And the winning pet shots of the 2022 Comedy Pet Photo Awards are… - THECHOWANIECS.COM

And the winning pet shots of the 2022 Comedy Pet Photo Awards are…

The young Labrador Pepper and his multicolored bubble have found their worthy successor. After unveiling their selection of finalists last July, made up of 26 photos and four videos, the organizers of the Comedy Pet Photo Awards have just announced the name of the big winner of their 2022 edition, the third.

This photographic competition was created by the organizers of the now famous Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards. Unlike the latter, this competition exclusively highlights pets – dogs, cats, horses, rabbits and others – but always in the most comical poses.

The least we can say is that this year’s winner rose to the challenge with flying colors. This is the Japanese Kenichi Morinaga who illustrated himself with an improbable photo of two street cats head-to-head (literally) on a wall. This photographer’s passion for tomcats was born when he had his first cat and started traveling in Europe.

All of a sudden I became fascinated by the antics of cats in the streets and started photographing them. “, he said. ” When I returned to Japan, I kept looking for them. They really lift my spirits, especially after the two years of the pandemic. They’re so funny even when they’re doing something serious “.

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This fantastic competition reminded me that these behaviors on the part of all animals are recognized as funny, cute and comforting not only in Japan but all over the world. “, added Kenichi Morinaga who also won the category reserved for cats and whose Instagram account blooms with other photos of mischievous cats.

On the dog side, it was the Spaniard Jose Bayon who won over the jury with the photo of his dog Nilo running after the water in his garden. The Czech Radim Filipek won the horse category with his portrait of two specimens smiling from ear to ear while the German Stefan Brusius distinguished himself in the category reserved for other animals with his smoking alpaca.

Among the other winners, the Briton Freya Sharpe and her cat perched in a hedge and the American Judy Nussenblatt for her splendid duo (hairy) formed by the dog Dudley and his owner Dave. The public prize was awarded to the American Marko Jovanovic and his magnificent Carter who discovers the snow for the first time.

On the side of the Comedy Pet team, another dog stood out: the one spotted in a car by the Turkish Mehmet Aslan. Finally, the prize for the best video was awarded to the British Sarah Fiona Helme who filmed her cat watching a barn owl in mid-flight on television.

Photos to smile… and help associations

We are delighted to see such a funny selection of winners this year from all over the world. And it’s great to see our very first winning cat! A huge congratulations to Kenichi “, explained in a press release Tom Sullam, co-founder of the Comedy Pet Photo Awards.

The joy pets bring to our lives is evident in all of the entries we receive, which makes our job as judges very fun but also very challenging. What’s fantastic is that these hilarious photos and videos not only make us smile but they also imply that we can help some amazing charities with big donations thanks to our partners Animal Friends “, he added.

In addition to the 2,000 pounds received for his prize, the Japanese winner had the right to choose an association to which to donate an additional 5,000 pounds. A donation of 35,000 pounds (about 41,000 euros) was also made to three associations working for abandoned animals: Dean Farm Trust, London Inner City Kitties and Wild at Heart Foundation.

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