Winners of the Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards 2020

A photo of a golden sinking monkey getting into trouble after sitting on the supporting wires of a bridge over the Xun River in southwestern China’s Yunnan has won the overall winner’s prize of the 2021 Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards .

British amateur photographer Ken Jensen beat 7,000 entries to take home the prestigious award with the hilarious image of the open-mouthed monkey taken in 2016.

The annual photo contest is free and in its seventh year, with thousands of entries from around the world.

The categories are: Land, Air, Juniors (ages 16 and under), Portfolio (a selection of four images), Underwater, and Video Clips.

British amateur photographer Ken Jensen defeated 7,000 entries to take home the overall winner's prize of the 2021 Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards with a photo of a golden sinking monkey getting into trouble after hitting the supporting wires of a bridge spanning the Xun river runs in Yunnan, southwest China

British amateur photographer Ken Jensen defeated 7,000 entries to take home the overall winner’s prize of the 2021 Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards with a photo of a golden sinking monkey getting into trouble after hitting the supporting wires of a bridge spanning the Xun river runs in Yunnan, southwest China

Another contest winner shows an annoyed pigeon that looks undignified after getting a leaf in its face, won the Affinity Photo People's Choice Award, shot by John Speirs

Another contest winner shows an annoyed pigeon that looks undignified after getting a leaf in its face, won the Affinity Photo People's Choice Award, shot by John Speirs

Another contest winner shows an annoyed pigeon that looks undignified after getting a leaf in its face, won the Affinity Photo People’s Choice Award, shot by John Speirs

Vicki Jauron's series of photos, showing a young elephant playing in the mud before face-planting the ground, won the Amazing Internet Portfolio Award, taking in the shores of Lake Kariba in Zimbabwe

Vicki Jauron's series of photos, showing a young elephant playing in the mud before face-planting the ground, won the Amazing Internet Portfolio Award, taking in the shores of Lake Kariba in Zimbabwe

Vicki Jauron’s series of photos, showing a young elephant playing in the mud before face-planting the ground, won the Amazing Internet Portfolio Award, taking in the shores of Lake Kariba in Zimbabwe

Meanwhile, Roland Kranitz’s recording of a squirrel that seems to throw his friend in the air, titled “I got you”, won the Honorable Winner.

Speaking of his win, Jensen said: “I was absolutely blown away when I heard that my entry had won, especially when quite a few beautiful photos had come in.

“The publicity my image has received over the past few months has been incredible, it’s such a great feeling to know that someone’s likeness is making people worldwide laugh and helping support some amazing conservation causes.”

Elsewhere, an exasperated pigeon that didn’t look dignified after getting a leaf in its face won the Affinity Photo People’s Choice Award, shot by John Speirs.

And Vicki Jauron’s series of photos, showing a young elephant playing in the mud before planting his face on the ground, won the Amazing Internet Portfolio Award, taking in the shores of Lake Kariba in Zimbabwe.

Meanwhile, Roland Kranitz’s recording of a squirrel that seems to throw his friend in the air, titled “I got you”, won the Honorable Winner.

Also in the category was Gurumoorthy K with their photo The Green Stylist, which features a majestic Indian chameleon posing in Western Ghats

Also in the category was Gurumoorthy K with their photo The Green Stylist, which features a majestic Indian chameleon posing in Western Ghats

Also in the category was Gurumoorthy K with their photo The Green Stylist, which features a majestic Indian chameleon posing in Western Ghats

Continuing the comedy was Chu han lin with their 'See who's jumping high' photo taken in Mudskipper, Taiwan

Continuing the comedy was Chu han lin with their 'See who's jumping high' photo taken in Mudskipper, Taiwan

Continuing the comedy was Chu han lin with their ‘See who’s jumping high’ photo taken in Mudskipper, Taiwan

Lea Scaddan took this photo titled 'Missed' of a kangaroo that misses its target as they engaged in a noble fistfight

Lea Scaddan took this photo titled 'Missed' of a kangaroo that misses its target as they engaged in a noble fistfight

Lea Scaddan took this photo titled ‘Missed’ of a kangaroo that misses its target as they engaged in a noble fistfight

Also in the category was Gurumoorthy K with their photo The Green Stylist, which features a majestic Indian chameleon posing in Western Ghats.

Chu han lin continued the comedy with their “See Who’s Jumping High” photo taken in Mudskipper, Taiwan, while Lea Scaddan took this photo titled “Mission” of a kangaroo missing its target as they engaged in a noble fist fight.

