Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards finalists see the fun side of nature
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It has been a difficult few years. You deserve a laugh. The Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards finalists are here to lift you up with tumultuous images of nature in all its glory. From cranky birds to sticky raccoons, these photographers have you covered.
A giggling gray seal pup is featured in this chance photo. A little sun is reason enough to smile. Photographer Martina Novotna took the photo in the UK after waiting for hours on a rocky beach. Although he seems to be laughing, the seal is actually yawning.
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Two cubs stand up in a movement that seems almost choreographed. Photographer Andy Parkinson spotted young bears on the Russian Kamchatka Peninsula. The wet bears had just crossed a stream.
The 2021 Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards announced 42 finalists in September. The public can vote on a public award. The winner’s awards night is scheduled for October 22.
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ninja prairie dog
A prairie dog appears to be fighting during this encounter with a bald eagle in the United States. There was a happy ending for the rodent. “When this bald eagle failed its attempt to catch this prairie dog, the prairie dog jumped towards the eagle and startled it long enough to escape to a nearby burrow,” said photographer Arthur Trevino.
This image is one of the finalists in the 2021 Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards competition.
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An otter parent grabs their child by the skin during a swimming lesson in Singapore. This adorable and relatable image is one of the finalists for the 2021 Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards.
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Majestic and graceful bald eagle
Bald eagles are known to reuse nests, a project this bird was working on when captured in a facial plant with a branch. Eagles are considered one of the most majestic birds, but this one didn’t quite live up to its reputation.
“Perhaps tired of working non-stop all morning on a new nest, this bald eagle in particular was not showing its best form,” said photographer David Eppley, 2021 Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards finalist.
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A ruby-crowned wren in California looks set for a game of Angry Birds. Photographer Patrick Dirlam followed him for 15 minutes before stopping to pose. It’s both cute and gruff, and that expressive face earned the image a spot as a finalist at the 2021 Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards.
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Draw me like one of your French bears
A brown bear rests in Kodiak, Alaska, after patting a bear bed to collapse into it. “I have to say it was the most provocative bear I have ever seen,” said photographer Wenona Suydam.
8 of 20 Philipp Stahr / Comedywildlifephoto.com
It wasn’t just the dwellers of the ground and the air that jumped into the action for the 2021 Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards. This Caribbean boxfish looked like it was ready to step into a kissing booth. Photographer Philipp Stahr said these fish are notoriously difficult to photograph because they tend to shy away from divers.
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A monkey does a giraffe “ride”
A duo of monkeys and giraffes in Uganda delivered a perfect eye-catcher. The monkey looks like it’s going for a walk, but it’s actually climbing a branch in the foreground.
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I missed it
Kangaroos sometimes engage in kicking battles. This particular ‘roo in Australia failed and ended up showing his kids.
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Dance dance dance
This group of langur monkeys in India obviously has at least one superstar in the mix.
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Go up right away
A trio of Gentoo penguins from the Falkland Islands appear to be very much in sync with each other. “I really enjoyed photographing this moment as it seemed to capture a sassy personality displayed by these individuals,” said photographer Joshua Galicki.
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You don’t have to be an exotic creature to get a nod to the Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards. This British pigeon with a leaf on his face is a finalist.
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Hang on there
A raccoon in France found itself hanging outside a window. Photographer Nicolas de Vaulx suspected that the animal was trying to break in to steal food.
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A brown pelican in Louisiana appears to shrug. “When pelicans woke up they would shake off the water from their bodies before they went fishing,” said photographer Dawn Wilson, finalist of the 2021 Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards.
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Mud bath joy
Photographer Vicki Jauron created this portfolio for the Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards with four shots of an elephant taking a mud bath in Zimbabwe. Portfolio entries feature a series of shots.
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A ground squirrel in Hungary appears to have picked up a musical instrument.
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A golden silk monkey in China appears to be in an awkward position in this photo by Ken Jensen from the UK. Jensen explained that’s not what it looks like. The monkey actually shows aggression and not pain.
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A polar bear in Alaska appears to be bombarding a cute portrait of two other bears. “A moment of tenderness is shared by mom and a teddy bear while the other photo-bomb with a wave at onlookers. Or, it really looked like a wave,” said photographer Cheryl Strahl.
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