The Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards announces 2020 finalists and they’re serious meme material

The Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards competition has never failed to make me laugh with its selection of comical photos of animals. And this year’s gallery is no exception. The contest has announced its 2020 finalists and they caused me to laugh out loud, and I’m sharing them hoping to get you to laugh, too.

The team behind the contest describes it as “almost probably the world’s funniest photography competition.” If you ask me, it is the funniest photography competition, at least to my knowledge. I see some of the photos as brilliant meme material, but of course –don’t make and share memes without the photographers’ permission.

The Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards was founded by Paul Joynson-Hicks and Tom Sullam, both professional photographers and passionate conservationists. Just like every year, this year’s contest was free to enter for photographers from all over the world. Newbies and veterans; hobbyists and paid professionals – anyone is always welcome to submit their photos of funny wildlife.

Another thing that has stayed the same over the years is that The Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards isn’t only about the light-hearted relief. Partnering with The Born Free Foundation, it also aims to highlight the extremely important message of wildlife conservation. We support their cause and would love to share their message and some tips for being “a conservationist at home:”

Shop locally and responsibly

With the recent lockdown, we have all got used to doing things slightly differently, including shopping closer to home, so why not carry on?  It helps in all sorts of ways from supporting small, local businesses to shrinking your carbon footprint and is way more fun!  And if you can avoid buying un-recyclable products and one-use plastics/packaging, even better!

Put plant boxes on your windowsills

One of the easiest things to do… put a plant box on your windowsill, grow some flowers, and give the bees somewhere to go. We’ve all heard of the importance of bees, and this little nod towards their daily requirements is already a huge step in the right direction. Imagine if every windowsill had a flower box!  It would be an absolute miracle, so let’s start that process!

Only fly long haul if you really have to.

Something else lockdown has taught us is how amazing the internet is at keeping us in touch with each other!  We’re all Zoom experts now!  Let’s embrace this new whizz technology and only take those flights if there is really no other way.

Become a “wild influencer.” 

This is a special person who may be not a mega activist, but really, really cares about the environment and wants to do something to help. For more ideas, please go to: www.comedywildlifephoto.com.

Other than a panel of judges who will determine the winners, there will also be a People’s Choice Award. This of course means that you can vote on your favorite images, and you even get a chance of winning a brand new iPad. You’ll find all the details that you need on The Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards website.

And now for the photos. We bring you the finalists in this article, and the winners will be announced on October 22. I hope that you won’t mind me starting with a few of my favorites. They literally made me laugh out loud, I’m not saying it just like that.

© Christina Holfelder, Germany/The Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards 2020 – “I Could Puke”

© Brigitte Alcalay-Marcon, France/The Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards 2020 – “Crashing into the picture”

© Wei Ping Peng, WAustralia/The Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards 2020 – “So hot”

© Thomas Vijayan, Canada/The Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards 2020 – “Fun For All Ages”

© Sally Lloyd-Jones, UK/The Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards 2020 – “It’s A Mocking Bird!”

© Megan Lorenz, Canada/The Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards 2020 – “Monkey Business”

© Martin Grace, UK/The Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards 2020 – “Socially Uninhibited”

©Mark Fitzpatrick, Australia/The Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards 2020 – “Terry the Turtle flipping the bird”

And here are the rest of the finalists. I’m sure you’ll enjoy them as well and if none of my favorites made you smile (which I doubt), some of these surely will.

© Femke van Willigen, The Netherlands/The Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards 2020 – “The inside joke”

© Esa Ringbom, Finland/The Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards 2020 – “Doggo”

© Eric Fisher, USA/The Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards 2020 – “Hi Y’all”

Danielle D’Ermo, USA/The Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards 2020 – “Tern tuning it’s wings”

© Charlie Davidson/The Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards 2020 – “Almost time to get up”

© Ayala Fishaimer, Israel/The Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards 2020 – “Tough Negotiations”

© Asaf Sereth, Israel/The Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards 2020 – “Surprise Smiles”

© Arthur Telle Thiemann, Canary Islands/The Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards 2020 – “Smiley” 

© Yevhen Samuchenko, Ukraine/The Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards 2020 – “The race”

© Yarin Klein, Russia/The Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards 2020 – “We all have that friend” 

© Vicki Jauron, USA/The Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards 2020 – “Abracadabra”

© Tim Hearn, UK/The Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards 2020 – “Hide and Seek”

© Tim Hearn, UK/The Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards 2020 – “Faceplant”

© Sue Hollis, Australia/The Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards 2020 – “Sun Salutation”

© Kranitz Roland, Hungary/The Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards 2020 – “O sole mio”

© Ramesh Letchmanan, Singapore/The Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards 2020 – “I Am Champion”

© Petr Sochman, Belgium/The Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards 2020 – “Social distance, please!”

©Pearl Kasparian, South Africa/The Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards 2020 – “No Penguins Under Here”

© Mike Lessel, USA/The Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards 2020 – “Quiet, please…”

© Max Teo, Singapore/The Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards 2020 – “It’s the last day of school holidays”

© Marcus Westberg, Sweden/The Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards 2020 – “Boredom”

© Luis Martí, Mexico/The Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards 2020 – “Macaque Striking a Pose”

© Manoj Shah, Kenya7The Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards 2020 – “Laughing Hippo”

© Luis-Burgueño, Argentina/The Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards 2020 – “I had to stay late at work”

© Olin Rogers, USA/The Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards 2020 – “I’ve got you this time!”

© Nader Alshammari, Saudi Arabia/The Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards 2020 – “How can I fly”

© Kunal Gupta, Malaysia/The Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards 2020 – “Wait up mommy, look what I got for you!”

© Krisztina Scheeff, USA/The Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards 2020 – “Seriously, would you share some?”

© Ken Crossan, USA/The Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards 2020 – “Having a Laugh”

© Kay Kotzian, USA/The Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards 2020 – “I think this tire’s gonna be flat”

© Jill Neff, USA/The Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards 2020 – “Just Chillin’”

© Jagdeep Rajput, India/The Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards 2020 – “Peekaboo”

© Jagdeep Rajput, India/The Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards 2020 – “Like mother like daughter”

© Poulard Jacques, France – The Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards 2020 – “Lamentation”

© Gail Bisson, Australia/The Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards 2020 – “Covid Hair!”

©Bernhard Esterer, South Africa/The Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards 2020 – “Spreading the Wildlife Gossip”