Wildlife photo

Award-winning wildlife photographs usually feature an elk set against a backdrop of trees or a lion during golden hour. Not these. The Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards, founded in 2015 by wildlife photographers Tom Sullam and Paul Joynson-Hicks, encourage humans to celebrate the hilarious frames created in the field.

The 2018 entries didn’t disappoint—think a face-palming grizzly, a smiling lion, and some dancing Komodo dragons. The overall winner will be announced on November 15 and will be invited on a one-week safari in Maasai Mara, Kenya with Alex Walker.

Below, our favorite images shortlisted for the grand prize.

Want more? The second edition of the Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards book was released just last week. Here’s the listing on Amazon.

penguins pointing out the way
Penguin pointing. Achim Sterna
Big mouthed seal. Amy Kennedy
Moose sticking out tongue
Moose sticking out tongue. Barney Koszalka
Brown bear cub with headache
Bear with a sore head. Danielle D’Ermo
Owl Yawning
One owl yawning while other looks bored. Danielle D’Ermo
squirrel doing the splits
Squirrel balancing on lupins. Geert Weggen
Bear next to street signs
Bear on drive safe sign. Jonathan Irish
Rhino and peacock
Rhino with peacock backside. Kallol Mukherjee
squirrel caught red-handed
Squirrel saying STOP. Mary McGowan
Rhino biting rhino butt
Hippo biting mum’s bum. Michael Lane
Happy lions
Happy smiling lions. Muriel Vekemans
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majestic stag
Big eyed stag. Robert Adamson
martian tango
Komodo dragons doing the tango. Sergey Savvi
mother bear and cubs
Three bears up a tree. Valtteri Mulkahainen