Finalists For 2019 Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards Show Animals In All Their Absurdity

There is often nothing that brings us together more than a hearty laugh and time spent with Mother Nature herself. To encourage this delight for the natural world and foster appreciation for the animal kingdom in all its silliness, this year’s top 40 finalists for the 2019 Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards have been announced.

The competition, now in its fifth year, was founded by photographers Tom Sullam and Paul Joynson-Hicks to showcase the lighter side of wildlife and promote conservation by putting an absurd spin on the animal kingdom.

“Every year we do this competition, it gets more and more exciting seeing how people visualize the funny sides of wildlife in the wild,” said Joynson-Hicks in a statement.

“Our planet is in distress, we all know that, now we just need to know what to do. Hopefully, we can provide a few small tips to get people started.” These include shopping responsibly (think palm oil and one-use plastics), restricting water use at home, and becoming a “wild influencer” who helps spread appreciation for the natural world in a responsible way.

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Winners will be announced on November 13, 2019, with the overall winner taking home a one-week safari for two with Alex Walker’s Serian in the Masai Mara, Kenya. There is also the People’s Choice Award, so be sure to vote for your favorite photographer at their website.

Without further ado, here are just some of the 40 finalist images hand-picked by panelists at the Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards 2019.

10-month-old Gombe chillin’ like a pro. © Thomas-Mangelsen/Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards 2019.

Unlikely friends: No better way to say hello than with an ol’ fashioned chest bump. © Thomas-Mangelsen/Comedy Wildlife Photo Awards 2019
Just a minor disagreement. © Vlado Pirsa/Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards 2019

 

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We all have one of those friends. © Martina Gerbert/Comedy Wildlife Photo Awards 2019
The bare necessities. © Eric Fisher/Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards 2019
It’s all about harnessing the force. © Pablo-Daniel-Fernández/Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards 2019
Grabbing life by the balls. © Sarah Skinner/Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards 2019

 

Not. Here. © Mike Rowe/Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards 2019
Erm… refreshing? ©TILAKRAJ-NAGARAJ/ Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards 2019

To view more, check out 2018’s winning images here, 2017’s batch of absurdities, and 2016’s giggly wonders.

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