The results are in: The award for Funniest Wildlife Photo of the Year goes to amateur photographer Ken Jensen for his shot of a golden silk monkey that looks, uh, a little awkward…
The image, captured in 2016 on a bridge that runs over the Xun River in the Lonsheng Gorge, Yunnan, China, was chosen from a collection of more than 7,000 laugh-worthy entries in this year’s competition. Founded by professional photographers Paul Joynson-Hicks and Tom Sullam, the contest showcases the funnier side of the natural world and aims to promote wildlife conservation through humor. This year, 10% of the total net proceeds from the competition will be donated to Saʋe Wild Orangutans, an initiative that protects orangutans in and around Gunung Palung National Park in Borneo.
“I was absolutely overwhelmed to find out that my entry had won, especially when there were so many wonderful photos,” Jensen told event organizers. “The publicity my image has received in recent months has been incredible, it’s a great feeling to know that one’s image is making people smile all over the world, as well as helping support some fantastically worthwhile conservation causes.”
Ninja Prairie Dog!Águila calva, Longmont, EE. UU.© Arthur Treʋino/Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards
He also picked up an award in this year’s Arthur Treʋino contest, whose image titled “Ninja Prairie Dog” won first prize in the Land Animals category. The perfectly timed photo shows a bald eagle, wings spread, apparently being held back by a braʋe prairie dog. Treʋino confirmed that the prairie dog managed to escape the eagle’s clutches.
Here’s a look at some of the other winners and highly recommended images in this year’s competition:
TreehuggerMono narigudo, Borneo© Jakub Hodan/Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards
Time to go to schoolSmooth-hairedNutria, Singapore© Chee Kee Teo/Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards
I guess summer is a dove, Oban, Argyll, Scotland© John Speirs/Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards
Susurros chinosMapache, Kassel, Alemania© Jan Piecha/Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards
MissedKangaroo, Perth, Australia Occidental© Lea Scaddan/Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards
PeekabooBrown bear, Hargita Mountains, Romania© Pal Marchhart/Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards
Majestic and graceful bald eagleBald eagle, SW Florida, USA© Daʋid Eppley/Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards
Let’s danceBrown bear cubs, Kamchatka Peninsula, Russian Far East© Andy Parkinson/Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards