Sure, nature documentaries are great, but sometimes – for good reason – they can get a bit doomy. If you prefer your animal content a bit more lighthearted, take a look at the winners of the Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards 2021. The natural world is shown in all its weird and wonderful glory, from pushy otter parenting to fishy gymnastics.
Among the highlights is overall winner Ken Jensen’s shot of a golden silk monkey, snapped looking rather uncomfortable as he grips a branch. The photographer said the primate was trying to appear aggressive, but honestly he just seems like he’s in pain. Not ideal. Here are some more of our faves:
Like this smiling insect.
This assertive otter parent.
This playful duckling.
This fighty prairie dog.
This nonplussed pelican.
These impressed mudskipper fish.
This autumnal pigeon.
This itchy bear cub.
And this helpful penguin.
Not quite got your animal fix? Check out some of the best photos at the Wildlife Photographer of the Year awards.