Finalists for 2020 Comedy Wildlife Photography Announced


The Comedy Wildlife Awards were created to encourage people to be more aware of their conservation through amazingly funny photos of wild animals. Founders Paul Joynson-Hicks and Tom Sullam host the competition each year as a chance for photographers to submit their most professionally hilarious photos. They wish to spread joy through laughter and educate as many people about the effects of global warming.

Here are the finalists!

A turtle appearing to be gesticulating at the camera
Terry the Turtle flipping the bird, by Mark Fitzpatrick, Lady Elliot Island, Queensland, Australia
Two bears, one playing around and one looking grumpy
We all have that friend, by Yarin Klein. Brown bears at Kuril Lake, Kamchatka, Russia

A group of penguins walking on a beach with one of them throwing up
I could puke, by Christina Holfelder. Gentoo penguins in the Falkland Islands

Four mongoose looking up with wide eyes
Surprise Smiles, by Asaf Sereth. Dwarf mongoose at Lake Bogoria, Kenya

A kingfisher on a "no fishing" sign with a fish in its mouth
It’s a Mocking Bird, by Sally Lloyd Jones. A kingfisher in Kirkcudbright, Scotland
A red squirrel appearing to be chortling
The inside joke, by Femke-van-Willigen. A Eurasian red squirrel in Espelo, the Netherlands
A monkey swinging on the tails of two other monkeys
Fun For All Ages, by Thomas Vijayan. Langurs in Kabini, India

A raccoon with its legs sticking out of a hole in a tree
Almost time to get up, by Charlie Davidson. A raccoon in Newport News, Virginia
A bird with wet spiky feathers
Covid Hair, by Gail Bisson. A Reddish egret in Fort Desoto, Florida
A young fox looking down at a rodent
Tough Negotiations, by Ayala Fishaimer. A fox and a rodent in Israel

A gorilla looking bored
Boredom, by Marcus Westberg. A mountain gorilla in Mgahinga Gorilla National Park, Uganda

A parrot holding up its foot to another parrot
Social distance please, by Petr Sochman. Rose-ringed parakeets in Kaudulla national park, Sri Lanka

A bird ruffling its wings
Tern tuning its wings, by Daniele D’Ermo, Florida

A bear holding up its paw and looking up at the camera
Hi Y’all, by Eric Fisher. A brown bear in Alaska

A giraffe looking sideways into the photographic frame of another giraffe
Crashing into the picture, by Brigitte Alcalay Marcon. Giraffes in Etosha National Park, Namibia

A fish appearing to smile at the camera
Smiley, by Arthur Telle Thiemann. A Sparisoma cretense in El Hierro, Canary Islands

A monkey scratching its bottom
Socially Uninhibited, by Martin Grace. A chacma baboon near River Chobe, Botswana

A large seal lying on a rock appearing to laugh
Having a Laugh, by Ken Crossan. A common seal in Caithness, Scotland

A monkey in water looking shocked at the temperature of the water
So hot, by Wei Ping Peng. A snow monkey in Japan
A bird with its wings outstretched behind another bird
Abracadabra, by Vicki Jauron. Brown pelicans in Fort Myers Beach, Florida

The winner will be announced October 27th! The winner will be awarded a trophy and a 1-week safari trip for two to Kenya. They will also receive a new Nikon camera. Photo submissions for this year’s contest are over, but save your pictures for the 2021 competition!

Vote for your favorite animal here for a chance to win a new iPad, courtesy of Affinity Photo!

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