February 27, 2021

2017 Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards With Some Hilarious Entries

An owl dangling precariously from a branch has scooped the overall prize of this year’s Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards.

Out of the 3,500 entries, Tibor Kercz won the overall prize with his series of images showing an owl losing its footing and trying to claw its way back on to a branch.

Other entrants included a yawning dormouse, a photobombing sea turtle and a rather shocked seal.

Chosen from five categories—On the LandUnder the SeaIn the Air, the Portfolio Category, and one Overall Winner—prizes include a THINK TANK camera bag, a handmade trophy from the people of Tanzania’s Wonder Workshop, a certificate, and (unofficially) the pride of knowing their image will bring a smile to people all over the world.

If you’d like to support the Born Free Foundation, you can buy the Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards’ new book full of exclusive, unseen entries—10% of the book’s sales goes to helping their cause. And for those who can’t wait to see more funny animals, you can find other entries via the Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards website.

Along with the other prizes, Kercz will also win an all-inclusive Kenyan safari trip, courtesy of Alex Walker’s Serian and Kenya Airways.

Take a look at all the winning photos from the competition.

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“Monkey Escape” by Katy Laveck Foster

“Cheering Sea Otter” by Penny Palmer

“Must Have Three-putted…” by Douglas Croft

“WTF?” by George Cathcart

“Eh, What’s up doc?” by Olivier Colle

“Animal Encounters” by Jean-Jacques Alcalay

“Hitching a Ride” by Daisy Gilardini

“Mudskipper’s Got Talent” by Daniel Trim

“All Dressed And Ready For Church” by Carl Henry

“Caught in the Act” by Bence Mate

The On the Land prize was awarded to Andrea Zampatti who snapped this adorable image of a delighted tiny field mouse perched on a flower.


“The Laughing Dormouse” by Andrea Zampatti

Troy Mayne’s photo of a fish being slapped by a grumpy sea turtle won the prize for the Under the Sea category.

“Slap” by Troy Mayne

John Threlfall was awarded the In the Air prize for his photograph of four birds soaring through the sky, with one appearing to fly at supersonic speed.


“Duck Speed!” by John Threlfall

Tibor Kercz was awarded the Overall Winner title, as well as the Portfolio Winner for his comical photo series of a clumsy owl who loses its footing on a branch…

“The Rovingness 1” by Tibor Kercz

“The Rovingness 2” by Tibor Kercz

“The Rovingness 3” by Tibor Kercz

“The Rovingness 4” by Tibor Kercz