November 19th, 2009

Splash - *AFP Hall Of Fame*

This is my mom, dad and brother in Sydney. Posing on a bridge, my brother set the camera on timer, and ran back to join my parents. However, he had too much momentum and fell back into the pond.”

(submitted by Claire)

110 Responses to “Splash”

  1. Teresa says:

    Excellent. The great follow-up shot would have been of the walk back to the car.

  2. El Kev says:

    This is one of the greatest photos ever. Right there behind the “axe tan” guy from a few months ago, and the dude on the toilet smiling with his family.

  3. Bruce says:

    And he stuck the landing!

  4. Bleah! says:


  5. hcw80 says:

    Trip to Sydney….$2000.
    Camera and tripod….$500.
    Admission to tourist site….$50.

    Being reminded of this embarassing moment at every family gathering including those held after your death….priceless.

  6. Logan English says:

    that is soooo funny the mom has got this look on her face that saya “Oh I want to laugh but, then again I don’t” “Jimmy wait for mee!” lol

  7. Chaz says:

    Plants that arise out of the water in the orient will eat you!

  8. RayRay says:

    “It’s not reality, it’s awkwardality!”

  9. Tim says:

    The lengths some people will go to to find their lost contact lens…

  10. Jenstar says:

    This isn’t awkward – It’s awesome!

  11. Steve says:

    Michael Scott feels your pain.

  12. Mary says:

    By far, one of the funniest photos ever! Love mom’s reaction! And the feet sticking out on top of the rail just crack me up!

  13. Cee says:

    Poor guy.. but it’s hilarious!!

  14. Cindi says:

    This picture is awesome. Love the parents’ expressions. Actually laughed out loud for this one!

  15. Angie says:

    if only it was a video camera instead. You could have made a pretty penny submitting it to America’s Funniest Home Videos

  16. Anne says:

    Too funny. As a parent I can say I’d probably be laughing too. I hope he wasn’t hurt, but it is the look on the parent’s faces that makes the photo.

  17. jnmcnally says:

    I love this – not only for the photo, but for the explanation. How many times have we wondered about the backstory? Thanks, Claire.

  18. Amber says:

    What an amazing picture and story.

  19. binkymae says:

    You can’t imagine how much I needed a good laugh today The only thing better would be seeing it in person. Thanks for posting!

  20. Markus says:

    Well, at least he set the timer to go off at the perfect moment!!!

  21. HeatherW says:

    Best pic ever!!

  22. Stephanie says:

    I love how the parents are cracking up! đŸ˜€ I have almost the same picture of my youngest son when he fell backwards into a planter at Disneyland, except no one else in the picture (including the giant Chip & Dale) noticed that he’d fallen and are all posing happily. I oughta dig that picture out…

  23. Kite says:

    How is this an awkward family photo?! It’s an AMAZING family photo. It’s perfect.

  24. sheryl says:

    All time favorite photo EVER!

  25. Michelle says:

    I have a photo of myself in front of the same panel. Have to say, I prefer this “action” shot to my standard tourist pose!

    BTW, the koi in that pond are HUGE. Are we sure the brother made it out of the water?

  26. Dane says:

    Dropping the highest and lowest scores, we have:

    Russian judge: 8.7
    American judge: 9.2
    French judge: 8.9
    Chinese judge: 9.3
    British judge: 8.8
    AFP judge: 9.9

    Yes! He’s done it! He wins GOLD!

  27. Laura says:


  28. cloudy says:

    comedy is all about the timing.

  29. Ashley says:

    This is the most amazing photo ever. The camera went off at the absolute perfect moment. Gosh I love it.

  30. p jane says:

    This is great! In our family it’s mum who usually winds up in the muddle, tho’…

  31. RedSoxFan says:

    One of the most perfect awkward photos ever!!!

    • JS says:

      this is definitely in the top 10 for “Awkward Photo of the Year” (which is a competition I hope we’ll see in the month of December on this blog.

  32. Don says:

    Claire’s brother- “Mom. Dad. You know my childhood hero was Steve Irwin, the Crocodile Hunter. Since we are in Sydney I’ve decided to honor his legacy. I will attempt to hang upside down from this rail and feed the dangerous and man-eating monsters in this pool.”

    Dad- “Son, that’s a coi fish pool.”

  33. sus says:

    This will be one of their most cherished vacation memories ever. I only wish I had a picture of when my mom fell off the golf cart.

  34. No comment says:

    Mom has the same look on her face that I would have. It’s all fun and games till someone gets hurt. Then it’s HILARIOUS!

  35. Mary says:

    I hope this wasn’t the piranha pond!

  36. HFM says:

    It appears that Mom is laughing, which makes this all the more better.
    Or possibly screaming in fear.
    Either way, thumbs up.

  37. NorandaPete says:


  38. loup says:

    I love this one !! so funny !! and your mom seems to have a good laugh coming !!

  39. Baldguy says:

    Notice how the water is swirling clockwise?

  40. laurie says:

    “Oo, look…50 cents!”

  41. beachcomber says:

    Something I’m surprised I’ve never done….

  42. Jeff B. says:

    The Russian Judges openly and brazenly berated him before deducting 2 points on his dismount.

  43. croc10 says:

    Self-imposed swirlies are the worst kind of humiliation.

  44. ivelostmyself says:

    this is so funny! i love the look on moms face. i think maybe she had something to do with the whole “accident”.

  45. tellmewhatyouthink says:

    Quite the Australian tribute to….China is it?

  46. Cliff says:

    He’s down under … the water!!!

  47. JimK says:

    This is awesome. Love the looks on your parent’s faces!

  48. kjm says:

    It’s easy to overlook momentum.

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