The Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards finalists have been announced
Feast your eyes on some of the most amusing animal photos ever, as we unveil the winner of the Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards 2020. The competition is designed to raise awareness of the need for conservation, and it's run in association with Born Free.
Competing against 7,000 entries, this year's overall winner was Mark Fitzpatrick for this rebellious turtle picture. "I was swimming with this turtle at Lady Elliot Island on the Great Barrier Reef when he flipped me the bird!" said Fitzpatrick. His picture also won the 'Creatures under the water' award category.
"It's been amazing to see the reaction to my photo of Terry the Turtle flipping the bird, with Terry giving people a laugh in what has been a difficult year for many, as well as helping spread an important conservation message," said Fitzpatrick. "Hopefully, Terry the Turtle can encourage more people to take a moment and think about how much our incredible wildlife depend on us and what we can do to help them. Flippers crossed that this award puts Terry in a better mood the next time I see him at Lady Elliot Island!”
We have also included category winners, highly commended and the finalists in this gallery, so go on and have a chortle at these amazing photos.
Almost time to get up
ALEX WALKER'S SERIAN CREATURES ON THE LAND AWARD
Charlie Davidson photographed this amusing racoon in Newport News, Virginia.
"The raccoon was just waking up and stretching. We have a raccoon in this tree every so often, sometimes for a night and sometimes for a month," said Davidson.
Hide and seek
SPECTRUM PHOTO CREATURES IN THE AIR AWARD
This azure damselfly, photographed by Tim Hearn in Devon, U.K., doesn't quite understand hide and seek.
"As this Azure damselfly slowly woke up, he became aware of my presence," said Hern. "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."
O Sole Mio
AFFINITY PHOTO PEOPLE'S CHOICE AWARD
Roland Kranitz photographed this sweet ground squirrel in Hungary. "It's like he was just 'singing' to me! She had a very nice voice," said Kranitz.
I've got you this time!
THINK TANK PHOTO JUNIOR CATEGORY WINNER
Olin Rogers took this photo of a playful lion cub stalking his brother from atop a termite mound at Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe.
AMAZING INTERNET PORTFOLIO AWARD
Daisy Gilardini shot this series of images at Lake Clark National Park, Alaska, United States. "A brown bear is lifting its leg to smell after a fart... then collapses," said Gilardini.
This smiley Mediterranean parrotfish (Sparisoma cretense) was photographed by Arturo Telle Thiemenn in El Hierro, Canary Islands.
"Among a group of parrot fish I saw this one, with a crooked mouth, looking like it was smiling," said Thiemenn. "I don't know if it was caused by a fishing hook, or just something hard that it tried to bite. I concentrated on it, and it took me several minutes until I got this frontal shot... and yes, it made my day!"
Ayala Fishaimer photographed this curious conversation in Israel.
"I was came across a foxes den while I was traveling, looking for some nature, in the nearby fields. I spent an entire magical morning with four cute fox cubs. At some point I noticed that one of the cubs start sniffing around, and a seconds after, he pulled this shrew (which he probably hid there earlier) out of the sand and started playing with it," said Fishaimer. "After a while, the fox cub stood on the stone and threw the shrew in the air... the shrew landed in such a way that it seemed as if they were having a conversation, and he is asking the fox, 'Please don't kill me'. [It] actually reminded me of a Scene from 'The Gruffalo' story."
Seriously, would you share some?
Krisztina Scheeff photographed this greedy Atlantic puffin (Fratercula arctica) in Scotland.
"Atlantic Puffins are amazing flyers and their fishing talents are - well - as you see some do better than others!" said Scheeff. "I just love the second Puffin's look - can I just have one please?"
I had to stay late at work
Luis Burgueño photographed this funny scene between two southern elephant seals at Isla Escondida in Patagonia.
Megan Lorenz photographed these frisky pig-tailed macaques at Kinabatangan River in Borneo, Malaysia.
"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!" said Lorenz. "Don't blame me... I just take the photos, I can't control the wildlife!"
Social distance, please!
A rose-ringed parakeet needs some space at Kaudulla National Park, Sri Lanka. Photographed by Petr Sochman.
"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," said Sochman. "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..."
It's a mocking bird
Sally Lloyd-Jones photographed this kingfisher who likes to break the rules in Kirkcudbright, U.K.
"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," said Lloyd-Jones. "It then flew off with its catch. It appeared to be mocking the person who erected the sign!"
Sun salutation class
This laidback sea lion was photographed by Sue Hollis in the Galapagos Islands.
"We were surprised to see that Sea Lions actively practice Yoga. Guess they need to get their Zen as well," said Hollis.
Fun for all ages
Thomas Vijayan captured these gray langurs (Semnopithecus) playing around in Kabini, India.
"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. Photography is not about quantity I consider it more of a quality and a story telling frame which can put a smile in someone’s heart," said Vijayan. "In 2014 I had made 15 trips to India in search of a perfect frame out of these trips. In one of the trips I could only get this frame and I am more than happy with this picture - a playful monkey with its family is a special frame for me."
Yevhen Samuchenko photographed these adventurous langurs at Hampi, India.
"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, [so] I started taking pictures from afar, but then we came very close to them and the langurs continued to play with [the] bicycles," said Samuchenko.
Crashing into the picture
Brigitte Alcalay Marcon captured one of the most amusing photo bombs in the wild, at Etosha National Park, Namibia.
Spreading the wildlife gossip
Who doesn't like a good gossip? Bernhard Esterer caught these lions in action in the Kalahari Desert, South Africa.
I could puke
We've all been there. Christina Holfelder snapped this gentoo penguin's well-timed event in the Falkland Islands.
Tern tuning its wings
Danielle D'Ermo photographed this common tern "tuning its wings" in Florida.
Eric Fisher met this friendly brown bear in Alaska.
Not all bears are as forthcoming, as Esa Ringbom discovered in Kuhmo, East Finland.
The inside joke
Femke van Willigen photographed this amused Eurasian red squirrel in Espelo, Netherlands.
Lockdown wasn't kind to our locks, as this reddish egret can sympathise with. This photo was shot by Gail Bisson in Fort De Soto, Florida.
Jacques Poulard captured this polar bear's head-in-hand moment in Spitzberg, Norway.