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A bear being hit in the face by a flying fish at the bottom of a waterfall
The Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards 2022 / John Chaney

These hilarious animal snaps took the crown at the Comedy Wildlife Photo Awards

The annual awards have raised over £20 million for conservation causes (and made us chuckle)

Ella Doyle
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Ella Doyle
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Been having one of those weeks where things just aren’t going your way? Life left you feeling a little blue on this humble Friday? We’ve got just the remedy for all your woes.

The shortlist for the 2022 Comedy Wildlife Photo Awards have just been announced, and the photos will have you giggling at your desk.

The awards were co-founded in 2015 by photographers Paul Joynson-Hicks and Tom Sullam, with a vision of making people laugh – while also helping to conserve wildlife. Over the last 29 years, they have channelled £20 million to 200 conservationists in 80 countries. We love to hear it.

The final 2022 Comedy Wildlife Photo Awards shortlist includes 40 standalone photos and 10 portfolio entries. Have a gander at our fave pics from this year’s awards below.

‘Talk to the Fin’ by Jennifer Hadley 

Penguin turning way from another penguin
The Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards 2022 / Jennifer Hadley

‘It’s All Kicking Off’ by Michael Eastwell

The Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards 2022 / Michael Eastwell
The Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards 2022 / Michael Eastwell

‘Hello Everyone’ by Miroslav SRB 

The Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards 2022Miroslav SrbHoloubkovCzech RepublicTitle: Hello everyoneDescription: I photographed raccoon on a Florida beach, where I fed him shrimps. Then he thanked me like that.Animal: raccoonLocation of shot: Florida
The Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards 2022 / Miroslav Srb

‘Pegasus the Flying Horse’ by Jagdeep Rajput

A horse with a bird behind it that looks like Pegasus
The Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards 2022 / Jagdeep Rajput

 ‘Keep Calm and Keep Your Head’ by Martin Grace

A penguin without its head
The Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards 2022 / Martin Grace

‘Monkey Wellness’ by Federica Vinci

A moneky helping another monkey
The Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards 2022 / Federica Vinci

‘I’m Gonna Strangle You’ by Emmanuel Do Linh San 

A meerkat that appears to be strangling another meerkat in a comedy snap
The Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards 2022 / Emmanuel Do Linh San

‘Tight Fit’ by Mark Schocken 

The Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards 2022 / Mark Schocken
The Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards 2022 / Mark Schocken

‘Curtain Call’ by Dave Shaffer 

The Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards 2022 / Dave Shaffer
The Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards 2022 / Dave Shaffer

‘Fight Back’ by John Chaney

A bear being hit in the face by a flying fish at the bottom of a waterfall
The Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards 2022 / John Chaney

And check out last year’s highlights, including a rather troubled monkey, a nonplussed pelican and an itchy bear cub.

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