Slideshow: The hilarious finalists for the Comedy Pet Photo Awards 2020

Finalists for the Comedy Pet Photo Awards 2020

Finalists for the annual Comedy Pet Photo Awards were recently announced. Founded by the creators of the Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards, Paul Joynson-Hicks and Tom Sullam, the competition is now in its second year. Over 2,000 images of pets were submitted from 81 countries. The aim is to showcase the impact pets have on our lives and to raise awareness around animal homelessness in the United Kingdom. 10% of all entry fees were donated to national pet charity Blue Cross.

‘The entries this year have been completely and utterly what we needed to raise our spirits in 2020. It has been a tough year for many, but these images have not only made us laugh out loud, but also re-affirmed our desire to drastically reduce animal cruelty and pet orphanage. The positive movement created by this competition is so uplifting and hopefully we can achieve a similar reaction from all who see this competition,’ says Sullam.

Category and Overall Winners will be announced on November 24th. All 40 finalists can be viewed on the Comedy Pet Photo Awards site.

Finalist: ‘Gossip Girls’ by Magdalena Strakova

©Magdalena Strakova/Mars Petcare Comedy Pet Photo Awards 2020

Location: Czech Republic

Artist Statement: I was photographing horses in a pasture, and these three got together and appeared to have a chat, gossipping like giggling schoolgirls.

Finalist: ‘Saint Paul’s Cap’ by Alex Class

©Alex Class/Mars Petcare Comedy Pet Photo Awards 2020

Location: London

Artist Statement: I’ve always been keen on architectural photography, on leading lines, on creative perspectives. I had a walk around London with Kyte and his owners. Kyte is a lovely 9-year-old Weimaraner. I had been eying up this spot for a while and just waiting for the right face to wear Saint Paul’s cupola.

Finalist: ‘Drama Queen’ by Anne Lindner

©Anne Lindner/Mars Petcare Comedy Pet Photo Awards 2020

Location: Germany

Artist Statement: There is almost nothing more beautiful than to see a hearty yawn of a rabbit.

Finalist: ‘Ohhhhhhhhh’ by Dimpy Bhalotia

©Dimpy Bhalotia/Mars Petcare Comedy Pet Photo Awards 2020

Location: India

Artist Statement: This happened in a fraction of a second and I couldn’t stop laughing.

Finalist: ‘Over Dramatic Cat’ by Iain McConnell

©Iain McConnell/Mars Petcare Comedy Pet Photo Awards 2020

Location: Wales

Artist Statement: Edmund being dramatic.

Finalist: ‘The Dancing Kitten’ by Iain McConnell

©Iain McConnell/Mars Petcare Comedy Pet Photo Awards 2020

Location: Wales

Artist Statement: Edmund playing with his toy.

Finalist: ‘Shocked Mastiff’ by Annett Mirsberger

©Annett Mirsberger/Mars Petcare Comedy Pet Photo Awards 2020

Location: Germany

Artist Statement: During a photoshoot, this gorgeous mastiff made some funny faces – I hope not because of me …!?

Finalist: ‘The Funny Amorgos Donkey’ by Boris Purmann

©Boris Purmann/Mars Petcare Comedy Pet Photo Awards 2020

Location: Island of Amorgos, Greece

Artist Statement: 2016 at the greek Island Amorgos. We hiked from Aegiali to Langada and I made some Pics with my Mobile of a Donkey Group. In the last Picture it looks like that the Donkey was friendly and smiling to us. So I realise that I have to make more of this.

In 2019 we meet the Donkey Owners, they have a nice Tavern in Langada TAVERNA LOUDAROS and they told us the name of the Donkeys. From righti to left: Sister Nefeli, Mother Floredia and SOSO!

Finalist: ‘Isolated Dog’ by Ilana Rose

©Ilana Rose/Mars Petcare Comedy Pet Photo Awards 2020

Location: Australia

Artist Statement: Isolated Vizla dog in lockdown, a reflection on how we all feel in this year of lockdowns due to COVID-19 world wide.

