- More than 40 photos made it to the shorlist of this year’s Comedy Wildlife Photo Awards.
- The competition showcases photos of animals captured at their funniest moments.
- Take a look at the photos — you can still vote for your favorite images until October 10.
Photographers Paul Joynson-Hicks and Tom Sullam founded the Comedy Wildlife Photo Awards in 2015 to help promote wildlife conservation through humor.
Joynson-Hicks said that each photo “reminds us that wildlife truly is incredible and hilarious and, we must do all we can to protect it.”
This year, over 7,000 photos taken from all over the world were submitted for the competition. Out of these, more than 40 photos made it to the final shortlist.
Take a look at some of our favorites.
1. “Majestic and graceful bald eagle” face-plants with a branch.
Photographer David Eppley said, “Possibly tired from working nonstop all morning on a new nest, this particular Bald Eagle wasn’t showing its best form.”
2. Remember those parents who throw their kids into pools?
Apparently, otter parents can also be brutal when it comes to swimming lessons.
3. “Hashtag no filter.”
This Caribbean boxfish looks ready for the camera.
4. “Go back to your room, you’re grounded.”
This scene between two penguins may look familiar to parents and teenagers.
5. “I like to move it, move it.”
This langur monkey in India seems to be taking dance lessons from King Julien, the lemur king from “Madagascar.”
6. “Ah, autumn’s here.”
This UK pigeon had to take a leaf to its face to be reminded of the changing seasons.
7. “Don’t ask me.”
Photographer Dawn Wilson caught this pelican shaking water off its body after waking up, but the resulting photo made it look like it was giving a helpless shrug.
This golden silk monkey in China seems to be in a painful situation, but photographer Ken Jensen clarified that the monkey is actually showing aggression and not pain.
9. “Come in, the water’s fine!”
Photographer Cheryl Strahl was trying to capture “a tender moment” between a mom and a cub when another cub photobombed and seemed to give a wave.
10. Angry birds
These birds seem like they’re both ready for a game of Angry Birds.
11. Lovers’ quarrel
This portfolio is a perfect illustration of a lovers’ spat: they argue, shout over each other, and give each other the cold shoulder until one finally apologizes and they make up.
12. Opera singers
These animals certainly have a flair for the dramatic.
For Comedy Wildlife Photo Awards 2020, photographer Mark Fitzpatrick won for this picture of a turtle which appears to be giving the camera the middle finger.
Fitzpatrick said, “I was swimming with this turtle at Lady Elliot Island on the Great Barrier Reef when he flipped me the bird.”
You can vote for your favorite photos at the awards website until October 10. Winners will be announced on October 22.
This year’s competition will donate around 10% of its total net revenue to Save Wild Orangutans, an organization that aids the primates in Gunung Palung National Park, Borneo.