This is the funniest wildlife photo of the year
Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards finalists catch animals in hilarious moments.
The photography competition is a global, online and free-to-enter showcase of light-hearted images. Among the 40 finalists was Susan Knowler, from Victoria, B.C., who has been taking wildlife photos for 20 years. Her photo of a crested caracara, a big hawk-like bird, with three capybaras, was taken in Argentina on a wildlife reserve.
"If you just watch them, it's only a matter of time until they do something funny," says Knowler.
"They had been hanging around together. The caracara grooms the capybara: they peck, and he would turn over so the bird could find parasites to eat. At one point, they stood up and it looked like the bird was leading them."
U.K.-born, Tanzania-based photographer Paul Joynson-Hicks, started organizing the awards in 2015 to bring more positive messaging to wildlife conservation.
"The constant messaging is very distressing," says Joyson-Hicks. "it wasn't creating action for me to do stuff."
"Everyone loves animals doing funny things," he says.
"If we look at our finalists, we look and think, 'that's a Mafioso with his bodyguards behind him. That's someone about to chomp on the balls of his dad.' It's mainly anthropomorphic," says Joyson-Hicks.
"We want to get people involved in conservation, positively."
The awards are focused on raising awareness around conservation at home, responsible travel, shopping, recycling, and water conservation.
"Sometimes you can't connect or know what you can do," says Joyson-Hicks, "but you can be a conservationist just as much as someone doing anti-poaching patrols in Africa."
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The winner is getting a one-week safari with Alex Walker's Serian in the Masai Mara natural reserve in Kenya.