2022 Comedy Pet Photo Award Winners

November 9, 2022 2:44 pm in by
Revenge of the Tennis Ball © Christopher Johnson / Animal Friends Comedy Pets. A ‘Smokin Alpaca’ © Stefan Brusius / Animal Friends Comedy Pets 

Every year we look forward to having a laugh with the Comedy Pet Photo Awards, and the 2022 winners have tickled our funny bones again.

From derpy looking dogs to cute cats and hilarious horses, it’s impossible not to crack a smile at the antics our loveable pets get up to.

But it’s more than just for laughs. Along with a cash prize, the winner is given money to donate to a pet charity of their choice, with the competition partner Animal Friends Pet Insurance also donating thousands to animal welfare charities.

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The 2023 competition is now open for entries at

Overall winner

Cats are bumped on the wall suddenly. It was like a cartoon bamped boom boom. So funny moment.

Kenichi Morinaga was named Comedy Pet Photographer of the Year with his brilliant photo of two cats sitting on a fence cheek to cheek or neck and neck!  This image went up against 2,000 funny pet entries to win the top title and is the first ever cat winner.

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.

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His passion started when he got his own pet cat and first visited Europe as a backpacker.  “Suddenly, I became fascinated by the antics of cats out in the streets and had to photograph them” he says.  “When I returned to Japan, I continued to seek them out, they really cheer me up, especially after the last two years of the pandemic – they are so funny, even when they are doing something serious.”

Here’s the rest of the winners.

Dog Category

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.

Jose Bayon from Spain won with a photo of his rescue dog Nilo, feeling very happy having just discovered water. ‘Nilo’s love for water!’

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Horse Category

Happy mother and her 3 day old son Monty

Radim Filipek won with his lovely shot of a mare and her foal looking like very ‘Happy horses.’ 

All Other Creatures Category

He looks like he is smoking a cigar.
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A ‘Smokin Alpaca’ from Germany, captured by Stefan Brusius

Pets Who Look Most Like Their Owner’s Category

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….

Who could resist ‘Dave and Dudley’ enjoying a moment together in the US, snapped by Judy Nussenblatt.

Junior Category

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We had gone out for the day and came home to find our kitten Jack had got stuck in the hedge!

Freya Sharpe, aged 9, with her photo of the family cat Jack, who managed to get stuck way, way up in a hedge.

Video Category

Won by Sarah Fiona Helme from the UK, with her video showing Rosie her cat carefully watching an owl descend towards her on TV!

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People’s Choice Award

Carter was on a Euth list in California. We flew from Chicago to Cali rescue him. This was his first time experiencing snow. As you can see he could believe was missing out all these years!

Marko Jovanovic from the USA with his rescue dog bounding though the snow.

Comedy Pet Team Favourite

The situation I encountered at traffic lights. At first I thought it was really like using a dog!
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Voted for by the competition organisers, the winner is ‘Chauffeur Dog’ by Mehmet Aslan from Turkey.

Highly commended winners

As well as the category winners, eight photographers were recognised as Highly Commended for their entries:

Christopher Johnson:

This is Star playing in the snow in a local field and getting surprised by a passing tennis ball
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Jonathan Casey:

My tabby cat Candy is ranked East Anglia #1

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

Kazutoshi ONO

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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.

Karl Golhamer:

Even a werewolf needs to relax sometimes…

Beth Noble:

CK shows his surprised face.
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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!

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.