Source: © Martina Novotna/

From fabulous facial expressions to power-poses: the 2021 Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards

A selection of 21 of the finalist entries to the dynamic and fun 2021 Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards, the competition with conservation at its heart.

The 2021 Comedy Wildlife Finalists Just Announced!!!

We are delighted to reveal 21 of the top shortlist of the 2021 Awards and there are some beauties. There’s a giggling seal, a giraffe-riding monkey, a laughing snake and quite a lot of impressive dance moves from various entries. Even the humble but hilarious pigeon is honoured this year. Isn’t WILDLIFE amazing?!

Born from a passion for wildlife, and decades of experience living & working in East Africa, The Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards began its life modestly in 2015 as a photographic competition.

Since then, steered by its founders, Paul Joynson-Hicks MBE and Tom Sullam, it has grown into a globally renowned competition seen by millions of people every year, and always with wildlife conservation at its heart.

The free competition, open to wildlife photography experts and novices, celebrates the hilarity of our natural world and highlights what we need to do to protect it. From a surprised otter to a swearing turtle, Comedy Wildlife’s photographs transcend cultures and ages to bring a smile to everyone’s face.

You can find out more about the competition, the founders’ mission and their conservation efforts on their website. Check out all 46 shortlist entries HERE.

Scroll down for 21 of the 46 shortlist entries in no particular order and, for fun, captioned by us and not the original photographers. You can make up your own captions.

1. Tai chi monkey. Source: © Sarosh Lodhi/
2. “Bravo! Encore!” Source: © Rick Elieson/
3. “Pucker up, Buttercup!” Source: © Philipp Stahr/
4. “Draw me like one of your French girls.” Source: © Wenona Suydam/
5. Angry Bird. Source: © Patrick Dirlam/
6. “Hey!” Source: © Matthias Hammar/
7. “Tee-hee!” Source: © Martina Novotna/
8. “ The battle, sir, is not to the strong alone; it is to the vigilant, the active, the brave…” Source: © Lea Scaddan/
9. Oops! Source: © Ken Jensen/
10. “On windy days, the leaves blow everywhmphff…” Source: © John Speirs/
11. “You knock the drinks over and cause a distraction, and I’ll run off with the picnic basket.” Source: © Jan Piecha/
12. “I love you, tree.” Source: © Jakub Hodan /
13. ‘Nope.” Source: © Gurumoorthy Gurumoorthy/
14. “When I bestride him, I soar, I am a hawk: he trots the air; the earth sings when he touches it; the basest horn of his hoof is more musical than the pipe of Hermes.” Source: © Dirk Jan Steehouwer/
15. “Oh, for the wings of a dove…”?? Source: © Clemence Guinard/
16. Just practising their scales. Source: © Chi Han Lin/
17. “What?” Source: © Charlie Page/
18. “I need a bigger apartment.” Source: © Brook Burling/
19. “Boo!” Source: © Arthur Trevino/
20. Paddling pat-a-cake cubs. Source: © Andy Parkinson/
21. “Ha-ha!” Source: © Aditya Kshirsagar/
And finally… an entry from the VIDEO category.Source: Facebook/comedywildlifephotoawards


Taking pictures of animals in the outdoors can be an exciting way to experience nature, but it can also be challenging to get really great shots. To capture beautiful images of animals, it first helps to have an understanding of fundamental photography concepts. Once you have the fundamentals down, there are several things you can do to improve your chances of getting that great wildlife shot. Here’s are 10 tips from REI for taking better wildlife photos:

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