If browsing humorous cat images on the internet is your idea of unwinding, we have a treat for you. The 2022 Comedy Pet Photography Awards are back for another year, recognizing everything charming, quirky, hilarious, and sweet about our Dogs.
The awards were created by Paul Joyson-Hicks and Tom Sullam, two professional photographers who previously administered the Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards. This new competition debuted in 2020, just when we needed something to lift our spirits!
It has grown in popularity, with entries this year coming from 70 nations across the world. The entries were pared down to 26 by the panel of judges, which included TV personalities, animal welfare specialists, and a veterinarian.
The winning photographer not only receives a £2,000 ($2,213) reward, but also a £5,000 ($5,533) charitable gift. Overall, the tournament generated enough money to contribute £10,000 ($11,067) to three different animal organizations.
A chess-playing cat, bunnies, birds, dogs playing in the snow, a cat making a phone call, and a smiling horse were among this year’s contenders.
All of the photographers were able to capture such inadvertently humorous action by clicking the shutter at the exact moment.
A stunning rescue Collie filmed exploring water for the first time, a delighted mommy mare looking at the camera with her foal, a ‘smoking’ llama, and the world’s happiest husky was among this year’s category winners.
The overall 2022 winner was Japanese cat photographer Kenichi Morinaga (@morikencatphoto) for his shot ‘Boom boom,’ which featured two cats playfully headbutting each other in such a way that they seemed to be headless.
Moringa picked The Cat Welfare Group, a specialized cat sanctuary in southern England, to receive the charitable portion of his earnings.
The photographer, who frequently visits Kumamoto’s ‘cat island’ Yushima to capture photos, was a popular pick.
On his Instagram profile, where he has 41.8K followers, people have said things like, ‘please continue to offer joy to cat lovers all across the globe,’ and ‘your images are wonderful and cute.’
If you want to enter a photo of your pet for the 2023 awards, visit the Comedy Pet Photography Awards website.
Judging isn’t until next year, so you have plenty of time to train your pet, bribe him with treats, or simply hope for the best!
All of the finalists may be found in the official gallery.