Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards Finalists Prove that Nature Has a Sense of Humor

The Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards just revealed this year’s finalists. And, as always, they offer a bit of comic relief, and the reminder that nature is occasionally as funny as it is ruthless… especially if you anthropomorphize it a tiny bit.

This year’s finalists run the gamut: from the a fox who seems to be performing a proctology exam, to a deer experimenting with camouflage, to a grizzly bear who’s destined to become the next popular facepalm meme.

The awards serve a dual purpose. On the one hand, the finalists and winners are undoubtedly entertaining; on the other, they’re able to share a conservation message in a lighthearted way that doesn’t feel preachy. This year, the Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards are encouraging people to become “conservationists at home” by shopping responsibly and restricting at-home water use. You can learn more about this appeal on the competition’s website.

Here’s a look at some of our favorite finalists from this year’s awards, in alphabetical order by photographer’s name:

Photo by adwait aphale | The Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards 2019
Photo by Alastair Marsh | The Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards 2019
Photo by Andre Erlich | The Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards 2019
Photo by Andy Harris | The Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards 2019
Photo by Co Grift | The Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards 2019
Photo by Corey Seeman | The Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards 2019
Photo by Donna Bourdon | The Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards 2019
Photo by Eric Fisher | The Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards 2019
Photo by Geert Weggen | The Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards 2019
Photo by Harry Walker | The Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards 2019
Photo by James Vodicka | The Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards 2019
Photo by Kevin Sawford | The Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards 2019
Photo by Lloyd Durham | The Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards 2019
Photo by Marion Vollborn | The Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards 2019
Photo by Martina Gebert | The Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards 2019
Photo by Mike Rowe | The Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards 2019
Photo by Peter Haygarth | The Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards 2019
Photo by Roie Galitz | The Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards 2019
Photo by Ryan Jefferds | The Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards 2019
Photo by Sarah Skinner | The Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards 2019
Photo by Thomas Mangelsen | The Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards 2019
Photo by Thomas Mangelsen | The Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards 2019
Photo by Txema Garcia Laseca | The Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards 2019
Photo by Vicki Jauron | The Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards 2019
Photo by Vlado Pirsa | The Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards 2019
Photo by Willem Kruger | The Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards 2019

To get your dose of comic relief for the day, check out all of the finalists and learn more about the Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards over on the awards’ website.

The competition’s winners will be announced on November 13th, with the grand prize winner earning a one-week safari with Alex Walker’s Serian in the Masai Mara, Kenya, and a “unique handmade trophy” from the Art Garage in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.


Credits: All photos courtesy of the Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards.

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