• Alexander Kosek

Die witzigsten Finalisten des Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards 2021


"Mr. Giggles" von Martina Novotna, Elvington, Vereinigtes Königreich. Tier: Kegelrobbe Ort der Aufnahme: Ravenscar "Das Kegelrobbenjunge scheint zu kichern. Der eingefangene Ausdruck gefällt mir. Es sieht so menschenähnlich aus. Ich lag stundenlang an einem felsigen Strand, so bewegungslos wie möglich, und wartete geduldig darauf, dass sich das Robbenleben um mich herum entfaltet. Dieses Robbenjunge kam ans Ufer, um sich ein wenig auszuruhen, und schlief schließlich stundenlang auf dem von ihm gewählten Felsen, bevor die eintretende Flut es zwang, weiter ins Landesinnere zu ziehen. Gelegentlich streckte er sich und gähnte, und es war eines dieser Gähnen, das zu diesem Gesichtsausdruck führte, der aussah, als würde die Robbe kichern."
"Mr. Giggles" von Martina Novotna, Elvington, Vereinigtes Königreich. Tier: Kegelrobbe Ort der Aufnahme: Ravenscar "Das Kegelrobbenjunge scheint zu kichern. Der eingefangene Ausdruck gefällt mir. Es sieht so menschenähnlich aus. Ich lag stundenlang an einem felsigen Strand, so bewegungslos wie möglich, und wartete geduldig darauf, dass sich das Robbenleben um mich herum entfaltet. Dieses Robbenjunge kam ans Ufer, um sich ein wenig auszuruhen, und schlief schließlich stundenlang auf dem von ihm gewählten Felsen, bevor die eintretende Flut es zwang, weiter ins Landesinnere zu ziehen. Gelegentlich streckte er sich und gähnte, und es war eines dieser Gähnen, das zu diesem Gesichtsausdruck führte, der aussah, als würde die Robbe kichern."

Wir alle können ein wenig Lachen in unserem Leben gebrauchen, und was gibt es Besseres, als sich ein paar niedliche Tiere anzuschauen. Die Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards 2021 stehen kurz vor der Bekanntgabe des Gewinners und haben die diesjährigen Finalisten ausgewählt. Die charmanten Bilder zeigen, wie lebendig und liebenswert die Tierwelt sein kann. Der Wettbewerb, der 2015 ins Leben gerufen wurde, wächst weiter, und die diesjährigen Finalisten zeigen die größte Vielfalt an Tieren in der Geschichte des Wettbewerbs.


Zweiundvierzig Einzelbilder sowie Portfolio- und Videofinalisten wurden in die engere Wahl gezogen. Die Gewinnerfotos werden Mitte Oktober bekannt gegeben, aber bis dahin können wir uns schon einmal an diesen Bildern erfreuen. Von einem "kichernden" Robbenbaby über einen mürrischen Vogel bis hin zu einem Tiger, der aussieht, als würde er einen Baumstamm hochheben - es gibt so viel zu sehen und zu genießen. Die Fotos sind auch ein Zeugnis für das Können der Fotografen. Um das Verhalten der Tiere einzufangen, braucht man sowohl technisches Geschick als auch Geduld, und manche Fotografen folgen einem Tier jahrelang, um Vertrauen aufzubauen.


"Wir waren überwältigt von der Anzahl und der Qualität der Beiträge, die wir in diesem Jahr erhalten haben. Es wurden weit über 7.000 Fotos aus allen Teilen der Welt eingereicht", so Paul Joynson-Hicks MBE, Mitbegründer des Wettbewerbs. "Es war eine erstaunliche Beteiligung, insbesondere angesichts der Auswirkungen der Pandemie. Die große Zahl der Bilder, die wir jedes Jahr erhalten, zeigt, wie groß das Interesse am Naturschutz ist, und erinnert uns daran, dass die Tierwelt wirklich unglaublich und urkomisch ist und dass wir alles tun müssen, um sie zu schützen."


