Funny Photos From Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards Provide Much Needed Laughter

With the many crises facing humans and the planet in 2020, it is difficult to find much to smile about. But we can always count on the Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards to bring us cheer while highlighting the wonders and delights of the natural world.

The annual photography competition has just released photos from their 2020 Finalists. Among the hilarious images are: a very smiley fish, gossiping lions, a photo-bombing giraffe and a turtle who has simply “had enough” of being photographed. Check out the wonderful pictures below:

Hide and Seek.  © Tim Hearn / Comedy Wildlife Photo Awards 2020.

“As this Azure damselfly slowly woke up, he became aware of my presence. I was lined up to take a profile picture of his wings and body, but quite sensibly the damsel reacted to the human with the camera by putting the Marsh grass stem between me and it. I took the shot anyway. It was only later that I realised how characterful it was. And how much the damselfly looks like one of the muppets.”

© Luis Burgueño / Comedy Wildlife Photo Awards 2020.

“South sea elephant in Patagonia (Isla Escondida). They adopt very curious gestures!”

O sole mio. Ground squirrel. © Kranitz Roland / Comedy Wildlife Photo Awards 2020.

Smiley. Mediterranean parrotfish. © Arthur Telle Thiemann / Comedy Wildlife Photo Awards 2020.

Tern tuning its wings. © Daniele D’Ermo / Comedy Wildlife Photo Awards 2020

Fun For All Ages.  © Thomas Vijayan / Comedy Wildlife Photo Awards 2020.

“Shooting the most common is the most challenging thing. Langurs are very common but waiting for a right movement is very challenging and needs lots of patience.”

Mocking Bird © Sally Lloyd-Jones / Comedy Wildlife Photo Awards 2020.

“I was hoping a Kingfisher would land on the ‘No Fishing’ sign but I was over the moon when it landed for several seconds with a fish. It then flew off with its catch. It appeared to be mocking the person who erected the sign!”




Crashing into the picture. Giraffes. © Brigitte Alcalay-Marcon / Comedy Wildlife Photo Awards 2020

Boredom. Mountain Gorilla. © Marcus Westberg / Comedy Wildlife Photo Awards 2020

Spreading the Wildlife Gossip.  © Bernhard Esterer / Comedy Wildlife Photo Awards 2020

“Two male lions sharing between one another the secrets of the Kalahari Savannah.”

Terry the Turtle flipping the bird. © Mark Fitzpatrick / Comedy Wildlife Photo Awards 2020

Just Chillin. Raccoon. © Jill Neff / Comedy Wildlife Photo Awards 2020

© Ken Crossan / Comedy Wildlife Photo Awards 2020

“A young common seal chills out on a rock in Sinclair Bay in Caithness, its thick layer of blubber moulding into the contours of the rock. Looking as if it is enjoying a really good joke, the seal is, in fact, yawning.”




Doggo © Esa Ringbom / Comedy Wildlife Photo Awards 2020

“The photo was taken in Eastern Finland. In the picture, a brown bear is aiming for a piece of put on to a snag.”

I Could Puke. Gentoo Penguins. © Christina Holfelder / Comedy Wildlife Photo Awards 2020

“This picture was taken on the Falkland Islands at sunrise. A group of penguins went to the shore to go fishing when one stopped and vomited.”

Laughing Hippo. © Manoj Shah / Comedy Wildlife Photo Awards 2020

© Martin Grace / Comedy Wildlife Photo Awards 2020

“I am sure we all know, or have met, little old men like this – leaning on a gnarled walking stick while scratching inappropriate places without inhibition. A bit of a surprise then to see this young Chacma Baboon socially uninhibited before his time!”

Quiet please. Kestrel. © Mike Lessel / Comedy Wildlife Photo Awards 2020.

I Am Champion. Snow Monkey. © Ramesh Letchmanan / Comedy Wildlife Photo Awards 2020.




Like mother, like daughter. Asian Elephants. © Jagdeep Rajput / Comedy Wildlife Photo Awards 2020.

We all have that friend. Brown bears. © Yarin Klein / Comedy Wildlife Photo Awards 2020

Peekaboo. Royal Bengal Tiger. © Jagdeep Rajput / Comedy Wildlife Photo Awards 2020

Wait up mommy, look what I got for you!  © Kunal Gupta / Comedy Wildlife Photo

“At the Kaziranga National Park, this elephant mother and calf seemed completely oblivious to our jeep and went about their stroll through the pond. The mom seemed to be giving her calf lessons on eating the hyacinth – select a lush green bunch, rip them out from the root, pound the stems against the their trunk to remove the mud and then swallow whole – the calf looked like she was thoroughly enjoying the lesson and duly followed her mothers every move. It was truly an unforgettable experience – on this trip we saw many of Kaziranga’s treasures – One horned Rhino, Royal Bengal Tiger, plethora of gorgeous birds indigenous to this region, yet somehow the simple sight of watching this giant creature preparing her child for the world seemed to stand out and left us all with a remarkable feeling of having experienced nature at it’s purest.”

