Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards 2020 – finalists

Enjoy the top 44 images of this year's Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards.

Smiley: Mediterranean parrotfish in El Hierro, Canary Islands. © Arthur Telle Thiemenn

About the competition

The Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards celebrates the funny moments in wildlife watching and photography. This year’s finalist images includes a seemingly-greedy puffin, a faceplanting baby elephant, and gossiping lions.

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The category and overall winners will be announced in a virtual ceremony on 22 October 2020, with the top image winning an incredible one-week safari in the Masai Mara, Kenya as well as a unique handmade trophy from the Art Garage in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.

The judges of the competition are chair of the judges and competition director Tom Sullam, wildlife photographer Paul Joynson-Hicks MBE, TV presenter Kate Humble, actor and comedian Hugh Dennis, wildlife photographer Will Burrard-Lucas, wildlife expert Will Travers OBE, online travel editor for The Telegraph Oliver Smith, photographer Simon Pollock, co-founder of Amazing Internet Andrew Skirrow, managing director of Affinity Photo developer Serif Ashley Hewson, head of picture desk for The Economist Celina Dunlop, and wildlife conservationist Bella Lack.

The People’s Choice Award is open for the public to vote on their favourite image, which will be announced before the winners on 22 October.

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To view the images as a slideshow, click on the arrows in the top right hand corner of the photos below.

