View the featured photos and top entries in National Wildlife's monthly caption contests

02-17-2014 // NWF Staff

EVERY YEAR the editors of National Wildlife select unusual or funny images from our annual photography competition to feature in our monthly caption contests. We then invite readers to write captions for the photos. Here are the caption contest winners and runners-up, along with the images that inspired them.

November 2014

Turtle Posing

WINNER

Yoga Master - "Turtle Pose."
--Leslie Haddad, Arizona

RUNNERS-UP

"Strike a pose...Vogue!"
--Dianne Jacobs, Banning, California

“You 'turtle' me upside-down.”
--Ann Untalan, Philippines

"You don't have to be a ninja turtle to break dance!"
--Peter Uliano, Manchester, New Hampshire

"Tipsy? No, I'm, um...just listening for buffalo."
--Kenneth Tredwell, Advance, North Carolina

October 2014

Caption Contest

WINNER

"Ok, that's the last time we play 'go fish!'"
--Cindy Tebo, Saint Louis, Missouri

RUNNERS-UP

The fish muttered, "first I though my fate was sealed, and now I have clawstrophobia.”
--Kenneth Tredwell, Advance, North Carolina

“HEY! Why are you seal'en my fish!”
--Bella P., Pittsfield, Massachusetts

Winged victory, 'sealed' with a fish dinner!
--Tim Ferry, Alexandria, Virginia

“Hello, 911?  I'd like to report a dive by!”
--Gregory Young, Chicago, Illinois

September 2014

Cheetah

WINNER

"This is not the way I learned to play leap frog!"
--Cindy Buitron, Indianapolis, Indiana

RUNNERS-UP

“You spring forward, I fall back - is this a Daylight Saving Time game?”
--Kenneth Tredwell, Advance, North Carolina

“You cheetah, it was my turn to pounce!”
--Michele Crow, Colfax, Iowa

“Cirque du Soleil, eat your heart out.”
--Janet McConnaughey, New Orleans, Louisiana

“This will make great 'cat-ography’! Smile for the camera...did you catch that?”
--Cindy Maxon, Sebring, Florida

August 2014

Squirrel

WINNER

“No drought about it, I am parched!”
--Jim Nelson, Cave Junction, Oregon

RUNNERS-UP

“I give up. Where did you hide the nuts?”
--Cindy Tebo, Saint Louis, Missouri

“Summertime . . . and the livin' is easy!”
--Manuel David, Lake Charles, Louisiana

“Aaaah! This is the life, raid the bird’s feeder, drink their water, and then lay down by the pool to rest.”
--Joyce Scarborough, Wright City, Missouri

“Ahh, nut'n better than a little me time!”
--Tim Ferry, Alexandria, Virginia

July 2014

Bison

WINNER

"Some days you just have to start from scratch."
--Kenneth Tredwell, Advance, North Carolina

RUNNERS-UP

What happens on the grasslands, stays on the grasslands.
--Suzanne Austin-Hill, Ruskin, Florida

“Well, are you going to scratch it for me? I didn't think so.”
--Angela Kohler, Williamsport, Pennsylvania

"Oh, give me a home where the buffalo roam and the park posts are not made of foam!"
--Tim Ferry, Alexandria, Virginia

“Keep Me Posted!”
--Wendy Martindale, Azle, Texas

“Aaaaaah. These Bison belly scratching posts the park put in are great!”
--Joyce Scarborough, Wright City, Missouri

June 2014

Turtle and Alligator

WINNER

I'm shell-shocked that something like this could happen in a gator'd community!
--Kevin Dutra, Modesto, California

RUNNERS-UP

"Go ahead turtle, make my day.”
--Monica Bell, Justin, Texas

Snappy's last words..."Hey y’all, watch this!"
--Elizabeth Lemmings, Lexington, North Carolina

"Should I keep my mouth shut??? Or let him know just how stupid of a move this really is?"
--Lisa Hardy, Granbury, Texas

“CAREFUL, Mr. Turtle don't bite off more than you can chew.”
--Joyce Scarborough, Wright City, Missouri

May 2014

Mallard ducklings

WINNER

Curb your enthusiasm.
--Rich Kurz, West Palm Beach, Florida

RUNNERS-UP

Mallard Flight Training Program announces their top 8 highest achievers!
--Lisa Hardy, Granbury, Texas

