A huge number of people spend a lot of time enjoying animal photos and videos. Millions of images from a variety of furry friends get posted and shared on social media every day.
It is much like a competition, with people trying to capture or find the cutest or funniest animal behavior shots they can.
What many people do not know is that there is actually a competition that combines animal photography and comedy. It is called the Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards and the winners have been announced.
The competition is open to anyone who wants to enter. Organizers say it is intended to be a “light-hearted, upbeat and possibly unpretentious” way to show wildlife doing funny things. This year more than 3,500 entries were received from photographers in 86 countries.
The overall winner for 2017 was a photo of three owls on a branch. Two of the owls are sitting on the branch looking into the distance. The third appears to be struggling to climb up, with the other two owls seemingly ignoring their friend’s troubles.
We’ve put together some of the other winners and finalists for you to enjoy.
Kung Fu training (Australian style)
All dressed and ready for church
Coming in for a landing
Hitching a ride
What's up doc?
If you cannot get enough of the funny wildlife photos, the organization has a book that includes many, many more.
The competition helps support the Born Free Foundation, which seeks to protect threatened wildlife. The prize for the 2017 Comedy Wildlife Photographer of the Year is a trophy, as well as a free trip to take part in a one-week safari in Kenya.
I’m Bryan Lynn.
Bryan Lynn wrote this story for VOA Learning English. Hai Do was the editor.
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Words in This Story
upbeat – adj. positive and cheerful
unpretentious – adj. simple and/or sincere
branch – n. the part of a tree that grows out from the trunk