Wild animals are majestic, sometimes scary creatures freely roaming the Earth in all their natural, unbounded glory. But let’s not forget how hilarious they can be, too. To highlight and celebrate the comedic prowess of animals around the world, we have the Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards. It’s okay — we’re laughing with them, not at them.
Founded by Tanzania-based photographers Paul Joynson-Hicks MBE and Tom Sullam, this competition focuses both on goofy animals shots and wildlife conservation efforts. The photos submitted to the annual competition are judged by a panel of qualified wildlife and photography experts; check out the whole roster here.
Keep scrolling to see some of our favorite finalist photos from the 2017 contest. Which one of these photos do you think they should choose as the overall winner? (We love the totally stupefied look on that young elephant seal’s face.)
2016 Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards Preview