Catch me if you can: Animal antics are captured in award-winning photographs

February 21, 2022

Ground squirrels toss each other in the air. A baby bear plays peek-a-boo. An elephant takes a happy mud bath.

It’s just a day in the life for these animals, but wildlife photographers snapped some very entertaining images of these silly moments—which are among the . winners in the 2021 Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards, reports Treehugger.

One of the highly commended winners is entitled “I Got You” (above). Taken by Roland Kranitz of Hungary, it shows the antics of two ground squirrels.

He says, “I spent my days in my usual ‘gopher place’—and, yet again, these funny little animals haven’t belied their true nature.”

Kranitz’s photo was one of about 7,000 entries in the annual contest, which began in 2015. It was co-founded by photographers Paul Joynson-Hicks and Tom Sullam; who wanted a competition that would focus on the lighter side of wildlife photography, while supporting wildlife conservation.

Each year, the competition supports a charity that works to protect a vulnerable species. This year, the competition is donating 10% of its total net revenue to Save Wild Orangutans. The charity protects orangutan populations and forest biodiversity in and around Gunung Palung National Park, Borneo.

There were all sorts of amusing entries in 2021, Michelle Woods, awards managing director, tells Treehugger. “We had a lot of birds this year, doing funny things, flying into branches, strutting about, or squawking at each other. Perhaps as a result of lockdown and the lack of global travel, we have had to look around us for wildlife inspiration, but it has been a marvel to see the different varieties.”

But, she says, “The end goal is always comedy.”

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