Welcome to the wonderfully weird world of bad wildlife photos, brought to you by the friendly and (sometimes) camera-savvy people from the Crap Wildlife Photography Facebook group. In case you haven’t heard about these up-and-comers, they’re dedicated exclusively to (yup—you guessed it!) crappy wildlife photos.
We’ve collected some of the best new photos from the group to boost your mood and give you a good chuckle, so scroll down, upvote your fave ones, and post your own bad photos of wild animals in the comments below. You can check out Bored Panda’s previous articles about the fantastic Crap Wildlife Photography group right here: Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3.
The founder of the group, Tristan Kennedy, previously told Bored Panda all about the online community. Founded back in 2015, the group went absolutely viral in January 2020 and now boasts over 385.7k members. And the amount of content their members submit each day is absolutely staggering!
I Know, I Know, Puh-Lease. I'm The Cutest Thing Ever, Right?
Meanwhile In Thailand
Knock At The Door Turned Out To Be This Owl
Tristan told Bored Panda that he created the group after somebody on another group called Crap Bird Photography asked if there was a page for all wildlife. “There wasn't one that I could find so I created it."
He pointed out that growth had always been slow but steady over the past few years. However, this January, there was a massive uptick in the number of followers, and Tristan had to add the first bunch of new admins to help manage the group.
“Numbers increased from about 15,000 in January to about 45,000 at the start of April. The first Bored Panda article triggered a large spike in numbers—our group numbers spiked from about 45,000 to 100,000 in a few days. Overall, 300,000 have joined since January."
I Was Trying Take A Picture Of This Bird When It Turned And Looked At Me, Then Crapped On My House
The Campground We Stayed At Has A Bathroom Attendant. But All He Does Is Silently Judge Your Hand Washing Skills
He Really Did Have A Cute Face
Tristan also told us all about the appeal of crappy wildlife photos: people love ‘em because nearly everyone has taken bad photos. “The 'good' photo groups aren't interested in bad photography, of course, so it gives people somewhere to share their lesser quality photos and have a laugh at themselves,” he said.
The amount of content the group’s admins have to moderate is massive. They get more than 1,000 submissions each day. But far from all of them make it to the page. Some photos might not make the cut because they don’t adhere to the rules of the group while others might not get featured because they’re too similar.
"We get a lot of very similar photos (deer and squirrels seem to be the most common), we try to keep the page interesting by posting a mixture of different kinds of wildlife. We try to make the group as inclusive and light-hearted as possible, somewhere to have a laugh and forget about reality, so to speak."
Finally Found One Of Those Radioactive Spiders. No, It's Not Because Of The Flash
This Wild Boar Ran So Fast It Rendered Itself Into A Cave Painting
I Don’t Know What This Sea Snail Has Started To Draw, But I Think He Should Stop It
Had A Power Outage (Bay Area) And Had To Drive A Couple Cities Over To Grab Dinner. I Stopped At A Light And Was Trying To Figure Out Where I Was Going When I Saw These Lil Cuties Out Of The Corner Of My Eye. This Was The Only Picture I Could Get Before They Disappeared And The Light Turned Green
Bet Youv’e Never Seen A Bee Wee!
This Could Have Been A Half Decent Picture Then The Buck Did This As I Pressed The Button
Found This Young Trash Boi Stuck In The Bottom Of A Bin, Just Baking In The Sun, Exausted, And Likely A Bit Tipsy Judging By His Trash Of Choice . I Tipped The Can So He Could Escape But He Was To Tired/Dehydrated To Leave . So Then I Scooted A Bowl Of Water In With A Stick . Thirsty Dude Gulped It Down, Chilled Another 10 Min, Perked Right Up N Wiggled His Weird Lil Butt To Whatever Gross Adventure Is Next.......absolutely Reeking Of Stale Beer And Bad Decisions
It Was My First Trip To Mexico. The First Time I Saw Monkeys In The Wild. I Was So Excited To Use My New Camera
Not Crap, Garbage. Screamy Boy Had Me Awake Thinking Demons Were On My Doorstep At 4am. He Musta Forget Yesterday Was Garbage Day And He Didn't Have A Lovely Layer Of Trash To Cushion His Fall. Gently Laid The Bin On It's Side And Ran Like Hell
Pigeons On Drugs
Owl Hitting The Camera Or His Reflection Or Drunk ??
