Comedy Pet Photography Awards 2017 Winners

Whether you have pets or not, you’ll know by now that they can look as equally hilarious and weird as they can cute and cuddly. And if you needed further confirmation of this, then the Comedy Pet Photography Awards 2017 Winners should be enough outrageously amusing evidence!

Inspired by the success of the Comedy Wildlife Photo Awards, this version for our furry friends is nothing short of superb with a slight touch of crazy. Receiving over 2,500 entries from approximately 73 countries worldwide, the winners range from hypnotic dogs to prancing horses.

The five categories of the competition include: Overall Winner, Ancients (for photographers over 70), Pets who look like their Owners, Gone to the Dogs (specifically for dogs) and Junior Winner. The top-spot went to Nando Harmsen in the Netherlands, for a photo of his horse “seemingly prancing past the camera”.

Founders of the awards, wildlife photographer Paul Joynson-Hicks MBE and African landscape photographer Tom Sullam, admired the high standard of submissions, noting how many were taken with smartphone cameras not DSLRs. Although the winners are pretty much guaranteed to make you howl, the organisers stress that there’s a serious message to it all too:

“The competition is aimed at raising animal welfare awareness, but also to enjoy photography and get people out photographing, and we feel the competition achieved this.”

Take a look (and laugh!) at the winning images below:

Overall Winner:

‘Look at Me’ © Nando Harmsen (Netherlands)

Ancients:

‘Look into my eyes’ © Sandy Scott (United States)

Pets who look like their Owners:

‘Best Friends’ © Georgie Bain (United Kingdom)

Gone to the Dogs:

‘Bubble Surprise’ © Connie Fore (United States)

Junior Winner:

‘That’s the Spot’ © Axl Marsh (United States)

Highly Commended:

‘Beach Please’ © Anne Lise Gramstad (Norway)
‘Supercat!!’ © Heather Ross (United Kingdom)
‘How are you my Neighbour?’ © Stasys Povilaitis
‘Cat Selfie’ © Gabriel Constantin Marian (Romania)

If you want more information be sure to check out their website and follow the awards on instagram, facebook and twitter.

Ed Carr is a Yorkshire-born landscape photographer and nature writer. Having spent his youth in the North Yorkshire Moors National Park, he takes any opportunity to don his hiking boots and head out, camera in hand. When not out taking pictures or hastily scribbling down his thoughts, Ed’s halfway up a hill out chasing after his dog, Hendrix.

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