The funniest animals, in photos: A look at 21 finalists in the Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards 2021

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The Comedy Wildlife Photo Awards judges have released their shortlisted photos for the 2021 Awards and have also opened the poll for the People’s Choice Award – urging the public to vote for their favorite funny photo.

From a hard-working tiger, a giraffe riding on a monkey and a grinning snake to a trio of strutting Gentoo penguins on the beaches of the Falkland Islands and a kangaroo performing a perfectly perfect Pavarotti imitation in Australia, this year’s final shortlist of photographs shows the largest mix of animals seen in competition to date.

The free competition, open to animal photography experts and beginners, celebrates the fun of the natural world and highlights what needs to be done to protect it.

Founded in 2015 by professional photographers Paul Joynson-Hicks and Tom Sullam, the Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards is a competition that focuses on the lighter side of wildlife photography and helps promote wildlife conservation through humor.

This year, the competition supports the Save Wild Orangutans organization, an initiative dedicated to protecting wild orangutans in and around Gunung Palung National Park in Borneo.

“We were overwhelmed by the number and quality of the items we received this year, with well over 7,000 photos submitted from all corners of the globe,” Joynson-Hicks said.

“It was a great turnout, especially given the impact of the pandemic,” he added. “The sheer number of photos we receive each year illustrates the appetite for conservation, and reminds us that wildlife is truly incredible and fun, and we must do everything we can to protect it. . “

The category and the overall winners will be announced on October 22nd. The creator of the top image wins a week-long safari with AlexWalkers Serian in the Masai Mara, Kenya, as well as a unique, handmade trophy from the Art Garage in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.

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“Writing down the list of photographs was harder than ever this year because there were so many funny pictures that made us laugh,” Sullam explained. “We can’t wait to see what the public chooses as their favorite.”

The public can cast their vote until October 12 on the chance to win a new iPad.

A young youngster decides to use his patient mother as a crooked post as it inspects wooden birds nearby.

A male -Vervet monkey hung around a bridge over the Luangwa River in South Luangwa National Park, looking for some action – handouts from passers-by – while making sure everything was on display and in order.

Wine trails are very common in western India. As they approach, they show aggression by opening their mouths wide open.

The ‘smile’ matches its innocence.

The photographer followed this ruby-crowned Kinglet for about 15 minutes as it quickly jumped from one branch to another. “I think it knew I was following it because it suddenly just stopped and stared at me for about three seconds!”

This young female tiger in India’s Jim Corbett National Park stood on her hind legs to be able to scratch her face with a log – even though she does not, it seems, really carry it on her shoulders.

This gosling broke loose from a flock of birds and hid behind the leg on a bench for a few seconds before sticking his little head out to say hello.

A group of tartar sat down in a tree at the Rietvlei nature reserve in South Africa. The face of this perfectly shows the mood of many on Monday morning.

A smoothly coated otter carries its baby otter back and forth to its swimming lesson.

A group of monkeys were playing with each other and jumping up and down from a bare branch when a giraffe came from the right. The moment the giraffe passed the branch, one of the monkeys was at his post.

Bald eagles will use the same nest for years, even decades, and add new material early and throughout the nest.

Usually skilled at snatching branches from trees while on the run, this particular Bald Eagle did not show its best form possibly because it was tired of working non-stop all morning on a new nest.

Although the tumbler looks painful, the eagle came back with just a few sweeping wingbeats and chose to rest a bit before driving another timber.

On a rainy day in southern Louisiana in early 2021, when the pelicans woke up, they shook off the water before heading out to fish.

This one almost seemed to shrug his shoulders as if to say, “I have no idea what 2021 will be like.”

A frog climbed a flower from a plant – and seemed to celebrate his success.

The polar bear’s mother and cubs frolic in the icy waters of the Arctic. They kept dipping under the water and showed up in this entertaining bag.

A tender moment is shared by mother and a youngster while the other photobombs with a wave to the spectators. Or it certainly looked like a wave.

A golden silk monkey in Yunnan China. Although it is actually an expression of aggression, it looks a bit painful.

A trio of Gentoo Penguins in the Falkland Islands emerged from the water and walked straight in the direction of the photographer. The moment seems to capture some wild penguin personality.

Isolated inside with your family eager to get out and explore the world? These eastern raccoon sets are too. Mother Raccoon arrived to show how compact the space is.

The babies climbed over their mother and each other and struggled to look at the exact same time. This photo was taken in southwestern Ontario, Canada. Raccoons move from cave to cave and often spend no more than one night at a time in a particular.

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