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Hilarious Finalists in the 2021 Comedy Wildlife Photo Awards

The Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards are back, and TKN has a peek at the silly, sweet, and strange shots that are in the running to win this year’s annual competition.  

Each year, the awards, which Tom Sullam and wildlife photographer Paul Joynson-Hicks MBE founded in 2015, gives a grand prize to the overall winner. The photographers who submitted these shots also have a chance to win one of several other categories, including a prize for the people’s choice. 

Read on to see some of the hilarious shots and be prepared to laugh! 

Non Vacancy

Kevin Biskaborn snapped a shot of a tree stuffed with sweet little bandits. 

Peek a Boo

Brook Burling captured a similar shot, but with a bit of a different view. 

Kings of Comedy

Raccoons must know humor to make it into so many finalists’ photos. Here, Jan Piecha caught the critters trading the secrets to their comedic success. 

Hold on Tight

Don’t go anywhere because Nicolas De Vaulx has one more funny raccoon shot for you. 

Jump for Joy

Lea Scaddan snapped a shot of two entangled kangaroos who appear to be mid-dance. 

To be or Not to be

Scaddan also caught the marsupials showing off their dramatic side. 

Tee Hee

This seal knows a good joke based on this photo from Martina Novotna. 

Tres Amigos

These feathered friends photographed by Joshua Galicki are in sync down to the waddle of their feet. 

Excuse me I need Directions

The penguin friends in Carol Taylor’s photo, on the other hand, seem like they may be feuding. 

Tree Lover

Jakub Hodan found a monkey that is very in tune with nature. 

Privacy Please!

It looks like Gurumoorthy Gurumoorthy’s subject isn’t a fan of the paparazzi. 


Other animals, like Dikky Oesin’s frog, were all smiles when they got their picture taken.


The bird Dawn Wilson caught on camera does not have the answers you are looking for. 


David Eppley’s photo proves that birds can be distracted drivers too.

Time to go to bed!

There’s no question about who’s in charge in Chee Kee Teo’s photo. 

Wise and Weary

Anita Ross’ owl looks like they’ve heard one too many Tootsie Pop jokes.

Mom got your back

Moms make great scratching posts based on this Andy Parkinson photo. 

Sorry I’m a little shy

Looking at Paul Marchhart’s photo, it seems like it would be easy to beat a bear in hide-and-seek.

Getting ready for Dancing with the Stars?

Need new dances moves? Look no further than Rick Elieson’s grooving bear. 

Is it Friday yet?

Bears had some of the best poses this year, and this Wenona Suydam shot is proof. 

Woke up on the wrong side of the bed

Andrew Mayes’ winged subject must’ve woke up on the wrong side of the nest.


Aditya Kshirsagar’s snake appears pleasantly shocked. 

Catch me if you Can

Roland Kranitz captured what appears to be an extreme animal trust fall. 

Lumberjack Cat

Siddhant Agrawal came across a tiger “hauling” timber. 

Mcdonalds Fan

Patrick Dirlam captured just how round a bird can be. 

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