Finalist: ‘Happy Akira’ by Jasmin Haecker

©Jasmin Haecker/Mars Petcare Comedy Pet Photo Awards 2020

Artist Statement: Our Shiba girl Akira loves to smile… we finally managed to capture this lovely unforgettable moment at Granddad’s grill party.

Finalist: ‘Hold on Tight! We’re Running Late!’ by Karen Hoglund

©Karen Hoglund/Mars Petcare Comedy Pet Photo Awards 2020

Location: United States

Artist Statement: Dani, the puppy, hangs on for her life when Gabby is at the wheel. (The car wasn’t actually moving so it wasn’t really scary.) We intended to take a photo of the dogs looking at the camera but both pups looked forward instead which was much funnier!

Just to be on the safe side, we kept both dogs on leashes. What you can’t see in these photos is my husband crouched down in the back seat, holding both dogs leashes. He is such a good sport!

Finalist: ‘Friends Don’t Let Friends Do Silly Things Alone’ by Kerstin Ordelt

©Kerstin Ordelt/Mars Petcare Comedy Pet Photo Awards 2020

Location: Austria

Artist Statement: This photo is an outtake. Actually, the dogs tried to hug and thats what happend 🙂 The picture was taken in Linz (Austria) in a pedestrian zone early in the morning.

Finalist: ‘Why Are You Upside Down Mum?’ by Malgorzata (Gosia) Russell

©Malgorzata (Gosia) Russell/Mars Petcare Comedy Pet Photo Awards 2020

Location: Scotland

Artist Statement: This our one year old still kitten cat Basil. He is very playful, agile and loves our garden we used a lot during lockdown. It is our daily, morning routine to chase each other around the garden. Picture is not photoshopped.

Finalist: ‘Smile’ by Mehmet Aslan

©Mehmet Aslan/Mars Petcare Comedy Pet Photo Awards 2020

Location: Turkey

Artist Statement: The horse’s smile and the dog that makes it strange.

Finalist: ‘Funny Horse’ by Peter von Shnen

©Peter von Shnen/Mars Petcare Comedy Pet Photo Awards 2020

Location: Germany

Artist Statement: This horse is already 24 years old. He moved in with me and he likes it very much. Me too.

Finalists for the Comedy Pet Photo Awards 2020

Finalists for the annual Comedy Pet Photo Awards were recently announced. Founded by the creators of the Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards, Paul Joynson-Hicks and Tom Sullam, the competition is now in its second year. Over 2,000 images of pets were submitted from 81 countries. The aim is to showcase the impact pets have on our lives and to raise awareness around animal homelessness in the United Kingdom. 10% of all entry fees were donated to national pet charity Blue Cross.
‘The entries this year have been completely and utterly what we needed to raise our spirits in 2020. It has been a tough year for many, but these images have not only made us laugh out loud, but also re-affirmed our desire to drastically reduce animal cruelty and pet orphanage. The positive movement created by this competition is so uplifting and hopefully we can achieve a similar reaction from all who see this competition,’ says Sullam.
Category and Overall Winners will be announced on November 24th. All 40 finalists can be viewed on the Comedy Pet Photo Awards site.
Finalist: ‘Gossip Girls’ by Magdalena Strakova

©Magdalena Strakova/Mars Petcare Comedy Pet Photo Awards 2020
Location: Czech Republic
Artist Statement: I was photographing horses in a pasture, and these three got together and appeared to have a chat, gossipping like giggling schoolgirls.
Finalist: ‘Saint Paul’s Cap’ by Alex Class

©Alex Class/Mars Petcare Comedy Pet Photo Awards 2020
Location: London
Artist Statement: I’ve always been keen on architectural photography, on leading lines, on creative perspectives. I had a walk around London with Kyte and his owners. Kyte is a lovely 9-year-old Weimaraner. I had been eying up this spot for a while and just waiting for the right face to wear Saint Paul’s cupola.
Finalist: ‘Drama Queen’ by Anne Lindner

©Anne Lindner/Mars Petcare Comedy Pet Photo Awards 2020
Location: Germany
Artist Statement: There is almost nothing more beautiful than to see a hearty yawn of a rabbit.
Finalist: ‘Ohhhhhhhhh’ by Dimpy Bhalotia

