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The hilarious winners of the Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards

Check out these snaps, which are all finalists in the Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards

By
Ellie Walker-Arnott
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There hasn’t been a lot to lol about in 2020 so far, so if you’re in need of a little light relief, send your peepers this way. 

While the human population of the planet has had a pretty rough go of it recently, some parts of the animal kingdom have actually had a pretty great year. Remember those rampaging goats, the lions snoozing on silent tarmac or the whales that suddenly had stretches of the ocean to themselves

They provided the good news stories we needed at the start of lockdown, and now animals are back to cheer us up once more. 

This lot are the finalists of the Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards 2020: a global, online and free to enter photography competition which attracts the funniest images of wildlife around the world. It aims to ‘highlight the extremely important message of wildlife conservation in an engaging and positive way’ – and give us a giggle in the process. Here are some of our faves: 

Like this jolly fish. 

Arthur Telle Thiemann/Comedy Wildlife Photo Awards 2020
Photograph: Arthur Telle Thiemann/Comedy Wildlife Photo Awards 2020

 This operatic little creature. 

Roland Kranitz/Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards 2020
Photograph: Roland Kranitz/Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards 2020

 One shavasana-loving sea lion. 

Photograph: Sue Hollis/Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards 2020
Photograph: Sue Hollis/Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards 2020

And this happy seal. 

Ken Crossan/Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards 2020
Photograph: Ken Crossan/Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards 2020

A sassy parakeet. 

Photograph: Petr Sochman/Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards 2020
Photograph: Petr Sochman/Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards 2020

A very approachable-looking bear. 

Photograph: Eric Fisher/Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards 2020
Photograph: Eric Fisher/Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards 2020

This less-than-graceful raccoon. 

Photograph: Charlie Davidson/Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards 2020
Photograph: Charlie Davidson/Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards 2020

 A pair of gossiping lions. 

Bernhard Esterer/Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards 202
Photograph: Bernhard Esterer/Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards 202

And this bunch of rather startled-looking dwarf mongooses.

Asaf Sereth/Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards 2020
Photograph: Asaf Sereth/Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards 2020

There are 44 finalists in total. You can see them all and vote for your favourite here.

And did you know you can use Google 3D to bring life-size animals into your home?

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