The race: langurs in India. © Yevhen Samuchenko (Ukraine)
The race: langurs in India. © Yevhen Samuchenko (Ukraine)
We all have that friend: brown bears in Russia. © Yarin Klein
We all have that friend: brown bears in Russia. © Yarin Klein
So hot: Japanese macaques (also known as snow monkeys) in Japan. © Wei Ping Peng (Australia)
So hot: Japanese macaques (also known as snow monkeys) in Japan. © Wei Ping Peng (Australia)
Abracadabra! Brown pelican in Florida, US. © Vicki Jauron (US)
Abracadabra! Brown pelican in Florida, US. © Vicki Jauron (US)
Hide and seek: azure damselfly in Devon, UK. © Tim Hearn (UK)
Hide and seek: azure damselfly in Devon, UK. © Tim Hearn (UK)
Faceplant: African elephant in Namibia. © Tim Hearn (UK)
Faceplant: African elephant in Namibia. © Tim Hearn (UK)
Fun for all ages: langurs in Kabini, India. © Thomas Vijayan (Canada)
Fun for all ages: langurs in Kabini, India. © Thomas Vijayan (Canada)
Sun salutation class: Galápagos sea lion, Galapagos Islands. © Sue Hollis (Australia)
Sun salutation class: Galápagos sea lion, Galapagos Islands. © Sue Hollis (Australia)
It's a mockingbird: Eurasian kingfisher in Scotland, UK. © Sally Lloyd-Jones (UK)
It’s a mockingbird: Eurasian kingfisher in Scotland, UK. © Sally Lloyd-Jones (UK)
I am champion: Japanese macaque (also known as snow monkey) in Jigokudani Monkey Park, Japan. © Ramesh Letchmanan (Singapore)
I am champion: Japanese macaque (also known as snow monkey) in Jigokudani Monkey Park, Japan. © Ramesh Letchmanan (Singapore)
Social distance please: rose ringed parakeets in Kaudulla National Park, Sri Lanka. © Petr Sochman (Belgium)
Social distance please: rose ringed parakeets in Kaudulla National Park, Sri Lanka. © Petr Sochman (Belgium)
No penguins under here: African penguin in Cape Town, South Africa. © Pearl Kasparian
No penguins under here: African penguin in Cape Town, South Africa. © Pearl Kasparian
I've got your this time: African lion cubs in Hawange National Park, Zimbabwe. © Olin Rogers (US)
I’ve got your this time! African lion cubs in Hawange National Park, Zimbabwe. © Olin Rogers (US)
How can I fly? Eagle owl chick, in Sakaka Al-Jouf, Saudi Arabia © Nader Al-Shammari (Saudi Arabia)
How can I fly? Eagle owl chick, in Sakaka Al-Jouf, Saudi Arabia © Nader Al-Shammari (Saudi Arabia)
Quiet please: American kestrel in California, US © Mike Lessel (US)
Quiet please: American kestrel in California, US © Mike Lessel (US)
Monkey business: pig-tailed macaques in Kinabatangan River in Borneo, Malaysia. © Megan Lorenz (Canada)
Monkey business: pig-tailed macaques by the Kinabatangan River in Borneo, Malaysia. © Megan Lorenz (Canada)
It's the last day of school holidays: smooth-coated otter in Singapore. © Max Teo (Singapore)
It’s the last day of school holidays: smooth-coated otter in Singapore. © Max Teo (Singapore)
Socially uninhibited: Chacma baboons by the River Chobe, Botswana. © Martin Grace (UK)
Socially uninhibited: Chacma baboons by the River Chobe, Botswana. © Martin Grace (UK)
Terry the turtle flipping the bird, at Lady Elliot Island, Queensland Australia. © Mark Fitzpatrick
Terry the turtle flipping the bird, at Lady Elliot Island, Queensland Australia. © Mark Fitzpatrick
Boredom: mountain gorilla in Mgahinga Gorilla National Park, Uganda. © Marcus Westberg (Sweden)
Boredom: mountain gorilla in Mgahinga Gorilla National Park, Uganda. © Marcus Westberg (Sweden)
Laughing hippo in the Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya. © Manoj Shah
Laughing hippo in the Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya. © Manoj Shah
Macaque striking a pose in the Uluwatu Temple, Bali. © Luis Martí (Mexico)
Macaque striking a pose in the Uluwatu Temple, Bali. © Luis Martí (Mexico)
I had to stay late at work: South sea elephant in Isla Escondida, Patagonia Argentina. © Luis-Burgueño (Argentina)
I had to stay late at work: South sea elephant in Isla Escondida, Patagonia Argentina. © Luis-Burgueño (Argentina)
Wait up mommy, look what I got for you: Asian elephants in Kaziranga, India. © Kunal Gupta (Malaysia)
Wait up mommy, look what I got for you: Asian elephants in Kaziranga, India. © Kunal Gupta (Malaysia)
Seriously, would you share some: Atlantic puffins in Scotland (UK). © Krisztina Scheeff (US)
Seriously, would you share some: Atlantic puffins in Scotland (UK). © Krisztina Scheeff (US)
O sole mio: A ground squirrel in Hungary. © Roland Kranitz (Hungary)
O sole mio: A ground squirrel in Hungary. © Roland Kranitz (Hungary)
Having a laugh: Common seal in Caithness, Scotland. © Ken Crossan (UK)
Having a laugh: Common seal in Caithness, Scotland. © Ken Crossan (UK)
I think this tires gonna be flat: Grizzly bears in Grand Teton National Park. © Kay Kotzian (US)
I think this tires gonna be flat: Grizzly bears in Grand Teton National Park. © Kay Kotzian (US)
Just chillin': racoon in Ohio, US. © Jill Neff (US)
Just chillin’: racoon in Ohio, US. © Jill Neff (US)
Peekabo: Tiger in Ranthambhore National Park, India. © Jagdeep Rajput
Peekabo: Tiger in Ranthambhore National Park, India. © Jagdeep Rajput
Like mother, like daughter: Asian elephants in Corbett National Park, India. © Jagdeep Rajput
Like mother, like daughter: Asian elephants in Corbett National Park, India. © Jagdeep Rajput
Lamentation! Polar bear on the Svalbard archipelago in Norway. © Poulard Jacques (France)
Lamentation! Polar bear on the Svalbard archipelago in Norway. © Poulard Jacques (France)
Covid hair: reddish egret in Florida (US). © Gail Bisson (Canada)
Covid hair: reddish egret in Florida (US). © Gail Bisson (Canada)
The inside joke: red squirrel in Espelo, the Netherlands. © Femke van Willigen (Netherlands)
The inside joke: red squirrel in Espelo, the Netherlands. © Femke van Willigen (Netherlands)
Doggo: Brown bear in Kuhmo, Finland. © Esa Ringbom (Finland)
Doggo: Brown bear in Kuhmo, Finland. © Esa Ringbom (Finland)
Hi yall: Brown bear in Alaska (US). © Eric Fisher (US)
Hi yall: Brown bear in Alaska (US). © Eric Fisher (US)
Tern tuning its wings in Florida (US). © Danielle D'Ermo
Tern tuning its wings in Florida (US). © Danielle D’Ermo
I could puke: gentoo penguins in the Falkland Islands. © Christina Holfelder (Germany)
I could puke: gentoo penguins in the Falkland Islands. © Christina Holfelder (Germany)
Almost time to get up: racoon in Virginia, US. © Charlie Davidson
Almost time to get up: racoon in Virginia, US. © Charlie Davidson
Crashing into the picture: giraffe in Etosha National Park, Namibia. © Brigitte Alcalay Marcon
Crashing into the picture: giraffe in Etosha National Park, Namibia. © Brigitte Alcalay Marcon
Spreading the wildlife gossip: African lions in the Kalahari desert. © Bernhard Esterer (South Africa)
Spreading the wildlife gossip: African lions in the Kalahari desert. © Bernhard Esterer (South Africa)
Tough negotiations: red fox in Israel. © Ayala Fishaimer
Tough negotiations: red fox and shrew in Israel. © Ayala Fishaimer
Surprise smiles: dwarf mongoose at Lake Bogoria, Kenya. © Asaf Sereth (Israel)
Surprise smiles: dwarf mongoose at Lake Bogoria, Kenya. © Asaf Sereth (Israel)
Smiley: Mediterranean parrotfish in El Hierro, Canary Islands. © Arthur Telle Thiemenn
Smiley: Mediterranean parrotfish in El Hierro, Canary Islands. © Arthur Telle Thiemenn