Comedy Wildlife Photography Award winners highlight animals' lighter side
The yearly competition raises spirits and awareness for wildlife conservation issues.
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If these photos are any proof, animals have their best and worst days too. Raccoons share secrets, fish are awed by their companion's ability to jump, a pigeon is defeated by a fallen leaf and a prairie dog faces down a bald eagle. There's a smile for every mood in this year's Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards winners.
The top prize, unveiled this week, went to the Ken Jensen's photo "Ouch," which shows a golden silk monkey in China that's apparently taken a painful fall. The position is actually a display of aggression but looks like a scene out of a slapstick comedy.
The awards are intended to raise awareness for wildlife conservation issues and illustrate the connection between humans and animals, though they take a lighter approach than other efforts.
"The deluge of images of animals and habitats in peril can be hard to digest," the awards' team writes on its website. "The Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards' content accesses our empathy by showing how alike we really are. You don't need to cover your eyes or look away. We want our viewers to share our enjoyment of nature and take the time to recognise its value."