(Pocket-lint) – Few the last few years, the Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards have been accepting hilarious entries from people all over the world, with amusing images of wild animals in all sorts of predicaments.
This year’s finalists include some real corkers. We’ve collected some of our favourites for you to enjoy. Be sure to check out the awards site for more.
Eric Fisher probably spent ages trying to get the perfect shot of bears by the river. Being sneaky, trying to capture the perfect moment. Then the bear sees him and gives him a wave. Does it get better than this?
The inside joke
Red squirrels are unfortunately a rare sight in British shores, but not so much in the Netherlands it seems.
Femke van Willigen managed to snap this cracking, amusing shot of a cheerful-looking chappy, we wonder what they were so happy about.
We’ve all had days like these recently haven’t we? This Reddish Egret is certainly looking worse for wear, but then that’s pretty much life in 2020 isn’t it?
Imagine if you could convince a bear to play hide and seek. This would probably be the result wouldn’t it?
Esa Ringbom caught this superb photo of a brown bear going about its business in Kuhmo, East Finland. We think it makes a great addition to the Comedy Wildlife Photography awards.
I could puke
Lovely day for a walk at the beach. Especially with friends. Not everyone agrees though. The seaside apparently makes that penguin at the rear feel a bit sick.
Quite possibly the most epic facepalm you’re ever likely to see. This polar bear is either having a bad day or nursing a headache maybe?
A magnificent photograph of an equally magnificent creature.
Like mother like daughter
Some of these photos are amusing, some are just cute. This one shows a pair of Asian Elephants, a mother and daughter, walking tail in tail together.
We’re not sure if this raccoon is just chilling out in this tree or in the process of falling out of it. Either way, it makes for an amusing photo.
Having a Laugh
Nothing to see here, just two grizzly bears at Grand Teton National Park trying to change someone’s tyres.
Or maybe they’re trying to steal them? They certainly look a little sheepish.
Having a Laugh
This Scottish seal sure knows how to have a good time. Something is utterly hilarious. We just wish he’d share in the joke.
Ken Crossan managed to snap this awesome photo as a great addition to the Comedy Wildlife Photography awards. and it might be one of our favourites.
Seriously, would you share some
Can I have some of those fish? Are you going to share? These quaint Atlantic Puffins are certainly handsome devils and superb fish catchers as well.
Wait up Mommy, look what I got for you!
What an incredible view this one is. Not only are these elephants surrounded by the wonder of nature, they also look so happy together.
The cooling waters no doubt add to the pleasure.
I had to stay late at work
This guy clearly thinks he’s hilarious. We know the feeling. You break out an amusing dad joke and the other half just rolls their eyes. Sad. Don’t worry, we feel your pain.
Macaque striking a pose
At the Uluwatu Temple in Bali, Luis Martí managed to capture this awesome photo of a cheeky Macaque. Chilling out in the temple, this little chap looks like he’s living his best life.
We all enjoy a nice relaxing soak in some warm waters. This snow monkey is no different. Though it looks like it might be a touch too warm even for his taste.
Hippos have a bad reputation for being hungry all the time. These two are trying to change those stereotypes with some shenanigans instead.
Life isn’t always fun and bananas for the mountain gorillas. This chap seems bored out of his tiny mind.
Terry the Turtle flipping the bird
This turtle was snapped underwater near Lady Elliot Island, Queensland Australia. They clearly didn’t appreciate having their photo taken, but we’re sure Mark Fitzpatrick was still happy with the results anyway.
The local bike gangs in Borneo, Malaysia are certainly hairy little blighters. We bet these pig-tailed Macaques get up to plenty of mischief, even if they can’t quite reach the pedals.
Say cheese! A handsome Sparisoma cretense knows how to play up to the camera. A cheeky grin and the result is the perfect underwater picture.
Dwarf Mongoose make a surprise appearance from behind a hump, giving photographer Asaf Sereth the perfect chance to snap this ace image.
They’re no doubt as curious about him as he as about them.
A fox and a mouse have a nice chat as the little furry one tries to talk themselves out of being eaten.
This image might have been part of the Comedy Wildlife Photography awards, but we feel like it’s good enough to win any wildlife photography prize.
Crashing into the picture
How many times have you ever seen an image photobombed by a giraffe? Not many we bet.
Almost time to get up
This raccoon has either got comically stuck or is on the hunt for some delicious snacks. We’re not really sure. Either way, the results are certainly amusing. A worthy contender for the Comedy Wildlife Photography awards for sure.
A pair of Brown Pelicans caught frolicking on the waters. The one behind looks like they’re about to pull of some sorts of shenanigans.
We all have that friend
More brown bear antics as some baby bears mess about playing up for the camera.
At first glance, this Chacma Baboon looks like it’s scratching places people shouldn’t be scratching in public. But we also like that it seems like it’s using a walking cane to get about, like a worn-out old monkey who’s seen better days.
It’s the last day of school holidays
This entry to the Comedy Wildlife Photography awards was submitted by Max Teo and comes from Singapore where two smooth-coated otters are seen cuddling up. Though we’re not sure one appreciates it.
We have no words! No heavy petting! Come on Macaques you’re on camera, please behave.
This Kestrel appears to be asking for some quiet as it surveys the landscape, looking for prey or perhaps just a nice new spot to perch.
How can I fly?
This fantastic photo by Nader Al-Shammari shows an Eagle owl chick apparently trying to learn to fly, readying for a bit of a run-up before launch.
No Penguins Under Here!
Penguins may be hiding under your car. They may, alternatively, just be hiding under the nearby signage.
Social distance, please!
Come on now! Give me some room. Don’t you know it’s 2020 and you should be socially distancing?
These Rose Ringed Parakeets were wonderfully snapped by Petr Sochman at Kaudulla national park, Sri Lanka.
I am Champion
A joyful celebration in Jigokudani Monkey Park, Japan as a Snow Monkey celebrates a wonderfully satisfying dip in pleasant local waters.
O Sole Mio
This is a Spermophile and one that looks like it was asked to strike a pose and went for the cutest one it could possibly manage.
It’s a Mocking Bird
Ok, so this one might well be our favourite photos. A defiant Kingfisher disobeys the local fishing signage and flaunts the rules.
Sally Lloyd-Jones no doubt had to wait around a long time for this photo, but it’s fantastic.
Sun Salutation Class
This very relaxed Sea Lion was spotted by Sue Hollis sunbathing in the Galapagos Islands. Relaxation is the name of the game and this chap knows how to win.
Fun For All Ages
As a young child, we thought there was nothing cooler than having a swing hanging from the tree in the back garden.
It seems like these Langur monkeys feel the same. But since they can’t build their own swings they’re using their friend’s tails instead. Uncomfortable fun abounds.
We know you shouldn’t laugh at someone else’s misery, but it’s hard not to have a chortle at the sight of this
African Elephant accidentally faceplanting while out for a wander.
Hide and Seek
Here’s looking at you kid. This Azure Damselfly appears to be eye-balling you while hilariously clinging on to some undergrowth.
Writing by Adrian Willings.