The 2020 Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards will clean up your timeline
2021 really hasn’t been better than 2020, but nature is healing and nature is also hilarious. The annual Comedy Wildlife Photography Award finalists have been announced and they are sure to give you the smile you need so badly.
There is a huge range of amazing and hilarious animals on display this year, from a balloon monkey to a singing kangaroo.
The finalists were reduced from 7,000 entries to 42 images, all of which show the full and utter relatability of nature. Some will make you laugh, some will make you wince, and some are just downright adorable.
The competition is free and open to both photography experts and novices alike, and this year 10% of the competition’s revenue goes to Save Wild Orangutans.
2021 Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards Highlights
Without further ado, here are some of the highlights from this year’s Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards, along with comments from the photographer (and some of mine you didn’t ask for).
A golden silk monkey in Yunnan, China – this is actually a display of aggression, but in the position the monkey is in, it looks quite painful! – Ken Jensen.
The coronavirus pandemic is the rope and we are the monkey.
Two gentoo penguins chatting after getting out of the waves. – Carol Taylor
I think we know who’s wearing the pants here.
I took this photo while photographing a group of magpie starlings perched in a tree in Rietvlei Nature Reserve in South Africa. That sums up my mood perfectly most Monday mornings. – Andrew Mayes
It’s definitely a mood, and not just for Mondays.
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. A true story of David versus Goliath! – Arthur Trévino
It’s time to become a vegetarian.
An early morning dragonfly on a flower looks into my camera and looks like she is laughing. The year 2020/2021 has been very difficult for everyone because of Corona. But when you go out and carefully observe the beauty of our nature, then the problems seem to ease for me. So if I have a bad day this image makes me smile again. – Axel Bocker
How not to smile when you see this guy?
A smooth-haired otter “bites” its baby otter to bring it back and forth for a swimming lesson. – Chee Kee Teo
I think anyone who had to endure swimming lessons as a child can relate to this one.
Males of these lizard species choose higher altitudes to monitor their territory and show off. Caught this particular male perching on the twig of a bush during the hot summer months. – Aditya Kshirsagar
Why can’t we have such happy snakes in Australia?
The kangaroo seemed to be singing “the hills are alive, with the sound of music” on the ground. – Lea Scaddan
We have found the next winner of Australian idol.
Secluded indoors with your family eager to get out and explore the world? These eastern raccoon kits are too. Just when you think there is no more room in the hollow of the tree, the mother raccoon appears and shows how compact the space is. Babies were climbing all over their mothers and each other, struggling to peek at exactly the same time. This photo was taken in southwestern Ontario, Canada. – Kevin Biskaborn
Feel free to add this to your favorites whenever you need a timeline cleaner.
The mother polar bear and her cubs frolic in the icy waters of the Arctic. They kept diving underwater and once found this pose fun. A moment of tenderness is shared by mom and a teddy bear while the other photo-bomb with a wave of the hand to the spectators. Or, it really looked like a wave… – Cheryl Strahl
Me each time I am a third wheel.
This raccoon spends its time trying to get into houses out of curiosity and perhaps also to steal food. – Nicolas de VAULX
This is how I imagine Above the limit would play in real life.
I spent my days in my usual “gopher place” and once again, these funny little animals did not deny their true nature. —Roland Kranitz
What song do you think he’s playing? Whatever it was, it got those two dancing.
It’s a confidence that will go wrong if I’ve ever seen one.
And now my favorite …
I was taking pictures of pigeons in flight when this leaf landed on the bird’s face. – John Speir
This pigeon has been a metaphor for all of us over the past two years.
Honestly, there are so many great finalists here that it was difficult for me to decide which ones to include. Go ahead and check out the full library on the website.
How to vote for your favorite
If any of these images made you laugh, you can support the artist by voting for the winner of the People’s Choice Award. Voting is open until October 10, 2021.
The big winners will be announced on October 22, and the winners will be judged by a panel of wildlife photographers.
Hope some of these funny animal pictures helped brighten up your day. You can see some of the previous winners here.