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12 Animal Photobombs – Because Animals Don’t Listen to Directions

by Hanna Brooks Olsen
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Photographers are always chasing the perfect picture — perfect light, perfect framing, perfect camera settings to capture the perfect details. But sometimes, our non-human companions have an agenda of their own. Or, they just really don’t care about your picture and are going to do what they do regardless.

Whether it’s sneakily showing up in the background, or getting right in front of the lens at the exact moment the shutter snaps, these critters just couldn’t resist their moment of fame.  Sure, these animal photobombs may have technically ruined the shots, but come on. It’s worth it, right?

This eagle may look like a planned part of the picture, but, says the photographer, he was actually just trying to snap the rocks and the ocean.


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“So much for my serene ‘rocks and foggy ocean’ composition. Thanks, buddy.” writes photographer Jonathan Nightingale. 

“Oh hey, were we taking pictures? Cool.” — Reindeer

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Image by Mike Lewinski

“Suddenly, a cat!” notes photographer Mike Lewinski.

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Image by James Niland

“I really wanted to take a photo of this rusty old car,” writes photographer James Niland, “but the curious horses wouldn’t let me.”

If I was a gambling woman, I would wager that photographer Tommi Virtanen probably has a lot of photos like this.

This one is pretty stealthy.

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Image by Eric Kilby

Photographer Eric Kilby managed to capture an illusive animal-on-animal photobomb.

So did Karen Datangel.

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Image by SJ Bennett

Ok, so maybe animals actually do this to each other a lot.

“An adult nankeen night heron photobombs a young nankeen night heron at Perth Zoo” writes photographer SJ Bennett.

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Image by SJ Bennett

…It’s actually pretty common, as evidenced by photographer Karen Borter, though in this one, it’s a little unclear as to who the subject is, and who’s sneaking into the frame.

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Image by WaiferX

The war between cats and dogs is very real, and will be waged, evidently, by looming in the background of photos.


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Hanna Brooks Olsen

Hanna Brooks Olsen is a writer and editor for CreativeLive, longtime reporter, and the co-founder of Seattlish. Follow her on Twitter at @mshannabrooks or go to her website for more stuff.