The Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards 2021 has announced the finalists for this year’s awards, and has opened the voting for you to pick your favourites.
Now in its seventh year, the Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards showcases the best unintentionally funny animal images from around the world, from a laughing vine snake from India, to a bird that really doesn’t want its picture to be taken.
Voting is also open for members of the public to choose the animal snap that made them laugh the loudest in the Affinity Photo People’s Choice Award. The public can cast their vote at comedywildlifephoto.com until 10 October 2021.
We bring you some of our favourites from the final selection, which are sure to bring a smile to your face.
Vine snakes are very commonly seen snakes in Western Ghats of India, where this image was taken. When approached they show aggression by opening their mouth wide open, but in this case seems to be more happy than intimidating. Photographed by Aditya Kshirsagar/Comedywildlifephoto.com
This Canada Goose gosling hid behind the leg of a bench in Lee Valley Park, London, UK, for a few seconds before poking its little head out to say hello. Photographed by Charlie Page/Comedywildlifephoto.com
Time For School
A smooth-coated otter bites its baby otter to bring it back to and fro during a swimming lesson in Singapore. Photographed by Chee Kee Teo/Comedywildlifephoto.com
Majestic and graceful Bald Eagle
Bald Eagles will use the same nest for years, even decades, adding new material to it at the beginning of and throughout the nesting season. Normally, they are highly skilled at snapping branches off of trees while in flight. Possibly tired from working nonstop all morning on a new nest, this particular Bald Eagle, snapped at South West Florida, USA, wasn’t showing its best form. Photographed by David Eppley/Comedywildlifephoto.com
Don’t worry, be happy
A Dragonfly pictured on a flower in Hemer, Germany, looks into the camera and appears to laugh. Photographed by Axel Bocker/Comedywildlifephoto.com
Life In Lockdown
Some curious eastern raccoon kits and their mother are taking a look outside at the world all at the same time, and the tree seems to be getting a touch cramped. This photo was taken in Southwestern Ontario, Canada, by Kevin Biskaborn/Comedywildlifephoto.com
When this Bald Eagle missed on its attempt to grab this prairie dog, the prairie dog jumped towards the eagle and startled it long enough to escape to a nearby burrow. A real David vs Goliath story witnessed at Hygiene, Colorado, USA. Photographed by Arthur Trevinov/Comedywildlifephoto.com
That Monday morning feeling
The photographer took this shot while photographing a group of Pied starlings perched in a tree at the Rietvlei Nature Reserve in South Africa. Photographed by Andrew Mayes/Comedywildlifephoto.com
Two Western Grey Kangaroos fighting near Perth, Western Australia, one missed kicking the other male in the stomach. Photographed by Lea Scaddan/Comedywildlifephoto.com
This boxfish seems to be getting pretty amorous towards the cameraman in this picture, taken at Curaçao, Dutch Caribbean. Photographed by Philipp Stahr/Comedywildlifephoto.com
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This brown pelican shakes off the rain in southern Louisiana in early 2021, still in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. As a group of pelicans woke up, they shook the water off their bodies before heading out to fish. This particular one almost seemed to be shrugging his shoulders, as if to say, “I have no idea what 2021 will be like.” Photographed by Dawn Wilson/Comedywildlifephoto.com
The green stylist
The Indian chameleon in this image, captured in Western Ghats, India, bears an uncanny resemblance to Victor Meldrew. Photographed by Gurumoorthy Gurumoorthy/Comedywildlifephoto.com
I guess summer’s over
A poor pigeon gets hit in the face by a leaf falling from a nearby tree, in Oban, Argyll, Scotland, United Kingdom. Photographed by John Spears/Comedywildlifephoto.com
This is actually a show of aggression by this golden silk monkey in Yunnan, China. However, from the sitting position they have adopted it looks quite painful. Photographed by Ken Jensen/Comedywildlifephoto.com
Ever seen a grizzly bear square dance? You have now. This particular grizzly really seems to be getting into the swing of things. Photographed in Alaska, USA, by Rick Elieson/Comedywildlifephoto.com
I got you!
These Spermophile ground-squirrels seem to be having a lot of fun as they practice for an upcoming dance routine, possibly. Photographed by Roland Kranitz/Comedywildlifephoto.com
Did I say you could take my picture?
This Ruby-Crowned Kinglet, pictured at Atascadero, California, USA, seems to take exception to be photographed, and is evidently not happy. Photographed by Patrick Dirlam/Comedywildlifephoto.com