The legendary photo of Salvador Dali with flying cats, shot in 1948 by the famous photographer Philippe Halsman, demanded 26 takes and six hours of continuous work of three people (and three cats as well). Many photos, winners of the 2022 Animal Friends Comedy Pet Awards, were shot quite by accident - yet look no less impressive.
Yes, we finally waited for it - the winners of the Comedy Pet Awards are already announced, so you are almost guaranteed a good mood from viewing this post! The concentration of cuteness and fun in these images is definitely overflowing.
Bored Panda traditionally talks about the winners of the competition, in 2020 and 2021, and here you can see all the finalists of 2022. Of the hundreds of photographs sent from 70 different countries all over the globe, the organizers at first shortlisted the 30 best, and now we are happy to introduce the winners.
It is possible that you have already given your heart to one of the finalists, so now there is an opportunity to check whether your favorite has managed to win in any of the nominations and just get a charge of great mood!
#1 Dog Category Winner: 'Nilo's Love For Water' By Jose Bayon
"Nilo is an adopted puppy about 10 months old. He was hit by a car and was barely saved. Now recovered, he has just discovered water for the first time. His capers and pirouettes show his passion for water. Love at first sight"
Image credits: Jose Bayon / Animal Friends Comedy Pets
#2 People's Choice Award Winner: 'Dashing Through The Snow' By Marko Jovanovic
"Carter was on a Euth list in California. We flew from Chicago to Cali to rescue him. This was his first time experiencing snow. As you can see, he couldn't believe he was missing out all these years!"
Image credits: Marko Jovanovic / Animal Friends Comedy Pets
#3 Horse Category Winner: 'Happy, Happy Horses!' By Radim Filipek
"Happy mother and her 3 day old son Monty"
Image credits: Radim Filipek / Animal Friends Comedy Pets
The Comedy Pet Awards contest was invented by the organizers of the also world-famous Comedy Wildlife Photo Awards, Paul Joynson-Hicks and Tom Sullam. "Following on from the unbelievable success and amazing response that we had from setting up the Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards a few years ago, Tom and I had another light bulb moment and it was this: 'Why don't we do another funny photo competition but this time for pets. Wowza, now there’s an idea,'" says Paul Joynson-Hicks, a famous wildlife photographer.
#4 Highly Commended: 'Purr-Etty Pleeeaase!' By Sarah Fiona Helme
"Rosie was helping me in the greenhouse and decided to try, in her most engaging way, (and with the help of the wheelbarrow to stand on), to persuade me into giving her some of her favourite treats - which, being a lowly cat servant with no willpower, I did!"
Image credits: Sarah Fiona Helme / Animal Friends Comedy Pets
#5 Highly Commended: 'Mine, Not Yours!' By Lucy Sellors-Duval
"Benji was determined to be the one to get all the yummy treats during his photo shoot even if it meant stopping his older brother Doug."
Image credits: Lucy Sellors-Duval / Animal Friends Comedy Pets
#6 Junior Category Winner: 'Jack The Cat Stuck In The Hedge' By Freya Sharpe
"We had gone out for the day and came home to find our kitten Jack had got stuck in the hedge!"
Image credits: Freya Sharpe / Animal Friends Comedy Pets
"Through the Comedy Pets, we want to promote positive awareness of animal welfare issues and celebrate the incredible and valuable contribution that pets can and do have on our lives," the founders claim. "Thanks to the support of our brilliant competition partner, Animal Friends, this year we are donating £10,000 each to three separate charities to help improve the life of pets and promote their work."
#7 Highly Commended: 'Werewolf 2.0' By Karl Goldhamer
"Even a werewolf needs to relax sometimes..."
Image credits: Karl Goldhamer / Animal Friends Comedy Pets
#8 All Other Animals Category Winner: 'Smokin' Alpaca' By Stefan Brusius
"He looks like he is smoking a cigar."
