Blessing must arise from within your own mind. It is not something that comes from outside. When the positive qualities of your mind increase and the negativities decrease, that is what blessing means. The Tibetan word for blessing … means transforming into magnificent potential. Therefore, blessing refers to the development of virtuous qualities you did not previously have and the improvement of those good qualities you have already developed.
― Dalai Lama XIV
This fox, photographed in Yellowstone National Park last December, gets a 10 for grace, execution and entry. (Angela Bohlke/Barcroft)
These guys were only “highly commended” by the jury, which is a shame, because theirs is a remarkable display of comedic teamwork.
Buffalo, bird and turd, photographed in Meru National Park, Kenya, in July. (Tom Stables/Barcroft)
One angelic bear was also highly commended for his deadpan effort.
This bear can swim — and possibly fly. (Adam Parsons/Barcroft)
The competition’s organizers say it’s intended to draw support for wildlife conservation and raise money for the Born Free Foundation. More than 2,200 people entered this year. The winner, Oregonian Angela Bohlke, was awarded a Kenyan safari for two and a camera.
You can see more of the winners and finalists in this gallery.
Winning photos from the Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards
This year’s contest included over 2,200 submissions from around the worl