“Whatever, guys. I'm getting the duck out of here.”
--Jillian Monsein, Tampa, Florida

“I can't watch, he's going to break his Quacker!”
--Joyce Scarborough, Wright City, Missouri 

 “Could one of you lend me a wing here!?”
--Cindy Maxon, Sebring, Florida

April 2014

Enter the Caption Contest

WINNER

“Heard this one? ‘Nocturnal, nocturnal.'… 'Whoooo's there?'…'Owl never tell!”
--Kenneth Tredwell, Advance, North Carolina

RUNNERS UP

That joke was so funny…It was a hoot.”
--Sue Detwiler, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

I'm an early bird. He's a night owl.”
--Chris Miller, Dover, Delaware

He never knew screech owls mated for life.
--Brenda Miao, Fremont, California  

That was so funny the way that squirrel took off when he saw us.
--Ilona Tongel, Orange Park, Florida

March 2014

Baboons

WINNER

“You can pick your friends, and you can pick your nose. But you can't pick your friend’s nose…Aw, who am I kidding?”
--Darrell Richardson, Clyde, Texas

RUNNERS UP

“Here, let me fix your face for the photo.”
--Bonny Rigley, Mount Vernon, Washington

“OUCH! That’s attached, you baboon.”
--Joyce Scarborough, Wright City, Missouri

“I’m not your playmate...I'm a primate!”
--Carol Wegerle, Durban, South Africa

“I've got your nose; I've got your nose!”
--Bev Phillips, Newburyport, Massachusetts

February 2014

Enter the NWF Caption Contest

WINNER

“NO, NO, NO, wrong feather, WRONG FEATHER!”
--Jennifer Bjerke-Mickle, Cheyenne, Wyoming

RUNNERS UP

“Come on just one feather… it will ‘crow’ back.”
--Kim Becker, Long Pond, Pennsylvania

“You got the grey feather? Quick, pull it out!”
--Melissa Fletcher, Jackson, Tennessee

“This would make a perfect addition to my nest!”
--Brittany Robbins, Brownsboro, Texas

“I told you not to play chicken with the polar vortex!”
--Kenneth Tredwell, Advance, North Carolina

January 2014

Squirrels

WINNER

“Bonnie and Clyde make a clean getaway after the Great Bird Feeder Heist.”
--Todd Thomas, Saxonburg, Pennsylvania

RUNNERS UP

“I'll get you, my pretty . . . and your little nuts too!”
--Stuart Ross, Madison, Wisconsin

“Listen to Coach! You're never getting in the Olympics if you can't perform the FULL handstand!”
--Sybil Bolt, Bon Air, Virginia

“But I love you…Wait, Wait!!”
--Dell Ross, Friendship, Tennessee

December 2013

Animals are Ghost Crabs in Fort Desoto Park, Florida

WINNER

“You scared the crab outta me!”
--Cheryl Nelson, Cave Junction, Oregon

RUNNERS UP

“Everybody was kung-fu-fighting.”
--Charles Hardy, Granbury, Texas

“Bring It On!”
--Jacque Pearce, Bemidji, Minnesota

“Early mornings make me crabby!”
--Lisa Hardy, Granbury, Texas

“Rock ‘em Sock ‘em Crabs”
--Marla Sanders, East Alton, Illinois

“We just love dancing to Hootie and the Blowfish”
--Mary Neves, Dartmouth, Massachusetts

November 2013

Great Gray Owl

WINNER

“Owl be watching you!”
--Cristina Scarpaci, Washington, D.C.

RUNNERS UP

“I know what you're thinking. Does he fly 30 mph or 40 mph? Well, to tell you the truth, in all this excitement I kind of lost track myself. But being these are some very sharp claws, you've got to ask yourself one question: Do I feel lucky? Well, do ya, skunk?”
--Todd Thomas, Saxonburg, Pennsylvania

“Do you feel lucky, mouse? Do you? Go ahead make my day!”
--Rob Goldberg, Fayetteville, New York

Polar bear in Churchill, Manitoba

 
Check out more funny photos in our gallery of past years' Caption Contest winners >>

 

 

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