Baboon and raccoon snaps among Comedy Wildlife Photography Award finalists

A faceplanting elephant, a smiley fish and a raccoon in difficulty are among the animals featured in the final of this year’s Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards.

A poorly penguin and an uninhibited baboon are also among the 44 images shortlisted in the competition, a global contest that aims to showcase “seriously funny images of the earth’s most amazing wildlife”.

<figcaption class='imgFCap'>Faceplant by Tim Hearn shows the moment a young elephant tripped as they tried to catch up with their mum (Tim Hearn/The Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards 2020)</figcaption>
Faceplant by Tim Hearn shows the moment a young elephant tripped as they tried to catch up with their mum (Tim Hearn/The Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards 2020)

The competition, which is free to enter, was founded by photographers and conservationists Paul Joynson-Hicks and Tom Sullam, and is run in partnership with the Born Free Foundation.

Among the eye-catching entries are a raccoon seemingly stuck in a hole in a tree, taken by Charlie Davidson, a colourful parrotfish which appears to have a big grin on its face, as shot by Arthur Telle Thiemenn, and Tim Hearn’s image of a faceplanting elephant.

<figcaption class='imgFCap'>A happy looking parrotfish in Smiley, by Arthur Telle Thiemenn (Arthur Telle Thiemann/The Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards 2020)</figcaption>
A happy looking parrotfish in Smiley, by Arthur Telle Thiemenn (Arthur Telle Thiemann/The Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards 2020)

<figcaption class='imgFCap'>A penguin throws up in I Could Almost Puke by (Christina Holfelder/The Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards 2020)</figcaption>
A penguin throws up in I Could Almost Puke by (Christina Holfelder/The Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards 2020)

The winner will be decided by a panel of judges including TV presenter Kate Humble and comedian Hugh Dennis.

There is also a people’s choice award, on which members of the public can vote via the competition’s website.

<figcaption class='imgFCap'>A South Sea elephant makes a face in I Had To Stay Late At Work (Luis Burgueno/The Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards 2020)</figcaption>
A South Sea elephant makes a face in I Had To Stay Late At Work (Luis Burgueno/The Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards 2020)

<figcaption class='imgFCap'>Martin Grace’s Socially Uninhibited shows a baboon having a good old scratch (Martin Grace/The Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards 2020)</figcaption>
Martin Grace’s Socially Uninhibited shows a baboon having a good old scratch (Martin Grace/The Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards 2020)

The winners will be announced on October 22, with the top photographer claiming a trophy and a week’s safari in Tanzania.