Wie immer nutzen die Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards den Humor, um bei wichtigen Naturschutzthemen zu helfen. In diesem Jahr werden 10 % der gesamten Nettoeinnahmen an die Initiative Save Wild Orangutans gehen. Diese Initiative hilft dabei, wild lebende Orang-Utans im und um den Gunung Palung National Park auf Borneo zu schützen.


Während Sie also darauf warten, dass der Gewinner bekannt gegeben wird, können Sie Ihre Stimme abgeben. Die Stimmabgabe für den People's Choice Award läuft noch bis zum 10. Oktober. Stimmen Sie für Ihr Lieblingsfoto ab und gewinnen Sie vielleicht auch ein iPad.


Sehen Sie sich einige der witzigen Finalisten der Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards 2021 an.



“I Got You!” by Kranitz Roland, Agfalva, Hungary. Animal: Spermophile Location of shot: Hungary “I spent my days in my usual ‘gopher place' and yet again, these funny little animals haven't belied their true nature.”
“I Got You!” by Kranitz Roland, Agfalva, Hungary. Animal: Spermophile Location of shot: Hungary “I spent my days in my usual ‘gopher place' and yet again, these funny little animals haven't belied their true nature.”

“Smoked Deer for Dinner” by Siddhant Agrawal, Pondicherry, India. Animal: Tiger Location of shot: Jim Corbett National Park India “I have been following the family of a tigress called Paaro in India's Jim Corbett National Park for many years. This is her daughter who has stood on her hind limbs to be able to scratch her face with a log. But, it appears as if she is carrying the log on her shoulders.”
“Smoked Deer for Dinner” by Siddhant Agrawal, Pondicherry, India. Animal: Tiger Location of shot: Jim Corbett National Park India “I have been following the family of a tigress called Paaro in India's Jim Corbett National Park for many years. This is her daughter who has stood on her hind limbs to be able to scratch her face with a log. But, it appears as if she is carrying the log on her shoulders.”

“Monday Morning Mood” by Andrew Mayes Randburg, South Africa. Animal: Pied Starling Location of shot: Rietvlei Nature Reserve “I took this shot while photographing a group of Pied starlings perched in a tree at the Rietvlei Nature Reserve in South Africa. It perfectly sums up my mood on most Monday mornings.”
“Monday Morning Mood” by Andrew Mayes Randburg, South Africa. Animal: Pied Starling Location of shot: Rietvlei Nature Reserve “I took this shot while photographing a group of Pied starlings perched in a tree at the Rietvlei Nature Reserve in South Africa. It perfectly sums up my mood on most Monday mornings.”

“Don't Worry. Be Happy” by Axel Bocker, Germany. Animal: Dragonfly Location of shot: Hemer, Germany. “A Dragonfly early in the morning on a flower looks into my camera and it seems as if it laughing. The year 2020/2021 was very hard for everybody because of Corona. But when you go outside and watch carefully the Beauty of our nature, then problems seems to get less for me. So if I have a bad day this image make me give a smile back.”
“Don't Worry. Be Happy” by Axel Bocker, Germany. Animal: Dragonfly Location of shot: Hemer, Germany. “A Dragonfly early in the morning on a flower looks into my camera and it seems as if it laughing. The year 2020/2021 was very hard for everybody because of Corona. But when you go outside and watch carefully the Beauty of our nature, then problems seems to get less for me. So if I have a bad day this image make me give a smile back.”

“Monkey riding a giraffe” by Dirk-Jan Steehouwer Noordwijk, Netherlands. Animal: Monkey and Giraffe Location of shot: Murchison Falls NP, Uganda “During a game drive we found a group of monkeys playing around with each other, jumping up and down from a bare branch.It was a joy to watch. After a while I saw a giraffe coming from the right. By the moment the giraffe did pass the branch, one of the monkeys was on his post to ride the giraffe.”
“Monkey riding a giraffe” by Dirk-Jan Steehouwer Noordwijk, Netherlands. Animal: Monkey and Giraffe Location of shot: Murchison Falls NP, Uganda “During a game drive we found a group of monkeys playing around with each other, jumping up and down from a bare branch.It was a joy to watch. After a while I saw a giraffe coming from the right. By the moment the giraffe did pass the branch, one of the monkeys was on his post to ride the giraffe.”

