6 hilarious snaps from the 2022 Comedy Pet Photography Awards that prove pets are the best

2022 Comedy Pet Photography Awards
(Image credit: Holly Stranks / Animal Friends Comedy Pets)

If your idea of relaxing is looking at funny cat photos online, then we’ve got a treat for you. The 2022 Comedy Pet Photography Awards return for another year, celebrating all that’s cute, quirky, funny and adorable about our pets.

The awards were set up by a pair of professional photographers, Paul Joyson-Hicks and Tom Sullam, who already ran the Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards. This new competition was launched in 2020, just when we needed something to cheer us all up! 

It’s become very popular and this year attracted entries from 70 countries all around the world. The panel of judges, which includes TV celebrities, animal welfare professionals and a vet, narrowed the entries down to just 26. 

The winning photographer not only scoops a £2,000 ($2,213) prize but also wins a £5,000 ($5,533) donation to charity. Overall, the competition raised funds to donate £10,000 ($11,067) each to three animal charities.

This year’s finalists included a chess playing cat, rabbits, birds, dogs playing in snow, a cat making a phone call and a laughing horse. 

cat playing chess

(Image credit: Jonathan Casey / Animal Friends Comedy Pets)

cat playing with phone

(Image credit: Kenichi Morinaga / Animal Friends Comedy Pets)

laughing horse

(Image credit: Radim Filipek / Animal Friends Comedy Pets)

All the photographers managed to click the shutter at the perfect moment, capturing that unintentionally hilarious behavior forever.

This year’s category winners included a gorgeous rescue Collie captured discovering water for the first time, a proud mommy mare grinning at the camera with her foal, a ‘smoking’ llama and the world’s happiest husky.

Bordie Collie enjoys water for the first time

(Image credit: Jose Bayon / Animal Friends Comedy Pets)

Happy Husky

(Image credit: Marko Jovanovic / Animal Friends Comedy Pets)

The overall 2022 winner was Japanese cat photographer Kenichi Morinaga (@morikencatphoto) for his photo ‘Boom boom’, featuring two cats playfully headbutting each other in a way that made them look headless.

Boom Boom" by Kenichi Morinaga, overall winner 2022 Comedy Pet Photography Awards.

Boom Boom" by Kenichi Morinaga, overall winner 2022 Comedy Pet Photography Awards. (Image credit: Kenichi Morinaga/Animal Friends Comedy Pets)

Moringa chose to donate the charity portion of his winnings to The Cat Welfare Group, a specialist cat shelter in southern England.

The photographer, who often visits the so-called ‘cat island’ Yushima in Kumamoto to take his images, proved a popular choice.

Comments on his Instagram page, where he has 41.8K followers, included ‘please continue to bring smiles to cat lovers around the world’, and ‘your photos are beautiful and adorable’.

If you’d like to enter a photo of your pet for the 2023 awards, you can find out how at the Comedy Pet Photography Awards website.

Judging doesn’t take place until this time next year – so there’s plenty of time to coach your pet, bribe him with cookies – or just hope for the best!

You can find all the finalists in the official gallery.

Sara Walker

Sara is a freelance journalist and copywriter of many years’ experience with a lifelong love of animals. She’s written for a range of magazines and websites on subjects varying from pet care to travel. A horse rider since the age of five, she’s currently a full time pet slave to horse Blue and gorgeous, goofy English Springer Spaniel Olly. Adorable Olly has a huge sense of adventure and no sense of direction, keeping Sara on her toes.