Comedy Wildlife Photo Awards 2020 finalists named: Funniest animal photos of the year

Take a look at this year's 44 finalists in the photo gallery above.

"Nature is healing" has become a common phrase during the COVID-19 pandemic, as wildlife returns to long-abandoned locations in the absence of humans.

The reality might not be so simple, but one thing that's certain is nature is always hilarious, as the finalists in this year's Comedy Wildlife Photo Awards demonstrate.

This year's selection includes a very smiley fish, a greedy puffin, a fox in heated negotiations, a bird with COVID hair and a turtle that's giving 2020 the bird.

Created by professional photographers and conservationists Paul Joynson-Hicks and Tom Sullam, the global competition aims to highlight wildlife conversation while also giving people a much-needed laugh.

The winner of the competition will receive a safari trip to the Masaai Mara in Kenya.

A diverse panel of judges, including photographers, travel editors and comedians, will name the overall winner on October 22. There's also a People's Choice Award that the public can vote for online at

Several of this year's finalists are from Australia: Mark Fitzpatrick from Mackay in Queensland, who snapped the annoyed turtle off Lady Elliott Island; Wei Ping Peng from Sydney captured the snow monkey enjoying a hot bath in Japan; Sue Hollis from Summerland Point on the NSW coast took the pic of the sea lion performing yoga in the Galapagos Islands. 

Last year's winner, titled 'Grab life by the ....', by Sarah Skinner featured a male lion about to experience something rather painful, courtesy of a cub.

The Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards 2019
Sarah Skinner
United Kingdom
Phone: 07795803689
Title: Grab life by the .....
Description: I had been watching the younger members of the Savuti Marsh pride in Botswana frolic around with play for a while at one of the waterholes. As the heat started to rise one of the two dominant adult males of the pride decided to move from his position to seek shade. As the male stood and started walking off one of the young cubs, who is blind in one eye ran toward the male, leaping up toward him. Rather than leaping onto his back as we expected the cubs focus instead appeared to directed toward be the adult male's nether regions, with claws fully protracted! Who knows if it was intentional or not, or perhaps a slightly misguided aim. Had the cub been successful in his target there would have been a non to pleased male lion and we suspect a scolded lion cub.  Fortunately for the cub and the male he narrowly missed his 'crown jewels' and the male walked on, with all body parts unscathed!  Camera/Lens Detail: Nikon D500 SLR with Nikon AF-S Nikkor 500mm f/4E FL ED VR lens Settings: F5.6, 1/1250s Image Taken. November 2017
Animal: African Lion
Location of shot: Savuti (Chobe National Park) Botswana Supplied PR image for Traveller. Comedy Wildlife Photo Awards 2019. Only to be used in conjunction with story about competition.

"Grab life by the ..." Photo: Sarah Skinner/Comedy Wildlife Photo Awards 2019

The awards this year are sharing the following five conservation messages:


With the recent lockdown, we have all got used to doing things slightly differently, including shopping closer to home, so why not carry on? It helps in all sorts of ways from supporting small, local businesses to shrinking your carbon footprint and is way more fun. And if you can avoid buying un-recyclable products and one-use plastics/packaging, even better.


One of the easiest things to do... put a plant box on your windowsill, grow some flowers, and give the bees somewhere to go. We've all heard of the importance of bees, and this little nod towards their daily requirements is already a huge step in the right direction. Imagine if every windowsill had a flower box! It would be an absolute miracle, so let's start that process.


Something else lockdown has taught us is how amazing the internet is at keeping us in touch with each other. We're all Zoom experts now. Let's embrace this new whizz technology and only take those flights if there is really no other way.


This is a special person who may be not a mega activist, but someone who really cares about the environment and wants to do something to help.

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