- The annual Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards highlight hilarious photos of animals in the wild.
- Of the 42 finalists, the winning photograph featured a turtle appearing to hold its middle finger to the camera.
- The photos show lions, hippos, monkeys, and turtles in humorous poses and with human-like expressions.
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The annual Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards highlight the funniest photos of animals taken in the wild. Keen-eyed photographers from around the world capture moments where animals seem to be experiencing very human emotions or dilemmas.
Founders Tom Sullam and Paul Joynson-Hicks started the contest to raise awareness about wildlife conservation. They hope the pictures encourage people to shop responsibly, be mindful of their water use, and speak out about environmental issues … in addition to making people laugh.
Here are 42 finalists in this year’s contest, as well as the overall winner.
Arthur Telle Thiemann photographed a cheerful Mediterranean parrotfish in “Smiley.”
Thiemann took the photo in El Hierro, Canary Islands.
In “Surprise Smiles,” Asaf Sereth captured dwarf mongooses popping their heads out from a rock.
Sereth took the photo in Lake Bogoria, Kenya.
Ayala Fishaimer caught some “Tough Negotiations” between a fox and its prey.
The photo was taken in Israel.
Two lions appeared to be gabbing away in “Spreading the Wildlife Gossip” by Bernhard Esterer.
The lions were located in the Kalahari Desert.
A photobombing giraffe made an appearance in Brigitte Alcalay Marcon’s “Crashing into the Picture.”
Marcon took the photo in Etosha National Park in Namibia.
A raccoon seemed reluctant to start the day in Charlie Davidson’s “Almost Time to Get Up.”
Davidson took the photo in Newport News, Virginia.
Christina Holfelder photographed a gentoo penguin falling behind in “I Could Puke.”
Holfelder took the photo in the Falkland Islands.
In “Tern Tuning Its Wings,” Danielle D’Ermo spotted a tern looking like it was playing its wing as an instrument.
D’Ermo snapped the photo in Florida.
The brown bear in Eric Fisher’s photo appeared to be saying “Hi Y’all!”
The bear posed in Alaska.
In “Doggo” by Esa Ringbom, a brown bear picked an unsuccessful hiding place.
Ringbom took the photo in Kuhmo, Finland.
The Eurasian red squirrel in “The Inside Joke” by Femke van Willigen appeared to find something hilarious.
The photo was taken in Espelo, the Netherlands.
Gail Bisson titled this photo of a reddish egret “COVID Hair.”
The egret was located in Fort Desoto, Florida.
Jacques Poulard captured a poor polar bear in “Lamentation!”
Poulard spotted the bear in Spitzbergen, Norway.
Jagdeep Rajput photographed two matching Asian elephants in “Like Mother Like Daughter.”
The elephants were walking together in Corbett National Park, India.
Rajput also took this photo of a royal Bengal tiger playing “Peekaboo.”
The tiger was found in Ranthambore National Park, India.
A raccoon hanging from a tree became the star of “Just Chillin'” by Jill Neff.
Neff took the photo in Jackson, Ohio.
Kay Kotzian spotted some grizzly bear mechanics in “I Think This Tire’s Gonna Be Flat.”
The bears opened shop in Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming.
A common seal appeared to be “Having a Laugh” in this photo by Ken Crossan.
The seal was laughing in Caithness, Scotland.
Krisztina Scheeff captured a greedy Atlantic puffin in “Seriously, Would You Share Some?”
Scheeff took the photo in Scotland.
Kunal Gupta photographed a mother and baby elephant in “Wait Up Mummy, Look What I Got For You!”
The elephants were located in Kaziranga, India.
A macaque vogued for the camera in “Macaque Striking a Pose” by Luis Martí.
The monkey posed in the Uluwatu Temple in Bali.
A baby hippo appeared to find its mother amusing in “Laughing Hippo” by Manoj Shah.
The hippos were swimming in Masai Mara National Reserve in Kenya.
Marcus Westberg captured a less-than-enthused mountain gorilla in “Boredom.”
Westberg took the photo in Mgahinga Gorilla National Park in Uganda.
In “Socially Uninhibited,” Martin Grace photographed a chacma baboon scratching its behind.
The baboon was located in River Chobe, Botswana.
Max Teo photographed reality hitting a smooth-coated otter in “It’s the Last Day of School Holidays.”
The photo was taken in Singapore.
Two pig-tailed macaques got up to some “Monkey Business” in this photo by Megan Lorenz.
Lorenz took the photo in Kinabatangan River in Borneo, Malaysia.
A kestrel appeared to shush its surroundings in Mike Lessel’s “Quiet Please.”
Lessel took the photo in Huntington Beach, California.
Nader Alshammari captured an eagle owl chick struggling to leave the ground in “How Can I Fly?”
The photo was taken in Sakaka Al-Jouf, Saudi Arabia.
A lion cup prepared to pounce in “I’ve Got You This Time!” by Olin Rogers.
The lion cubs were located in Hawange National Park, Zimbabwe.
Pearl Kasparian titled this photo “No Penguins Under Here!”
The penguins were hiding in Boulder’s Beach in Cape Town, South Africa.
The rose ringed parakeet in Petr Sochman’s photo appears to be saying, “Social Distance, Please!”
Sochman took the photo in Kaudulla National Park in Sri Lanka.
Ramesh Letchmanan photographed a triumphant snow monkey in “I Am Champion.”
The snow monkey was bathing in Jigokudani Monkey Park in Japan.
Roland Kranitz captured a melodramatic spermophile in “O Sole Mio.”
Kranitz took the photo in Hungary.
Sally Lloyd Jones caught a kingfisher flouting the rules in “It’s A Mocking Bird.”
The “no fishing” sign was posted in Kirkcudbright, UK.
Sue Hollis titled this photo of a sea lion “Sun Salutation Class.”
Hollis photographed the sea lion in the Galapagos Islands.
Thomas Vijayan captured langurs having a blast in “Fun For All Ages.”
The monkeys were swinging on a tree in Kabini, India.
An African elephant took a tumble in Tim Hearn’s “Faceplant.”
Hearn took the photo in Namibia.
Hearn also took this photo of an azure damselfly, titled “Hide and Seek.”
The photo was taken in Devon, UK.
Vicki Jauron called this photo of a brown pelican “Abracadabra.”
The photo was taken in Fort Myers Beach, Florida.
Yarin Klein captured a goofy brown bear in “We All Have That Friend.”
Klein took the photo in Kuril Lake in Kamchatka, Russia.
Yevhen Samuchenko spotted a motorcycle gang of langur monkeys in a photo called “The Race.”
The monkeys were ready to ride in Hampi, India.
OVERALL WINNER: “Terry the Turtle” appeared to make an obscene gesture at Mark Fitzpatrick’s camera.
Fitzpatrick spotted the turtle in Lady Elliot Island in Queensland, Australia.
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