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There’s serious, very important and very impressive wildlife photography. And then there’s these delights that will make your heart go pop and maybe even elicit a belly laugh.

The Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards (ingeniously titled to avoid any confusion) was the result of two factors. Firstly, a need for a light-hearted photography competition that was upbeat, possibly unpretentious and mainly about wildlife doing funny things. Secondly, this competition is about conservation and the awards have strong links with the Born Free Foundation.

There were plenty of funny finalists, but these ones are our favourites.


The Laughing Doormouse

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The Laughing Doormouse (Monticelli Brusati, Italy) by Andrea Zampatti.


Mudskipper’s Got Talent

‘Wider Basil, wider!’

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Mudskippers Got Talent (Krabi, Thailand) by Daniel Trim.


Sending a Clear Message

Sending a clear message (Yamanouchi, Japan) by Linda Oliver.


Kung-fu Training Australian Style

Kung-fu Training Australian Style (New South Wales, Australia) by Andrey Giljov.



Vera finally decided to branch off.

Help! (Ópusztaszer, Hungary) by Tibor Kercz.



‘Take that moss!’

Superhero (Gothenburg, Sweden) by Johnny Kääpä.



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Knockout! (Suomussalmi, Finland) by Hannele Kaihola

Got your own hilarious wildlife snaps? Enter the Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards.

  • Greg Wochlik

    Wow, those are definitely photos to brighten up one’s day.

  • Scott Robinson

    It is actually “Dormouse” The word dormouse comes from the French word ‘dormir’ – to sleep.