Everyone loves a good, funny animal picture. Today’s internet culture has people sending funny pictures and memes to each other all day long in an effort to brighten each other’s moods.
The Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards (CWPA) has taken it a step further. They’ve rounded up the world’s funniest animal photos in an effort to not only bring smiles to millions of faces but also to draw attention and bring support to wildlife conservation.
Their mission? “Through the Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards, we aim to widen understanding and engagement with global conservation – for the preservation of biodiversity and the health and enrichment of everyone on Earth.”
Since 2015, CWPA has been hosting a photography contest that allows professionals and novices alike to share their hilarious animal photos with the world.
CWPA seeks to entertain its viewers, and they also encourage viewers to vote by entering them into a drawing to win a little prize out of the deal. One lucky “The Affinity Photo People’s Choice Award” voter will score a brand new iPad this year.
According to their website, their goal is to “educate and enlighten, and we want to do this by earning people’s attention by showing them things they don’t expect.”
The contest also chooses a grassroots conservation organization to support each year, donating 10% of their proceeds to projects that protect endangered wildlife. This year’s organization is the Gunung Palung Orang-utan Conservation Program in Borneo.
CWPA provides people an opportunity to make a difference through their contests. “By engaging with our competition, either by entering your photographs or sharing our images online, we can all do our bit for conservation. Together, we can educate and enlighten a global audience.”
Though the 2021 contest is closed to submissions, voting is in full force until October 12. The iPad winner will be selected and announced before the winners’ awards night on October 22.
Voters have 42 different funny animal pictures options, including a mother otter dragging her baby, a monkey “riding” a giraffe, and a bald eagle appearing to completely miss its landing… by a long shot!
This year’s competition’s finalists are part of a historic milestone as their submissions will be on public display. From September 18 through September 21, 2021, CWPA Finalists will be exhibited for the first time at The Photography Show NEC, in Birmingham, U.K.
Co-founder Tom Sullam will also be speaking at the live event.