Caption Contest Winners

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

01-15-2017 // 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.

December 2016

Red-tailed Hawk and Squirrel

WINNER

"Nuts!"
--Jeff Suvada, Rhinelander, Wisconsin

RUNNERS-UP

"Owl be seeing you around, mate!"
--Joann Pigott, Houston, Texas

"Here's looking at you, kid."
--Marla Herring, Hoover, Alabama

"I'm not exactly nuts about you either!"
--Cindy Tebo, Catawissa, Missouri

"Do you feel lucky? Well, do ya punk?"
--Becky Bondurant, Paducha, Kentucky



November 2016

Zebras

WINNER

"What do you call giraffe relatives who pretend they're zebras? Okapi-cats."
--Kenneth Tredwell, Advance, North Carolina

RUNNERS-UP

"I'm wild about your stripes!"
--Cindy Tebo, Catawissa, Missouri

"Oh, stop it. You're ruffling my mane."
--Aidan Yeboa, Mckinney, Texas

"How about a little game of stripe poker tonight?"
--Kenneth Tredwell, Advance, North Carolina 

"Did you hear the one about the two lions and an elephant that go into the forest?""Oh man, not that one again."
--Kathy K., Windber, Pennsylvania

"No, I told you I was black with white stripes!"
--Daphne King, Mendham, New Jersey



October 2016

baby Common Gallinule chick

WINNER

"I owe my look to my mother, who egged me on!"
--
Nandita Sampath, Redmond, Washington

RUNNERS-UP

"Let me guess ... you're a chick magnet!"
--Kenneth Tredwell, Advance, North Carolina

A face only an ornithologist could love.
--Marla Herring, Hoover, Alabama

"Who are you calling Brillo?"
--Terrie Slaton, Atlanta, Georgia

"Trick or tweet!"
--Cindy Tebo, Catawissa, Missouri

"Better call Hans Christian Anderson - I'm gonna need a fairy tale ending."
--Kenneth Tredwell, Advance, North Carolina



September 2016

Mother and Baby Sloth, Costa Rica

WINNER

"I've got you babe!"
--
R. Hallam, Merritt Island, Florida

RUNNERS-UP

"Home Sweet Home."
--Marla Herring, Hoover, Alabama

"'Sloth'-er me with your love"
--Rhonda Clevenger, Azle, Texas

"You say lazy; we say energy conservationists"
--Kenneth Tredwell, Advance, North Carolina

"We're the original tree huggers."
--Cindy Tebo, Catawissa, Missouri



August 2016

verreaux's sifaka

WINNER

"CAN'T TOUCH THIS!!!"
--
Marla Herring, Hoover, Alabama

RUNNERS-UP

"Dance like no one is watching!"
--Nancy Ryan, Wilbraham, Massachusetts

"Do the hustle! Do-do-do, do-do-do-do-do!"
--Charles Hardy, Granbury, Texas

"Put your left hip in. Put your left hip out. Now shake it all about!"
--Cassandra Sanders, Independence, Missouri

"Fred Astaire, eat your heart out!"
--Cheryl Johnson, Kansas City, Missouri



July 2016

Sea Otter resting in Kayak

WINNER

"This traffic is OTTERLY ridiculous!"
--
Susanne Earnhardt, Powhatan, Virginia

RUNNERS-UP

"Aah, a kayak. Canoe see you don't have to be Inuit to be into it?"
--Kenneth Tredwell, Advance, North Carolina

"Someone otter give me oars!"
--Prithvi Aravind, Redmond, Washington

"I just thought I would keep the seat in your kayak warm for you."
--Cassandra Sanders, Independence, Missouri

"The wetter the water, the better the otter."
--Kenneth Tredwell, Advance, North Carolina

"I got bumped from Noah's Ark."
--Cindy Tebo, Catawissa, Missouri



June 2016

Rabbit and Bull Snake Face-off

WINNER

"Hare's looking at you, kid!"
--
Kenneth Tredwell, Advance, North Carolina

RUNNERS-UP

"WHO MOVES FIRST?!"
--Earl Blackaby, Walla Walla, Washington

"S-s-s-s-smells like dinner."
--Crystal McNutt, Kansas City, Missouri

"We have got to stop meeting like this! People are starting to talk."
--Rita Simpson, St. Johns, Michigan

I know what this rabbit is thinking ... "This is a bunch of bull (snake)!"
--Lisa Hardy, Granbury, Texas

"You blinked!"
--Rich Wolf, Westminster, Maryland



May 2016

Gentoo Penguin

WINNER

"Does my breath smell like fish?"
--
Crystal McNutt, Kansas City, Missouri 

RUNNERS-UP

"HELLOOO...What part of BRING ME THE FISH do you not understand?!"
--Lisa Hardy, Granbury, Texas

"Hey! It's not nice to mock a krilling bird!"
--Kenneth Tredwell, Advance, North Carolina

"HELLO OUT THEREEEEEE"
--Marla Herring, Hoover, Alabama

"Right this way, folks, for the most hair-raising experience of your life!"
--Wendy Martindale, Azle, Texas



April 2016

Baby giraffe looking through mother's legs

WINNER

"You talking to me?"
--Julie Wilson, Fairfield, Ohio

RUNNERS-UP

"Can I have some privacy please?"
--Lisa Hardy, Granbury, Texas

"And you are ... ?"
--Marla Herring, Hoover, Alabama

"This spot's taken!"
--Cindy Tebo, Catawissa, Missouri

"Hey! I'm walkin' here!"
--Kaya Fagerstrom, Austin, Texas

"Y'all think I'm cute? I stoop to concur."
--Kenneth Tredwell, Advance, North Carolina



March 2016

Coastal Brown Bear

WINNER

"Oh, no! I forgot to spring forward.”
--Cindy Tebo, Saint Louis, Missouri

RUNNERS-UP

"Oh my gosh! How did I forget the fish, again?!"
--Leisa Moran, Beckley, West Virginia

"I woke up too soon. The election isn't over."
--Terrie Slaton, Atlanta, Georgia

That must have been a wild winter.
--Terrie Slaton, Atlanta, Georgia

"I’m thinking … I’m thinking …"
--Marla Herring, Hoover, Alabama

"I felt a great disturbance in the forest."
--Kenneth Tredwell, Advance, North Carolina



February 2016

Kingbird and Great Egret

WINNER

"I want to fly like an eagle ... to the sea. Fly like an eagle, let the 'egret' carry me ..."
--Lisa Hardy, Granbury, Texas

RUNNERS-UP

"You're a real pain in the neck!"
--Cindy Tebo, Saint Louis, Missouri

"Just a couple of love birds necking."
--Thye Schuyler, Salem, Oregon

"Slow Down! Don't make me rEGRET this."
--Lisa Hardy, Granbury, Texas

"If you rate me less than five stars, don't bother this Uber flyer again."
--Kenneth Tredwell, Advance, North Carolina



January 2016

Raccoon

WINNER

"Clearly, I'm not a day person!"
--Cindy Tebo, Saint Louis, Missouri

RUNNERS UP

"Davy Crockett wore WHAT on his head?!"
--Kenneth Tredwell, Advance, North Carolina

"Let it go … Let it GO…"
--Marla Herring, Hoover, Alabama

"Honey, I'm home!"
--LaStar Brown, Baltimore, Maryland

"Can you hear me now?!"
--Sue Detwiler, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

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

 

 

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