©Dimpy Bhalotia/Mars Petcare Comedy Pet Photo Awards 2020
Location: India
Artist Statement: This happened in a fraction of a second and I couldn’t stop laughing.
Finalist: ‘Over Dramatic Cat’ by Iain McConnell

©Iain McConnell/Mars Petcare Comedy Pet Photo Awards 2020
Location: Wales
Artist Statement: Edmund being dramatic.
Finalist: ‘The Dancing Kitten’ by Iain McConnell

©Iain McConnell/Mars Petcare Comedy Pet Photo Awards 2020
Location: Wales
Artist Statement: Edmund playing with his toy.
Finalist: ‘Shocked Mastiff’ by Annett Mirsberger

©Annett Mirsberger/Mars Petcare Comedy Pet Photo Awards 2020
Location: Germany
Artist Statement: During a photoshoot, this gorgeous mastiff made some funny faces – I hope not because of me …!?
Finalist: ‘The Funny Amorgos Donkey’ by Boris Purmann

©Boris Purmann/Mars Petcare Comedy Pet Photo Awards 2020
Location: Island of Amorgos, Greece
Artist Statement: 2016 at the greek Island Amorgos. We hiked from Aegiali to Langada and I made some Pics with my Mobile of a Donkey Group. In the last Picture it looks like that the Donkey was friendly and smiling to us. So I realise that I have to make more of this.
In 2019 we meet the Donkey Owners, they have a nice Tavern in Langada TAVERNA LOUDAROS and they told us the name of the Donkeys. From righti to left: Sister Nefeli, Mother Floredia and SOSO!
Finalist: ‘Isolated Dog’ by Ilana Rose

©Ilana Rose/Mars Petcare Comedy Pet Photo Awards 2020
Location: Australia
Artist Statement: Isolated Vizla dog in lockdown, a reflection on how we all feel in this year of lockdowns due to COVID-19 world wide.
Finalist: ‘Happy Akira’ by Jasmin Haecker

©Jasmin Haecker/Mars Petcare Comedy Pet Photo Awards 2020
Artist Statement: Our Shiba girl Akira loves to smile… we finally managed to capture this lovely unforgettable moment at Granddad’s grill party.
Finalist: ‘Hold on Tight! We’re Running Late!’ by Karen Hoglund

©Karen Hoglund/Mars Petcare Comedy Pet Photo Awards 2020
Location: United States
Artist Statement: Dani, the puppy, hangs on for her life when Gabby is at the wheel. (The car wasn’t actually moving so it wasn’t really scary.) We intended to take a photo of the dogs looking at the camera but both pups looked forward instead which was much funnier!
Just to be on the safe side, we kept both dogs on leashes. What you can’t see in these photos is my husband crouched down in the back seat, holding both dogs leashes. He is such a good sport!
Finalist: ‘Friends Don’t Let Friends Do Silly Things Alone’ by Kerstin Ordelt

©Kerstin Ordelt/Mars Petcare Comedy Pet Photo Awards 2020
Location: Austria
Artist Statement: This photo is an outtake. Actually, the dogs tried to hug and thats what happend 🙂 The picture was taken in Linz (Austria) in a pedestrian zone early in the morning.
Finalist: ‘Why Are You Upside Down Mum?’ by Malgorzata (Gosia) Russell

©Malgorzata (Gosia) Russell/Mars Petcare Comedy Pet Photo Awards 2020
Location: Scotland
Artist Statement: This our one year old still kitten cat Basil. He is very playful, agile and loves our garden we used a lot during lockdown. It is our daily, morning routine to chase each other around the garden. Picture is not photoshopped.
Finalist: ‘Smile’ by Mehmet Aslan

©Mehmet Aslan/Mars Petcare Comedy Pet Photo Awards 2020
Location: Turkey
Artist Statement: The horse’s smile and the dog that makes it strange.
Finalist: ‘Funny Horse’ by Peter von Shnen

©Peter von Shnen/Mars Petcare Comedy Pet Photo Awards 2020
Location: Germany
Artist Statement: This horse is already 24 years old. He moved in with me and he likes it very much. Me too.Read MoreArticles: Digital Photography Review (dpreview.com)

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