) when a 3-month-old cub attempted to climb down from a tree.

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“It was very late in the afternoon and so I had my aperture as open as possible to capture the most light possible with my shutter down lower than I would have liked but I figured with the cub walking around in the tree, I didn't really need the speed,” Jennifer said in a statement, speaking about her winning image.

“It didn't even occur to me that he would make a go of getting down by himself in the most un-cat-like fashion. I mean, how often do cats fall out of trees? The gasp that emanated from our vehicle was palatable. No one expected this to happen and of course, we were concerned for his safety but happily, as cats do, he righted himself just in time and landed on all fours and ran off with his siblings. A happy ending for a hapless kitty who didn't quite know how to get down from a tree”, she added.

Jennifer’s efforts will see her awarded a handmade trophy from Tanzania plus a safari trip to Kenya.

Two penguins on a beach flipping eachother off.
"Talk to the Fin". Image credit: ©Jennifer Hadley/Comedy Wildlife 2022


This year’s competition saw 5,000 entries from 85 different countries. On top of the grand prize, the awards also had five category winners, including the Underwater Category Award, the  Creatures of the Land category,  the Creatures of the Air Category, the Amazing Internet Portfolio Award, and the Think Tank Photo Junior Category.

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There was also the Affinity Photo 2 People’s Choice Award voted for by the public, which was won by Jennifer yet again for another shot of two stroppy penguins entitled "Talk to the Fin”. 

You can check out a selection of the winning images, as well as some of the judge's highly commended images, below. You can also see last year’s competition winners right here.

A squirrel jumping through the air
"Jumping Jack" was a Highly Commended Image. Image credit: ©Alex Pansier/Comedy Wildlife 2022


A racoon waving at the camera.
"Hello everyone" was a Highly Commended Image. Image credit: ©Miroslav Srb./Comedy Wildlife 2022


Two King Penguins (Aptenodytes patagonicus), one without a head.
"Keep Calm and keep your head" was a Highly Commended Image. Image credit: ©Martin Grace/Comedy Wildlife 2022


A duckling walking/waddling across a turtle covered log at the Juanita wetlands
"Excuse me... Pardon me!" was one of the Highly Commended Images. Image credit: ©Ryan Sims/Comedy Wildlife 2022


A couple of triggerfish looking into the camera, captured at the Azores.
"Say Cheeeese" won the Creatures Under the Water Award. Image credit: ©Arturo Telle Thiemann/Comedy Wildlife 2022


An owl in a pipe winking at the camera.
"I CU boy!" won the Junior Award. Image credit: ©Arshdeep Singh/Comedy Wildlife 2022


Hippo yawning next to a heron standing on the back of another hippo in Kruger National Park, South Africa
"Misleading African viewpoints 2" won the Spectrum Creatures of the Air award. Image credit: ©Jean Jacques Alcalay/Comedy Wildlife 2022



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