I Wanted To Take A Picture Of A Cute Frog On My Window But He Moved And I Ended Up With This Photo:
Bad Hair Day
When You Have A Wild Night And Forget Your Way Back Home In The Morning
Photography Tip #37: Be Aware Of The Perspective Of Your Surroundings So That Your Duck's Head Doesn't Look Like It's Growing Out Of A Marsh Plant
Can Someone Tell Me What Kind Of Bird This Is?
I Relate To This Frog At A Subconscious Level
The Majestic Elk
Tried To Get A Shot Of This Beautiful Doe While Golden Hour Driving Tonight. She Had...um...*other* Plans... Went Full On Derp On Me
Clearly Underestimated The Size Of His Backside When Planning His Getaway
My Life Is Now Complete. I Finally Saw A Bald Eagle This Weekend Camping
A Women In My Chicken Group Had This Hawk Bust Through Her Coop. Don’t Worry, Derpy Birb Is Alive And Well. She Managed To Throw A Towel Over It And Carry It Safely Outside, Which Was Very Kind Of Her Since Derpy Birb Successfully Killed A Chicken
Judgmental Cormorant Knows What You Did
Anyone Know What Kind Of Bird This Is?
I Took This Week During My Morning Walk
Not My Cat
Attack Of The Giant Seagulls
…and Then There’s This Little Guy Playing Peekaboo At The Beach
He’s A Little Squirrelly, He’s Been Inspecting The Underside Of The Car For About 5 Minutes Now
I Saw Your Iguana Cannon And Raise You Blurry Racoon Army
We Were Having A Beer On A Deck In Madeira And The Lizards Would Run Out And Immediately Pick Up Their Feet Because The Deck Was So Hot
What Kind Of Bird Is This?
Take Pictures Of Nature They Said... It Would Be Fun They Said...
Me Trying To Take A Picture Of A Snail In My Backyard. All I Got Was His Eyeball...
Mr.black Rat Snake ~ "My Momma Told Me I Could Be Anything When I Grew Up So I Became A Bird"
I’ve Been Listening To This Owl For Quite Some Time Now But It Made An Appearance Last Night!
Right Before He Licked The Ring Door Bell
I Always Heard That State Park Bathrooms Could Get Pretty Weird But I Did Not Expect This. Little Creep Was Wearing Leopard Print, Too
I Had This Strange Feeling I Was Being Watched....
I Call It: "The Year 2020 In Two Parts."
"Ah, Ha, Ha, Ha, Stayin' Alive, Stayin' Alive..."
Little Did I Know When I Accidentally Shot This Photo That It Would Be The Key Evidence In Finally Arresting Herbert Who Was Wanted In Four States For Lewd And Lascivious Misdemeanors
I Found A TMNT!
This Is The Lazy Daddy Bluebird Who Napped On My Windowsill All Summer. I Have Been Waiting To Share Him With The World, And I Think We’ve Found The Right Place? Behold!!!
My 11 Year Old Daughter Lilah Took This
Dangerous Overtaking Manoeuvre By Reckless Snail.
We Have A Stalker
Took This Picture Of A Deer Looking At Me From Off In The Woods While In Motion In A Car And Had To Zoom In Really Quick. This Is What I Saw Later When I Cropped The Photo To See It Closer
I Feel Like This Should Be A Meme
I Feel Like This Fly And His Goatee Are Plotting My Demise
For 25 Cents I Do That Little Snek Thing You Like
Look Very Closely To Spot The Photobomber
I See Your Squirrel Warfare And Raise You Iguana Cannons
My New Anti-Theft Bike Lock!
*backs Away Slowly*