Winning Comedy Pet Photos Feature Extreme Silliness – Treehugger


Carmen Cromer / Animal Friends Comedy Pet Photo Awards
Of course there are lots of ecstatic dogs playing. But there are also pensive chicks, grinning horses, and lounging cats among the winners in this year’s Comedy Pet Photography Awards.
The silly photo above was the winner in the dog category. Dubbed “Jurassic Bark” by photographer Carmen Cromer, it was taken in Pittsboro, North Carolina.
The competition was created to celebrate the positive role that pets play in their people's lives. This year, there were 2,100 entries from 42 countries.
"We had so many dog pictures and videos entered this year,"  Michelle Wood, awards managing director, tells Treehugger. "Perhaps as a result of lockdown, it was really evident to see a lot of new puppies had found homes!"
Wood says the judges are looking for entertainment and quality when choosing the winners.

"[We're looking for] something that is immediately engaging and funny. It has to make us laugh straightaway," she says. "After that, the quality of the photo is important. Because it’s a comedy photo competition, there’s a lot of luck involved, and sometimes even though the scenario in the image might be hilarious, unfortunately the photo quality lets them down."
The contest supports the U.K. pet charity Animal Support Angels due to competition partner Animal Friends Insurance. The charity offers food, shelter, veterinary care, and re-homing for pets in need.
Zoe Ross / Animal Friends Comedy Pet Photo Awards
Zoe Ross was the clear favorite with her photo “Whizz pop.” Taken in Penkridge, U.K., it shows her black Labrador retriever puppy playing with bubbles in the yard when a large one floats past her bottom.
“We never ever thought that we would win but entered the competition because we loved the idea of helping a charity just be sending in a funny photo of Pepper," Ross says. "She is such a little monkey, and very proud of herself, bringing in items from the garden and parading past you until you notice her. She is the happiest puppy we’ve ever known and completely loved to pieces.”
Wood says, "It is a perfectly timed shot and I think it appealed to the naughty, childish humour in me. Plus we were lucky enough to have three young judges on board this year and it was right up their street!"
Kathryn Trott / Animal Friends Comedy Pet Photo Awards

Kathryn Trott's "“Photobomb” was taken in Ystradgynlais, Wales, in the U.K. It features one cat who really loves the camera. She says it's "Jeff stealing the limelight from his brother Jaffa."
Mary Ellis / Animal Friends Comedy Pet Photo Awards

Mary Ellis took her winning photo at Platte River State Park in Nebraska. She calls it "I said 'Good Morning.'”
Ellis says, "I like to visit the stable horses before I begin my hike at the State Park…this is the reply I received when I said Good Morning."
Sophie Bonnefoi / Animal Friends Comedy Pet Photo Awards
Sophie Bonnefoi photographed “The Eureka Moment!” in Oxford, U.K.
Suzi Lonergan / Animal Friends Comedy Pet Photo Awards
Suzi Lonergan appropriately calls her winning photo “Sit.” It stars a Labrador retriever in Pacific Palisades, California. She says, "Our granddaughter gave the command to sit. Beau is very obedient."
Jakub Gojda / Animal Friends Comedy Pet Photo Awards
Jakub Gojda won the look-alike category with "…That was a good one!!" from the Czech Republic.
These are some of the "highly commended" winners:
Christine Johnson / Animal Friends Comedy Pet Photo Awards

Christine Johnson shot this image of her dog on Crosby Beach in the U.K.
She says, "I was busy playing with my dog on the beach and this dog came to play. I liked the shapes he was making in the air."
Diana Jill Mehner / Animal Friends Comedy Pet Photo Awards
Diana Jill Mehner photographed an ecstatic dog in Paderborn, Germany.
Corey Seeman / Animal Friends Comedy Pet Photo Awards
Two dogs in the snow intrigued Corey Seeman of Michigan.
Lucy Slater / Animal Friends Comedy Pet Photo Awards
Lucy Slater photographed her cat just hanging out in San Diego.
She says, "Vincent the cat. This is how I like to sit!"
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