Speaking of the finalists, the website says: ‘We are delighted to reveal that the OVERALL WINNER of the 2021 Comedy Wildlife Photo Awards is Ken Jensen with Ouch! A brilliantly timed photo of a Golden Silk Monkey in China getting himself into a bit of trouble on a wire (easy done). Ken’s shot, a very deserved winner, took on some pretty awesome finalists.

‘Huge CONGRATULATIONS to Ken Jensen – going on safari soon thanks to Alex Walker’s Serian and to all our amazing winners, fantastic finalists and outstanding participants of 2021! Thank you so much for being a part of the Awards – you absolutely crushed it!’

Creatures of the Land Award: Arthur Trevino with their picture Ninja Prairie Dog!  When this bald eagle missed his attempt to grab this prairie dog, the prairie dog leaped at the eagle and startled it long enough to escape to a nearby den.  A real David vs Goliath story!¿

Creatures of the Land Award: Arthur Trevino with their picture Ninja Prairie Dog!  When this bald eagle missed his attempt to grab this prairie dog, the prairie dog leaped at the eagle and startled it long enough to escape to a nearby den.  A real David vs Goliath story!¿

Creatures of the Land Award: Arthur Trevino with their picture Ninja Prairie Dog! “When this bald eagle missed his attempt to grab this prairie dog, the prairie dog jumped at the eagle and startled him long enough to escape to a nearby den. A true David vs Goliath story!”

Creatures Under the Sea Award Chee Kee Teo with their photo Time for school ¿A smooth-haired otter "bit" his baby otter to take him back and forth for swimming lessons.¿

Creatures Under the Sea Award Chee Kee Teo with their photo Time for school ¿A smooth-haired otter "bit" his baby otter to take him back and forth for swimming lessons.¿

Creatures Under the Sea Award Chee Kee Teo with their photo School Time “A smooth-haired otter “bite” his baby otter to take him back and forth for swimming lessons.”

Jakub Hodan with their photo Treehugger ¿This proboscis monkey can just scratch his nose at the rough bark, or kiss him.  Trees play a big role in the life of monkeys.  Who are we to judge...¿

Jakub Hodan with their photo Treehugger ¿This proboscis monkey can just scratch his nose at the rough bark, or kiss him.  Trees play a big role in the life of monkeys.  Who are we to judge...¿

Jakub Hodan with their photo Treehugger “This proboscis monkey can scratch its nose at the rough bark or kiss it. Trees play a big role in the life of monkeys. Who are we to judge…’

The Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards describes itself as born of a passion for wildlife and decades of experience living and working in East Africa, starting in 2015 as a photography competition.

Since then, led by its founders, Paul Joynson-Hicks MBE and Tom Sullam, it has grown into a globally renowned competition seen by millions of people every year, always with conservation at its core.

Open to wildlife photography experts and novices alike, the free contest celebrates the hilarity of our natural world and highlights what we need to do to protect it. From a surprised otter to a swearing turtle, Comedy Wildlife’s photos transcend cultures and centuries to put a smile on everyone’s face.

This year’s contest will donate 10% of total net proceeds to Save Wild Orangutans, which is committed to protecting wild orangutans in Gunung Palung National Park, Borneo.

Pal Marchhart with their photo Peekaboo ¿ A young bear descending from a tree looks like he/she is playing hide and seek.¿

Pal Marchhart with their photo Peekaboo ¿ A young bear descending from a tree looks like he/she is playing hide and seek.¿

Pal Marchhart with their photo Peekaboo “A young bear descending from a tree looks like he/she is playing hide and seek.”

Jan Piecha with their photo Chinese whispers ¿The little raccoon heads tell each other secrets¿

Jan Piecha with their photo Chinese whispers ¿The little raccoon heads tell each other secrets¿

Jan Piecha with their photo Chinese whispers “The little raccoon heads tell each other secrets”

Andy Parkinson with their photo Let's dance Two Kamchatka bear cubs face each other for a celebratory playfight after successfully navigating a raging torrent (river!)

Andy Parkinson with their photo Let's dance Two Kamchatka bear cubs face each other for a celebratory playfight after successfully navigating a raging torrent (river!)

Andy Parkinson with their photo Let’s dance “Two Kamchatka bear cubs face each other for a festive playfight after successfully crossing a raging stream (river!)

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