These 16 Pet Photos Were Captured At The Best Moment And They Won The 2022 Comedy Pet Photo Awards Interview With Author
The legendary photo of Salvador Dali with flying cats, shot in 1948 by the famous photographer Philippe Halsman, demanded 26 takes and six hours of continuous work of three people (and three cats as well). Many winning photos of the 2022 Animal Friends Comedy Pet Awards were shot pretty much by accident, yet they look no less impressive.
Yes, exactly what we've been waiting for - the winners of the Comedy Pet Awards have just been announced, and we promise that this post is bound to lift your mood and spirits!
From the hundreds of photographs sent from 70 different countries all over the globe, the organizers at first shortlisted the 30 best ones, and now we are happy to introduce you the winners. It is possible that you have already given your heart to one of the finalists, so now there is an opportunity to check whether your favorite has managed to win in any of the nominations.
Highly Commended: 'Purr-Etty Pleeeaase!' By Sarah Fiona Helme
"Rosie was helping me in the greenhouse and decided to try, in her most engaging way, (and with the help of the wheelbarrow to stand on), to persuade me into giving her some of her favourite treats - which, being a lowly cat servant with no willpower, I did!"
Dog Category Winner: 'Nilo's Love For Water' By Jose Bayon
"Nilo is an adopted puppy about 10 months old. He was hit by a car and was barely saved. Now recovered, he has just discovered water for the first time. His capers and pirouettes show his passion for water. Love at first sight"
People's Choice Award Winner: 'Dashing Through The Snow' By Marko Jovanovic
"Carter was on a Euth list in California. We flew from Chicago to Cali to rescue him. This was his first time experiencing snow. As you can see, he couldn't believe he was missing out all these years!"
The Comedy Pet Awards contest was invented by the organizers of the world-famous Comedy Wildlife Photo Awards, Paul Joynson-Hicks and Tom Sullam. "Following on from the unbelievable success and amazing response that we had from setting up the Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards a few years ago, Tom and I had another light bulb moment and it was this: 'Why don't we do another funny photo competition but this time for pets. Wowza, now there’s an idea,'" says Paul Joynson-Hicks, a famous wildlife photographer.
Horse Category Winner: 'Happy, Happy Horses!' By Radim Filipek
"Happy mother and her 3 day old son Monty"
Junior Category Winner: 'Jack The Cat Stuck In The Hedge' By Freya Sharpe
"We had gone out for the day and came home to find our kitten Jack had got stuck in the hedge!"
Highly Commended: 'Revenge Of The Tennis Ball' By Christopher Johnson
"This is Star playing in the snow in a local field and getting surprised by a passing tennis ball."
"Through the Comedy Pets, we want to promote positive awareness of animal welfare issues and celebrate the incredible and valuable contribution that pets can and do have on our lives," the founders claim. "Thanks to the support of our brilliant competition partner, Animal Friends, this year we are donating £10,000 each to three separate charities to help improve the life of pets and promote their work."
Highly Commended: 'Grandmistress Candy' By Jonathan Casey
"My tabby cat Candy is ranked East Anglia #1"
Highly Commended: 'Mine, Not Yours!' By Lucy Sellors-Duval
"Benji was determined to be the one to get all the yummy treats during his photo shoot even if it meant stopping his older brother Doug."
Highly Commended: 'Werewolf 2.0' By Karl Goldhamer
"Even a werewolf needs to relax sometimes..."
As you probably know, the whole history of mankind is actually the history of kitties' and doggos' rivalry. In 2021, a photo of a dog won, and this year cats strike back. The overall winner of the 2022 competition is a photo called "Boom Boom," captured by Kenichi Morinaga from Fukuoka, Japan.
Kenichi specializes in wedding photography, as well as in cat pictures, but the winning photo was shot quite by accident. "Cats just collided on the fence by accident," the winner tells. "It turned out a very funny moment, as it happens in cartoons."
"Photos taken by accident usually look better every time because you introduce that element of chance which is so special and unique", says Michelle Wood, a co-organizer of the contest, with whom Bored Panda also got in touch. "However, some staged photos are also hilarious, after all when photographing animals - you never know how they are going to act and that is part of the fun."
"Last year we had lots of dogs and puppies, but this year cats and kittens have been so popular. We are not sure why but delighted to have our first cat Over All Winner of the competition!", Michelle also comments.
All Other Animals Category Winner: 'Smokin' Alpaca' By Stefan Brusius
"He looks like he is smoking a cigar."
Overall / Cat Category Winner: 'Boom Boom' By Kenichi Morinaga
"Cats are bumped on the wall suddenly. It was like a cartoon bamped boom boom. So funny moment."
Highly Commended: 'Now, How Do I Upload My Pics?' By Kenichi Morinaga
"I gotta smart phone so I want to upload my pics for my SNS. But I don't know how to use it. Please someone tell me how to use it."
However, the doggos also did not go unnoticed. The winner in the Dog category was a shot of a 10-month adopted puppy called Nilo who, for the first time in his life, discovered water, and received a complete range of pleasure. The author of this picture is Jose Bayon.
By the way, dog lovers can be glad that in the People's Choice category, the victory went to photographer Marco Jovanovich, whose picture of a dog named Carter, bathing in the snow with great pleasure, was extremely appreciated by the audience. Carter also has his own great story - he was on a euthanasia list in California, and the new owners made a journey from Chicago to save him. Definitely, it was worth it!
Highly Commended: 'Too Desperate' By Kazutoshi Ono
"She is my lovely kitty that is rescued from my local cat care facility. This is just a door continued to a corridor. Sometimes she jump up and holds a door so that maybe she is too desperate to go out."
Highly Commended: 'Omg What Is That' By Beth Noble
"CK shows his surprised face."
Pets Who Look Like Owners Category Winner: 'Dave And Dudley' By Judy Nussenblatt
"This is my friend, David, and his dog Dudley. During the early days of Covid, David and I took advantage of a beautiful day and we were out shooting pictures. Dudley was so excited when we got back that he threw his front paws around David's shoulders and I snapped this picture. They both look like they could use a good haircut, but it was Covid....so who cares...."
In the Horse category, the winner is the photo "Happy, Happy Horses!" by Radim Filipek, showing a happy mother with her three-day-old foal named Monty. And among all other animals, the best photo of that incredibly imperturbable alpaca was chosen, which looks as if it was smoking a cigar. However, this is just a twig, the author of the funny picture, photographer Stefan Brusius, deliberately notes.
Comedy Pet Team Favourite: 'Chauffeur Dog' By Mehmet Aslan
"The situation I encountered at traffic lights. At first I thought it was really like using a dog!"
The rest of the photos presented here belong to the Highly Commended category and, perhaps, the following year, their authors might become winners. By the way, already in April 2023, taking photos for a new competition starts, so if you have a camera and a funny pet - maybe this is a sign from above to try to win the next contest?
"We have just started work on the next competition and we always have ideas for new categories - the funnier the better, so watch this space!", adds Michelle Wood.
In any case, enjoy these amazing pictures of our best and funniest friends, and we are almost sure that they have just provided you with a good mood for the whole day!