Surprise Smiles. Dwarf Mongoose. © Asaf Sereth / Comedy Wildlife Photo Awards 2020

Hi Y’all. Brown bear. © Eric Fisher / Comedy Wildlife Photo Awards 2020

Tough Negotiations. Fox and mouse. © Ayala Fishaimer / Comedy Wildlife Photo Awards 2020.

So Hot. Snow Monkey. © Wei Ping Peng / Comedy Wildlife Photo Awards 2020.

Almost time to get up Raccoon. © Charlie Davidson / Comedy Wildlife Photo Awards 2020

It’s the last day of school holidays. Smooth-coated otters. © Max Teo / Comedy Wildlife Photo Awards 2020

I’ve got you this time. Lion cubs. © Olin Rogers / Comedy Wildlife Photo Awards 2020




I think this tire’s gonna be flat.  © Kay Kotzian / Comedy Wildlife Photo Awards 2020

“Grizzly tire service. Questionable ethics.”

Social distance, please! Rose Ringed Parakeets. © Petr Sochman / Comedy Wildlife Photo Awards 2020.

“This photo from January 2020 is the beginning of a scene which lasted approximately one minute and in which each of the birds used a foot to clean the partner’s beak. While the whole scene was very informative, this first photo with the male already holding his foot high in the air was just asking to be taken out of the context…”

Seriously, would you share some? Atlantic Puffins. © Krisztina Scheeff / Comedy Wildlife Photo Awards 2020

The Race. © Yevhen Samuchenko / Comedy Wildlife Photo Awards 2020.

“My friends and I walked in the center of the small town of Hampi in India. There was a bicycle parking nearby. Suddenly a flock of langurs jumped on these bicycles and began to frolic. We were afraid to frighten them away, I started taking pictures from afar, but then we came very close to them and the langurs continued to play with bicycles.”

No Penguins Under Here. © Pearl Kasparian / Comedy Wildlife Photo Awards 2020.

Monkey Business. © Megan Lorenz / Comedy Wildlife Photo Awards 2020

“While on a trip to Borneo, I had many opportunities to watch monkeys interacting with each other. These Pig-Tailed Macaques showed me a bit more than I bargained for!”

Faceplant © Tim Hearn / Comedy Wildlife Photo Awards 2020.

“This Elephant calf in Namibia was slow to notice when his mother started to move away. When he tried to hurry and catch up, he tripped over his front feet and faceplanted. His mother heard the commotion and immediately came back to help him up and the calf continued on his way with no damage except to his dignity.”




Sun Salutation Class. © Sue Hollis / Comedy Wildlife Photo Awards 2020.

“We were surprised to see that Sea Lions actively practice Yoga. Guess they need to get their Zen as well.”

Striking A Pose. Macaque. © Luis Marti / Comedy Wildlife Photo Awards 2020

“I was on Bali on vacations. We went to Uluwatu Temple and I saw this young macaque playing around and do silly things. Is like it was posing to the camera. Amazing little animals.”

Abracadabra! © Vicki Jauron / Comedy Wildlife Photo Awards 2020.

“A pelican appears to be putting a magic spell on the one in front of him. Maybe, hoping to make him disappear.”

Lamentation. Polar Bear. © Jacques Poulard / Comedy Wildlife Photo Awards 2020

Covid Hair. Reddish Egret. © Gail Bisson / Comedy Wildlife Photo Awards 2020

“This beautiful reddish egret had just finished preening and did a shake-out to detangle his gorgeous locks! I was lying on my belly while he preened and hoped he would turn towards me to do ‘the shake-out’. I got lucky! While sorting through my files during this pandemic lock down, I loved this because this is what I will look like if I cannot get to the hairdresser…”

The Inside Joke. Eurasian Red Squirrel. © Femke van Willigen / Comedy Wildlife Photo Awards 2020




How can I fly. Eagle owl chick. © Nader Alshammari / Comedy Wildlife Photo Awards 2020

The competition, founded by Paul Joynson-Hicks and Tom Sullam, both professional photographers and passionate conservationists, is a global, online and free-to-enter photography competition, that takes a light-hearted approach to encouraging wildlife conservation.

With the coronavirus pandemic keeping many of us at home, the message this year is to encourage people to be conservationists at home. Tips include:

  • Shop locally and responsibly. Support local farmers and businesses to shrink your carbon footprint. Try to avoid non-recyclable products and one-use plastics and packaging.
  • Plant boxes in your windowsills. Grow some flowers for bees. We suggest researching which ones bees like best.
  • Become a wildlife influencer. This can be done in many ways. Supporting your local environmental initiatives and conservation efforts, and encouraging others to do so, is a great place to start.

For more ideas visit the Comedy Wildlife Photography website

The Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards also publishes a book series, which is available on Amazon with partial proceeds going to wildlife conservation.

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