“Chinese Whispers” by Jan Piecha, Kassel, Germany. Animal: Raccoon Location of shot: Kassel, Germany “The little raccoon pups are telling secrets to each other.”
“Chinese Whispers” by Jan Piecha, Kassel, Germany. Animal: Raccoon Location of shot: Kassel, Germany “The little raccoon pups are telling secrets to each other.”

“Missed” by Lea Scaddan, Perth, Australia. Animal: Western Grey Kangaroo Location of shot: Perth, Western Australia “Two Western Grey Kangaroos were fighting and one missed kicking him in the stomach.”
“Missed” by Lea Scaddan, Perth, Australia. Animal: Western Grey Kangaroo Location of shot: Perth, Western Australia “Two Western Grey Kangaroos were fighting and one missed kicking him in the stomach.”

“The Comedy Wildlife” by Gurumoorthy Gurumoorthy, Chennai, India. Animal: Indian chameleon Location of shot: Western Ghats
“The Comedy Wildlife” by Gurumoorthy Gurumoorthy, Chennai, India. Animal: Indian chameleon Location of shot: Western Ghats

“Sweet lips are for kissing!” by Philipp Stahr, Mannheim, Germany. Animal: Boxfish Location of shot: Curaçao, Dutch Caribbean “Usually box fish are difficult to take pictures of, since they do not have a problem of a diver coming close, but if you show interest, they always turn the back and not the face to you. That's why I tried to swim 0.5m above the fish and showing no interest at all in him. At the same time, I had my camera not in front of me, but below at my chest pointing to the bottom. When the right moment came, I turned the camera 90 degrees to the front and just pointed and shot, hoping to have the fish in focus. Never expected to have its beautiful lips that close!”
“Sweet lips are for kissing!” by Philipp Stahr, Mannheim, Germany. Animal: Boxfish Location of shot: Curaçao, Dutch Caribbean “Usually box fish are difficult to take pictures of, since they do not have a problem of a diver coming close, but if you show interest, they always turn the back and not the face to you. That's why I tried to swim 0.5m above the fish and showing no interest at all in him. At the same time, I had my camera not in front of me, but below at my chest pointing to the bottom. When the right moment came, I turned the camera 90 degrees to the front and just pointed and shot, hoping to have the fish in focus. Never expected to have its beautiful lips that close!”

“How do you get that damn window open?” by Nicolas de Vaulx, Draguignan, France. Animal: Raccoon Location of shot: France “This raccoon spends his time trying to get into houses out of curiosity and perhaps also to steal food.”
“How do you get that damn window open?” by Nicolas de Vaulx, Draguignan, France. Animal: Raccoon Location of shot: France “This raccoon spends his time trying to get into houses out of curiosity and perhaps also to steal food.”

“See who jumps high” by Chu Han Lin, Taipei, Taiwan. Animal: Mudskipper Location of shot: Tainan, Taiwan
“See who jumps high” by Chu Han Lin, Taipei, Taiwan. Animal: Mudskipper Location of shot: Tainan, Taiwan

“Foot Jam” by Brook Burling, Wisconsin Rapids, United States. Animal: Raccoon Location of shot: Wisconsin Rapids WI “There is a great big pine tree with a small to medium sized hole in it near my house where a young raccoon has called this home for the past year. Well this year it appears that the little raccoon has outgrown it's tiny home as it barely fits!”
“Foot Jam” by Brook Burling, Wisconsin Rapids, United States. Animal: Raccoon Location of shot: Wisconsin Rapids WI “There is a great big pine tree with a small to medium sized hole in it near my house where a young raccoon has called this home for the past year. Well this year it appears that the little raccoon has outgrown it's tiny home as it barely fits!”

“Time for school” by Chee Kee Teo, Singapore. Animal: Smooth-coated otter Location of shot: Singapore “A smooth-coated otter ‘bit' its baby otter to bring it back to and fro for swimming lesson.”
“Time for school” by Chee Kee Teo, Singapore. Animal: Smooth-coated otter Location of shot: Singapore “A smooth-coated otter ‘bit' its baby otter to bring it back to and fro for swimming lesson.”

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