Sally Black via Facebook | Crappy Wildlife Photography

'Crappy Wildlife Photography' Is The Best Facebook Group For Hilariously Bad Pics

Caitlyn Clancey 18 Jun 2020

So here's something I didn't actually know about myself until today: I really, really love terrible photos of wildlife. And thanks to one Facebook group, I can enjoy all of the best-worst animal pics that photographers have to offer.

Crappy Wildlife Photography is dedicated to proving that not every nature picture ends up on the cover National Geographic, and sometimes things don't really workout the way photographers thought they would.

After all, animals can be pretty unpredictable models.

The group currently has over 330,000 members who are more than happy to share their best wildlife blunders.

Liz Pyles via Facebook | Crappy Wildlife Photography

In an interview with Bored Panda, page creator Tristan Kennedy explained why he decided to start the hilarious community back in 2015:

"Someone asked on another group called 'Crap Bird Photography' if there was a page for all wildlife —there wasn't one that I could find so I created it."

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And we're just so glad he did, because these photos are all absolute gold.

Matthew Mackenzie via Facebook | Crappy Wildlife Photography

As Tristan explained, part of the group's appeal is that most photographers have taken "crappy wildlife" photos at one point or another. Now they finally have a place where they can share them, and have them be appreciated.

"The 'good' photo groups aren't interested in bad photography, of course, so it gives people somewhere to share their lesser quality photos and have a laugh at themselves," he said.

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As outlined on Facebook, there are a few simple rules that members must follow when sharing photos to the rest of the group.

Amy Nicolai via Facebook | Crappy Wildlife Photography

These rules include sharing "poorly executed, poor quality or otherwise photography faux pas" because "'Too Good' photos will be gently mocked or given bad photography advice." Also, the animals must be wild. No captive or domesticated creatures allowed.

On a more serious note, members are strictly forbidden from sharing disturbing or harmful photos, animal or otherwise, and can only share pictures that they themselves have taken.

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For your entertainment, I've gathered some of the best of the worst photos this amazing group has to offer.

Becky Casner via Facebook | Crappy Wildlife Photography

Everyone stand back because I think this Costa Rica anteater is about to do something very big.

My guess is he's either going to break dance, not unlike performers you'd see on the subway, or he's just going to eat some ants. Either way, I'm very excited for the show.

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Clearly this is one very reluctant model.

Karen McGovern via Facebook | Crappy Wildlife Photography

This poster explained they had been attempting to snap a photo of a blue jay, although I must say that in all my years, is definitely the most unusual blue jay I have ever seen.

And frankly, I don't like the way he's looking at me.

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So I guess it's finally happened — the insects have finally taken over.

Jerilyn Murr via Facebook | Crappy Wildlife Photography

Well, actually this was just a poorly-timed photo taken of a praying mantis on someone's windshield.

But for a second there I really thought I was looking at some Godzilla-sized bug and I did not like it one bit.

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Katie Baillie-David via Facebook | Crappy Wildlife Photography

This caribou was clearly caught off guard when it found itself suddenly part of what seems to have been a candid photo shoot.

But can we all just take a moment to appreciate its little pink tongue??

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I'm sure he's just resting.

Christine Hibbert via Facebook | Crappy Wildlife Photography

As it turns out, this pelican (who has lovingly been named Percy) happened to slip and face-plant on the rock at the very moment his admirer was attempting to take a photo.

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Nothing to see here, just a lil' bumblebee bum.

Tina Daley via Facebook | Crappy Wildlife Photography

At first, this photographer was stumped trying to figure out what that big black splotch on the side of the car was.

Of course, then she zoomed in a little and probably passed out from all the gosh-darn cuteness she'd managed to capture in just one photo.

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Mistakes were definitely made here.

Mary Johnson via Facebook | Crappy Wildlife Photography

Perhaps if you're going to snap some pictures of a bear, you might want to make sure there's enough distance between you both so that if he decides he doesn't really feel up for having his photo taken today, you won't have to worry about him mauling you over it.

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No time to stop for potty breaks, I guess.

Kathleen Grace Nadeau via Facebook | Crappy Wildlife Photography

Look, if you're flying South for the winter and you were supposed to be at your wife's sister's place hours ago, you'd also forgo taking pit-stops to try and make up for lost time.

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"Objects in mirror are larger are freakier than they appear."

Vannah Willow via Facebook | Crappy Wildlife Photography

I just really, really hope this person had their window rolled up because that's one insect you most certainly do not want to tango with.

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So... is this why we call it a "bird feeder"?

Rachel Bernal via Facebook | Crappy Wildlife Photography

Clearly this little squirrel wasn't really in the mood for pictures. How else can you explain that itty-bitty middle finger he's throwing up?

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Instructions unclear.

Sally Black via Facebook | Crappy Wildlife Photography

Okay, we've already seen a bumblebee bum, and that was pretty darn cute. But how about a duck bum??

Honestly, I knew I was going to laugh at most of these pictures, but I really didn't expect to audibly "aww" at some, too.

If you want more "crappy wildlife photography," check out their Facebook group, their Facebook page, or follow them on Instagram.

h/t: Facebook | Crappy Wildlife Photography, Bored Panda

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