These Are The Hilarious Finalists Of The 2017 Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards


Jonathan O'Callaghan

Senior Staff Writer

These two monkeys broke away from their group to 'test drive' a motorbike parked near the entrance to the reserve in Tangkoko Batuangus Nature Reserve, Indonesia. Katy Laveck Foster / CWPA / Barcroft Images

The finalists for this year’s Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards have been revealed, and they are as hilarious as you would hope.

In total, 40 finalists have been announced, ranging from a shocked elephant seal to a giraffe seemingly eating a plane. There’s also a gurning gorilla, and a hare standing to attention.


There were more than 3,500 entries for the awards from 86 countries. The winners will be announced on December 14.

The awards were founded by Tanzania-based photographers Paul Joynson-Hicks and Tom Sullam. They hope the awards will put a spotlight on wildlife conservation efforts, while also bringing some playfulness to wildlife photography.

“Conservation was always at the heart of the competition, along with the fact that people seemed to enjoy images of animals doing entertaining things!” said Sullam in a statement.

“But essentially living in a country that has some of the best wildlife in the world – Tanzania – and seeing how destructive human actions can be to this wildlife, made us want to do our little bit to help.”


Here are 10 of our favorite finalists featured.

A young elephant seal looks shocked at his friend's revelation in George Cathcart's "WTF?!", taken on December 13, 2016 in San Simeon, California. George Cathcart / CWPA / Barcroft Images


A giraffe checks plane safety in Graeme Guy's "Outsourcing Seatbelt Checks" on November 17, 2008 in Masai Mara, Kenya. Graeme Guy / CWPA / Barcroft Images


A squirrel pictured scratching himself in Gothenburg, Sweden. Johnny Kaapa / CWPA / Barcroft Images


Mountain Gorilla making grimaces as he came out of the bush after the rain, in Virunga National Park, Rwanda. Josef Friedhuber / CWPA / Barcroft Images


A wild rabbit seen collecting nesting material in Belgium Flanders, Bredene, Belgium. Olivier Colle / CWPA / Barcroft Images


Baby Dormouse (Muscardinus avellanarius) pictured on the top of a yarrow flower in Monticelli Brusati, Italy. Andrea Zampatti / CWPA / Barcroft Images


Blue wildebeest standing on a mound pictured in Masai Mara, Kenya. Jean Jacques Alcalay / CWPA / Barcroft Images


Two mudskippers sing their hearts out on tidal mudflats, taken in Krabi, Thailand. Daniel Trim / CWPA / Barcroft Images


Three king penguins approach the only church on South Georgia Island appearing to be headed for services. Titled as Mom, do we always have to be the first ones at church? Carl Henry / CWPA / Barcroft Images


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