26 of the Funniest Finalists in the 2022 Comedy Pet Photo Awards


Comedy Pet Photo Awards

The humorous pet photography competition, the Comedy Pet Photo Awards 2022, has announced this year’s finalists, all of which will compete for cash prizes later this fall.

Photo Awards Celebrate Pets and Humor

The annual photo competition, created by professional photographers Paul Joynson-Hicks and Tom Sullam, celebrates the amusing situations pets find themselves in. Not just that, they hope to raise awareness about animal welfare and the vital role pets play in people’s lives.

The judging panel shortlisted 26 best photo entries so far, all of which will go to compete for the top cash prize of £2,000 ($2,505). Same as last year, the contest has partnered with Animals Friends Pet Insurance to donate £35,000 ($43,840) to various deserving pet and animal welfare charities, a big increase from last year’s £10,000 ($12,530) charitable contribution. In addition to the top cash prize, the overall winner will also have the opportunity to select a charity to receive a donation of £5,000 ($6,260), courtesy of Animal Friends Pet Insurance.

The Comedy Pet Photo Awards has also introduced an extra cash prize for the best video submission, and the public gets to participate by voting online for their favorite finalist photo in the first ever Animal Friend’s People’s Choice Award. Hoping to encourage more children to get involved, the contest made the Junior image category free to enter for those aged 16 and under.

“We know that even the shortest stories can hold something special, and the Comedy Pet Photography Awards are a perfect way to share a snapshot of the place pets hold in our lives,” says Wes Pearson, CEO of Animal Friends. “The playful, poignant, and priceless moments captured in the final shortlist have brought us immense joy and show that they’re never just a pet, they are part of our story.”

The overall winner and category winners will be announced on September 13th, 2022. See the shortlisted finalists below:

“He looks like he is smoking a cigar.” © Stefan Brusius / Animal Friends Comedy Pets
“Happy Horses!” © Radim Filipek/ Animal Friends Comedy Pets
“Grandmistress Candy.” © Jonathan Casey / Animal Friends Comedy Pets
“Shakin’ Hedgehog.” © Alessandro Po / Animal Friends Comedy Pets
“Remember Muttley.” © Bernard Sim / Animal Friends Comedy Pets
“Dave and Dudley.” © Judy Nussenblatt / Animal Friends Comedy Pets
“Mine not yours!” © Lucy Sellors-Duval / Animal Friends Comedy Pets
“I’m talking to you.” © Stefan Brusius / Animal Friends Comedy Pets
“Goofy Buns.” © Sarah von Keitz / Animal Friends Comedy Pets
“Hello Penny.” © Holly Stranks / Animal Friends Comedy Pets
“My Pillow! © Peter Cech / Animal Friends Comedy Pets
“Too Desperate” © Kazutoshi Ono / Animal Friends Comedy Pets
“Ukiyo-e.” © Kazutoshi Ono / Animal Friends Comedy Pets
“Hitting a lift.” © Neville Tait / Animal Friends Comedy Pets
“Dashing through the snow.” © Marko Jovanovic / Animal Friends Comedy Pets
“Now, how do I upload my pics?” © Kenichi Morinaga / Animal Friends Comedy Pets
Revenge of the tennis ball. © Chris Johnson / Animal Friends Comedy Pets
“Oh, I do like a scratch and a tickle.” © Bob Moore / Animal Friends Comedy Pets
“Jack the cat stuck in the hedge.” © Freya Sharp / Animal Friends Comedy Pets
“Nilo’s love for water.” Jose Bayon © / Animal Friends Comedy Pets
“I’m not full yet!” © Karl Goldhamer / Animal Friends Comedy Pets
“Tree tree.” © Kenichi Morinaga / Animal Friends Comedy Pets
“Driver Dog” © Mehmet Aslan / Animal Friends Comedy Pets
“Purr-etty please!” © Sarah Fiona Helme / Animal Friends Comedy Pets
“OMG, what’s that?” © Beth Noble / Animal Friends Comedy Pets
“Werewolf 2.0.” © Karl Goldhamer / Animal Friends Comedy Pets

More information about the competition, including last year’s winners, can be found on the Comedy Pet Photo Awards website.


Image credits: All photos individually credited and provided courtesy of Comedy Pet Photo Awards 2022.

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