Image credits: Stefan Brusius / Animal Friends Comedy Pets
#9 Highly Commended: 'Grandmistress Candy' By Jonathan Casey
"My tabby cat Candy is ranked East Anglia #1"
Image credits: Jonathan Casey / Animal Friends Comedy Pets
As you probably know, the whole history of mankind is actually the history of kitties' and doggos' rivalry. In 2021, a photo of a dog won, and this year cats strike back. Overall winner 2022 is a photo called "Boom Boom" captured by Kenichi Morinaga from Fukuoka, Japan.
Kenichi specializes in wedding photography, as well as in cat pictures, but the winning photo was shot quite by accident. "Cats just collided on the fence by accident," the winner tells. "It turned out a very funny moment, as it happens in cartoons."
#10 Overall / Cat Category Winner: 'Boom Boom' By Kenichi Morinaga
"Cats are bumped on the wall suddenly. It was like a cartoon bamped boom boom. So funny moment."
Image credits: Kenichi Morinaga / Animal Friends Comedy Pets
#11 Comedy Pet Team Favourite: 'Chauffeur Dog' By Mehmet Aslan
"The situation I encountered at traffic lights. At first I thought it was really like using a dog!"
Image credits: Mehmet Aslan / Animal Friends Comedy Pets
#12 Highly Commended: 'Revenge Of The Tennis Ball' By Christopher Johnson
"This is Star playing in the snow in a local field and getting surprised by a passing tennis ball."
Image credits: Christopher Johnson / Animal Friends Comedy Pets
However, the doggos also did not go unnoticed. The winner in the Dog category was a shot of a 10-month adopted puppy called Nilo who, for the first time in his life, discovered water, and received a complete range of pleasure. The author of this picture is Jose Bayon.
By the way, dog lovers can be glad that in the People's Choice category, the victory went to photographer Marco Jovanovich, whose picture of a dog named Carter, bathing in the snow with great pleasure, was extremely appreciated by the audience. Carter also has his own great story - he was on a euthanasia list in California, and the new owners made a journey from Chicago to save him. Definitely, it was worth it!
#13 Highly Commended: 'Now, How Do I Upload My Pics?' By Kenichi Morinaga
"I gotta smart phone so I want to upload my pics for my SNS. But I don't know how to use it. Please someone tell me how to use it."
Image credits: Kenichi Morinaga / Animal Friends Comedy Pets
#14 Pets Who Look Like Owners Category Winner: 'Dave And Dudley' By Judy Nussenblatt
"This is my friend, David, and his dog Dudley. During the early days of Covid, David and I took advantage of a beautiful day and we were out shooting pictures. Dudley was so excited when we got back that he threw his front paws around David's shoulders and I snapped this picture. They both look like they could use a good haircut, but it was Covid....so who cares...."
Image credits: Judy Nussenblatt / Animal Friends Comedy Pets
#15 Highly Commended: 'Too Desperate' By Kazutoshi Ono
"She is my lovely kitty that is rescued from my local cat care facility. This is just a door continued to a corridor. Sometimes she jump up and holds a door so that maybe she is too desperate to go out."
Image credits: Kazutoshi ONO / Animal Friends Comedy Pets
In the Horse category, the winner is the photo "Happy, Happy Horses!" by Radim Filipek, showing a happy mother with her three-day-old foal named Monty. And among all other animals, the best photo of that incredibly imperturbable alpaca was chosen, which looks as if it was smoking a cigar. However, this is just a twig, the author of the funny picture, photographer Stefan Brusius, deliberately notes.
#16 Highly Commended: 'Omg What Is That' By Beth Noble
"CK shows his surprised face."
Image credits: Beth Noble / Animal Friends Comedy Pets
The rest of the photos presented here belong to the Highly Commented category and, perhaps, the following year, their authors might become winners. By the way, already in April 2023, taking photos for a new competition starts, so if you have a camera and a funny pet - maybe this is a sign from above to try to win the next contest?
In any case, enjoy these amazing pictures of our best and funniest friends, and we are almost sure that they have just provided you with a good mood for the whole day!