The Comedy Wildlife is a very peculiar nature photo contest. Every year, it brings together thousands of photographers, who present in their snapshots the most comical side of the natural environment that surrounds us. These are unique moments, very difficult to capture, capable of making us laugh at the same time as we admire the beauty of the image.
This year, the organisers did not have it all their own way. After all, the coronavirus pandemic has made travel difficult, so they thought that fewer photographers would enter the competition. But this was not the case.
In fact, there was a huge turnout, with more than 7,000 photos submitted from all over the world. This has made the task of the jury, who have already found what, in their opinion, are the 42 best photos, very hard. With these finalists ready, the public will now have until 12 October to vote for their favourites. Then, on the 22nd of that month, the winners will be announced. You can see all the finalists on their website, although this is one of the ones that made us laugh the most.
What a pain!
Let’s face it. Humans laugh at videos of people falling over, as long as the person in the video hasn’t hurt themselves too badly.
It’s no different with animals. If it’s a monkey, with the resemblance they have to us, it’s impossible not to laugh. Even if it’s not a fall, but leaning on a metal bar with an unfortunate part of the body. That’s what happens in this photo, in which Ken Jensen captured the monkey’s face just as it discovered that straddling it was not a good idea.
Not all is what it seems in nature photos
Of course, just because a snake opens its mouth in laughter doesn’t mean it’s happy.
The magic of this contest is to capture the animals at just the right moment to give them a comical, sometimes almost human pose. But in order to keep capturing nature, it is important to make sure that these models remain in nature. If they could really smile, they would smile knowing that we care about their survival and that their habitat is never an inhospitable place to live in.