At Large  September 16, 2020  Chandra Noyes

Have a Laugh with the Comedy Wildlife Photo Awards 2020

Created: Wed, 09/16/2020 - 09:37
Author: chandra

If, like us, you could use a little humor in your life right now, look no further than the Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards, an annual contest showcasing the funniest snapshots in nature photography. This year’s recently announced finalists include sassy birds, wise-cracking monkeys, and a variety of other critters that seem to take on human characteristics. Judged by a panel of experts, the grand prize winner, announced October 22, will be awarded a week-long safari trip in Kenya.

Along with honoring excellence in nature photography, the Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards promotes a message of conservation. This year, they’re encouraging being a conservationist from home, offering tips like planting flowers for pollinators, shopping locally, avoiding travel that leaves a big carbon footprint, and sharing your own nature photography to encourage others to appreciate wildlife. You can also get involved by selecting your favorites for their People’s Choice Award. Below are a few of our picks from the forty-four finalists.

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© Arthur Telle Thiemenn / Comedy Wildlife Photo Awards 2020
photo of a tropical fish with a what looks like a big, toothy smile
Smiley

Arthur Telle Thiemenn, Sparisoma cretense, El Hierro, Canary Islands

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© Sally Lloyd-Jones / Comedy Wildlife Photo Awards 2020
photo of a blue kingfisher bird with an insect in its mouth perched on a "no fishing" sign
It's a Mocking Bird

Sally Lloyd-Jones, Kingfisher, Kirkcudbright, UK

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© Krisztina Scheeff / Comedy Wildlife Photo Awards 2020
photo of two puffin penguins, one with a mouth full of fish while the other looks on pleadingly
Seriously, would you share some

Krisztina Scheeff, Atlantic Puffin, Scotland UK

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© Jagdeep Rajput / Comedy Wildlife Photo Awards 2020
photo of an adult and child elephant from behind, their tail intertwined while they walk
Like mother like daughter

Jagdeep Rajput, Asian Elephant, Corbett National Park, India

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© Luis Martí / Comedy Wildlife Photo Awards 2020
photo of a monkey perched on a ledge laughing
Macaque striking a pose

Luis Martí, Macaque, Uluwatu Temple, Bali.

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© Petr Sochman / Comedy Wildlife Photo Awards 2020
photograph of two tropical green birds on a branch, one raising its foot in the others face
Social distance, please!

Petr Sochman, Rose Ringed Parakeet, Kaudulla national park, Sri Lanka

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© Christina Holfelder / Comedy Wildlife Photo Awards 2020
photograph of penguins walking set against an orange landscape, one penguin lags behind vomiting
I could puke

Christina Holfelder, Gentoo Penguin, Falkland Islands

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© Charlie Davidson / Comedy Wildlife Photo Awards 2020
photograph of a hole in a tree trunk with just a racoon's hind legs and tail sticking out
Almost time to get up

Charlie Davidson, Raccoon, Newport News, VA, USA

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© Max Teo / Comedy Wildlife Photo Awards 2020
photograph of an adult otter hugging a baby otter
It's the last day of school holidays

Max Teo, Smooth-coated otter, Singapore
 

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© Femke van Willigen / Comedy Wildlife Photo Awards 2020
photo of a red squirrel with tall tufted ears smirking
The inside joke

Femke van Willigen, Eurasian Red Squirrel, Espelo, the Netherlands

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© Manoj Shah / Comedy Wildlife Photo Awards 2020
photo of a smiling young hippo with an older hippo submerged in water
Laughing Hippo

Manoj Shah, Hippopoptamus, Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya

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© Ken Crossan / Comedy Wildlife Photo Awards 2020
photo of a seal on a rocky shore laughing
Having a Laugh

Ken Crossan, Common Seal, Caithness, Scotland
 

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© Eric Fisher / Comedy Wildlife Photo Awards 2020
photo of a bear standing on its hind legs in the creek waving one paw
Hi Y'all

Eric Fisher, Brown Bear, Alaska