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The Comedy Pet Awards 2022 - Winners That'll Bring A Smile To Your Face

2000 funny pet entries have been whittled down to just one overall winner to reveal this year's 'Comedy Pet Awards' champion.

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Two cats with no head, Japan

© Kenichi Morinaga / Animal Friends Comedy Pets 


The Comedy Pet Photo Awards have revealed the winners of this year’s competition and the overall competition title went to Kenichi Morinaga with his brilliant photo of two cats sitting on a fence cheek to cheek or neck and neck! 

Over the summer, the competition has called on all pet and animal lovers to submit hilarious images and videos of their funny furry friends for a chance of winning the prestigious title of Comedy Pet Photographer of the Year and a huge £2,000 cash prize, plus a £5,000 donation from Animal Friends Pet Insurance to go towards an animal welfare or conservation charity. Kenichi, whose pic also picked up the Best Cat photo, is a photographer from Japan who loves to visit the small islands around the country, taking shots of the street cats that he finds there. 


Dog jumping around in the garden, Spain

© Jose Bayon / Animal Friends Comedy Pets 


The judging was the closest ever seen with just 10 points separating the top 6 places and with 7 different countries represented in the Category Winners, this year the competition had a truly international feel. The winner of the Dog Category went to Jose Bayon from Spain with his hilarious photo of his rescue dog called Nilo, captured in the garden frolicking about with water spray, half his body going in a different direction from the other! The People’s Choice Award, where the public get to vote on their favourite was won by Marko Jovanovic and his dog dashing through the snow and the £1,000 prize for Best Video was won by Sarah Fiona Helme of Rosie her cat taking fright when an owl on television seems to make a beeline for her!


Dog dashing through the snow, USA

© Marko Jovanovic / Animal Friends Comedy Pets 


The funny pet competition was created by Paul Joynson-Hicks and Tom Sullam, to celebrate the positive and vital role that pets have in our lives and to encourage engagement around animal welfare. This year, thanks to the partnership with Animal Friends Pet Insurance, Comedy Pets is donating a MASSIVE £35,000 to animal welfare charities, £10,000 each to 3 separate charities all doing an amazing job, caring for and re-homing abandoned animals: Dean Farm Trust, London Inner City Kitties and Wild at Heart Foundation and £5,000 for the overall winner to donate to a charity of their choice. 


A mare and foal, Czech Republic

© Radim Filipek / Animal Friends Comedy Pets 


As well as the category winners – 8 photographers were recognised as Highly Commended for their entries: Christopher Johnson, Jonathan Casey, Lucy Sellors-Duval, Kazutoshi ONO, Karl Golhamer, Beth Noble, Sarah Fiona Helme and another photo from Kenichi Morinaga. All Category Winners and Highly Commended winners will receive a competition certificate and a brand, new Animal Friends Comedy Pet Goodie Bag stuffed full of goodies.

The expert judging panel includes animal lover Kate Humble, comedian and TV presenter Mel Geidroyc, Emma Milne - TV Vet, and professional pet photographer- Elke Vogelsang.  We are joined again by representatives from the competition sponsors, Animal Friends, CEO Wes Pearson and Patricia Gardiner (CMO) and her daughter Meg as well as some new faces from the competition charities; Sam Clews from Dean Farm Trust, Sophie Fenton from L.I.C.K’s and Nikki Tibbles from Wild at Heart Foundation.

The 2023 competition is now open for entries on the Comedy Pet Photo website. 

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