The Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards have announced the funniest animal photo of 2022: U.S. photographer Jennifer Hadley’s snap of a lion cub crashing head-first into the trunk of a tree.
“Well I guess the cat’s out of the bag….errrr, tree! My not so graceful kitty has won the grand prize of the 2022 Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards!” Hadley announced on Facebook.
As the overall winner, Hadley is awarded a one-week safari in Kenya’s Masai Mara.
A second shot by Hadley also got some attention. Her photo of two sassy gentoo penguins was awarded the competition’s Peoples’ Choice Award.
“I was definitely really surprised about the cub. I didn’t think that would go anywhere. My money was on the penguins,” she said.
Other category winners included a winking owl, a smiling fish, and a hungry-looking hippo.
This year’s competition was judged by comedian Russell Kane, underwater film aficionado Luke Inman, TV presenter Kate Humble, actor Hugh Dennis, wildlife photographers Daisy Gilardini, Will Burrard-Lucas, and Tim Laman, plus wildlife expert Will Travers, managing director of Serif, Ashley Hewson, picture editor Celina Dunlop, and conservationist Bella Lack.
The Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards were founded by Tom Sullam and Paul Joynson-Hicks in 2015 to create a competition that focused on the lighter, more humorous side of photography, while promoting wildlife conservation. Part of the revenue from this year’s competition will be donated to the Whitley Fund for Nature, a UK-based charity that supports conservation leaders working in their home countries across the global south.
The deadline to enter next year’s competition is August 27, 2023.