At Large  October 28, 2020  Chandra Noyes

See this year's Comedy Wildlife Photo Award Winners

Created: Wed, 10/28/2020 - 09:37
Author: chandra

This year's Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards, an annual contest showcasing the funniest snapshots in nature photography, has provided the comedy relief we could all need in these fraught times. This year’s winners include one grumpy turtle, 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, Mark Fitzpatrick, has been 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.

Below are the contest's winners, as well as a few of our favorites.

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© Mark Fitzpatrick / Comedy Wildlife Photo Awards 2020
photo of a sea turtle that appears to be giving the camera the middle finger
Terry the Turtle flipping the bird

Overall Winner
Creatures Under the Water Award

Mark Fitzpatrick, Turtle, Lady Elliot Island, Queensland, Australia

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© Daisy Gilardini / Comedy Wildlife Photo Awards 2020
four photos of a bear rolling around in snow
Deadly Fart

Amazing Internet Portfolio Award
Daisy Gilardini, Brown Bear, Lake Clark National Park, Alaska, United States

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© Tim Hearn / Comedy Wildlife Photo Awards 2020
photograph of a bug hiding behind a stick
Hide and Seek

Spectrum Photo Creatures in the Air Award
Tim Hearn, Azure Damselfly, UK

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© Olin Rogers / Comedy Wildlife Photo Awards 2020
photograph of lion cubs climbing on rocks
I've got you this time!

Think Tank Photo Junior Category Winner
Olin Rogers, Lion cub, Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe

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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

Alex Walker's Serian Creature on the Land Award
Charlie Davidson, Raccoon, Newport News, VA, USA

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© Roland Kranitz / Comedy Wildlife Photo Awards 2020
a chipmunk holds its hands to its face
O Sole Mio

Affinity Photo People's Choice Award
Roland Kranitz, Spermophile, Hungary

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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

Highly Commended Winner
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

Highly Commended Winner
Sally Lloyd-Jones, Kingfisher, Kirkcudbright, UK

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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!

Highly Commended Winner
Petr Sochman, Rose Ringed Parakeet, Kaudulla national park, Sri Lanka

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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

Highly Commended Winner
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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© 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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© 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